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Apollo 15 Rotational Hand Controller Up For Auction

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On July 26, 1971 a Saturn V rocket blasted away from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center en route to Hadley Rille on the moon. Commanded by Dave Scott, Apollo 15 was touted by NASA as the most successful lunar landing to date. It was the first of the “J Missions”, which included a longer stay on the moon’s surface than the earlier missions and a greater focus on science.

Now you can own a piece of that spacecraft.

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A Launchpad Gets A New Owner

Above, Columbia sits atop Launch Pad 39A in preparation for STS-1, the first space shuttle mission. This wasn’t the first time LC-39A would see the flames of rocket motors. It has been around since the Apollo days. In fact, the first unmanned, manned, and Saturn V launches of the Apollo program left earth […]

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Learning From Failure

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I have a fascination with watching launch failures. When The Professor sent me a link to this video on Universe Today I watched all 32 minutes. It’s fascinating in that “watching a train wreck” way that us humans are so enamored with, but also in a professional way. You see, I […]

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V’Ger Songs

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Ever wonder what it might sound like if the proton count data received by the Voyager space probes was converted to a musical duet? A gentleman by the name of Domenico Vicinanza has done just that, taking measurements from the cosmic ray detectors on Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 at hour intervals, and converting it into two melodies.

I wanted to compose a musical piece celebrating the Voyager 1 and 2 *together*, so used the same measurements (proton counts from the cosmic ray detector over the last 37 years) from both spacecrafts, at the exactly same point of time, but at several billions of kms of distance one from the other.

I used different groups of instruments and different sound textures to represent the two/ spacecrafts, synchronising the measurements taken at the same time. (motherboard)

Hit the jump and give a listen!

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Moon Lasers

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For some reason I find the whole Moon landing conspiracy to be really fascinating. To me it just seems like what is harder to believe, that man managed to travel off the Earth and land on our nearest neighbor, or that hundreds if not thousands of people pulled off a highly technically complex and intricate hoax, and have managed to keep it a secret for nearly 50 years? That, and NASA left stuff there, not just the disposable Moon rovers and descent stages, but actual experimental equipment that can still be used from Earth, given the proper tools of course. One such experiment is the retroreflector arrays left on the moon by the Apollo astronauts that are used for laser ranging.

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Fifteen Years On

On December 6, 1998 International Space Station managers proclaimed construction had begun. The US-built Unity module, seen here being positioned, was carried aboard space shuttle Endeavour on STS-88. A few weeks before, Russia had launched the first piece of the station to float above our heads, Zarya. The crew of STS-88 then parked […]

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Space Tomato

This tomato was cruising at about 4.8 miles per second approximately 230 miles above the surface of the earth. Then Astronaut Koichi Wakata of JAXA ate it. Even astronauts tweet pics of their food. Their backdrop is just more impressive than my dining room table.

[Image Credit: Koichi […]

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Watching A Space Shuttle Launch

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One of my most treasured memories is having the opportunity to witness two space shuttle launches. The photo above is one I took with my old point and shoot camera of STS-127. Even from approximately 5 miles away, the sound of the launch was incredible. You can no longer see a space shuttle launch. However, thanks to the wonder that is the innerwebs, you can see one virtually. Hit the jump, crank up the speakers, and pretend you’re in Florida.

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GOCE: Chicken Little’s Worst Nightmare and How The Internet Saved Humanity

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A few days ago, many people on earth were huddled under their desks, wearing hard hats whilst watching TV, and/or trying to find a way into their prepper neighbor’s bunker. What was going on that had so many of us worried? To put it simply, the sky was falling.

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Vanguard 3: 84 Days of Glory

The third successful launch of the Vanguard program launched a small (50.8 cm) diameter satellite which, for 84 days, transmitted a wealth of information back to NASA. Launched on September 18, 1959, the satellite was placed into geocentric orbit aboard a Vanguard rocket. Equipped with a proton magnetometer, X-ray ionization chambers, and various […]

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