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On May 20, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Join Bill Nye for today's Light Sail Reddit AMA

As space agencies look to improve the efficiency of both long duration and short duration space missions, light sails may prove to be the future of spacecraft design. 

A long time proponent of scientific literacy and space exploration, Bill Nye (born November 27th, 1955) is the CEO of The Planetary Society, whose stated goal is to empower the world’s citizens to advance space science and exploration. 

Be sure to join Bill Nye on Reddit today at 1pm EST/10am PST, who will be discussing the Light Sail

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Prove that you can solve but without actually solving anything is what the space program is all about. It's also what visual effects are all about. And the optimistic view about the future is basically madness since reality doesn't really support it. What's optimistic about the debt slavery and warmongering that rages on across the world?
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On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space.

While NASA has been sending American astronauts into space for over half a century, it all began with one - Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. An American test pilot, Shepard was selected as one of the first seven astronauts by the then newly formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Coined the ‘Mercury 7’, NASA’s first batch of carefully selected and trained individuals were to pilot the manned spaceflights of the Mercury program. In January 1961, Alan Shepard was selected from this group to pilot the Freedom 7 mission which would make him not only the first American in space, but the first human to reach this threshold.

Unfortunately, due to delays by unplanned preparatory work, the flight was postponed nearly seven months after the initial planned date. In this time, more specifically less than a month prior to Shepard’s flight, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin would leapfrog Shepard to become the first person in space and to orbit the Earth. On May 5, 1961, Shepard piloted the Freedom 7 mission and became the second person, and the first American, to travel into space.

Following his involvement with Mercury and Gemini, Shepard would command America’s third successful lunar landing mission - Apollo 14. The first mission to successfully broadcast color television pictures from the surface of the Moon, Shepard piloted the Lunar Module Antares to the most accurate landing of the entire Apollo program.

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The Force is strong with this one. Happy Star Wars Day!

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Watch Live Coverage Of MESSENGER's End Of Mission

After running out of fuel necessary to keep it in orbit, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft is expected to impact the closest planet to the sun at approximately 3:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 30, 2015. The spacecraft will collide with Mercury traveling at 8,750 mph, creating an impact crater approximately 52 feet wide.

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On May 14, 1973, Skylab was launched into orbit.

Could human beings live and work effectively for extended periods in space? To answer that question, three separate 3 man crews lived aboard Skylab space station, beginning on May 25th, 1973. Skylab was an afterthought for a majority of the American public when compared to the complex Apollo program, and coincidentally only became a reality when the Apollo program ended early due to a lack of funding. However, Skylab remains as an integral part of NASA’s legacy, and the impact of these missions are still felt today – 41 years later.

Gerald Carr, the commander of Skylab 4 — the third and final manned visit to the space station, recalled: 

“I think the greatest achievement is that we pretty much proved that the human body can stay weightless for a very long time.”

Much of the research and technology that makes the International Space Station possible was just theory prior to the launch of Skylab. Although the lab modules aboard the ISS are more intricate and the technology much more technically impressive, Skylab was the first successful modular space station laboratory. Had Skylab not been successful, the subsequent space stations for various space agencies across this planet likely would have faced operational hurdles.

The shell of Skylab was a modified Saturn V rocket used to go to the moon, and NASA originally had plans to dock a shuttle with Skylab in 1979 to push it into a higher orbit in hopes of keeping the station operational for future endeavors. However, in late 1978 the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned that an increase in solar activity would move Skylab into the atmosphere sooner than expected. With the shuttle program unexpectedly delayed until 1981, Skylab became the subject of a huge media storm when NASA announced they could do nothing to stop it re-entering Earth’s atmosphere on July 11th, 1979.

To learn more about Skylab put together a great retrospective covering the legacy of the space station.

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Watch The First Flight Test Of SpaceX's Next Generation Spacecraft

SpaceX completed the first flight test of its next generation spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station.

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Watch The Cinco de Mayo Meteor Shower Live

The Eta Aquarids, a meteor shower created from fragments of Halley’s Comet, will peak on Cinco de Mayo. The Eta Aquarids is an annual meteor shower that occurs between April 21 and May 20 each year, typically peaking around May 5-6. The meteor shower is expected to produce approximately 20-40 meteors per hour during its peak in the southern latitudes. Northern latitudes may only see half as many.

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That's no moon... It's a space station!

This image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2010 shows Saturn's moon, Mimas, and its large Herschel Crater. The Herschel Crater measures approximately 130 km wide, which is roughly the size of the first Death Star!

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First World Problems: The Smallest Planet In The Solar System Is Shrinking

Images captured by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft have provided an illustration of Mercury’s shrinking and wrinkling surface over the past 4 billion years. While the behavior of Earth’s outermost shell can best be explained through plate tectonics and the shifting of our lithosphere, Mercury has but one solid shell for a crust. As the planet’s molten core has cooled since its formation billions of years ago, the planet itself has contracted causing Mercury’s rocky exterior to crack and shift to accommodate the smaller size, much like the wrinkles that form on the skin of an apple skin as it dries out and shrinks.

“We see the landscape literally crumpling up,” said William McKinnon, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. “Massive slabs of rock are sliding over one another.”

As for the change in size, the study found in the journal Nature Geoscience notes that Mercury has seemingly contracted in radius in some locations as far as 7 kilometers, making the modern-day radial measurement of the planet 2,440 kilometers.

NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft ended its mission today, as planned, by colliding with Mercury. Read more:

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+David Goldstein mercury the messenger..or is it the 'winged messenger'?.Anyway there were 9, Pluto was relegated, making 8. Perhaps Mercury will become a minor planet or asteroid, then there will be 7!
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Penny4NASA was founded to uphold the importance of space exploration and science. We believe wholeheartedly that our federal funding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, at a mere 0.48% of the total, does not reflect the hugely important economic, technological and inspirational resource that this agency has been throughout its 50+ year history. With approximately $10 coming back into the economy for every $1 spent, thousands of new science and engineering students becoming inspired continuously, and the multitude of technologies that NASA research has both directly and indirectly made possible, we believe that NASA needs to be funded at a level of at least 1% of the U.S. federal budget. This isn't a partisan argument, and this isn't a fiscal budget argument, this is the American people saying that as a society our tax dollars to reflect that importance of science and space exploration. And 0.48% doesn't cut it. We are calling for NASA budget to be increased to at least 1% of the US federal budget.
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