Tag Archives: NASA

Remembering Challenger 30 Years Ago

Remembering Challenger 30 Years Ago


I can’t believe it’s been 30 years. The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986, when the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger exploded 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members.

I remember watching this live in my 4th grade class. I recall the teacher quickly shutting off the TV as she started to cry. I knew a teacher named Christa McAuliffe was on board – the first civilian in to go to space in fact. We had drawn pictures of her and space shuttles that day in class. 

Challenger Crew

Challenger Crew Courtesy of NASA

Books about the Space Shuttle Challenger and NASA can be found here.

Creepy floating city captured on film in the skies over China

floating city

Residents of two Chinese cities have witnessed the gateway to a parallel universe after a ‘floating city’ appeared in their sky. Then again, it could just be pollution. Video of mirage in the shape of a cityscape appeared in the clouds over Jiangxi and Foshan and can be seen below.

BUT really, maybe there is something strange going on here. Could it be Biblical? Could it be ‘Project Blue Beam’ and the plan to create a new world order? Maybe it’s the Grays prepping us for an alien invasion.

While these theories are enticing, scientists have been quick to dismiss the occurrence as a Fata Morgana — a mirage caused when light passes through at different temperatures.


“White castle” by Yuri Shwedoff


Gravity – Official Teaser Trailer [HD]

Like the pull from a looming planet, the first trailer for director Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity,” starring actors George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts, will draw you in.

Earth, Jupiter and Venus as seen from Mars

From the surface of the red planet Mars, recent observations provide a view of the Earth, Jupiter and Venus (top down) in the sky. Stunning.

Earth, Jupiter and Venus as seen from Mars


Woman Astronaut

Woman Astronaut

Settle down… It’s just a joke.


172 Hours on the Moon

172 Hours on the Moon is a young adult novel by Johan Harstad about three teenagers who go to the moon as winners of a global lottery, only to discover a terrible secret about why they were sent. Buy a copy here.

172 Hours on the Moon

Seems interesting. A review of it has been posted here.

Earth from space

Satellite footage reminding us that we are just floating on a rock through space.


New Video of Challenger Disaster Surfaces After 24 Years

On a chilly January morning in 1986, Corydon optometrist Jack Moss raised his new video camera to the sky over central Florida and captured one of the darkest moments in American space exploration the explosion of the shuttle Challenger.

I have chills. I remember watching this in my 4th grade classroom and not fully grasping the tradgedy I had just witnessed.

If you are interested in the Challenger story, I hear this book explores some of the controversy around it.


Think you have the stomach to be an astronaut?

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