Commander Eileen Collins has made four spaceflights aboard the US Space Shuttles, serving her command aboard Discovery. My female astronaut hero, she piloted and landed the vehicle twice, making her the first woman to have the controls of a US Spacecraft.
The Apollo IX mission test-flew the command module and lunar module together in Earth orbit. Dave Scott's spacewalk was one of the most-photographed parts of the mission and one of the images brilliantly lit, artfully composed, showing both spacecraft in
Airglow Over Germany by Jens Hackmann (via APOD) Does air glow? When conditions are right, however, a faint glow about 90 kilometers up can be observed, most easily with a wide-angle long-duration camera exposure.
The first APOD appeared seventeen years ago today, on 1995 June Although garnering only 14 page views on that day, we are proud to estimate that APOD has now served over one billion space-related images over the last decades.
THE POWER OF ONE SMALL STEP Photograph by NASA In the photograph above we see astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 Commander, inside the Lunar Module as it rests on the lunar surface after completion of his historic moonwalk.
National Mall from Orbit Astronauts on board the International Space Station captured this view of Washington, D. and the surrounding area on Sunday, Jan. one day before the public Inauguration of President Barack Obama.