Posts Tagged ‘Space Shuttle’

Space Shuttle to Earth, via Twitter

11 June, 2009

TwitterThe STS-125 joined the realm of social networking and micro-blogging as astronaut Michael J. Massimino used Twitter not just to document the training and preparations for the mission, he sent Tweets from space. Followers on Twitters could read status updates of what astronauts were doing, from every space walk to what meals they were having. It was bringing space travel to the masses like never before.

The first Tweet sent from space read:

“From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!”

We couldn’t have said it better.

Follow future missions and other NASA activities on Twitter here (the Space Shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to launch this Saturday on STS-127 to the International Space Station).

Then follow us on Twitter here.

Wow.

11 June, 2009

Photo: NASA/Thierry LegaultLook, it’s the Space Shuttle flying in front of a giant yellow sponge in outer space.

Okay, just kidding. 

Not really the Moon blocking the Sun here, but the Space Shuttle Atlantis as it transits the Sun during its most recent mission STS-125, the fifth and final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

Here’s the correct caption:

In this tightly cropped image, the NASA space shuttle Atlantis is seen in silhouette during solar transit, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, from Florida. This image was made before Atlantis and the crew of STS-125 had grappled the Hubble Space Telescope. Photo Credit: (NASA/Thierry Legault)

Atlantis is carrying two new instruments to the HST, a replacement Fine Guidance Sensor, and six new gyroscopes and batteries to allow the telescope to continue to function at least through 2014. Yay. (Then what? No one really knows.)

Picture of Atlantis transiting the Sun comes from the STS-125 Mission flickr page by nasa hq photo (it’s also on Wikipedia) where there are other awesome Sun pictures.