Friday Links

Venus Transit Follow-up

Despite some folks poo-pooing the transit as “just a black dot in front of a bigger white dot”, I’d say the Venus transit was a worldwide event! Not only that, an event where people looked up which certainly doesn’t happen enough. There are lots of good photos on the internet from Tuesday, and they are not hard to find. Here’s a few that I liked, but by no means is this list exhaustive.

Close-up from Japanese space telescope Hinode.

One of the many photos Don Pettit took from ISS.

As always, an excellent collection from The Big Picture blog.

On the “you-have-got-to-be-kidding-me” front, Thierry Legault got a shot of the Hubble transitting the sun during the Venus transit.

And last but not least, here’s my small contribution.

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Down To Earth

A photo of the English Channel, 68 years after D-Day, June 6, 1944.

Over the last week the Space Shuttle mock-up Explorer was moved to its new home in Houston and Enterprise was moved to its new home in New York. I already wrote about “Shuttlebration” in last week’s post. Here is My photo gallery of Explorer’s arrival.

Enterprise “at sea”.

Enterprise with the Statue of Liberty.

Here are some other shots of Enterprise’s trip.

Unfortunately, Enterprise sustained some damage on the journey but did finally make it to the Intrepid. I have heard that they already fixed most of the damage to the wing.

Ray Bradbury passed away at 91. Mat Kaplan of the Planetary Society shares his memories and interviews.

Some wrangling on the Hill may lead to a partial down select in NASA’s commercial crew program. That means less contracts available – 2.5 instead of 4.

In Orbit

Andre Kuipers writes about his optimism from the SpaceX mission and also includes a partial photo tour of ISS.

Sierra Nevada has completed PDR on their Dream Chaser space plane. They also did a captive carry flight.

NRO has donated two “Hubble-class” space telescopes to NASA. Wow! NASA still needs money to finish building them and launching them, if they are to be used.

June 7, 2012 9:34 am

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