As The ‘Spacehead’ Drools…

I don’t know about you, but after the recent setbacks on the commercial side of our space program, this is one ‘spacehead’ that could use a little good news from the space exploration front. Well my friends, there are a couple of upcoming major events, one by the folks at the European Space Agency (ESA) and another by NASA, that may provide just what dreamers like me need to boost our spirits! 😀

The first will begin in the early morning hours Wednesday, November 12, 2014. That’s when, after a mission that’s lasted ten long years so far, the ESA’s Rosetta probe will finally release its Philae lander towards its Agilkia landing site destination on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko…

Video and GIF image reblogged from Twisted Sifter

The landing will be streamed live here, here and here. The Discovery Science Channel is also planning to broadcast its “Landing on a Comet: Rosetta” show on Wednesday night at 9pm EST, as part of it’s big Space Week extravaganza.

The second big event will begin on the morning of December 4, 2014, when NASA launches its next-generation Orion space vehicle 3,600 miles into space in what’s being dubbed as an unmanned “four-hour EFT-1 ‘Trial by Fire'” test flight. As exciting as the Rosetta landing promises to be, this is the event that those dreaming of a big time American return to manned space flight (like me) have been waiting for!

Video and infographic image reblogged from Lights in the Dark

I don’t know what plans there are for live streaming or televising this event, but you can bet that I’ll be watching for whatever is available! 😀

And for a little extra encouragement for the dreamers amongst us, I just couldn’t resist tracking down the awesome video that plays when you open the ESA page I linked to at the top…

    

I want ice water.

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6 thoughts on “As The ‘Spacehead’ Drools…

    • The loss of solar light for Philae’s batteries was a little disappointing, but I still think it was a spectacular success. And I’ve got my fingers crossed for a power-up later! 😀

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  1. Rosetta and Orion – two completely exciting missions! And Mak, you have to admit, Rosetta also happens to be the cutest mission…ever! I love those animation videos from ESA.

    As to the losses recently suffered by Orbital and Virgin, space exploration has always had setbacks. We learn, and move forward.The loss of life, in the case of Virgin, is particularly devastating, however I doubt this will stop a single test pilot from signing up. It’s what they do.

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