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James Hervat

Saturn from Rhea - James Hervat (2010)
Saturn from Rhea (2010)

Daybreak at Rima Hadley  - James Hervat (2016)
Daybreak at Rima Hadley (2016)

Triton Landscape- James Hervat (2009)
Triton Lanscape (2009)

The Great September Comet of  1882- James Hervat (2010)
The Great September Comet of 1882 (2010)

Galactic Migration - James Hervat (2005)
Galactic Migration (2005)
More space art
Space Music Video of the Month


Send Off
From the rock opera "One Way Trip to Mars" performance
at Chocolate Church Arts Center September 30, 2016
with Hollowbody Electric Band and Tim Goad.

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Blue Origin and SpaceX Fly Reusable Rockets

On October 5, 2016, Jeff Bezo's Blue Origin company flew the reusable New Shepard suborbital space vehicle for the fifth time. This flight was a test of the in-flight abort system, which propels the crew capsule away from the booster when a problem with the booster is detected. The crew capsule, which is designed to hold up to six people, sits atop the booster and normally isreleased at apogee and comes back down separatel for a landing via parachutes. The booster lands vertically on the flame of its rocket engine

Below is a video of the unmanned test. The blast from the crew capsule abort engines was expected to drive the booster off track and cause it to crash. However, the booster continued its flight to 100km as if nothing had happened:


The crew capsule landed safely while the booster came down for a powered landing as in a normal flight.

Here is a slow motion view of the separation of the crew capsule from the boosters:


The company plans in a year or two to fly people to space on an updated New Shepard. The above New Shepard vehicle will be retired to a museum.

In the meantime, science experiments and technology R&D payloads will ride the vehicle during its test flights. See the post here for two videos about experiments that flew on the latest flight.


SpaceX continues to make progress with its space transports as well. As of Feb. 6, 2017, there have been five landings of Falcon 9 first stage boosters onto sea platforms and two back onto the ground pad at Cape Canaveral. Here is a video from Jan. 14, 2017 when for the first time a F9 stage landed on a sea platform in the Pacific Ocean. The launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the coast of California put 10 Iridium satellites into orbit.


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