Boeing continues to develop the CST-100 in partnership with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The spacecraft is designed to launch humans to low-Earth orbit and return them safely. The aerospace company says it is drawing from its experiences designing airliners for CST-100’s interior and other elements of the new spacecraft.


One of the Expedition 39 crew members aboard the International Space Station used a 14mm lens on a digital still camera to photograph this pre-winter storm located just off the coast of southwestern Australia on March 29, 2014. A solar array panel on the orbital outpost is in the left side of the frame.

Photo credit: NASA. Found at The Atlantic: InFocus.



The Gemini-Titan 10 spacecraft attempts to rendezvous with the Agena Target Docking Vehicle on July 18, 1966. After docking, astronauts John Young and Michael Collins fired the 16,000 pound thrust engine of the Agena’s primary propulsion system to boost the combined spaceships into an orbit with “an apogee of 413 nautical miles to set a new altitude record for manned spaceflight.” (NASA)

Wonderful photoset.


Blast Off!, Spiegel Online, Picture This. Credit: Agence France-Presse.

Caption: Ever wondered what a rocket launch looks like up close? Like this. The image was taken during the launch of the Soyuz rocket carrying an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday. The trio is bound for the International Space Station. They were supposed to arrive not long after their launch, but a thruster failure meant the initial attempt to dock was unsuccessful. The Soyuz capsule is now expected to hook up with the ISS on Thursday night.