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danspace77 THANK YOU ESA, AS THE ATV MISSION READIES TO SUPPLY THE ISS ONE FINAL TIME

Image Credit & Copyright: ESA/CNES/Arianespace ATV-5 Mission Poster (Follow Arianespace here on IG @Arianespace). DanSpace77.com for larger view, mission information and more links than you will ever need to include a few to stream the launch live.

Tuesday, July 29th at 2344 UTC (1944 EDT) Arianespace will be launching the massive and beautiful Ariane 5 ES Rocket (designated Flight VA219) with the fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5), named after Belgian physicist, Georges Lemaitre, to resupply the ISS. Launch will take place from Launch Site ELA-3 at the Arianespace Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The ISS is a busy place as Progress M-23M (P-55) undocked on July 21 leaving Soyuz-38 (TMA-12M), Soyuz 39 (TMA-13m), Cygnus S.S. Janice Voss and Progress M-24M (P-56) currently at station. Once docked to the Zvezda “Star” service Module (DOS-8) of the ISS it will remain there for roughly six months before being packed with trash and incinerated in Earth’s atmosphere.
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danspace77 ULA DELTA IV POISED FOR LAUNCH MONDAY!

Photo Credit & Copyright: ULA/Pat Corkery of the GPS IIF-3 launch: DanSpace77.com for larger view, detailed rocket information and links to stream live.

LAUNCH ALERT!!! (WEATHER & EQUIPMENT PERMITTING) Monday, July 28th at 1843 EDT (2243 UTC) from Space Launch Complex-37 (SLC-37 or Slick-37) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) a United Launch Alliance (ULA), Boeing Delta IV rocket flying in its Medium+4,2 configuration will accelerate out of Earth’s atmosphere carrying U.S. Military’s payloads. This will be ULA’s 85th launch overall and 33 for the USAF.

The AFSPC-4 mission will deliver two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites to near-geosyn¬chronous orbit and will also carry an Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS) satellite. The twin GSSAP spacecraft will support U.S. Strategic Command space surveillance operations as a dedicated Space Surveillance Network (SSN) sensor. The GSSAP will also support Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC SPACE) tasking to collect space situational awareness data, allowing for more accurate tracking and characterization of man-made orbiting objects. The ANGELS satellite is managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate. As part of AFRL’s research in advanced Space Situational Awareness (SSA), ANGELS examines techniques for providing a clearer picture of the environment surrounding our nation’s vital space assets.
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danspace77 GUIDING LIGHTS

Image Credit & Copyright: Stian Rekdal. DanSpace77.com for larger view and look below for information and links.

This incredible image comes to us from Stian Rekdal, taken just outside of Aalesund, Norway.

Just as the lighthouse guides and alerts nearby ocean travelers to the shores nearby; so too does the amazing glow of the aurora borealis potentially guide and alert nearby visitors to the Earth, along the shores of our galactic ocean………. Please check out Mr. Rekdal’s links as you will not be disappointed.
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danspace77 July 26, 1971: Launch of #Apollo15 from KSC LC-39A with Lunar Module "Falcon" and Command Module "Endeavour" as well as David Scott, James Irwin and Al Worden. 2d
  •   astronologist_ Liftoff! The shuttle is away! 2d
  •   apolloprogram Smooth sailing ! 2d
  •   djflux Just saw Apollo 15's Endeavour today 2d
  •   zombiesidecart Mib 2d
  •   astronomysafari Im waiting for that golden time when we rerurn to the moon nd further go to mars... 'space is our future and we need to encourage space missions as much as we can.' 1d
  •   michaelrpeltier Although I believe space missions to be important they are extremely expensive and our country is deep in debt 1d
  •   astromartorano "to stop in space is to surrender" -gene kranz 22h

