So, NASA has come out with their proposal for the new deep space rocket that will finally bring our space capabilities back to where they were in 1969. It’s better than the current situation (which is nothing) and I certainly hope it gets built.
Generally, when I work I have streaming radio on in the background. I generally listen to either my local NPR station or Pandora. Today, however, instead of radio, I’ve had NASA TV up in a little corner of my window watching the space shuttle astronauts in their first of several spacewalks to repair and rejuvenate the Hubble Space Telescope. While the endless hours of it (the spacewalk itself was over seven hours) could be a bit boring, it was pretty cool to be able to glance over every now and then and get the same view the astronaut in space was getting (since they were feeding directly from his helmet camera). In addition, NASA TV provided commentary that explained what each step the astronaut was doing which really helped to make sense of things.
The NASA astronauts will be doing several more spacewalks over the next few days as they continue working on Hubble. Since this will be the last time anyone from earth visits Hubble, they definitely want to make any and all repairs possible right now. If you’ve got a good internet connection and are intersted in the space program, you might also find it interesting to throw up one of NASA TV’s video stream to listen to and glance over at during the day.