2016 Gifts for the Rocketeer

  1. The Chart of Cosmic Exploration
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    “Probe the solar system from Mercury to Pluto with this stellar schematic of space exploration! From the Luna 2 in 1959 to the DSCOVR in 2015, this color-coded chart traces the trajectories of every orbiter, lander, rover, flyby, and impactor to ever slip the surly bonds of Earth’s orbit and successfully complete its mission—a truly astronomical array of over 100 exploratory instruments in all. Featuring hand-illustrated renderings of each spacecraft juxtaposed against the serried giants of our solar system, this galactic survey is a testament to man’s forays into the grand cosmic ballet. “
  2. Unstable T-Shirt
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  3. Retro Wall Plaque
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  4. SpaceX Store
  5. Rocket Christmas Ornaments
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China launches heavy-lift Long March-5

 

Details on Long March 5

Height 57 m (187 ft)
Diameter 5 m (16 ft)
Mass 1,938,000 lb
Stages 2
Capacity
Payload to LEO 55,000 lb
Payload to GTO 31,000 lb
Payload to TLI 18,000 lb
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Antares OA-5 Paper Model

I was fortunate enough to watch the launch of the Orbital Antares OA-5 from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My view was spectacular. I watched as first stage burned out almost directly in front of my ocean view. I was able to see 2nd stage ignition and was able to continue to see the flight all the way up to 2nd stage cutoff.

Here is the video of the Antares OA-5 launch

AXM has now released the Antares 230 OA-5 Paper Model for your building pleasure.

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Smithsonian releases 3D tour of Apollo 11 capsule

“To mark the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon-landing mission, the Smithsonian has made available a high-resolution 3-D scan of the command module “Columbia,” the spacecraft that carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon. This highly detailed model allows anyone with an internet connection to explore the entire craft including its intricate interior, which is not possible when viewing the artifact in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.” -Smithsonian

Go to the 3D model tour at the Smithsonian

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SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System

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Atlas V OSIRIS-REX Launch info and paper model

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Here is the information for the launch of the AtlasV OSIRIS-REX mission. Let’s go bring back a piece of an asteroid!

OSIRIS-REx’s key science objectives include:
• Return and analyze a sample of Bennu’s surface
• Map the asteroid
• Document the sample site
• Measure the orbit deviation caused by non-gravitational forces (the Yarkovsky effect)
• Compare observations at the asteroid to ground-based observations

Website: http://www.asteroidmission.org/

Watch Live: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public

Launch Window: September 8, 2016 – 7:05 – 9:05pm eastern
Launch location: SLC-41 Cape Canaveral

AXM has just released a wonderful 1/96 scale paper model build in advance of the launch.
You can get it here

You can also download a 3-D model of the Bennu asteroid

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Video of the F9 AMOS-6 explosion

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