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danspace77 July 26, 2005: Launch of STS-114 Discovery from LC-39B. This mission was dubbed "Return to Flight" as it was the 1st launch after the Columbia tragedy. 2d
  •   mickeydav A classic! 2d
  •   pvanne @danspace77 Beautiful picture and memory to relive. I remember there was an unprecedented amount of press covering this launch and mission. Can only hope we get back at it sooner than later. 2d
  •   rb_christensen Wonderful shot! Having grown up on the Space Coast it was something truly special and inspiring to see this launch live, knowing that despite the danger, the passion for the space program would never fade for hundreds of thousands 2d
  •   zipper_mackerel Dope 2d
  •   janeslater52 Absolutely Fantastic!!! 1d
  •   loriann_q The FES of the ECLSS froze during ascent of this flight and the protocol was to return to earth. The decision to keep going was made by NASA management and fortunately they were able to flush and thaw the FES in orbit. 1d

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danspace77 SHOOT FOR THE MOON

Image Credit & Copyright: Sebastien Lebrigand. DanSpace77.com for larger view, information and links.

I just love these images from Mr. Lebrigand of aircraft transiting the Sun and the Moon. He lives directly in the flight path of Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris where he patiently awaits for the opportunity to capture what looks like a direct hit of the Moon. To capture the shot he attaches his DSLR to a refracting telescope and waits for the moment. This approach seems to work wonderfully as he has many images just like this on his links. Just wanted to share this with you all as it’s something that with the right equipment you can attempt as well. Though it may take you a while to become this good at it.
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danspace77 MILKY WAY OVER TRONA PINNACLES
Image Credit & Copyright: Evan Thomas (follow him here on IG @exploreabitmore). DanSpace77.com for larger view and look below for information and Evan’s links.

This is an incredible image of a very interesting place that I’ve actually been; the Trona Pinnacles, Trona, California. It’s a superb place to stop for a photo op if you’re making the drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley. Unfortunately I never had the chance to view it under dark skies, because as Evan Thomas shows us here, its night side has a mystique all its own as the brilliant light of the Milky Way Galaxy rises overhead from many thousands of light years away.

There’s some perspective to be had here……not just with the mind boggling scale and distances involved with the night sky and our home galaxy in this image but of the pinnacles themselves. These 500 or so pinnacles also known as “Tufa” are 30-40 ft. wide and rise high as 140 ft. and get this, they were formed under water. That’s right, where this image was taken is called Searles Lake Basin and the area used to be deep under water due to runoff from the Sierra Nevada’s creating a chain of inland seas. In addition to Evan’s links, which you need to go check out because his work is amazing; I added (as I always do) a link to this area so if you wish you can read more about it.
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danspace77 July 20, 1969: "One Small Step." #Apollo11, mankind's greatest achievement, lands on the Moon. The full "LONG" post on the blog at DanSpace77.com or DanSpace77 on Facebook or Twitter! 1w
  •   danspace77 @beatleslane Ya most spaceflight events are documented worldwide in UTC as it's a world standard while the individual countries recognize things in their own time zones. Just like the ISS, each module you go into you're in that countries time zone. Ya it can be a mess if sometimes. When I profile upcoming events I always do it in UTC so worldwide readers can easily convert that to their time and also in EDT as that's a quick baseline for most US followers to convert. 1w
  •   beatleslane @danspace77 Confusing indeed, ha. So I take that the US uses EDT for all events, even if they occur in a different timezone (like the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster)? 1w
  •   danspace77 @beatleslane Nah actually once a manned flight leaves the tower it's CDT for Houston. 1w
  •   alisonjeancole I've always wondered how they got OFF the moon 1w
  •   danspace77 @alisonjeancole There's a single engine under the lunar module. The base and the legs remain on the moon and the upper portion fires back off into lunar orbit and meets up with the command module. 7d
  •   alisonjeancole @danspace77 wow it just seems like so much could go wrong. It's amazing they ever made it back! Do you have any links where I can read more more about the "getting off the moon" process? 7d
  •   animalsandspace Can you see the turtle behind the spacecraft 7d
  •   ericathemodel Where is the stars? If I can see stars from earth why wouldn't stars be seen while on the moon??? @danspace77 3d

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danspace77 TECHNICOLOUR ALASKA

Image Credit/Copyright: Alexis Coram (Follow her here on IG @AlexisCoram). DanSpace77.com for larger view, information and Alexis’s links!

