Apollo 9 launched March 3, 1969, with a crucial mission: to fly the lunar module for the first time. The spacecraft had been tested successfully during the unmanned Apollo 5 mission. This would be the first time a crew would be aboard the spacecraft.
The crew spent 10 days in low Earth orbit testing the lunar module’s engines, navigation systems and docking maneuvers, as well as backpack life support systems. And while the module performed well, the crew had to scrap a spacewalk after one of the astronauts fell ill during the flight.
apollo 16 [descartes landing site]
Manam Volcano, Papua New Guinea
Progress 41P in arrival (by magisstra)
Project Echo satellite, 1960-1964
RADAR (Nov, 19/2011)
To celebrate the 21st anniversary of Hubble, NASA released this stunning picture of a pair of interacting galaxies called Arp 273. The larger of the spiral galaxies, known as UGC 1810, has a disk that is distorted into a rose-like shape by the gravitational tidal pull of the companion galaxy below it, known as UGC 1813.