Blasting into History

Four new names have been added to the Astronaut Hall of Fame, bringing the number inducted up to 77. From the description on NASA TV’s Youtube Page:

NASA Administrator and former astronaut Charles Bolden joined with other well-wishers at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 5, to welcome four new honorees: Guy Bluford, the first African-American to fly in space, on STS-8 in 1993; Ken Bowersox, shuttle Endeavour’s pilot on the first mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope; Frank Culbertson Jr., commander of the first space shuttle night landing at Kennedy in 1993; and Kathy Thornton, a veteran of three shuttle missions and more than 975 hours in space. Hosting the event at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex was Jon Cryer, Emmy Award-winning comedian of TV’s “Two and a Half Men.” The four new inductees bring to 77 the number of those enshrined in the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Meanwhile, NASA is offering you the chance to get your face onto the next shuttle mission. Upload your picture, or just your name, to this website and it will fly on a mission whose details will be sent to you. A downloadable certificate will be available once the mission is complete. Mission status and other information will also be available through the page.

But some people want more than their face in space, for example, Armadillo Aerospace and Masten Aerospace both want to prove their rocket-tech capabilities when it comes to running a simulated lunar mission. Both of them have performed mid-flight engine restarts as part of the Google Lunar X-prize:

But if you can’t go to space, why not bring a little bit of space down to you – like this artist who has created a full sized replica of the Hubble Space Telescope. Not a working one…

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