Steven Nagel's NASA official photo

On Thursday August 21, 2014 the former astronaut Steven Nagel passed away due to cancer. He’s survived by his wife Linda M. Godwin, also a former astronaut, and their two daughters. In 1985, he was part of the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery in the STS-51-G mission. In 1985, he was part of the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger in its last completed mission, the STS-61-A commanded by Hank Hartsfield. In 1991, he was the commander of the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis in the STS-37 mission. In 1993, he was the commander of the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia in the STS-55 mission.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Apollo astronauts Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell, and Center Director Robert Cabana in front of the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building (Photo NASA/Kevin O’Connell)

Yesterday at Kennedy Space Center among the many celebrations for the 45th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon, there was a ceremony that honored Neil Armstrong renaming after him a historic building in the Center so far known as the Operations and Checkout Building. It was there that Armstrong and the other astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission got ready for launch.

Henry Warren "Hank" Hartsfield, Jr. in an official picture as an astronaut (Photo NASA)

The former American astronaut Hank Hartsfield passed away yesterday, July 17, 2014, due to complications from the back surgery he had several months ago. Hank Hartsfield flew on the Space Shuttle Columbia in the STS-4 mission, on the Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-41-D mission and on the Space Shuttle Challenger in the STS-61-A mission.

Typhoon Neoguri seen from the International Space Station (Photo Alexander Gerst)

In recent days, the typhoon Neoguri reached southern Japan, seriously affecting the prefecture of Okinawa. On July 6, the Japan Meteorological Agency warned the inhabitants of the Ryukyu Islands that Neoguri may be among the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the nation. Its size can be really seen only from above and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station have taken several photos of it.

Waste reaching Kamilo Beach in the Hawaii

A study published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” presents the results of a research on plastic waste in the world’s oceans. A group of scientists took samples of waste in various ocean areas in 2010 and 2011 and from the data they gathered they estimated that the amount of plastic in the oceans is up to 40,000 tons. Other researches that that took into account the data down to the ’70s estimated that thare might be up to one million tons of plastic in the oceans and this raises the question of what happened to the missing plastic.