Sunday, April 21, 2013
The launch was scrubbed Saturday for the second time.
UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.: The Antares launched at 5 p.m., apparently with no problems, according to NASA. A news conference is scheduled for later Sunday. VIDEO HERE. The Antares rocket has ben rescheduled to blast into orbit Sunday after a second launch attempt expected Saturday was scrubbed because of upper-level winds. If the third time's the charm and all goes according to plan, the commercial rocket, being launched as part of a mission to resupply the International Space Station, should be visible to million of people from the Eastern Seaboard as far west as central Pennsylvania. Orbital Sciences has released expected views of Antares from various vantage points, including Woodbridge. In Virginia, DC, and most other places on the east …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
NASA is looking to trade in shuttles for an Apollo-like space exploration vehicle with a $38 billion price tag.
With Discovery safely on the ground at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center and retired after 28-years, the question is: What will NASA do next? According to NASA, they are designing and building a new space vehicle that will have the capabilities to send people into space to explore the solar system. The goal is to develop a vehicle that will one day land humans on Mars, according to NASA. The new space exploration vehicle, “Orion,” will be able to carry astronauts into space for 21-day missions, according to NASA. The new space vehicle would cost about $38 billion and only fly twice within the next 10-years, the Los Angeles Times reported in 2011. The L.A. Times also reported the multi-billion dollar price tag would also pay for a new …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Thousands were present to witness Discovery's final landing on the back of a Boeing 747.
After decades of missions, almost a year in space and soaring nearly 149 million miles through the heavens, Discovery—NASA's last space shuttle—made its final voyage on the back of a Boeing 747 to Dulles International Airport on Tuesday. Hundreds of people on the roof of a parking garage at Dulles greeted Discovery with cheers of excitement and awe as it soared past an American flag on its first flyover of the metropolitan area. Several small children jumped up and down, waving their arms. A retired Air Force pilot eagerly scanned the horizon with a pair of binoculars, as his daughter perched on a small concrete column to get a better view. Many were well aware that the flight marked the end of an era, such as sixth-grader Lindsay Yentz, …
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Did you see Discovery fly over Woodbridge? The Boeing 747 that's piggy-backing the space shuttle made its brief debut over Woodbridge at around 9:37 a.m. To watch the live landing, visit NASA's website. Add your photos if you caught it! Thanks to Colleen Warren Baldwin and Angie Gilbert for their photos.
Monday, April 16, 2012
The space shuttle Discovery will be flying into Dulles Airport on Tuesday, followed by events welcoming the shuttle to the Udvar-Hazy Center on Thursday, Friday and through the weekend.
Monday, April 16, 2012
TUESDAY - DISCOVERY LANDS • 8 a.m. – The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly will open its parking lot (and the McDonald’s) at 8 a.m. for those who want to watch the shuttle come into Dulles Airport from that location. The Smithsonian Institute says the parking lot will be the best location for watching. Bring a lawn chair and your breakfast. Parking is $15, the museum is free. • 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. – The building will be open for regular hours, until 5:30 p.m. The Engen Observation Tower will be closed to the public. • 10 a.m. – The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, will bring Discovery to Dulles International Airport between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The airplane will fly over the Washington D.C. area before landing. The …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Don't be alarmed if you see jets.
From NASA: NASA, in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, will conduct training and photographic flights on Thursday, April 5, over the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area. Two T-38 training jets will fly approximately 1,500 feet above Washington between 9:30 and 11 a.m. These flights are intended to capture photographic imagery. If the flights must be canceled for any reason, they will be rescheduled and an additional notice will be released. For more information about NASA's use of T-38 training jets, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/H3S4qK