SpaceX Launch: Success + Good Try (See comment #s 717-719.)

By: LowerCal , 8:05 PM GMT on July 03, 2012

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CURRENT MOON

moon phases

CURRENT PLANETS and brilliant stars in early July. Directions and times are for the northern subtropics and vary somewhat for other latitudes.
• Bright & golden Mercury is close to the western horizon at dusk, sets WNW after dark.
• Bright & orange Mars is SW at dusk, sets west near midnight.
• Bright & yellowish Saturn is SSW at dusk, sets west after midnight and is
accompanied very closely by the bright and blueish star Spica.
• Very brilliant off-white Jupiter rises ENE predawn, is low east late dawn.
• Extremely brilliant white Venus rises ENE predawn, is low east before sunrise and is
accompanied very closely by the bright and orange star Aldebaran.
• Brilliant & blueish star Sirius will rise before the Sun late July.
• Brilliant white star Canopus will peek above the horizon before the Sun around late August.



Scroll past the links below to find special events for current and future dates.
Scroll farther to find past events.


***** Links *****

Today - SpaceWeather.com
also EarthSky,
Astronomy Picture of the Day,
Lunar Photo of the Day,
365 Days of Astronomy
& Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine
This Week - SkyandTelescope.com - This Week's Sky at a Glance
also SkyWeek | Sky and Telescope TV
& Jack Horkheimer - Star Gazer, Current Scripts
This Month - SkyandTelescope.com - Sky Tour Podcasts
also HubbleSite - Tonight's Sky: Your guide to constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and events
Anytime - Stellarium (free planetarium for your computer)
also Sky & Telescope Interactive Sky Chart (online planetarium)

Visible Satellites:
Simplest - Satellite Flybys by SpaceweatherPhone.com
More satellites and more info - Heavens-Above.com.

Launches:
Spaceflight Now - Worldwide Launch Schedule
also Vandenberg AFB Launch Schedule
& Wallops Flight Facility Launch Webcast & Blog
Reentries - Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies - Upcoming & Recent Reentries

Live Aurora Cams:
Sodankyla, Finland,
Kiruna, Sweden,
Jokkmokk, Sweden (cam 4),
Jokkmokk, Sweden (cam 5),
Abisko, Sweden,
Reykiavik, Iceland,
Yellowknife, Canada (click on CONNECT AURORAMAX LIVE),
& Poker Flat, Alaska


Most events described below can be viewed with your eyes alone.
Occasionally simple binoculars will improve the view and that will be noted.


***** Current & Future Events *****

See the comments or the links above.


Events earlier than those listed below will be found in previous blog entries.

***** Past Events *****

Photo Op - Crescent & Morning "Stars"

Image created with Stellarium, a free download.

July 15 before Dawn
ENE before dawn the bright & orange star Aldebaran and the ">" shaped Hyades star cluster will be visible close to extremely brilliant white planet Venus. The tiny dipper shaped Pleiades star cluster will be visible well above very brilliant off-white Jupiter.

Even in the very bright dawn shortly before sunrise the thin crescent moon, Venus and Jupiter will still be visible.

(For earlier events see previous blog entries.)


