On today’s date just two years ago today, SpaceX, a space transportation company in California, launched for the first time the Falcon 9 rocket. This was (and is) an important occurrence in the timeline of development of commercial space travel…aka regular people getting to travel in space. The Falcon 9 was launched into low-Earth orbit

Our Face, In Space!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 by

On July 8, 2011 NASA launched STS-135, the final mission of the space shuttle program. The shuttle might have only had 4 actual crew members but did you know that over three hundred thousand virtual folks also went to space? In fact, Janet’s Planet was one of them! By signing up on NASA’s ‘Face in

Since the beginning of time, humans have looked at the sky and wondered about its secrets. Long before space exploration was even a glimmer in anyone’s imagination, we gazed above and wondered what it would be like to fly. When you see a flock of birds gracefully soaring among the clouds, do you ever wonder

Vacation…on the Moon?

Friday, 08 April 2011 by

Did you know that once upon a time, you didn’t have to be an astronaut to go to the moon? In the 1960s, Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) started a program called “First Moon Flights Club” and even issued membership cards to folks who wanted to join up. After the success of the space

The Luck of The Irish…in Space?

Thursday, 17 March 2011 by

Many people celebrate the traditionally Irish holiday of St. Patrick’s day by wearing green and attending festivals or other fun events. To honor old St. Pat here on the Space Log, we’re showing you an image of his homeland, Ireland, that was taken from space! It isn’t hard to see why Ireland is nicknamed “the

Virgin Galactic’s first commercial spaceship makes maiden flight March 22, 2010 Los Angeles Times Credit: Virgin Galactic Commercial space travel moved a little closer to reality Monday when Virgin Galactic’s mother ship and rocket plane took to the skies for its first “captive carry” test flight at the Mojave Air and Space Port. The carrier