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“Nobody can take those footsteps I made on the surface of the moon away from me.” - Eugene Cernan

Today we pay tribute to the last man to walk on the Moon.
http://www.penny4nasa.org/2017/01/16/eugene-cernan-last-man-to-walk-on-the-moon-dead-at-82/

#EugeneCernan #LastManOnTheMoon #RIP #NASA #Space
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Godspeed, Eugene, and thank you for your service to this great planet!
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Godspeed, John Glenn: July 18th, 1921 - December 8th, 2016

After the successful suborbital Project Mercury flights of Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom, the United States was still coming in second during the early days of the Space Race. At that time, the Soviet Union was excelling at every important milestone compared to their American counterparts, and political tensions were at an all-time high between the two nations. Launching a man into orbit was the primary goal of Project Mercury, and John Glenn’s Friendship 7 capsule would finally prove to the medical community that human beings could function in a Zero G environment.

Unlike the previous flights undertaken by Shepard and Grissom using Redstone rockets, sending Friendship 7 into orbit would require the powerful Atlas rocket, capable of reaching speeds of 17,000 mph. After countess delays due to issues ranging from malfunctioning fuel tanks to inclement weather, February 20th, 1962 was the date chosen for John Glenn to become a hero – as 100 million people watched live.

Once John Glenn’s Friendship 7 capsule separated from the Atlas rocket after launch, NASA put the astronaut through a series of medical tests to monitor how Glenn performed in the Zero G environment. During an interview conducted for the groundbreaking miniseries, When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions, John Glenn stated the following regarding what he experienced once he entered orbit:

“After all of the dire predictions of what might happen and what you might feel in space and in Zero G…there wasn’t any problem at all. I was elated being in Zero G. Seeing how things worked…seeing if you could swallow. Nothing prepares you for the view as you look outside. You could see the curvature of the Earth’s surface and whole nations just at a glance.”

Back at Mission Control, however, there were grave concerns about Friendship 7’s heat shield. An active “Segment 51” signal – indicating that the heat shield had come loose – greatly worried NASA personnel about Glenn’s chances of surviving the re-entry procedure. It was determined by flight controllers that retaining the retro pack during re-entry, rather than jettisoning it as normal, would provide greater assurance that the heat shield would stay in place and prevent the capsule from burning up. Because of the radio blackout during Friendship 7’s re-entry, NASA – and the entire world for that matter – awaited John Glenn’s confirmation that he was still indeed alive. After three minutes of static, an elated Glenn proved that the “Segment 51” alert was a glitch when Friendship 7 finally responded to NASA’s calls for response:

“I can hear you loud and clear, but that was a real fireball outside.”

4 hours and 55 minutes may seem like a short mission by today’s standards, but Friendship 7 proved that human beings could function in a Zero G environment, which was vastly important if NASA was ever going to accomplish President Kennedy’s goal of sending human beings to the Moon. Be sure to remind your elected officials of how space flight once invigorated 100 million people during a time in our history when NASA was appropriately funded.

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Godspeed John Glenn 
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Today we honor and salute all those that have served in the military. Happy #VeteransDay!
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On this day 70 years ago, the White Sands rocket became the first man-made object to capture a photo of Earth from space. Learn more: http://www.airspacemag.com/space/the-first-photo-from-space-13721411/

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Happy #InternationalLiteracyDay! Nearly 50 years ago UNESCO established International Literacy Day to highlight the importance of literacy throughout the world. Celebrate by enjoying these free e-books from NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/connect/ebooks/index.html

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The Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight It's expected to be one of the best meteor showers in years with up to 200 meteors per hour!

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to produce up to 200 meteors per hour when it peaks in the early morning hours on Friday, providing skywatchers with one of the best meteor shower shows in years.

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#NASA #Space #Science #Astronomy #Perseids #MeteorShower
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Today is National Book Lovers Day! Enjoy these free e-books from NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/connect/ebooks/index.html

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Gene Cernan: Born March 14th, 1934 - Died January 16th, 2017

“Curiosity is the essence of human existence and exploration has been part of humankind for a long time. The exploration of space, like the exploration of life, if you will, is a risk. We’ve got to be willing to take it.”

These words were uttered by Gene Cernan, the commander of Apollo 17 and the last person to ever walk on the moon. Since NASA was founded in 1958, the organization has contributed in massive ways towards technological, economical, and inspirational progress. Over the nearly 60 years of NASA’s life, a plethora of amazingly talented scientists and engineers were drawn towards a career in STEM fields after being inspired by Gene Cernan and the other Apollo and Gemini astronauts. It’s the human spirit of exploration that drives the world’s greatest technologists to invent the future.

Today we honor Gene Cernan's legendary life, but long term -- we want to see to it that the US annual budget allocation for NASA reflects the hugely important role that technology, economy, and inspiration brings to our society.

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NASA's budget should certainly be increased, but we need to figure out how to do more with less first. NASA's subcontractors are the ones wasting the taxpayers money, not NASA themselves as their hands are tied by crony capitalists and deceptive cost-plus contracts.
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Don't miss the biggest supermoon in a generation tonight!

Skywatchers will have an opportunity to witness the biggest and brightest supermoon in a generation on Monday when the full moon makes its closest approach to Earth in more than 68 years.

Learn more: http://www.penny4nasa.org/2016/11/13/watch-the-supermoon-of-november-2016/

#Supermoon #Megamoon #Space #Science #NASA
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I live in Washington State. I sometimes HATE you folks at NASA and other sources announcing these great events, because the cooler the astronomical event, the more likely it is to rain.
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Happy #Halloween from all of us at Penny4NASA!

Check out some of our spooky Halloween stories: http://www.penny4nasa.org/tag/halloween/

#HappyHalloween #JackOLantern #Pumpkin #Space #CarlSagan
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Happy Halloween to you too! l;-)
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On this day in 1958, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration began operations.

On July 29th, 1958, ten months after Sputnik 1 was launched into orbit, President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act establishing NASA as a civilian space agency. The new agency absorbed the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, including its budget, resources and personnel. Prior to the formation of NASA, space exploration was considered to be largely military enterprise. NASA would begin operations on October 1, 1958.

Celebrate NASA’s birthday by telling Congress to increase NASA’s budget: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action/

#NASA #Space #History #OnThisDay
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Happy Birthday NASA
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In Memory Of Neil Armstrong, Take A Moment To #WinkAtTheMoon

On this day in 2012, Neil Armstrong passed away as the result of complications from a cardiovascular procedure.

Of all 12 astronauts to have stood on the lunar surface during the Apollo era, none are as popular as the first and most famous of the moon-walkers, Neil Armstrong. Described by his fellow Apollo 11 crew mate Buzz Aldrin as the “epitome of a space man”, Armstrong has served both before and after death as a cornerstone of NASA’s ethos-building force, one which has resonated since its inception 56 years ago.

Following his death, Neil Armstrong's family released a statement, which reads in part:

"For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink."

Read the full statement here: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/aug/HQ_12_600_armstrong_family.html

On this day, join us in celebrating the accomplishments and memorable career of Neil Armstrong by taking an opportunity to wink at the Moon!

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+albert speer so true.
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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.