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REVISED FORECAST!.VERY IMPORTANT NEWS=7/12/12 Photo At 3:19 PM (Ralfo)
Of AR1521,AR1520 & AR1519...X-FLARE! Big sunspot AR1520 unleashed an X1.4-class solar flare on July 12th at 1653 UT. Because the sunspot was directly facing Earth at the time of the blast, this is a geoeffective event. Stay tuned for updates about possible CMEs and radio blackouts. Solar flare alerts:
REVISED FORECAST!.VERY IMPORTANT NEWS=7/12/12 Photo At 3:19 PM
northern lights from the observation deck (blu56jay)
northern lights from the observation deck
X1.4 Auroras! (emixam101)
1h14 AM - The storm intensified drasticly and reached a G3 Level (Strong) with an Index of KP7! (Severe).Auroras were briefly visible to 110° on highest! Great Auroras show since August 2003!!! Somes shots the focus is quite bad because of the VERY Hazy conditions.It was still very warm to at this hour with 69F/21C!
X1.4 Auroras!
Northern Lights 1 (smyezek)
Taken east of Grafton Iowa, 7/14/2012
Northern Lights 1
Aurora Australis 1 (astrophotographer)
Oh boy what a beautiful sight. A CME from the sun has hit us and sparked this wonder of nature.
Aurora Australis 1
Aurora Australis 1 (astrophotographer)
A panorama of two photos and the streak is a satellite crossing the visual path.
Aurora Australis 1
Looking East (IC)
Jupiter, Venus, Taurus and Moon
Looking East
Celestial Spectacle (snapperone)
This morning offered a treat just before sunrise. The waning crescent moon is seen here nestled between Venus, Jupiter and Aldebaran. The Hyades and Pleiadies are also in this frame!
Celestial Spectacle
Endeavour Leaving for California (Skyepony)
Endeavour Leaving for California
Endeavour Leaving for California (Skyepony)
Endeavour Leaving for California
Endeavour Leaving for California (Skyepony)
Endeavour Leaving for California
Space-X Dragon Launch (dcfrench)
Headed to the International Space Station with 1,000 pounds of cargo on board. Even ice cream
Space-X Dragon Launch
Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) (Endosidney)
Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS)
Comet Pan Starrs (Westerberg)
Pan Starrs and the New Moon as seen from Joshua Tree National Park, California
Comet Pan Starrs
Comet PanSTARRS (Shotonsite)
the skies over Deming NM, March 12, 2013.
Comet PanSTARRS
Comet & Moon in Nautical Twilight (CJSprinkle)
Looking out toward Ventura from Mt.McCoy in Simi Valley, CA. Comet with the crescent moon made for an excellent shot with the setup of the city lights and the ocean, and the colorful skies following sunset.
Comet & Moon in Nautical Twilight
Delta IV Nocolucent Clouds (Skyepony)
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV has launched with the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite on Friday night, following a 24 hour delay caused by an issue associated with a ground support system helium pressurization line. Liftoff from Space Launch Complex 37B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force occured at 20:27 local time.
Delta IV Nocolucent Clouds
Delta IV Noctilucent Cloud (Skyepony)
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV has launched with the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite on Friday night, following a 24 hour delay caused by an issue associated with a ground support system helium pressurization line. Liftoff from Space Launch Complex 37B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force occurred at 20:27 local time. From the area of sky where the rocket separation occurred grew two small Noctilucent Clouds. This is the one that went bird shape a bit.
Delta IV Noctilucent Cloud
STS131 Noctilucent Cloud (Skyepony)
This is the short life of the Noctilucent Cloud beast created by the launch of Shuttle Discovery as I watched from the Turn Basin at Kennedy Space Center. Here is a link to a NASA study done on Shuttle created Noctilucent Clouds.
STS131 Noctilucent Cloud

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Comet of the Century?

Comet ISON Approaches - Homepage Observing - SkyandTelescope.com
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The crescendo of the apparition will likely occur between December 10th and 14th, when the comet will be best seen just before dawn after the Moon sets. Although little or perhaps nothing of the head will remain, the huge tail will loom in the northeastern sky. Almost evenly illuminated over its length, .... spanning almost a quarter of the heavens as seen under good, dark observing conditions.

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One of the 6 Astronaut Questions: An Astrodad's Perspective : Discovery News
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O'Neill: In a recent guest article you wrote for Discovery News (Don't Let Them Hijack Our Dreams, May 7, 2013), you expressed concern for the diminishing interest in space and the media's obsession with reporting negative news. Do you have any advice for parents hoping to perhaps "shield" their kids from a lot of the negative press, while highlighting amazing scientific progress?

