Space Oddities

In honor of Tuesday’s successful landing of the space shuttle Discovery, I have a lot of space related links today.

First up is NASA. It could take you years to sift through all the great things on their site. There’s NASA-TV, Image of the Day, almost three dozen official blogs, everything you ever wanted to know about any NASA mission, past, present or future, and much, much more.

NASA’s a tough act to follow, but sites like The Bad Astronomer, Universe Today, AstroEngine, Centauri Dreams, NASA Watch*, Kid’s Astronomy and The Planetary Society Blog all do their very best to keep their readers informed as to what’s going on in the universe once you get past Earth’s atmosphere.
*NASA Watch is not a NASA web site.

Want to get a little closer to the stars? Try a museum! The most famous, in the U.S. at least, is the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The museum has two main galleries, the NASM on the National Mall in Washington and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport. In Florida, you can visit the Kennedy Space Center, home of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. In New York City, you can take a tour of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on board the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, once one of the primary recovery vessels for NASA. Philadelphia’s The Franklin Institute is home to the Fels Planetarium, only the second planetarium in the United States. Renovations in 2002 included a new 60-foot diameter premium seamless dome, the first of its kind in the United States.

Speaking of Philly, I’ve lived around and even in the City of Brotherly Love for all but a few months of my life. Earlier today (4/21/2010), astronaut Soichi Noguchi took a picture of Philadelphia from the International Space Station and posted it on Twitter. Here it is for your enjoyment:

Philadelphia as seen from the ISS

Philadelphia as seen from the ISS

Make sure you click on the above image to see the full size version!