You know, I had followed Alexis on Instagram for some time now and her images have always been incredible (night & daylight images) and I’m happy to create a post for her and her incredible work. I was going to write a short post on the location and describe what we’re looking at here but as I read her description I decided that I couldn’t say it any better. I hope you enjoy this post and hit the blog, FB or Twitter for a host of links.
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danspace77 July 18, 2011: The crew of STS-135 Atlantis presents Expedition 28 with an American flag and 2 mission stickers; STS-1 & STS-135. This flag which resides in the Harmony module is to be retrieved and returned to Earth with the next American crew to fly to the ISS from the United States. 1w
  •   hacknt0sh Dan!!!! How are u my friend? :) 1w
  •   danspace77 @hacknt0sh I'm great how are you? Hoping for clear skies this weekend! And I want to do some donuts in your Audi! ;) 1w
  •   kire51 When you said clear skies I thought you would say plane not a Audi lol 1w
  •   hacknt0sh I have clear skies today.. But going out with friends tonight. I'll try and take some astrophotos by the time I get back if I'm not too drunk. Lol. Donuts in my Audi? You should see the donuts my car can do in the snow.. Lol 1w
  •   danspace77 @hacknt0sh Anytime! Lol 1w
  •   danspace77 @kire51 I'd do donuts in a plane.....I better not be flying it though lol. 1w
  •   kire51 Ok lol 1w

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danspace77 RED CANYON SKY

Image Credit & Copyright: Michael Ince (Follow him here on IG @mike_ince). CLICK image for larger view and look below for information and related links.

This great image comes to us from Michael Ince and it’s of the Milky Way Galaxy standing tall and vertical in the night sky over the forest known to locals as “Dixie”; almost making you wish you were higher so you could peer down over the southern horizon and view it in its entirety. This image was captured at Red Canyon Utah and its located just 13 miles from Bryce Canyon which is just spectacular. Red Canyon itself is an amazing place and very similar to Bryce canyon in its sights, composition and formation origins or wind and water erosion.
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danspace77 With less than one month to go before #Rosetta arrives at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko a wild new fact has taken shape; the comet is a contact binary. That's right, this comet that Rosetta plans to orbit and land it's lander "Philae" on is actually 2 ancient space rocks seemingly held together through mutual gravity. This is going to get real interesting as the comet nears the Sun and begins to awaken with a spacecraft sitting on it. Well just have to wait and see how this one turns out! 2w

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danspace77 #Apollo11 S-1C stage (1st stage) falls away as the rocket carries on out of the atmosphere. 2w

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danspace77 Here's another incredible power shot of #Apollo11. Just incredible that there's three humans riding that thing off the planet! Look at that flame and keep in mind that the #SaturnV itself is 363 ft tall! 2w

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danspace77 July 16, 1969: SA-506 carries CSM Columbia, LM Eagle and three men, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins off LC-39A to become immortal....... #Apollo11 2w

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danspace77 ANCIENTS
Image Credit & Copyright: Shane Michael Black (Follow him here on IG @shanemichaelblack. DanSpace77.com for larger view, information and Shane's links.
This image comes to us from the extremely creative and talented photographer, Shane Michael Black and it was shot in the ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, high in the White Mountains of Inyo County, California. These trees are the oldest living things on Earth and their lifespans can exceed a mind blowing 5000 years old.

However, that’s nothing compared to the age of the sky and the objects therein. Many millions of years pass just for the privilege of being able to look up and see these objects as they were years ago. Some sent their light before you and I were born, some sent their light in the last few hundred centuries as Galileo, Copernicus and the like looked upon them as they were many years before then. And some of those points of light in the sky were sent before humans ever even existed on the planet. All, of those points of light are from right here in our own star city; the Milky Way Galaxy; just one of hundreds of billions. That is a perspective that’s never lost on me and I hope that’s true for all of us.

