National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA.

Their website is a "portal" to The Universe... :-)

and of course it is spectacular and education-friendly: a Teachers Section and a Students Section, News and Features, etc.

Go there ...and Go Everywhere...

I am old enough to have watched live tv coverage of the first manned space flight to the Moon and then the first astronaut to actually walk on the Moon and place the American Flag on the Moon... I grew up with NASA on live tv and watched the engineers from the NASA Houston Space Center command and control Apollo space flghts over the many years leading up to the recent unmanned space flight to Mars with the Mars Rover expeditionary scientific robotic vehicle, etc.

STEM Education was not yet in schools, but it was live on my livingroom...

NASA made Science Fiction Real Science.

1. Now this week I just received an email from an Astronomy Club friend with the following link to fantastic International Space Station (ISS) photographs taken by Astronaut Commander Douglas H. Wheelock, to share with all of us back here on Planet Earth, our "Home Planet"...

Incredible Pictures from ISS by NASA Astronaut Wheelock

On September 22, 2010, with the departure of the Expedition 23 crew, Colonel **Douglas H. Wheelock** assumed command of the International Space Station and the Expedition 25 crew. He is also known as **@Astro_Wheels** on twitter, where he has been tweeting pictures to his followers since he arrived at the space station. We thought that we should put some of them together as a tribute to him and the whole ISS crew. The images bring breathtaking views from our only off planet Vista point. The following pictures are all visible on Astro_Wheels' **twitpic account** and for these we are eternally grateful to him for sharing these with the world. The captions are all his own words. [29 Pictures]

**Click here: Incredible Pics from ISS by NASA astronaut Wheelock |**

Allen February 9, 2011


APOD: Astronomy Picture of the Day

Here is the APOD from the Day-before-Thanksgiving Holiday, Nova-Ember Star & Fire 24, 2010...

and this ain't Photoshop! This is real: this is our Sky Dancing for You...

3. NASA's "Kepler Mission" -- The Search for Habital Planets

and check out their Facebook Page also...

"Kepler's Apprentice" Alien Allen... (May 29, 2011)

4. March 2017: The Movie: Hidden Figures: The African-American Mathematicians behind the USA Space Flight to the Moon

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From The International Movie Database:

"As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes."

Written by 20th Century Fox