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McMoon and the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project

January 15, 2010

Source:  Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project/NASA Ames

Source: Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project/NASA Ames

Whether they carry a badge signed by Charlie Bolden or Elon Musk, rocket scientists are genetically hardwired to obsess about the future.  In the course of turning their visions into reality, they sometimes forget the importance of history.

Such was the case when they lost those high quality tapes of the Apollo 11 moonwalk – how the heck did that happen?

There was another near historical tragedy involving yet another moon mission – but the day was saved by and unlikely team, working in an unlikely place.


Next "This Week In Space" on track for Friday 1/15

January 13, 2010

twis300We are in the final run-up to the next “This Week In Space,” hosted by Yours Truly!  Check us out on Friday for the latest on the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the ISS, probes on Mars, a Skype interview with Hubble-Hugger-In-Chief John Grunsfeld,  an in-depth report on the Lunar Orbiter Image Restoration Project, and much, much more…

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Decisions, decisions

January 6, 2010

twis300The shuttle Endeavour is “hard down at the pad,” as they say at NASA.  Rollout commenced this morning at 4:13am EST and officially wrapped her trip at 10:37am EST.  It was a chilly 6+ hours of work for the team at KSC, who are not used to the sub-freezing temperatures and wind chill that hit the Space Coast this morning.  Now, work begins in earnest to prep the orbiter for launch on February 7 – Super Bowl Sunday, no less.  This mission will arguably be one of the most interesting of those remaining on the manifest…the astronauts will deliver and install Node 3, called Tranquility, and an attached cupola to the International Space Station.  After this mission, it all comes down to hauling some science instruments and a whole lot of spare parts up hill.  The finish line for the ISS is in sight!

In the mean time, our “This Week In Space” team is hard at work, evaluating stories and deciding what to include in our next show.  Right now, the plan includes a report on the hard work going on inside an old McDonalds at NASA Ames to reprocess lunar images that predate Apollo, an interview with Hubble spacewalker John Grunsfeld – who has just departed the astronaut corps and signed on as a bigwig at the Space Telescope Science Inst. (a/k/a Hubble Headquarters), and possibly a story on moonwalker and artist Alan Bean, who is just wrapping up an exhibition of his paintings at the Smithsonian.

And that’s just for starters.  On the space beat, the fun never stops!  Watch this space for more on “This Week In Space.”

Everything Old Is New Again

December 21, 2009
First view of Earth from the Moon.  Source: Lunar Orbiter Images Recovery Project/NASA Ames

Earliest view of Earth from the Moon. Source: Lunar Orbiter Images Recovery Project/NASA Ames

Next time on “This Week In Space” – we will take you to McMoons – believe it or not the old McDonald’s at NASA Ames Research Center has become the scene of a remarkable project to preserve and enhance some 50 year old pictures of the moon…

We’ll tell you the amazing tale of the lost tapes – jury rigged antique machines – and some guys with a lot of drive and passion…the only question is: would you like a hot apple pie with that?

'This Week In Space' – Part 3

December 21, 2009

twis300Welcome to the premier of “This Week In Space With Miles O’Brien,” a new show dedicated to keeping space lovers up to speed on the stories and issues making news off the planet.

This is Part 3of 3, and features news on the the WISE Spacecraft Launch, the rollout of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, new images from the recently refurbished Hubble Space Telescope, Butterflies in Space, and an interview with astronaut Nicole Stott – just back from the ISS.

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