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Today the NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched a Japanese H-IIA rocket with the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory onboard. The joint mission will collect data to map global rainfall and snowfall every three hours. And there is an awesome anime about that. Because Japan.
I refuse to believe this is not a 100% factual representation of how every joint JAXA / NASA space project works. I’m pretty sure NASA gives their people special quasi-futuristic NASA clothing like that for when they travel to Japan.
Apollo 17 Command Module
Massive and explosive launch failure of a Proton-M heavy lift rocket with 3 GLONASS navigation satellites.
Keeping the franchise alive.
Good morning! Build a Space Station in 2 minutes. Harder than it looks.
Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity - Mast Camera (Mastcam) (MSSS-MALIN) images for Sol 490
Space Shuttle Challenger launches for the last time, 28th January 1986.
Front and Rear Hazcams, Sol 515
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It feels like a large piece of grit has been smashed into my eye and instinctively, I reach up to rub it — and my hand smacks into the visor of my helmet. ‘You’re in a spacesuit, moron!’ I remind myself under my breath. I try blinking repeatedly and whipping my head hard from side to side to try to dislodge whatever it is, but my eye keeps stinging and won’t stay open for more than a blurry second before snapping shut again.
We’ve trained for many eventualities during an EVA, but partial blindness was not one of them. So what to do? Well, take stock: I’m tightening the bolts on Canadarm2 using a big handheld drill. My feet are clicked into place in the foot restraints and my tether is firmly attached to the Station; I’m at no imminent risk. The rest of my senses are fine and I’ve still got one good eye. I decide to keep working and tell no one. So I move on to the next bolt and start torquing it into place. My left eye, however, is now not only smarting but actually filling with tears.
Tears need gravity. On Earth, a little duct above your eye generates tears that flush out whatever irritant is in your eye and then overflow down your cheek and drain down your tear duct, making your nose run. But in weightlessness, tears don’t flow downward. They just sit there and, as you keep on crying, a bigger and bigger ball of salty liquid accumulates to form a wobbly bubble on your eyeball.
Now for some key anatomy. My great-grandparents were all from northern England and southern Scotland, and while Yorkshiremen and Scots are noted for their toughness and stoicism, they are not remarkable for their noses. Instead of a proud, protruding hawk-like nose, they bequeathed me a more humble bridge, which the growing ball of tears in my left eye easily oozes over, like a burst dam, promptly invading my right eye.
Which also snaps shut, because whatever’s contaminating my left eye hasn’t been diluted by my tears so now my right eye is tearing heavily, too. I try to force my eyes open, but there’s not much point — all I can see is a watery blur before my reflexes kick in and my eyelids close. In the space of just a few minutes, I’ve gone from 20/20 vision to blind. In space. Holding a drill.
Col. Chris Hadfield,
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
Space Shuttle concept model (1972)
Io Rising: Jupiter’s volcanic moon rises over the giant planet’s right side. Taken by Voyager 1 on February 24, 1979.
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