Category: history

Atmospheric Technology, June 1973, published by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Cover art by Howard Crosslen.

On this day in 1986, the astronauts of mission STS-61C began a six-day orbital odyssey aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.

(NASA History Office)

“Automation Comes to Banking” — New York City, January 12, 1960: “The console for the first fully automatic data processing system for the savings bank industry, being assembled and tested by the Teleregister Corporation for the Howard Savings Institution.” (Harry Ransom Center)

Traffic jam at Cape Canaveral, August 8, 1990. (NASA)

“The direction of the mind is more important than its progress.”

–Joseph Joubert

When @nasa considered a scooter for the Moon.

(NASA History Office)

The beard is strong with this one.

(Salt Spring Island Archive)

January 8, 1990: Photographers snap away as the Space Shuttle Columbia climbs into the sky over Cape Canaveral. Via @nasa.


January 9, 1990 – A bird takes flight as the Space Shuttle Columbia blasts off from Cape Canaveral. (NASA)

January 9, 1493: Sailing near the Dominican Republic, Christopher Columbus saw three mermaids, noting they were “not half as beautiful as they are painted.” They were not mermaids. They were manatees.