Update: Brad tries to justify the purchase, but really, there is no justification for Windows...
|This map shows the nominal track of Cosmos-1, and its location at 20:10:34 UT on the 21 June where it should have been visible from both Petropavlovsk and Majuro.|
|The Project Operations Pasadena (POP) room, the attic of the carriage house behind The Planetary Society. From left to right: Greg Delory, Sam Dallas, Emily Lakdawalla , and Paul Fieseler.|
|CREDIT: The Planetary Society|
Here's what we know and don't know. Indications are that orbit burn was received over Kamchatka. That data cuts off. This could be normal, related to the rocket firing; or it could indicate an anomaly. This is unknown. We also know that no signal was received at Kamchatka, and we also know that no signal was recieved at Majuro. From here on in, there's no communication at all wth the spacecraft until it goes over Panska Ves in the Czech Republic. A contingency plan for this is now being put into effect. The Panska Ves, Tarusa, and Bear Lakes stations will send commands to the spacecraft to try to turn it on. So in sum we have some precious data and a lot of silence. We have to wait at least 30 minutes before any possible contact, and possibly longer. It looks like it may be a long night here in Moscow and a long day in Pasadena.
|Kilauea, perhaps the most active volcano in the world has been erupting continually since 1983. It's 27 miles away from where I'm sitting at the moment, which is pretty close when you think about it...|
|Solar Sailing: Technology, Dynamics and Mission Applications|
by Dr. Colin R. McInnes, ISBN 185233102X, 350 pages, £45.00
An introductory text and technical reference on solar sailing. The author assesses the benefits and limitations of solar sailing and comes to the conclusion that it really does offer the possibility of low-cost space missions, impossible for any other type of conventional spacecraft.
While this isn't the only text book on solar sailing McInnes' book is certainly the place to go if you want an in-depth look, a definite must buy for any space enthusiast.
|A major earthquake occurred at 02:50:54 (UTC) on Wednesday, June 15, 2005. The magnitude 7.2 event has been located off the coast of Northern California.|