Carnival of Space #278

Credit: NASA

It’s time, once again, to see what’s got the Internet buzzing (space-wise) this week with another Carnival of Space! Today’s unrelated spaceflight image is Wally Schirra boarding the gondola at the Navy’s centrifuge in Johnsville, Pennsylvania. This picture was taken on New Year’s Day in 1960. I’m not sure spinning in circles pulling multiple Gs is the best way to ring in a new year, but there are worse ways! [Read more...]

Carnival of Space #265

The “New Nine.” From upper right, in clockwise order: Frank Borman, John Young, Tom Stafford, Pete Conrad, Jim McDivitt, Jim Lovell, Elliot See, Ed White, Neil Armstrong. Credit: NASA via Retro Space Images

It’s time for another Carnival of Space! The biggest news this past week is of course Neil Armstrong’s death. It’s a loss for the world and the space community in particular. In this week’s carnival we have a number of articles paying tribute to the man synonymous with Apollo, news from the planets, and a reminder about neat technologies on the horizon. For this week’s fun vintage image, it’s one of my new favourites of the “New Nine” surrounding a Gemini capsule, the program they were recruited to fly. Top left is Armstrong, already looking skyward.

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Carnival of Space #255

Some very exciting things going on in space right now, and this week’s carnival is bringing you a slice of the action. From lakes on Titan to strange formations on Mars and Chinese women in space, it’s a good week for space enthusiasts. (This edition’s fun vintage space photo is astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. chomping on a cigar after Gemini 6′s successful liftoff. At the time, Shepard was grounded with Meniere’s Disease and serving as chief of the astronaut office at NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. December 15, 1965. Credit: NASA)  [Read more...]

Carnival of Space #245

It’s time for another Carnival of Space! There are some really interesting stories this week from a cosmos that isn’t slowing down.

Today’s fun Vintage Space images shows John Glenn entering the Astro-Penthouse. It was less sexy that you’d think. This was where the astronauts trained on the gimbaling rig in the altitude wind tunnel at NASA’s Lewis Research Centre. 1960. [Read more...]