Category: space

Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.

That smile will never fail to make me happy.

50 years ago: 16 amazing photographs of Apollo families’ tears and ecstasy during moon landing mission in 1969.

The last known photo of the Space Shuttle Challenger crew boarding the space shuttle on January 28, 1986.


Morning of Space Era (1961)

Ed Dwight was a test pilot for the US Air Force in the 1950s, while getting a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. In 1961, the Kennedy administration selected Dwight to be the first African-American to train as an astronaut. His selection drew international media coverage. After Kennedy was assassinated, NASA forced Dwight out of the program by assigning him to a German test pilot school that did not exist, making Dwight resign in 1966.

After NASA, Dwight worked as an engineer in real estate and at IBM, before learning how to operate a metal casting foundry in the mid-1970s, and getting a Masters of Fine Arts. His career in sculpture took off from there. He is noted for his pioneering use of negative space, and has created over 100 public sculptures, all involving blacks and civil rights activists. Today he owns and runs a studio in Denver, Colorado.

Before accomplished landing the first humans on the moon in 1969, here are historical photos of Apollo 7 mission (1968).

It’s a true rags-to-riches story, for a god. Marduk was originally an obscure god, possibly the child of Enki/Ea, god of mischief and water. We don’t know where he was first worshipped. We don’t know where his name came from. In short, he was a nobody for a god.

But when Babylon became the political center of the Euphrates Valley in the time of Hammurabi (in the 1700s BCE), Marduk slowly started to rise to the position of the head of the Babylonian pantheon. This ascension included taking over the powers of previously more-powerful gods, Enki/Ea and Enlil, and becoming associated with Jupiter, the biggest planet in the solar system.

Laika the dog was the first animal sent into orbit around Earth. Pretty amazing for a stray dog plucked from the streets of Moscow! Unfortunately for Laika, a stray dog was used because the Soviets never planned for the dog to come back. The spacecraft, Sputnik 2, was launched into orbit, tracked to check it was successful, then abandoned. Laika died after about five hours in space.

Fifty-one years after her flight, in 2008, a memorial was put in place to celebrate Laika’s flight. Placed outside a military research station, the statue shows Laika perched on a rocket which transforms into a hand cupping the dog.

This Soviet dog spacesuit is the cutest dog costume you will see today!


Plan map of the solar system from 1846 that includes ‘Vulcan’, a hypothetical planet whose existence was supposed to explain several peculiarities in Mercury’s orbit but was later disproved.