The Answer is Expedition 42

by Nancy Atkinson on September 23, 2014

Expedition 42 to the International Space Station poses as characters from Douglas Adams' 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe.' Credit: NASA.

Expedition 42 to the International Space Station poses as characters from Douglas Adams’ ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe.’ Credit: NASA.

Don’t panic! NASA has been creating some great posters for their missions and Expedition crews to the International Space Stations, and this newest one will warm the heart of any Douglas Adams fan. As we all know, 42 is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. Right now, the first half of the Expedition 42 crew has a targeted launch date of Nov. 23, 2014.

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The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is India’s first mission to the Red Planet. The historic arrival on Sept. 23/24 will be webcast live by ISRO. Details below. Credit: ISRO

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is India’s first mission to the Red Planet. The historic arrival on Sept. 23/24 will be webcast live by ISRO. Details below. Credit: ISRO

Its D-Day for MOM! The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is India’s history making first mission to the Red Planet and she arrives today, Sept. 23/24 !

MOM’s goal is to study Mars’ surface features, morphology, mineralogy, and the Martian atmosphere with five indigenous scientific instruments. Among other goals it will sniff for methane. [click to continue…]

The SpaceX Dragon CRS-4 private space freighter berths at the International Space Station on Sept. 23, 2014. Credit: NASA TV

The SpaceX Dragon CRS-4 private space freighter berths at the International Space Station on Sept. 23, 2014. Credit: NASA TV

After a two day chase through space, a commercial SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule completed its orbital ballet and arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) today, Sept. 23, packed with some 2.5 tons of ground breaking science experiments and supplies for the human crew.

The Dragon CRS-4 resupply freighter rendezvoused with the station early this morning following a carefully choreographed series of thruster firings that brought the vessel to [click to continue…]

Apollo 14 astronaut Ed Mitchell at work in the Ocean of Storms on the Moon. Credit: NASA / Lunar and Planetary Institute

Apollo 14 astronaut Ed Mitchell at work in the Ocean of Storms on the Moon. Credit: NASA / Lunar and Planetary Institute

While any image from the Apollo program is stunning, some of the more iconic ones are used over and over again while equally amazing pictures remain relatively unknown.

A recent Reddit thread posted what the user said was some of the “more uncommon” images of the program. You can see the full slideshow here.

In the same spirit, we’ve posted some Apollo images below from the Lunar and Planetary Institute, which maintains a catalog of NASA shots (including some in high-resolution) on its website. We also recommend the 1999 Michael Light book Full Moon, which has dozens of lesser-known Apollo shots of high quality.

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The 1st Quarter Moon occults Saturn during the last event in the series on August 5th, 2015. Sequence courtesy of Teale Britstra.

The 1st Quarter Moon occults Saturn during the last event in the current series on August 5th, 2015. Sequence courtesy of Teale Britstra.

Got clear skies? This week’s equinox means the return of astronomical Fall for northern hemisphere observers and a slow but steady return of longer nights afterwards. And as the Moon returns to the evening skies, all eyes turn to the astronomical action transpiring low to the southwest at dusk. [click to continue…]