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Departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory

In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, just hours before she, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency departed in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan. The tour includes scenes of each of the station’s modules and research facilities with a running narrative by Williams of the work that has taken place and which is ongoing aboard the orbital outpost.

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Mars: NASA Releases Stunning New Panorama of Mars

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NASA has released a stunning new image of Mars that’s made up of over 800 combined images.

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NASA’S Orion Arrives At Kennedy, Work Underway For First Launch in 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — More than 450 guests at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida welcomed the arrival of the agency’s first space-bound Orion spacecraft Monday, marking a major milestone in the construction of the vehicle that will carry astronauts farther into space than ever before. Click to read more.

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Voyager 1 set to make interstellar history

WASHINGTON – In 1977 Jimmy Carter became president. Roots began its historic TV appearance. Star Wars opened in theaters. Elvis Presley died. Oracle Corporation incorporated and Apple II computers arrived. Space Shuttle Enterprise began drop tests from a 747. Voyager 1 and 2 are launched.

You would have to be at least 40 years old with an incredible memory or a student of history to remember any of these events. And even if you were either or both of these, the launch of Voyager 1 and 2 may have been reinforced by the following images each of these spacecraft made in their exploration of the outer planets of the solar system.

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Space Station Live! NASA app puts the lab at your fingertips

Ever wonder what the crew on board the International Space Station is doing right now? Or what is the temperature of each of the orbiting outpost’s modules? Or how much power is being generated at this very instant by the space station’s solar array wings?

If so, NASA has an app for that.

Read more here.

Video: Nasa unveils rocket to carry man to Mars

Nasa has unveiled a new rocket design which it says will put humans on Mars by 2030.

Space Miami – Aerojet-Dade Rocket Site Documentary

Space Miami – Aerojet-Dade Rocket Site Documentary from Coffee and Celluloid on Vimeo.

In 1963 Aerojet-General built a rocket manufacturing plant in the middle of the Everglades. They were hoping to build rockets for the Apollo moon mission. The rockets were built and tested in a 150 ft. deep silo, the deepest hole ever dug in Florida.

In addition to the site, they dug the largest canal cutting through the Everglades to the Atlantic ocean. Because the rockets were so big (solid fueled), they could only be transfered by barge.

The Saturn rockets ended up with liquid fuel and Aerojet never got the contract. The site was abandoned in 1969, along with the rocket in the silo. It’s been sitting there for nearly 50 years.

Produced by Coffee and Celluloid Productions (www.cc-prod.com) and Borscht Corp. (www.borscht.info).

Music by Smile (http://www.myspace.com/stephanilnyckyjssmile)

Video: STS-134 Ascent Imagery Highlights

Space shuttle Endeavour and the STS-134 crew begin the journey to the International Space Station on May 16, 2011.

Cool Website: How Many People Are in Space Right Now?

This website is dead simple and awesome.

It answers simply: how many people are in space right now?

Today the answer is 6 – that will change in a few weeks with the shuttle arrives.

Check it out here.

NASA Orbits Mercury for the first Time – Video Inside

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft’s first photos of Mercury have revealed a pock-marked planet full of craters from pieces of asteroids.