Category Archives: Gee Whiz

Your age on other worlds

Neat Javascript that calculates your age in years on each of the planets of the solar system. There’s also a little history about the formation of Kepler’s Laws of Orbital Motion. Nice little Gee Whiz! web page.

Try it: Want to melt those years away? Travel to an outer planet!


Decommissioning Discovery 360VR

I stumbled upon this fantastic 360VR image taken on the flight deck of the space shuttle Discovery during its decommissioning in the Orbiter Processing Facility (now the new “Employee Lounge” for those still with jobs).

The official decommission date of Discovery was listed as March 9, 2011. By its last mission, Discovery had flown 148 million miles (238 million km) in 39 missions, completed 5,830 orbits, and spent 365 days in orbit in over 27 years. Discovery flew more flights than any other orbiter in the fleet. Discovery’s final flight was February 24, 2011.

Discovery will replace Enterprise in the Smithsonian’s display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia.