Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A good day at NASA

Today was not a good day for my blog. The first post was erased when I hit a wrong button combination, and the second one would not post because of some intermittent trouble at Blogger. Probably just some of those tubes of the Internets were stuffed up.

But, in spite of my troubles, it was a good day for the folks at NASA. The space shuttle left the space station after a successful mission (still a few days until the astronauts get home), the Mars Phoenix lander managed to shake some dirt into its oven (causing some scientists to dance to the tune "Shake Your Booty," the video of which will undoubtedly embarrass their kids for eternity), NASA's newest space telescope, GLAST, launched successfully, and NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto crossed Saturn's orbit, becoming the first spacecraft to venture further away from home in 27 years, when Voyager 2 passed Saturn.

I tried to watch the launch from my computer, but about a minute before launch the internet feed stopped. By the time I reconnected, the rocket was already over a minute into flight. Dang Internets tubes must be really blocked today.

1 comment:

  1. My condolences for your lack of NASA TV when GLAST lifted off - while it was pretty cloudy, one of the superduper tracking cameras, UCS 23, got amazing views of the Delta 2 in flight. It was all replayed 1/2 hour after launch.