Anousheh Ansari To ISS

September 22, 2006

Below are a couple of nice images of American/Iranian businesswoman Anousheh Ansari as she trains and then departs on a Russian Soyuz for her trip to the International Space Station. Images are courtesy of NASA/Bill Ingalls and

Anousheh Training    Anousheh Boarding Soyuz


Atlantis Rolls Back To The Launchpad

September 1, 2006

Below is a nice image of the Atlantis Shuttle orbiter as it rolls back to the launchpad at the end of August in preparation for the STS-115 mission to resume construction of the International Space Station. (Atlantis was temporarily removed from the launchpad because of Tropical Storm Ernesto). Image courtesy of NASA. As always, click to enlarge.

Atlantis STS115

Universe 15% Older Than Previously Thought?

August 7, 2006

Astronomers recently calculated the distance to the relatively nearby galaxy M33 (aka the Triangulum Galaxy) as being about 15% further than previously estimated. They analyzed the distance using several telescopes while observing a binary star system, fine tuning their instruments very carefully. This measurement means that the Hubble constant (71 km/sec/mparsec) – which astronomers use to measure distances in the Universe – could be off as well. The Universe might actually be 15% larger (and thus older) than previously believed. (This post mostly courtesy of, with some editing by me. Below image of M33 courtesy of NASA/JPL).

M33 Galaxy

Discovery STS-121 Launch Photo (2)

July 5, 2006

Below is an additional Shuttle Discovery STS-121 launch photo, as usual courtesy of NASA. Click to enlarge.

Shuttle Discovery Launch 2

Discovery STS-121 Launch Photo (1)

July 5, 2006

Below is a great image of the launch of the Shuttle Discovery mission STS-121 on July 4, 2006. Image is courtesy of NASA. Click image to enlarge.

Discovery STS-121

Great ISS Image

July 3, 2006

Below is a beautiful image from NASA of the International Space Station taken during space shuttle mission STS-111. Click image to enlarge.

ISS From Shuttle

STS-121 Crew Portrait

June 30, 2006

Below is a great image courtesy of NASA which is the official STS-121 crew portrait. As always, click the image to enlarge.

Shuttle Crew Portrait STS121

Shuttle Discovery May 2006

June 2, 2006

Below is a beautiful image of the space shuttle Discovery during the rollout to the launch pad in May 2006.

Shuttle Discovery Rollout

Sean and Landon

May 4, 2006

This is another test Blog posting. This time from the Flock browser! Picture below (hopefully) is my great-nephew Landon and my nephew Sean! Looking good guys!

Sean and Landon

Test Blog capabilities of MacJournal

April 26, 2006

This is just a test blog entry (edited) from MacJournal with a thumbnail of my website homepage.



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