Chiao: I definitely hear you. What we do with our kids is talk to them about things that are happening in the world and some of the cool breakthroughs you read and hear about in science. And we do actually shield them quite a bit because, by accident, we raised them without television, which helps an enormous amount!

What happened when my wife and I got married a little over nine years ago, we kind of merged our homes and between the two of us we had these two old TVs with the big tube in them, so we actually sold a lot of our stuff, including the old TVs in a garage sale with the intention of buying a new flat screen. Back then, the best TVs to get were the big plasmas, but we never got around to going out and buying one.

So we got used to living without a TV and then a couple of years later when we had kids. So we've by and large been shielding our kids from the 24 hour news cycle and the pounding home of every tragedy and crime that's committed.

So from this, we've been able to accentuate the positive news, helping them to focus on the important and positive events that are going on to get them thinking about lots of different things. But, it is a bit drastic to say "hey, get rid of your television!" because probably most people wouldn't do that. But think about what you want your kids to see rather than them being constantly exposed to all the negative stuff. Unfortunately it seems to be human nature that we are drawn to the negative, tragic and heartbreaking stories.

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Toboggan Tracks on Mars
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Another paragraph in the new chapter of American aerospace...

Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | SpaceX signs framework for potential military launch deal
The U.S. Air Force and SpaceX have signed an agreement allowing the commercial space transportation firm to eventually compete for launch contracts of the military's most expensive and sensitive satellites.

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SpaceX won contracts for the launch of two Air Force satellite missions in December. A Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket will launch the Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, a joint project headed by the Air Force and NOAA, in late 2014. SpaceX's Falcon Heavy booster, a powerful rocket scheduled to debut in 2014, will loft multiple experimental satellites into different orbits on the Air Force's Space Test Program 2 mission in 2015.

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From the moon landings to the Shuttle was a wonderful time to be a kid in the US. Anything was possible.

Star Trek to Star Wars...the universe was our oyster.

We were the leaders in everything technological. We had ideals and goals. We were explorers and innovators.

I hope that we can return to that one day...

But...every time I turn on the news, it just makes me sad.

Take good care LC and crew. Maybe one day...
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Quoting RobDaHood:
… Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,

-Ulysses
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Moving off Earth.

Brings to mind several books I loved when I was young.

The Man Who Sold the Moon
and
The Greening of Mars

among them.
Mankind moving off Earth is a highly pleasant subject to contemplate. Ulysses expresses the ancient urge very eloquently.
Quoting RobDaHood:
460. LowerCal
A true shame that we lack the national will to do what China is doing...with our $$$.
Been 'ere, done 'at. See what's on 'a other channels. :^/
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Pat Thanks for the pic of the Chinese on their way.
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460. LowerCal
A true shame that we lack the national will to do what China is doing...with our $$$.
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… Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,

-Ulysses
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Moving off Earth.

Brings to mind several books I loved when I was young.

The Man Who Sold the Moon
and
The Greening of Mars

among them.
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... and while on the subject of human nature and space travel...

China Launches to [their own] Prototype Space Station : Discovery News
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NASA is banned by Congress from any contact, collaborations or partnerships with China, primarily due to concerns about technology transfer. Republican congressman Frank Wolf has been leading that charge.

“I understand Congressman Wolf’s concerns, but I think his approach is counter-productive,” Kulacki said. [Gregory Kulacki is China program manager at the Union of Concerned Scientists.]

“Banning contact between NASA and potential counterparts in China only gives greater authority to the more nationalistic elements within the Chinese space community, and it minimizes the voices of a very large internationalist constituency within the Chinese space community,” he said.

“The ban really strengthens attitudes that are not conducive to better relations between the United States and China and it weakens the position of those who take a more positive attitude toward the United States,” Kulacki added.

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Hey crab! Thanks for stopping by to give your thoughts on colonization.

