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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Trump Will Get Us Back To The Moon


Think of all the savings from not studying climate change on this Blue Marble...you've screwed one Earth, you've screwed 'em all!

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

And All The Seven Are In O[r]bit


Godspeed, John Glenn, last of the first.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

You seen one Selenite, you seen them all.


It's just like daylight here at the Kennedy Space Center as the Saturn V is moving off the pad...

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Chimp #81


Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord...

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Every Astronaut Poops

NASA wants a better space suit to crap in.  What's wrong with the traditional system of getting naked with lots of tissues?

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Give us a reading on the 1202


As you can see, there are no chicks landing on the Moon.

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November 25, 2016 in Mars, Bitches!, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Patriarchy In Space

Just catching up on this week's news:

President Obama awarded his last Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest US honor given to a civilian — in a packed ceremony on Tuesday, according to The New York Times. Margaret Hamilton, the woman behind the onboard flight software for NASA Apollo lunar modules and command modules, was among the 21 recipients.

Hamilton, who invented the term “software engineer,” began her career as a computer programmer at MIT in the 1960s. In August 1961, NASA issued a contract to MIT to design the spacecraft’s guidance and navigational system. Hamilton presided over the in-flight software group, which included overseeing the alarm system that would give a warning when the computer was overloaded, but at the same time allowed it to switch its focus to critical tasks and stop doing non-critical tasks.

This alarm system proved to be crucial in the moments leading up to Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong’s Moon landing when it rang due to a faulty radar. But it allowed Aldrin and Armstrong to continue with the landing as the computer informed the crew that it was shedding its less-important functions to focus on steering the engine during the spacecraft’s descent.

During the award ceremony, Obama said Hamilton represents “that generation of unsung women who helped send humankind into space.”

Unsung is an understatement.  In popular culture and history about the Apollo program, women are relegated to the Wives, some nurses...men are the heroes.  And I admit I didn't even realize that until recently.

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November 25, 2016 in Mars, Bitches!, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Three More Like Before


"Try SCE to aux..."

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Monday, October 31, 2016

To Go Where Lots Of People Have Floated Before


Near-earth orbiting is a little dull these days, but amazing that we've been maintaining constant presence on the edge of space for 16 Halloweens (give or take).

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Friday, October 14, 2016

A Lousy Commercial For Actifed


Apollo finally goes live with some crabby astronauts.

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#throwbackthursdayonfriday


I've been busy with Operation Vaguebooking, so blogging has suffered.  Anyway, here's Ericka from several years ago, looking somewhat like her future daughter.

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October 14, 2016 in Family Life, Mars, Bitches! | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Telemetry


Without this signal freaking everybody out, Al Gore never would have invented the Internet.

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Monday, October 03, 2016

Are you a turtle today?


You bet your sweet ass I am!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I Prefer My Earthrise Pictures In Color

The first earthrise, 50 years ago:

[O]n 23 August 1966, Lunar Orbiter 1 snapped the first photo of Earth as seen from lunar orbit (Larger view). While a remarkable image at the time, the full resolution of the image was never retrieved from the data stored from the mission. In 2008, this earthrise image was restored by the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project at NASA Ames Research Center. We obtained the original data tapes from the mission (the last surviving set) and restored original FR-900 tape drives to operational condition using both 60s era parts and modern electronics. 

Okay, I lied about the theme being done...

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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Star Wars Also Gave Us Sound In Space

Still a good thing on balance:

Star Wars created Star Trek. You know that?” [William Shatner] said.

Speaking at the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, [he] said the franchise owes its success to the box office dynamo that was George Lucas’Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. While it’s true that Star Trek came out a decade before that (put those keyboards down, Trekkies), it also got cancelled after three seasons, with little hope of it ever returning.

“Every year, there was the threat to be canceled. The third year, we were canceled, and everybody accepted it,” he said.

Shatner said Star Wars got people so interested in sci-fi that, of course, Star Trek was going to be brought back from the abyss. Star Trek: The Motion Picturewas released two years later.

“At Paramount Studios, they were running around bumping into each other. ‘What do we got?! What do we got to equal Star Wars?’” Shatner told the crowd. “There was this thing that we canceled, under another management, it was called Star Trek? Let’s resurrect that!”

Also, too: Jaws gave us Superman.  But without cream cheese, lox, and capers, thankfully...

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I do not see a hostile, empty world.


I see the radiant body where man has taken his first steps into a frontier that will never end...

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Splashdown! Apollo has splashdown.


Hornet, copy. Understand splashdown.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tranquility Base Here, The Punch Has Landed


Not fake.  Nor this.  But this is.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

If you're fixing to go to the Moon

What a groovy thing:

Between the Moon and Earth, there came a point where the gravity of the approaching body became stronger than that of the receding body. When this point of gravitational equality was reached, it was customary for mission control, and especially those concerned with flight dynamics, to switch their frame of reference from one world to another.

However, because the Moon itself was in motion around Earth, the numbers representing the spacecraft‘s speed and position appeared to jump. Journalists, more used to figuring out the trajectories of political figures rather than those of spacecraft, found it difficult to make sense of this change in the velocity figures being fed to them by the NASA public affairs people, and some got the impression that a ‘barrier’ was being crossed and that this must surely be felt by the crew.

Mike Collins later related how Phil Shaffer, one of the flight dynamics controllers in the MOCR struggled to explain the truth to reporters as Apollo 8 entered the lunar sphere of influence: “Never has the gulf between the non-technical journalist and the non-journalistic technician been more apparent. The harder Phil tried to dispel the notion, the more he convinced some of the reporters that the spacecraft actually would jiggle or jump as it passed into the lunar sphere. The rest of us smirked and tittered as poor Phil puffed and laboured, and thereafter we tried to discuss the lunar sphere of influence with Phil as often as we could, especially when outsiders were present.”

As a homeward-bound Apollo 11 crossed the imaginary line between the gravitational spheres of influence of the two worlds, Capcom Bruce McCandless called the spacecraft to inform the crew: “Apollo 11, this is Houston. Stand by for a ‘mark’ leaving the lunar sphere of influence." He then indicated the moment’s passing, “Mark. You’re leaving the lunar sphere of influence. Over.”

Collins saw a chance for some mischief. “Roger. Is Phil Shaffer down there?“ The FIDO console was being manned by Dave Reed rather than Shaffer. “Negative.” said McCandless, “but we've got a highly qualified team on in his stead.”

“Roger. I wanted to hear him explain it again to the press conference," teased Collins. “Tell him the spacecraft [definitely] gave a little jump as it went through the [equigravisphere].“

“Okay. I'll pass it on to him. Thanks a lot," said McCandless, “and Dave Reed is sort of burying his head in his arms right now.”

One line that's always bugged me in the otherwise generally excellent From the Earth to the Moon:

It is the biggest rocket anyone has ever seen, a behemoth intended to transport men beyond the influence of the Earth.

What, the Moon isn't under the influence of the Earth?  Anyway, NASA defined the equigravisphere as 40,000 statute miles (64,374 kilometers) from the center of the Moon.  Earth's gravity is still there, just a little less than it is in Houston.  A frame of reference to help them figure out where they're going, is all...

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Экспериментальный полёт «Союз» — «Аполлон»


Speaking of Apollo, Deke finally got himself onto the rotation.

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