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That’s here. That’s home. That’s us.

Today’s Friday, but instead of a photo of a far-off and incredible galaxy, here’s a much closer photo of an incredible planet taken from a distance of about 1.5 light seconds by either Bill Anders, Jim Lovell, or Frank Borman as they became the first people ever to visit the moon, aboard Apollo 8, on Christmas Eve 1968. 136 more words

NASA Tries to Ban Jesus from Earth (and space)

NASA, America’s space program, is seeking to ban Jesus from earth (and space).

On behalf of Christian employees at NASA, the Liberty Institute “threatened to file a federal lawsuit unless NASA apologizes and stops censoring the name ‘Jesus’.” 72 more words

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Trying to make things better

Thirty years ago today, with millions watching on live TV, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff. All seven crew members died.

Something else died too, and I’ll get to that in a moment. 414 more words

Media And Technology

More Apollo program history

Can’t get enough of man’s greatest adventure, the Apollo program, that took man to the Moon. Above is a documentary about Apollo 8, first manned mission around the moon. 56 more words

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Apollo 8 recovery


On this day in 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. Sketch of the command module being hoisted aboard the USS Yorktown.

Sketches

December 27 - Johannes Kepler

Today is Johannes Kepler’s birthday.

Kepler was born in Weil der Stadt, a small town near Stuttgart, on December 27th 1571, and was introduced to astronomy from an early age, whether he liked it or not, by being taken outside to witness the Great Comet of 1577, C/1577 V1, at age 6. 221 more words

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