Mercury’s Transit of the Sun 2016

Well, we didn’t get a good view of Mercury last Monday, but NASA did…

Around 13 times per century, Mercury passes between Earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit. The 2016 Mercury transit occurred on May 9, between roughly 7:12 a.m. and 2:42 p.m. EDT.

What a Ride!

On November 6th, 2015 UP Aerospace Inc. launched the 20-foot (6 meter) tall SL-10 rocket into near-space. The mission: deploy the Maraia Capsule testing the aerodynamics and stability of the payload on re-entry to the atmosphere. The rocket reached an altitude of 396,000ft (120,700 meters) and speeds up to Mach 5.5 (3800mph or 6115km/h) at engine burnout.

The Challenger Disaster

30 years ago today the space shuttle Challenger blew up moments after lift off. All seven astronauts died. Then president Ronald Reagan gave one of the finest (in my opinion the finest) speeches of his career.

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