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space, flight and astronomers
Lunar Eclipse
June 15, 2011 provides crowdsourced access to live telescopes from around the world. Since its December 2003 launch, members have taken 1.3 million photos of 35,000 unique objects and events in the night sky. The Google doodle will include a live feed of the lunar eclipse from Slooh's Space Camera, which will update every two minutes throughout the event.
When you land on the doodle, a dial at the bottom of the image will move from left to right, going through the various stages of the eclipse, before settling on its current state. For a slower view, however, you can move the dial back and forth yourself. Google teamed up with Slooh to live stream the eclipse.

During a lunar eclipse, Earth comes between the sun and the moon so that all or part of the sun's light is blocked from the moon, according to NASA.

Wednesday's eclipse is also notable for how long it will last. "The total phase itself lasts 100 minutes. The last eclipse to exceed this duration was in July 2000

an hour later...
and later...  
50th anniversary 50th anniversary of Manned Space Flight
April 12, 2011
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin ( March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human being to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961.
 Juan de la Cierva Juan de la Cierva
September 21, 1895
a Spanish civil engineer and pilot. His most famous accomplishment was the invention in 1920 of the Autogiro, a single-rotor type of aircraft that came to be called autogyro in the English language. After four years of experimentation, De la Cierva developed the articulated rotor which resulted in the world's first successful flight of a stable rotary-wing aircraft in 1923.
belka and stelka Anniversary of Belka and Strelka
Russian Space Flight
(August 19, 2010)
Belka and Strelka spent a day in space aboard Korabl-Sputnik-2 (Sputnik 5) on August 19, 1960 before safely returning to Earth. It was the first spaceflight to send animals into orbit and return them safely back to Earth. Launched on August 19, 1960 it paved the way for the first human orbital flight.
Strelka went on to have six puppies with a male dog named Pushok who participated in many ground-based space experiments, but never made it into space. One of the pups was named Pushinka and was presented to President John F. Kennedy's daughter Caroline by Nikita Khrushchev in 1961. A Cold War romance bloomed between Pushinka and a Kennedy dog named Charlie resulting in the birth of 4 pups that JFK referred to jokingly as pupniks.
hubble Hubble Telescope
20th Anniversary
April 24, 2010
water on moon Water Found on the Moon
November 13, 2009
Confirmation came from data churned up by two NASA spacecraft that intentionally slammed into a lunar crater last month, that kicked up at least 25 gallons and that's only what scientists could see from the plumes of the impact. Having definitive evidence that there is substantial water is a significant step forward in making the moon an interesting place to go again.
HG Wells 9-21-09
The Birthday of HG Wells
(led into by these prior two logos)
perseids Perseids Meteor Shower
Aug 2009
eclipse Solar Eclipse
July 22, 2009
Moon Landing 40th anniversary
of the lunar landing
July 20, 2009



March 14, 2009


Today is the 174th birthday of Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, who in 1890, drew a map of Mars.
We salute Schiaparelli's pioneering spirit, his drive to explore, and his desire to understand the universe. His observations impacted the way humans viewed Mars for nearly a century and started a revolution in Astronomy.

Nasa 50th 50th Anniversary of NASA
July 29, 2008
Sputnik 50th Anniversary of Sputnik
October 4, 2007
Percival Lowell Mars Orbiter Mars Orbiter - Percival Lowell
March 13, 2006
Yuri Gagarin Yuri Gagarin
First Man in Space
First Moon Landing In honor of the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969  
October 4, 2004 spaceShipOne made history and triumphed in the international Ansari X Prize race to launch the first privately built spacecraft. The reward for finishing first: $10 million.
Venus Venus crosses the Sun -
June 8, 2004
On June 8th, Venus crossed the sun for the first time in almsot 122 years. When this last occurred, in 1882, excited scientists around the world used the positions of the celestial bodies to accurately compute the distance from Earth to the sun for the first time.
Mars Rover - January 15 2004 Mars Rover - January 15 2004  
Anniversary of Flight 100th Anniversary of Flight - December 17, 2003