Did you know NASA collects 4 terabytes of data each day? And that a lot of this data is available to the public?
My friend Chris Pirillo interviewed Nick Skytland from NASA's Open Government Initiative, and they talk about what NASA does beyond launching rockets:
Pretty cool. NASA does a lot of stuff... so of course the House of Representatives is talking about massively cutting it back. Incidentally, since writing that post, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) is gathering her forces to block canceling the James Webb Space Telescope program. I sent her a note thanking her, and hopefully the Senate can reign in the House's political bluster.
And speaking of all this, with the successful launch of Atlantis, if you have Google Earth you can track the location of the Orbiter! Pretty cool. Also, as usual, Heavens-Above.com will allow you to predict the times when Atlantis and the Space Station are visible from your location.