John Glenn coincidentally (but awesomely) threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium yesterday as part of a previously scheduled ceremony to honor Glenn’s service as both an orbiting astronaut and United States senator. Before heading out to the mound, Glenn, 91, was asked an extraordinary question: “Were you jealous of Neil Armstrong?”
Sunday’s annular eclipse through binoculars in Sacramento, CA.
(Turn around), every now and then the moon passes in front of the sun, leaving only a golden ring around its edges. Such was the case across China, Japan and the West Coast of the United States on Sunday, where the annular eclipse was most visible. Elsewhere, as expected, the eclipse was incredibly anticlimactic and simply led to some late-afternoon impromptu sneezing.
If you’ve got $500,000, your next vacation could be on Mars.
That’s what PayPal cofounder and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says, at least. You’ll have to wait until 2014 and it’ll be slightly more dangerous than Jamaica, but otherwise, the stars are your new destination.
Astronaut John Glenn aboard the USS Noa after having been recovered from a splash landing in the Atlantic Ocean.
Fifty years ago this week, when John Glenn completed the first of three orbits around the earth, he reported the presence of a bright light on an otherwise pitch-black, sunless horizon. Fearing that Glenn was hallucinating, the medical staff was called in to initiate a health assessment test. As it turned out, though, residents of Perth, Australia, had turned on every light in the city as a message of goodwill to the astronaut orbiting above. From then on, Perth would be known as “the city of lights.”
NASA leaked their full catalog of Gemini photos earlier today, and we thought we’d pass along this one of test pilot Thomas Stafford on Gemini IX, gazing out into the wild blue yonder. Legendary stuff.
We begin this week’s Reentry with news that a German satellite reentered Earth’s atmosphere over the weekend and slammed itself into one or more portions of Southeast Asia, though no one is sure exactly where. In a (only-slightly) reassuring statement from Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, “If [the flaming mini-van-sized two-ton comet] had come down over a populated area, there probably would be reports by now.”