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Video: A Two-Minute Visual History of the Spacewalk - Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg - Technology - The Atlantic
"If there is a defining activity for NASA's Space Shuttle program, it is the spacewalk, or extra-vehicular activity. 160 spacewalks were made in the assembly of the ISS alone. There's something about the image, too, of a human high above the Earth, clambering around on a piece of machinery whizzing through space. In this video, we take a two-minute tour of the history of the EVA from the first during the Gemini program to the last spacewalk, which occurred Wednesday in low-earth orbit.<br />
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All footage is courtesy of NASA and the Internet Archive. Some of it has been sped up."
kasiacieplak-mayrvonbaldegg  space  spacewalks  2011  video  spaceshuttle  nasa  history  iss  internationalspacestation  weightlessness 
july 2011 by robertogreco
But First We Must Send Robots | Quiet Babylon
"Want to inspire the kids of tomorrow? Forget the heroic myths. That kind of inspiration is over. “Anyone can be the President.” No they can’t. We all know it.
timmaly  quietbabylon  space  nasa  economics  mars  exploration  robots  mannedspaceflights  engagement  cost  money  resources  internationalspacestation 
may 2010 by robertogreco
A Story of Leaving Something Behind | Geekdad from
"On Nov. 18, 2008, astronaut Stefanyshyn-Piper was doing repairs on the outside of the International Space Station when she dropped her toolbag and it floated away. [see video] Perhaps the worst thing about this particular story of a belonging left behind - aside from the thousands of dollars of lost equipment and the slim chance of it damaging the Space Station or another orbiting object -- is that the whole world can see exactly where she left it. According to the errant bag, about as big as aLost_toolbag backpack, is now orbiting Earth and can be seen through binoculars and small telescopes. Check their Satellite Tracker to find out when it will be visible over your area. Maybe one day parents will point to that bright spot in the heavens and remind their children of the story of the person Who Could Not Keep Track of Her Belongings, and how it shines in the night sky to remind us all of the importance of remembering to take your stuff when you're ready to go home."
space  satellites  internationalspacestation  lostbelongings 
november 2008 by robertogreco

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