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NASA's annual budget is a half a penny on your tax dollar. Imagine what we could do with a full penny.
NASA's annual budget is a half a penny on your tax dollar. Imagine what we could do with a full penny.

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Happy Birthday Yuri Gagarin!

On this day in 1934, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was born. 27 years later, Gagarin flew aboard Vostok 1 – and in doing so, became the first ambassador of our planet to enter the vastness of space.

While flying weightless above Earth’s surface, Yuri Gagarin witnessed a spectacular view of home — forests, deserts, and great plains were surrounded by expansive oceans. Upon viewing the thin blue line of the atmosphere, Gagarin became the first of our inquisitive species to see our planet as it truly is — a vibrant, geologically active world circling a star. We at Penny4NASA urge you to honor the memory of this brave man, as his Vostok 1 mission was the catalyst for every manned spaceflight adventure to date.

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, taught us that the sky is not the limit!

#InternationalWomensDay #Space #Science #NASA

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Read about the 50-year history of Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A, SpaceX's plan to colonize Mars and the highly anticipated debut of their Falcon Heavy rocket in the latest issue of +RocketSTEM.

Check it out today:

#NASA #SpaceX #Falcon9 #FalconHeavy #Space #Science

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NASA Discovered A Record 7 Earth-Like Planets Orbiting Another Star

NASA announced that the agency’s Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered a system of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting another star. Three of the planets fall well within their host star’s habitable zone and may host water at their surface. The findings were published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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#NASA #Space #Science #Astronomy #Planets

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Carl Sagan’s ‘Pale Blue Dot photo was captured by the Voyager 1 spacecraft 27 years ago on Valentine’s Day.

Learn more about Carl Sagan’s ‘Pale Blue Dot’ photograph here:

#ValentinesDay #CarlSagan #PaleBlueDot #Space #History #OTD

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Carl Sagan once said, "When you're in love, you want to tell the world." Share your love of the universe today!

#ValentinesDay #CarlSagan #Space #NASA #QOTD

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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.

#EugeneCernan #LastManOnTheMoon #RIP #NASA #Space

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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.

Per Aspera Ad Astra


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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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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.

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#Supermoon #Megamoon #Space #Science #NASA
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