I truly hope you enjoy this image and please go check out more of Shane’s work and below his links I offer to you the USDA page for this great forest.
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danspace77 Happy Monday everyone! SpaceX launch should be kicking off at 11:15 am EDT. While we wait, here's an out of this world view of the #Supermoon from Alexander Gerst onboard the #ISS. 2w

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danspace77 SpaceX, Falcon9 and Orbcomm OG2 to launch Monday (tomorrow). Image Credit & Copyright: SpaceX. DanSpace77.com for larger view, information and related links.
LAUNCH ALERT:
Monday, July 14, 2014 at 09:21 EDT (13:21 UTC) a SpaceX Falcon 9, version 1.1 rocket will be launching from Cape Canaveral, Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40 pronounced “SLICK-40”), Florida with six Orbcomm communication satellites. The satellites will help Orbcomm Inc. provide two-way data messaging for its customers worldwide.

This flight of the Falcon 9 will, for the second time test its first stage landing legs. That’s right; it has three retractable legs that, after the boost phase of the mission ends the three legs will release into position and engines will re-fire hopefully bringing the first stage down to the ocean in a soft water landing in the Atlantic. Future missions will take the next steps to reusability even further by attempting to land vertically back at Cape Canaveral, FL.
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danspace77 July 11, 1979: Americas 1st manned space station #Skylab renters Earth's atmosphere over southwest Australia. Many large size pieces of debris rained down over a large area. Here's a couple quick fun stories of the event.
The San Francisco Examiner offered a $10,000 reward for the first piece of Skylab debris returned to them. The reward was claimed by Stan Thornton of Esperance, Australia thanks to a Philadelphia business man flying him out to collect.
Esperance, Australia also jokingly fined #NASA $400 for littering. That debt went unpaid for 30 years when in April 2009 Scott Barley, a morning radio host for Highway Radio collected the money through his listeners and paid the mock fine of behalf of NASA.
That years Ms. Universe was conveniently held in Perth, Australia and a large piece of the debris was displayed there. Today many well preserved pieces of the fallen station are displayed all around southwest Australia.
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danspace77 ESA's Rosetta Mission Reaches Its Final Target In Less Than a Month.
Illustration/Video Credit & Copyright: European Space Agency (ESA): DanSpace77.com for larger view, information and related links.

On March 2, 2004 just over 10 years ago the European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Rosetta spacecraft on the nose of an Arianespace, Ariane 5 rocket on one of the most ambitious missions ever undertaken. You can read up on a little bit of this mission’s awesome history on my blog by doing a search for "Rosetta." Today, with its target (Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko) well in view and closing, the main mission is set to begin in less than a month as orbital insertion is scheduled for August 6, 2014. Orbital height will only be approximately 25 km above the comet’s surface. After a detailed mapping of its surface, five potential landing zones will then be determined.

The mission is comprised of two vehicles. The larger Rosetta space probe which consists of 11 science instruments and a robotic lander named Philae which carries an additional 10 science instruments. ROSETTA gets its name from the Rosetta stone as the mission intends to help determine what the solar system looked like before planets formed. The PHILAE lander is named after the Nile Island, Philae; which is where an obelisk was found that helped to decipher the Rosetta stone.
Rosetta’s mission is to rendezvous, orbit, land on and perform a detailed study of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as part of ESA’s “Horizon 2000” Cornerstone missions. The Philae lander will then ride the comet through perihelion.
Thus far, Rosetta has imaged the comet a few times and for a while, things appeared to get dicey as the comet began to flare up and outgas but as of now it’s gone quiet again. For the sake of the safety of the two spacecraft and the mission as a whole, let’s hope 67P stays quiet just a bit longer.
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