The unmanned mission launched early this morning an is enroute to the moon.
William Shatner (aka Captain James T Kirk), launched into space this morning aboard Blue Origin’s rocket (jump to about 1.5 hours into the video to see the actual launch).
(Sorry for the double-whammy of sad news, it’s just one of those days)
The observatory had been shut down since August from a cable snap that had punched a huge hole in the dish. But yesterday, the structure collapsed catastrophically.
Amigos es con profundo pesar comunicarles que acaba de colapsar la plataforma del Observatorio de Arecibo. pic.twitter.com/stJScy2Old
— Deborah Martorell (@DeborahTiempo) December 1, 2020
The pioneering mathematician overcame both gender and racial barriers to help humanity reach the moon in the 1960’s.
Johnson spent 35 years at NASA (and its predecessor NACA) where her calculations of orbital mechanics were critical to the success of the Mercury program and subsequent missions.
You can check out the entire launch and recovery of the craft (minus its payload of one Tesla Roadster) here (The actual launch happens a little before the 30 minute mark).
For the first time ever, a man-made probe has entered into orbit around the Sun’s closest neighbor.