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Monday, October 08, 2018

Astros Nearing Interstellar Series

Second star to the right, and straight on till morning:

NASA's Voyager 2 probe, currently on a journey toward interstellar space, has detected an increase in cosmic rays that originate outside our solar system. Launched in 1977, Voyager 2 is a little less than 11 billion miles (about 17.7 billion kilometers) from Earth, or more than 118 times the distance from Earth to the Sun.

Since 2007 the probe has been traveling through the outermost layer of the heliosphere -- the vast bubble around the Sun and the planets dominated by solar material and magnetic fields. Voyager scientists have been watching for the spacecraft to reach the outer boundary of the heliosphere, known as the heliopause. Once Voyager 2 exits the heliosphere, it will become the second human-made object, after Voyager 1, to enter interstellar space.

Since late August, the Cosmic Ray Subsystem instrument on Voyager 2 has measured about a 5 percent increase in the rate of cosmic rays hitting the spacecraft compared to early August. The probe's Low-Energy Charged Particle instrument has detected a similar increase in higher-energy cosmic rays.

Cosmic rays are fast-moving particles that originate outside the solar system. Some of these cosmic rays are blocked by the heliosphere, so mission planners expect that Voyager 2 will measure an increase in the rate of cosmic rays as it approaches and crosses the boundary of the heliosphere.

In May 2012, Voyager 1 experienced an increase in the rate of cosmic rays similar to what Voyager 2 is now detecting. That was about three months before Voyager 1 crossed the heliopause and entered interstellar space.

Apropos of nothing, I am "watched all the Voyager shit on TV in gradeschool" years old...

ntodd

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fill my heart with song and let me sing for ever more

Why does Rice play Texas?

William Bradford, speaking in 1630 of the founding of the Plymouth Bay Colony, said that all great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage.

If this capsule history of our progress teaches us anything, it is that man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is determined and cannot be deterred.

And away we went...

ntodd

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Fire To New Worlds


Now a mere 10.9B miles away, 41 years on...

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Devotion of Space Activities to Peaceful Purposes for Benefit of All Humankind


On NASA's 60th birfday, let's throw rocks from a highway overpass, or bones into space...

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Beautiful burn. SPS, I love you! You are a jewel! Whoosh!


Heading back home from their lunar campsite...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Cecil B. De Aldrin is standing by for instructions.


Away we go!

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Sadie 6 Launch Is A Go


Birfday week for the Almost-Six-Year-Old commences!

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Set SCE to RIP


Al Bean. now painting moonscapes on another plane.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Well, we ain't got any earthshine, old buddy.


That ain't bad for two-revs-late landing.

ntodd

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Recovery, I Have A Clock


Splashdown at this time.  The three chutes are displaced. They're in the water.

ntodd

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Friday, April 13, 2018

We'd Like You To Stir Up Your Cryo Tanks


I believe we've had a problem here.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

13, Houston. GO at 30 seconds.


Okay, you're right on, Jim. You're right on trajectory.

ntodd

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Space Pilgrims


We did send our best, because all great & honourable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and must be both enterprised and overcome with answerable courages.

ntodd

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Friday, March 09, 2018

ISS Assembly Flight ULF5


It was the last Discovery. Sigh.

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Monday, March 05, 2018

Tranquility Base Here. The Eagle Has Littered.

A few rovers here, a few PLSS backpacks there:

Humans have left approximately 400,000 pounds (181,000 kilograms) of "trash" on the lunar surface. That includes probes, rovers, landers, a metallic olive branch, a hammer and falcon feather (for a gravity experiment, image below), two golf balls, a javelin, a urine collection assembly (small), various rakes and hammer, a portrait of James Irwin, 100 $2 bills, flags, and so many more items. In fact, here is NASA's list of manmade objects on the moon, although it hasn't been updated in 6 years.

Galileo woulda killed to study the effects of radiation on the falcon feather.

ntodd

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Roger, Seven.


You have a go, at least 7 orbits.

ntodd

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Friday, February 09, 2018

Apollo 14, this is New Orleans, Welcome home.


We're Stable I. Everybody's in good shape.

ntodd

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Thursday, February 08, 2018

Human Things Fail

Comments are fucked at RMJ's, so my reply to his post about Heavy Falcon:

Meh. Shooting a car in space was a silly billionaire stunt, but I'm not sure there was anything solid about actually getting into Mars orbit. This was a demo of power, not unlike Apollo 6 (launched the same day MLK was shot). Look at that thing...look at that thing go!

Whether Musk's slide rule guys fucked up or not, it's an impressive step.  Wish we'd do this as a nation, as opposed to letting illegal immigrants do it.

As an aside, I take great glee in reading compliance audit reports created by big corporations that contain typos, as well as showing deviations from best practices by big tech companies.  Everybody fucks up.

It was a good Thursday.

ntodd

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Saturday, February 03, 2018

Only Clinton And Obama Could Collude With Russia


Exhibit A: a Clinton-era shuttle mission with not only the first Russian Cosmonaut on board, but also commanded by future Obama appointee, NASA Director Charles Bolden.  QED.

ntodd

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Remembrance

Always a somber day for the American space community.  And now even NASA's top spot can't be approved without ignorance of history and science.

ntodd

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