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NASA Shares Recordings from Space for you to Listen to & Use

NASA has a Soundcloud channel where they post audio recordings from space.  The channel includes items such as Kennedy’s speeches about space exploration, the shuttle’s rockets, as well as interstellar sounds. You can share the content or sample it in your work.

You can learn more about the project by going to NASA’s Soundcloud Stream or check out the story on NPR

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The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth

Want to know what your hometown looks like from space, check out NASA’s website “The Gateway to Astronaut Photography from Space.”

The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth hosts the best and most complete online collection of astronaut photographs of the Earth from 1961 through the present.

The free database is is a great way to explore both photographs and videos taken by astronauts from space. The public is permitted to use the images so long as they credit them appropriately:

“Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center” or “Video courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center” as appropriate. We recommend that the caption for any photograph published include the unique photo number (Mission-Roll-Frame), and our website (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov) so that others can locate or obtain copies when needed.

Miami at Night Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center ISS026-E-8504 http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov

Miami at Night
Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center
ISS026-E-8504
http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov

NASA: A Day of Remembrance

722216main_dor_360Today, NASA remembers their fallen astronauts on their annual “Day of Remembrance,” which falls on the 10th anniversary of the Columbia disaster in 2003. While NASA has the the highest safety record for manned space flight in the history of the world, the program has not been without tragedy. I recently highlighted the 27th anniversary of the Challenger Explosion that took the lives of all seven crew members, including teacher Christa McAuliffe, the first and only participant in NASA’s Teacher in Space Project (cancelled in 1990 as a result of the tragedy).

Crew of the Apollo 1

Crew of the Apollo 1

The first astronaut tragedy to hit NASA was the ill-fated Apollo 1 in 1967. Originally intended to be the first manned mission to the moon, a fire during the launch pad test resulted in the deaths of all three crew members. Manned lunar launches were delayed only briefly as the United States government was embroiled in the Space Race against the Soviet Union.

While there would be other fatalities in training scenarios and frightening close calls (the Apollo 13 mission, for example, very nearly ended in tragedy but the swift thinking of its crew and NASA engineers resulted in a Hollywood-style happy ending) NASA’s space program would continue for nearly 20 years without incident until the Challenger explosion in 1986. Many believed that the explosion of the Challenger at launch would be the death knell for NASA, but after a few years space exploration continued and the program endured.

Crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia

Crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia

On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated on reentry over Texas and Louisiana. Subsequent testing and examination indicated that pilot error had caused the tragedy. All seven crew members (5 Americans, 1 Israeli astronaut, and 1 Indian astronaut) were killed. The world community mourned the loss of these scientists.

Today, on the anniversary of the tragedy, American and NASA remembers all of the astronauts who gave their lives in our endeavor to explore beyond our own atmosphere. While their tragedy touches us all, their legacy endures. NASA, still battling funding cuts, intends to reinstitute manned flights to space in a few years.

For a list of all space-flight related fatalities, see this article on Wikipedia (note that while the USSR has some names reported, historians and political scientists agree that the number of cosmonauts killed in space travel has been vastly and drastically underreported).

For more information on Columbia Disaster, see:

“How the Columbia Tragedy Unfolded – and Led to NASA’s Tough Transition” by MSNBC

“The Day the Room Went Silent: NASA Design Engineer Remembers Columbia Explosion” by FoxNews

“Top 10 Myths Surrounding NASA’s Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster” by MSNBC