Happy Birthday Griffith Observatory

Happy Birthday to the Griffith Observatory. Born of the vision of Colonel Griffith J. Griffith on May 14th, 1935, admission has been free since the doors opened, in accordance with Griffith’s will. He believed in the transforming power of astronomical...

Cassini–Huygens flyby of Titan

The Cassini–Huygens spacecraft will perform a flyby of Saturn’s largest moon today. Launched in 1997 after two decades of development, the venerable Cassini-Huygens is named after Giovanni Cassini and Christiaan Huygens. It first reached Titan in 2005 after...

SpaceX Pad Abort Test

SpaceX is testing their new launch escape system on May 6th, 2015. It might be a surprise to some, but all manned launches since March 1959 prior to the Space Shuttle were equipped with a system to allow the astronauts to escape. While the Space Shuttle had ejection...

Au Revoir Messenger

Ending what was deemed a successful mission starting from it’s launch in 2004, NASA’s Mercury-orbiting spacecraft Messenger is no more. It was the first probe to orbit Mercury and while doing so, took almost 10x the amount of images as was it’s original...