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Launch Day!

Although now technically the day after the launch…

The launch was amazing.  I was moved to tears at the sight of it.  This entire experience has been incredible.  I’ve met some great people, seen some awesome science, and got to realize a dream of mine that I wasn’t sure would ever come to pass.  The moral of the story?  Go big or go home.

Jen will be making a page to chronicle all her adventures from the weekend, but we will leave you this picture of the Falcon 9 rocket as it left the ground, headed for the International Space Station.

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T-Minus 5 Days

In preparation, Jen’s been reading up on the mission she will be witnessing.  Today, she wants to talk about the International Space Station

The International Space Station was launched in 1998 as a combination of three unfinished projects – Mir-2, Freedom and Columbus, and merged with Kibo and Canadian robotics.  Not even ten years after the Cold War was officially declared over, the United States, Japan, Russia, Canada and Europe were all working together for science.  And that’s awesome.

 

James T Kirk approves

On May 25, 2012, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (or SpaceX) became the first private company to send a cargo load to the ISS.  Which is the launch that’s happening on Sunday.  However, as with all good things, the ISS is coming to an end.  As I’m typing this, the Russian Federal Space Agency is assembling a new space station, the OPSEK, in space.  How cool is that?  Building a space station, in space.

But, until that day comes, we can enjoy some awesome things, including this live feed of the ISS’ current position and what the astronauts are seeing when they look out the window.