Saturday, July 12, 2008

An Unexpected Benefit

I am addicted to NASA Television, which is piped into our rooms, and includes astronaut interviews, as well as NASA project updates all over the US. The 124th shuttle launch took a crew up in May, and some are still there completing various tasks. Yesterday, I spent at least an hour just watching the space station cameras capture the earth’s rotation, and a couple Russian guys go on a spacewalk. Here's a photo of my screen, showing Hurricane Bertha as seen from the ISS: Check the size of that storm!

NASA Television
Today I’m listening to Mission Control chatter in both English (from Houston) and Russian (from Korolev). It is truly fascinating just to watch them go about their daily weightless business in micro-gravity!


Click on the play button twice to watch the 20-second video, and see if you can spot astronaut Greg Chamitoff before he moves :)


barbie2be said...

that picture is really beautiful. i love the way earth looks from space!

Mrs. L said...

Yippee, I can post!

Love looking at photos of earth from space. Makes one take it all into perspective.

Mr. L usually watches all shuttle launches :)

PillowNaut said...

oh, of course he does! who wouldn't? put october 8th on your calendars, when Atlantis STS-125 goes up on their final trip to the Hubble Telescope!

Carmi said...

I often keep NASA-TV on while I work - I'm a writer - and I completely get how addictive it can be.

I'm finding your blog to be an absolutely fascinating read. Forgive my fawning, but what you're doing is totally cool. Can't wait to read more.

Quick coincidence: Greg Chamitoff has a Montreal connection (my hometown). Yay Montreal!