BTW those "glass tubes" might look like something else from onsite... like maybe oh... concave valleys/channels with transverse dunes in them. ;^)

I am a little ambivalent about homo sapiens colonizing another planet. On one hand it's our only protection against planetary catastrophy (on Earth). On the other hand as a species we haven't really proved ourselves as good planetary caretakers. The first human Martians will have to have an iron pioneer spirit. It's the carpetbaggers that will follow that worry me.
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Hi Skye!

Pat Thanks for the preview.
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Heya LC!

I think Mars would make a wonderful vacation spot, what with exploring the glass tubes and all.

Colonization? Sure, why not? It's not like we don't deserve to go an screw up another planet. At least this one seems already bereft of what we would characterize as beautiful views. I mean, who wouldn't want to experience a sandstorm, or freeze one's posterior off exploring the poles?

I hope to be able to cheer the young'uns on as the boldy go. We can make peace with our past, and hope to foster a new beginning in a place that doesn't tolerate our pissy attitude toward recycling and sustainability.

.............and maybe, just maybe........ there is life there, hiding from our rovers and flyovers. If so, I hope they have watched our progress, and know what's in store for them if we gain a toehold there.
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NASA will conduct its first test flight of its Orion Spacecraft - named Exploration Test Flight-1 (EFT-1) in 2014. The capsule will be launched to the altitude higher than any human-rated spacecraft has reached since 1973.

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455. Skyepony (Mod)
Yay Orion:)
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Pat Thanks for passsing along the good news. That's another step along our way to beyond low Earth orbit.
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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Proves Sound Under Pressure

WASHINGTON -- After a month of being poked, prodded and pressurized in ways that mimicked the stresses of spaceflight, NASA's Orion crew module successfully passed its static loads tests on Wednesday.

When Orion launches on Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is targeted for September 2014, it will travel farther from Earth than any spacecraft built for humans in more than 40 years. The spacecraft will fly about 3,600 miles above Earth's surface and return at speeds of approximately 25,000 mph. During the test, Orion will experience an array of stresses, or loads, including launch and reentry, the vacuum of space and several dynamic events that will jettison hardware away from the spacecraft and deploy parachutes.

To ensure Orion will be ready for its flight test next year, engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida built a 20-foot-tall static loads test fixture for the crew module with hydraulic cylinders that slowly push or pull on the vehicle, depending on the type of load being simulated. The fixture produced 110 percent of the load caused by eight different types of stress Orion will experience during EFT-1. More than 1,600 strain gauges recorded how the vehicle responded. The loads ranged from as little as 14,000 pounds to as much as 240,000 pounds.

"The static loads campaign is our best method of testing to verify what works on paper will work in space," said Charlie Lundquist, NASA's Orion crew and service module manager at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "This is how we validate our design."

In addition to the various loads it sustained, the Orion crew module also was pressurized to simulate the effect of the vacuum in space. This simulation allowed engineers to confirm it would hold its pressurization in a vacuum and verify repairs made to superficial cracks in the vehicle's rear bulkhead caused by previous pressure testing in November.

The November test revealed insufficient margin in an area of the bulkhead that was unable to withstand the stress of pressurization. Armed with data from that test, engineers were able to reinforce the design to ensure structural integrity and validate the fix during this week's test.

To repair the cracks, engineers designed brackets that spread the stress of being pressurized to other areas of the module that are structurally stronger. During these tests Orion was successfully pressurized to 110 percent of what it would experience in space, demonstrating it is capable of performing as necessary during EFT-1.

For information about Orion, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/orion


Rachel Kraft
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1100
rachel.h.kraft@nasa.gov
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A few articles on the future of commercial space and human exploration:

Startup aims to colonize Mars by 2023 | SmartPlanet
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Mars One, a private space venture from the Netherlands, hopes to send astronauts on a one-way journey to Mars. .... the startup has declared its intention to colonize the Red Planet by 2023.

Founded by Dutch entrepreneur, Bas Lansdorp, Mars One lays out a detailed timetable for human settlement on the planet:

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SpaceX Chief Eyes Huge Mars Colony | Space.com
Elon Musk, the billionaire founder and CEO of the private spaceflight company SpaceX, wants to help establish a Mars colony of up to 80,000 people by ferrying explorers to the Red Planet ....

