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How to Fly a Satellite at 17,000 MPH; The Historic Flight of Landsat 5

In 1984, the U.S. launched an Earth remote sensing mission to extend the observational record of our planet’s land masses begun 12-years earlier by the first Earth Resource Technology Satellite, later renamed Landsat 1.  By the time Landsat 5 was launched, on March 1, 1984, expectations were for a 3-year design life and the hope […]

Location! Location! Location! on Mars with the Curiosity Rover

ST&B & NASA Goddard Speakers Series begins its 7th Year on April 16, 2013 with Extraterrestrial Real Estate Assessment: Measuring Habitability on Mars with the Curiosity Rover with Dr. Pamela Conrad, astrobiologist and mineralogist, at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. [Update– For those of you who cannot attend, our Twitter account @librarycongress will live tweet Dr. […]

Getting to Know Sir Arthur C. Clarke

March 19 will mark the 5 year anniversary of the death of Sir Arthur C. Clarke.  I would not be writing this blog post if it were not for the curiosity of one of our volunteers, Richard Halada, a local high school physics teacher. Richard was retrieving a book for us in the Adams’ Building […]

Pic of the Week: Scientific Treasures

This week I participated in the Science at Risk: Toward a National Strategy for Preserving Online Science meeting hosted by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). During this two-day meeting the Library’s recently-retired manuscript specialist Len Bruno took us on a journey through the scientific treasures of the Library’s  Manuscript Division. On display were items […]

Loving the Stars- Telescopes, from Galileo to James Webb

Today’s post is from science reference librarian  Margaret Clifton.  She is also the author of Saving Energy: The Fall Back Position, Stars in his Eyes and Sun Spots this Summer.  I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night – Sarah Willams (1837-1868)* In February of 2010 I wrote a post  for Inside […]

Civil War Aeronautics

Will Lieut. Gen. Scott please see Professor Lowe once more about his balloon? This quote comes from a note that President Lincoln wrote to General Scott on July 25, 1861. Thaddeus Sobieski Coulincourt Lowe (Prof. T.S.C. Lowe) was an expert balloonist and would become the Chief Aeronaut for the United States Government during the Civil […]

Sun Spots this Summer?

Today’s post is from science reference librarian  Margaret Clifton.  She is also the author of Stars in his Eyes , in which she discusses Galileo’s Sidereus nuncius – The Starry Messenger. Since February the Sun has been kicking out some terrific solar flares as it moves from a quiet period toward the peak of Solar Cycle 24.  […]

What’s Happening on our Planet Today?

Would you like to learn more about what is happening on our planet, as well as about planetary exploration and the mysteries of our universe? In partnership with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, we have scheduled a fantastic line-up of public programs for 2011 that will delve into topics such as black holes, the Sun, […]

What’s for lunch : A Mars Update

What have scientists learned so far about Mars? Does life exist there? Will human beings someday colonize the Red Planet? NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Chief Scientist James B. Garvin will discuss the latest findings and the Mars exploration strategy, in a lecture at the Library of Congress. Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Library of Congress, […]