NASA fires F-1 engine gas generator

As part of the SLS archeology project, a group  of NASA engineers have refurbished a gas-generator , essentially a separate rocket engine used to drive pumps for the main engine, used for the famous Saturn F-1 engines and fired it several times.

718979main_IMG_7022_cropped_800-600[1]Engineers in the F-1 gas generator project take on the 1960s NASA look.

Philip Bond – portraits of women astronauts

Illustrator and comic book artist Philip Bond has posted a marvelous set of portraits of women astronauts in his Flickr Gallery.

tereshkova
“Valentina Tereshkova orbited the Earth 48 times during
her three day spaceflight in Vostok 6 in 1963. First woman in space!”

 davis
“Jan Davis made her first of three spaceflights on Shuttle Endeavour’s STS-47
mission alongside Mae Jemison and, contrary to NASA policy, her husband
Mark Lee. Twentieth woman in space!”

Video interview with Helen Sharman

Via the Rocketeers blog comes the video interview with Helen Sharman, one of the first genuine civilian space travelers and the first Briton to go to space.

(I’ll note that she was in no way the first  space tourist, though she is sometimes referred to as that. She did not decide to go to space and then made it happen with her own resources. She was instead selected in a competition with thousands of other people and her scientific background strongly influenced that selection.)

Everyone can participate in space