In Musk's vision, the ambitious Mars settlement program would start with a pioneering group of fewer than 10 people, ....

What is the cost of living on Mars? | SmartPlanet
Life on Mars was once referred to something we were trying to discover. Now it’s something we’re trying to create. And the possibility of putting humans on Mars is a goal that could be reached in the not-too-distant future. Mars One, a private space venture from the Netherlands, plans to start colonies on Mars by 2023. And Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, recently revealed his vision of building a colony on Mars the size of a small city.

But how much would it cost to send humans to the Red Planet?

Neo Mammalian Studios explores this in a new infographic (created for Paydayloan). The conclusion? It’s expensive, but far from impossible. Here’s the breakdown:

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Mars Expedition Possible in 20 Years: Experts : Discovery News
NASA and private sector experts now agree that a man or woman could be sent on a mission to Mars over the next 20 years, despite huge challenges.

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From Space Station to Moon Base – Bigelow expands on inflatable ambitions | NASASpaceFlight.com
.... NASA’s William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, ....

“For us in NASA, we typically do a lot of design reference mission analysis. We do a lot of concept work. We do a lot of things, and then we typically ask industry how they can participate or be part of that activity.

“We thought that this time, instead of doing it the typical way, we would kind of turn that around a little bit. We would ask the industry first through this Space Act Agreement what they are interested in; (where) they see interest in doing exploration throughout the solar system; where they see human presence that makes sense; where they see potential commercial markets."


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Caicos I know of Russian rocket engines currently used in at least a couple of different American aerospace launch vehicles but that video looks like it will be a fascinating backstory on successes of Russian rocket development. I look forward to viewing the entirety of it. Thanks indeed for sharing it!
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I just discovered and watched the following program about:
"The Engine that came in from the cold"
It's a great story and done well, I would expect you may have seen it,
but if so, it is still worth sharing the link here I believe.

Enjoy.... (it is about 50minutes long)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZnYr94aa9E]http:/ /www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZnYr94aa9E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZnYr94aa9E]http:/ /www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZnYr94aa9E
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Skye Here's that Noctilucent Clouds link for anyone else interested.

Both of those WunderPhotos are Approver's Choice worthy. I think there was an unintentional reset on the ACs a few years ago.


Pat Cool! Space is becoming more accessible (i.e. less expensive money and timewise).
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Liquid Rocket Engines (J-2X, RS-25, general)


LEO Progress: RS-25 Adaptation

Posted on May 29, 2013 09:16:50 AM | William D. Greene

But here are the neato things that we'll be able to do: We can use almost all of the work now completed on the J-2X engine controller hardware to inform the new RS-25 controller and we can use the exact same basic software algorithms from the SSME. Because the RS-25 has a different control scheme from the J-2X, we cannot use the exact controller unit design from J-2X, but we can use a lot of what we've learned over the past few years. And, because we can directly port over the basic control algorithms, we don't have to re-validate these vital pieces from the ground up. We just have to validate their operation within the new controller. That's a huge savings.

This is work that is happening right now, as I'm typing. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, the RS-25 developer and manufacturer, is working together with Honeywell International, the electronic controller developer, on this activity. Within the next couple of months, they will have progressed beyond the point of the critical design review for both the hardware and software.

In the long term, it is our hope that we will evolve to the utopian plain of having one universal engine controller, a "common engine controller," that can be easily fitted to any engine, past, present, or future. Such a vision has in mind a standardization of methods and architecture such that we could largely minimize controller development efforts in the future to the accommodation of obsolescence issues. The simple truth is that development work is always expensive. It would be nice to avoid as much as that cost as possible. With the new RS-25 controller, we're getting pretty close to that kind of situation.

