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Life on Mars?!?

Posted by Thunder Pig on August 2, 2008

Rumor has it that there will soon be a HUGE announcement on the possibility, and that President Bush has already been briefed.

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Ashes To Ice

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 3, 2008

Here is a movie about the effort to reach Mars, culminating with the recent Phoenix Mission:

For more information, please visit the following websites:

Home page of the Phoenix Mars Mission

NASA’s Phoenix

And here is the live coverage of the Phoenix Landing as broadcast by space enthusiasts at Space Vid Cast:

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SpaceVidCast 003

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 14, 2008

One of the joys of now having DSL, is that I can keep up with so much more stuff on the internet, and this is one of them:

SpaceVidCast Website

And (if i can remember) I’ll put up a reminder or embed the show every week.

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Live Coverage of STS-123 Landing

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 26, 2008

(The live-feed has now been replaced with a recording of the landing)
(And you may have to press the refresh button next to the play button)
(in order to get the video to start playing [TP 2008 0327 11.45 am])

Watch the live coverage here of the landing of the Shuttle Endeavour as STS-123 comes to a close. Or, if you wanna chat with other people while watching, head on over to Space Vidcast and join the group.

The first attempt was waved off, so we’ll have to see what happens the next go around.

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STS-123 Live Coverage

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 16, 2008

I have live coverage of the current shuttle mission (STS-123) on West Carolina Report that will operate at a lower bandwidth than the NASA/Yahoo! coverage. The coverage is courtesy Spacevidcast.

If there are no live events, the feed will consist of replays of the most recent activities, especially helpful since most of the activity in this mission appears to be happening at night.

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Shuttle Endeavour Lifts Off

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 11, 2008

I gotta make it down to Florida to watch one of these take off before they retire the shuttles!

This is a playlist providing a 5 minute overview of the current mission, a 2 and a half minute launch video, and a third video lasting about 38 seconds show the beautiful night launch from the Vehicle Assembly Building.

Space shuttle Endeavour thundered into orbit early Tuesday morning carrying seven astronauts and Japan’s dreams for a space-based laboratory at the International Space Station.

“This is a great launch and a real tribute to the team to get it ready to go fly,” said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for Space Operations.

The STS-123 mission started with a rare night launch for Endeavour’s crew, commanded by veteran astronaut Dominic Gorie. Gregory H. Johnson served as Pilot. The mission specialists for the flight are an international mix of experienced and first-time crew members. Robert L. Behnken, Mike Foreman, Rick Linnehan, Garrett Reisman and Japanese astronaut Takao Doi all have critical roles during the 16-day mission by Endeavour.

NASA Endeavour Page

Photo Courtesy NASA

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NASA To Go For Six Shuttle Launches This Year

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 5, 2008

05/02/2008 13:45 WASHINGTON, February 5 (RIA Novosti) – NASA plans to carry out up to six space shuttle launches in 2008, including a flight to service the Hubble Space Telescope, a space agency official has said.

NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale said the agency is also making progress in developing the Orion spacecraft and Ares launch vehicles to replace the aging shuttle fleet and prepare for journeys to the moon and beyond.

NASA also announced a $17.6 billion budget for the fiscal year 2009 to continue exploring the Solar System, as well as building the International Space Station, studying Earth from space and conducting aeronautics research.

The agency said its budget included, “$5.78 billion for the space shuttle and space station programs, $4.44 billion for science, $3.5 billion for development of new manned spacecraft systems and $447 million for aeronautics research.”

Dale said NASA has 55 scientific research missions currently in space, about half involving international partnerships, with 15 additional missions scheduled for launch by the end of 2009.

“In Earth science, NASA’s investments in measuring the forces and effects of climate change are allowing policymakers and the public to better understand its implications to our home planet,” she said.

NASA will dedicate $910 million during the next five years to develop new missions to add to its Earth-observing fleet of spacecraft.

The official said that as the International Space Station nears completion, the NASA budget provides funding to help spur development of commercial space transportation services to send cargo and possibly crews to the station after the shuttles is withdrawn from service in 2010. Without commercial providers, the United States will depend on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to carry astronauts between Earth and the space station.

“While I do not like the idea that the United States may have no option other than to purchase crew transport services from Russia … I am glad that the Russians are our partners and have such capabilities,” Dale said.

Source: Global Security

This is so very sad for me. We should be putting at least ten times what we are in the space program every year. It seems like our civilization has given up on exploration of space, given up on living there. I guess it is up to the private companies to start the human diaspora now…or are we to the point where we need to start considering the lifeboat option?

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16 Minutes From Home

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 1, 2008

Paying tribute to the memory of the Columbia, and her crew.

And here is an analysis, presented real-time of her final minutes, augmented with video taken from multiple sources on the ground:

And here is the story, with links to more information from CNN.

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West Carolona Report for Jan 28th; Venus and Jupiter Near Each Other In Morning Sky

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 28, 2008

I’ve updated the news headlines at West Carolina Report for today, and apologize for not being able to update them over the weekend…a retard took out a power pole down the road, and the phone line got corrupted enough with cross talk to ruin the internet connection.

Maybe the lines will get upgraded enough to allow for DSL instead of the pokey 42K I currently suffer under.

Anyhow, enjoy this photo I took this morning of Jupiter and Venus as they approach each other in the morning sky, reaching just half a degree of each other on February 1st, about the size of the full moon in the sky. If I remember, I’ll post photos of that as well, as well as the moon when it joins them a few mornings later.

Photo Details
Exposure Time: 8 seconds
F-Number: F/3.2
Focal Length: 6mm
Camera: Kodak Easyshare Z710

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Remembering The Challenger 7

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 28, 2008

I had stayed home from school, as was my custom, to watch the shuttle launch on TV since they quit showing them at school.
Such was my luck that none of the local stations covered it either, and I listened on WCQS. Sure enough, the local stations covered it after the explosion.

Here is a video of the explosion:

Visit the Arlington Website tribute to the Challenger 7.

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