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Space Aviation And Astronomy Heads

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For anyone who wants to talk about the Space Program, Shuttle Missions, Astronomy, and, oh yes, Aviation.

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  1. Tale Gator
    Tale Gator

    Anyone enjoy the jump from the edge of space today?
  2. Showtime100
    Damn it. Launch scrubbed. I'm glad they had the astronauts safety in mind, but I selfishly wanted to see a launch this morning.
  3. Showtime100
    Endeavour at T-3:00:00 as the countdown resumes.

  4. Showtime100
    LAUNCH UPDATE: NASA managers have scheduled the next launch attempt of space shuttle Endeavour for 5:40 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 17th. As a result, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) are set to lift off together aboard an Atlas V rocket on Thursday, June 18th, one day later than originally planned.
    Space Weather.com
  5. Showtime100

    This image provided by NASA on Tuesday May 12, 2009 and annotated by source, shows debris from Atlantis' launch hitting the shuttle's right wing edge after launch on Monday May 11, 2009. The Atlantis astronauts uncovered a 21-inch stretch of nicks on their space shuttle Tuesday, but NASA said the damage did not appear to be serious. The damage was likely the result of debris that came off the fuel tank shortly after liftoff Monday.
  6. Wolf
    space station is pretty bright at 5:30ish in the morning right now
  7. Showtime100

    Explanation: These two frames, taken with a video camera and a telescope, reveal remarkable details of the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting some 350 kilometers above planet Earth. Recorded during last month's visit by the crew of shuttle orbiter Discovery on mission STS-119, the pictures show extended solar arrays glinting in bright sunlight against a dark sky. They also likely capture the blurred image of a spacewalking astronaut during the mission's EVA-2 (Extravehicular Activity-2)! The astronaut is installing equipment along one of the station's truss assemblies. Astronomer Ralf Vandebergh, who often images the ISS during its favorable passes through Dutch skies, comments that no other bright ISS structures occupy the position indicated in the inset, and that a reflective, white-suited astronaut would be visible against the truss and correspond to the bright blur. Vandebergh notes that the timing and location further suggest the spacewalker is STS-119 astronaut Joseph Acaba.

  8. Wolf
  9. Showtime100
    Watched the ISS go by overhead last night. As I watched, it went behind the earth's shadow, entirely freaking amazing to see a satellite disappear slowly in about 5 seconds.
  10. Showtime100
    We are currently in the deepest solar minumum in 100 years.

    Spotless Days
    Current Stretch: 25 days
    2009 total: 79 days (87%)
    Since 2004: 590 days
    Typical Solar Min: 485 days


    Hidden Planet Discovered in Old Hubble Data

    A new technique has uncovered an extrasolar planet hidden in Hubble Space Telescope images taken 11 years ago

    The new strategy may allow researchers to uncover other distant alien worlds potentially lurking in over a decade's worth of Hubble archival data.

    The method was used to find an exoplanet that went undetected in Hubble images taken in 1998 with its Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS). Astronomers knew of the planet's existence from images taken with the Keck and Gemini North telescopes in 2007 and 2008, long after Hubble snapped its first picture of the system.

    The planet is estimated to be at least seven times the mass of Jupiter. It is the outermost of three massive planets known to orbit the dusty young star HR 8799, which is 130 light-years away from Earth. NICMOS could not see the other two planets because its coronagraphic spot — a device that blots out the glare of the star —blocked its viewof the two inner planets.

    Read on here

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