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447. Skyepony (Mod)
I reported the noctilucent cloud via a link Briarcraft left me. They invited me in the spotter club & sent me the newsletter:) They saw their first one in awhile up there 24hrs after that launch. Just like that NASA study.

That other Noctilucent dragon... Mine must have got an AC since, the one out at the VAB was the one that got it at the time.
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Quoting Patrap:
That image in comment 440 is absolutely stunning! Looks like SFX.


The Link is a even better one,LC.

www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery

Wow! The lighting is right out of Blade Runner.
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That image in comment 440 is absolutely stunning! Looks like SFX.


The Link is a even better one,LC.

www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery
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Skye Thanks for the link to that other WunderPhoto showing the noctilucent possibilities. I couldn't turn up anything with the WunderPhoto search feature for that AC you mentioned.


Pat Thanks for the Soyuz coverage. That image in comment 440 is absolutely stunning! Looks like SFX.

BTW the Soyuz docked at 10:10pm EDT.


Rob With absolutely no knowledge of rocketry it would have made me pretty uneasy. ;^)
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Expedition 36 Crew Launches on Fast Track to Station

The Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft carrying Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineers Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to begin an expedited 6-hour journey to the International Space Station.
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Thanks for the Soyuz updates Pat!

Skye's dragon slideshow in the header is one of the coolest things I've ever seen.

Can you imagine seeing something like that 1,000 years ago?
With absolutely no knowledge of upper atmospheric phenomenon what would you have thought?
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First Secretary: This is the First Secretary. I am speaking to the individual who has stolen the property of the U.S.S.R. Can your hear me, Mr. Gant?







Maj. Gant: [in the MiG-31] Oh, we're getting the royal treatment.
[activates radio]

Maj. Gant: Yeah, go ahead, I'm listening.
First Secretary: Are you enjoying your ride, Mr. Gant? Like our new toy?
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Expedition 36 Trio has Launched and is on orbit to rendezvous with the ISS tonight.

Three new Expedition 36 crew members launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:31 p.m. EDT Tuesday (2:31 a.m. Wednesday, Baikonur time) to begin an accelerated six-hour journey to the International Space Station.

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LIVE NOW: NASA TV Coverage for Next Soyuz Space Station Crew Launch/nasatv
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438. Skyepony (Mod)
The animated one you posted in the first pic the little bit of blue is like all we got this launch..I think too far after dark..sun was gone before it could expand much. The cloud itself seemed to be moving east which didn't help it light in the last rays either.
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437. Skyepony (Mod)
That was exciting with the noctilucent cloud lastnight. I have another launch dragon cloud here from a different launch. There is some pics on WU that someone took from KSC of this that was incredible. They got an AC for it.
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Quoting RobDaHood:
A beautiful launch to observe.
A successful insertion into orbit.
A mission that will help our soldiers in the field.
Perfect beginning to a Memorial Day weekend.

Hope that the capabilities that this series of sat launches bring are never needed, but glad that we have them if we do.
Well said.

Quoting Patrap:
One day in the not too distant future, a Rocket will wait for Brave Men and women.

A Rocket that will take them to the Moon again, and beyond.
Some alive today will see it. I hope we are some.

Thanks for the launch recap.

Quoting Skyepony:
I got pictures up! Can't believe the noctilucent bird.. or baby dragon? Many times the ones that get big grow into large dragons. This one stayed small & looked to be flying away from me.
It really does look like a dove taking flight. I'm going to add a couple of your WunderPhotos of yesterday evening's noctilucent cloud at the bottom of the blog entry along with your dragon cloud from the 2010 Discovery launch.
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435. Skyepony (Mod)
I got pictures up! Can't believe the noctilucent bird.. or baby dragon? Many times the ones that get big grow into large dragons. This one stayed small & looked to be flying away from me.
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Rocket lifts off with U.S. military communications satellite


By Irene Klotz

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida | Fri May 24, 2013 9:47pm EDT
(Reuters) - An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday to put a multi-use, broadband communications satellite into orbit for the U.S. military.
The 217-foot (66-meter) tall rocket lifted off at 8:27 p.m. EDT (0027 Saturday GMT), soaring southeast over the Atlantic Ocean as it headed into orbit.

