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Monthly archive March, 2011

Giraffstronaut

I’m brand new to Space Tweeps and am producing an animated short “Backspace” based on my animated series “Giraffstronaut”. You can find more info here .  It’s like Spongebob meets Star Trek… or, an even better tagline…. “if you like naked mole rats, you’ll love Giraffstronaut”! I’d love to know what Space Tweeps think about it!!

Epic ISS Pass Last Night

Clear skys and mild temperatures and a bright ISS slicing right through the middle of the sky. Made for a perfect night to view the completed station. For the first time in my life I was able to make out the solar panels with a pair of binoculars. I snapped a few time exposures but didn’t take the time to set the camera. I was to busy talking to neighbors and explaining what they were seeing through the binoculars. It was a very exiting time. I shared my tweetup experience with all my neighbors who may now look up more often and remember that we have a presence in the sky. A million pound outpost circling the planet at over 17,000mph.

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day at the American Museum of Natural History – follow MESSENGER Spacecraft as it begins to orbit Mercury

MESSENGER Orbital Insertion of the Innermost Planet, Mercury

After flying nearly 5 billion miles over 6 years from Earth, the MESSENEGER spacecraft is scheduled to begin orbiting Mercury on March 17, becoming the first spacecraft to do so if successful. To date, MESSENGER’s three flybys of the innermost planet have yielded invaluable insights about Mercury, the smallest, densest, and least explored of the terrestrial planets.

The event will feature a live feed from MESSENGER operations center at Johns Hopkins University with Sean Solomon, director of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution and principal investigator of the MESSENGER mission, and Museum scientists, who will discuss the mission, including the importance of understanding Mercury’s high-density composition. The Museum’s Digital Universe Atlas will be used to illustrate the path that MESSENGER traveled before entering Mercury’s orbit on the AstroBulletin screen.

The fate of the spacecraft—which will begin its rocket burn at 8:50 pm—won’t be known until after 10 pm.

WHEN: Thursday, March 17, from 8:30 to 10:15 pm Wine and beer will be available for purchase from the Starlight Café.

WHERE: Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Hall of the Universe, Fredrick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space. Enter at 81st Street.

ADMISSION: Free

Thank you to Ellen Evaristo of the American Museum of Natural History for the tip!

Starcrossed by @tactfulcacti

If you know me, you know I love finding ways to combine space with the arts. So when @tactfulcacti contacted me about their recently completed short film, I thought it would be fun to share. Hope you enjoy it!

STS-133 Videos courtesy of @lonseidman