How Do You Go To the Bathroom on the Space Shuttle?

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 8, 2010 in Science

This highly educational video goes into some very graphic detail on how one does a number one and number two on the space shuttle. The one thing that I learned is that going to the bathroom in outer space is quite a complicated project, so much so in fact that one must be trained to use the facilities: Read more…

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What Does It Take to Pilot a Space Shuttle?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 2, 2010 in Science

Too many of us take for granted what they actually do at NASA: Shown in this video are two astronauts training to fly the space shuttle with a modified Gulfstream jet. What’s mind numbing is that a pilot might make over a thousand of these flights just to qualify for a shuttle mission. I also have to admit that watching this behind the scenes video is a bit bittersweet as there isn’t a real replacement for the shuttle.

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The Newest Space Shuttle is Older Than a High School Student

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 16, 2010 in Science

Watching this video on the history of the Space Shuttle Endeavour is very depressing to me. For starters the shuttle was rolled out during the Bush administration: No I don’t mean George W. Bush Jr. but his father! That’s right Endeavour came out the first year that Nirvana scored a hit with Nevermind about 19 years ago, a time before any living high school was born. Of course the construction of Endeavour was kicked off in 1987: This means the last time America was serious about NASA was when the film Dirty Dancing came out. Read more…

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A Space Shuttle Somersault

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 10, 2010 in Science

space shuttle EndeavourThe shuttle looks like an aircraft and lands like one, yet we tend to forget that it’s a real spaceship — and flying a spaceship doesn’t look like an X-wing jetting into to the Death Star. And that’s what I love about this recent video footage from the current shuttle mission which shows the Endeavour performing a rendezvous pitch maneuver so that the crew members aboard the ISS can photograph the orbiter for any signs of damage it may have incurred during liftoff. By the way if you missed the launch of Expedition 23 here are some highlights of the dramatic night launch: Read more…

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How Big is a Space Shuttle?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 7, 2010 in Science

Infographic: How big is the space shuttle? Well these tiny things are humans

The video below shows the Space Shuttle Endeavour being moved from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A for its February 7th mission. The one thing that amazed me about this video is that gives you a good taste for just large the space shuttle is in scale. You get a great feeling for this looking not just at the scale of the automobiles driving by but also by how slow the rollout goes: Read more…

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Fantastic Footage from the Friday Discovery Launch

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 31, 2009 in Science

No where in the mainstream media did I see any coverage that there was a space shuttle launch on Friday. This is sad to me because each launch of the shuttle is a news event to this humble NASA fanboy; for what you are seeing is takes a ton of work where the crew is putting their life at risk. Under no circumstance should we fall into the apathetic notion that this is in the same class as an airplane taking off even if NASA makes it look that easy. And here’s some footage of the shuttle docking to International Space Station: Read more…

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View of the Space Shuttle from the Solid Rocket Booster

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 22, 2009 in Science

This amazing video shows the view of a camera attached to the SRB, which translated into English is the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster. If you want to see something amazing look at the 2:20 minute mark on the video and you can see the booster separate from the shuttle! I made an animated gif to show this off: Read more…

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Endeavour Has Patiently Waited for This

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 16, 2009 in Science

Space shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member crew launched at 6:03 p.m. EDT Wednesday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will deliver the final segment to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory and a new crew member to the International Space Station.

After several days of waiting Endeavour took off last night for the International Space Station. Part of me loves it anytime a spacecraft takes off and especially when it’s a safe and smooth launch — but another part of me regrets that it’s the year 2009 and NASA is still stuck with a vehicle that was designed in the 70s. But my hat is off to Commander Mark Polansky for a safe trip and return. Read more…

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This Space Bat Tribute Will Make Every Star Trek Fanboy Cry…

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 29, 2009 in Science, Star Trek

Good bye little fella! We know that you’ve gone boldly where no bat has gone before. Well except for the other bat on that previous shuttle ride…

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Check Out This Amazing International Space Station Footage…

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 26, 2009 in Science

You know it’s not quite as cool as a space station that you’d see in 2001: A Space Odyssey but on the whole now that the ISS is 80% done it doesn’t look too shabby! This footage was shot by the space shuttle before it heads home. Here’s an amazing photo from a space walk earlier in the mission: Read more…

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NASAtelevision: The Next Best Thing to Being an Astronaut

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 18, 2009 in Science

In my humble opinion one of the best ways of following the space shuttle this week is to watch the NASAtelevision channel on YouTube (or you can watch it live here) — sadly this is the sort of thing that the SyFy channel should be doing, but maybe this yet another sign that mass media is in decline. Shown above is the crew of the space shuttle being welcomed to the International Space Station, I just love the nautical touch of them ringing the bells. Below are the highlights from the 2nd day: Read more…

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It’s Criminal that the Space Shuttle Discovery Should Be Allowed to Take Off

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 21, 2009 in Science

When the space shuttle Discovery first launched MTV and the Macintosh were new.

The planned February launch of the Discovery has been delayed for the forth time due to potential faulty fuel valves. But that’s not the real story here: The fact of the matter is that the Discovery first flight was in August of 1984. Think about that for a minute — that’s just a few months shy of 25 years ago! In that time we’ve had five Presidents in office spanning three generations — and when Discovery first launched geeks were first discovering dial up bulletin boards. Read more…

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