Perched on top of the rocket was the fifth member of the Wideband Global SATCOM, or WGS, satellite network, which provides the U.S. military, national leaders and allies with high-capacity broadband communications.

The satellites also can be used by remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, and other users simultaneously.

"One WGS satellite has the equivalent capacity of the entire legacy system," David Goldstein, deputy director of military satellite communications at Los Angeles Air Force Base, said during a launch webcast.

The $342 million spacecraft, built by Boeing>, is expected to be joined by five more WGS satellites over the next several years.

Friday's launch was the second in nine days for rocket manufacturer United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Boeing and Lockheed Martin. A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket carried a Global Positioning System satellite into orbit on May 15.

Friday's launch was the 71st successful flight since the company was formed in December 2006.

The company hasn't flown a Delta 4 since a problem surfaced during a launch in October. That rocket's satellite, another GPS, successful reached its intended orbit despite a leak in the rocket's upper stage engine.

(Edited by David Adams and Philip Barbara)
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One day in the not too distant future, a Rocket will wait for Brave Men and women.

A Rocket that will take them to the Moon again, and beyond.

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A beautiful launch to observe.
A successful insertion into orbit.
A mission that will help our soldiers in the field.
Perfect beginning to a Memorial Day weekend.

Hope that the capabilities that this series of sat launches bring are never needed, but glad that we have them if we do.
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Payload separation over the northeast coast of Madagascar.
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Quoting Skyepony:
I got to see what the pics look like.
I hope they came out.
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Cutoff of the second second stage burn (SECO-2) over the west coast of southern Africa.
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428. Skyepony (Mod)
I got to see what the pics look like.
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The second stage's second burn is in progress.
Member Since: July 26, 2006 Posts: 58 Comments: 9371
Quoting RobDaHood:
What a cool launch to watch!
Nice contrail for the first couple minutes.
Could see when separation of booster occurred and the ignition of the second stage. About a minute after that, along the path, a cloud appeared, bright white, obviously a bit of contrail reflecting the setting sun's light.

Super cool!
Wish you could have been here LC.

Sent Skye a WUmail reminder. Maybe she got some pics.

Thank you again. I would have missed it.
Sounds you had a perfect view. Wish I could have seen it too.

I'll go see the Delta IV Heavy launch at Vandenberg in late August and maybe I'll go see the shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center this weekend.
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First cutoff of the second stage engine (SECO-1) south of the Cape Verde islands. The second stage is now coasting in a parking orbit. Two more burns One more burn will be executed by the second stage to place the payload in its desired orbit.
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Quoting Skyepony:
Just caught a Delta4 heavy launch. It's made a few Nocolucent clouds. Hoping they grow big..

Cool!
Glad you caught it.
Was a great one!
Member Since: September 2, 2008 Posts: 104 Comments: 34431
What a cool launch to watch!
Nice contrail for the first couple minutes.
Could see when separation of booster occurred and the ignition of the second stage. About a minute after that, along the path, a cloud appeared, bright white, obviously a bit of contrail reflecting the setting sun's light.

Super cool!
Wish you could have been here LC.

Sent Skye a WUmail reminder. Maybe she got some pics.

Thank you again. I would have missed it.
Member Since: September 2, 2008 Posts: 104 Comments: 34431
Quoting Skyepony:
One looks like a glowing flying bird!!!!
I'll be looking for your WunderPhotos!
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421. Skyepony (Mod)
One looks like a glowing flying bird!!!!
Member Since: August 10, 2005 Posts: 244 Comments: 39967
420. Skyepony (Mod)
Just caught a Delta4 heavy launch. It's made a few Nocolucent clouds. Hoping they grow big..
Member Since: August 10, 2005 Posts: 244 Comments: 39967

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