Roamy's roundup

SpaceX had a successful engine test firing last week and is looking forward to launching its resupply mission to the International Space Station at 8:35PM ET on Sunday, October 7.

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The Space Shuttle Endeavour has been demated from its 747 carrier and moved to a modified overland transporter. It’s the same transporter that moved the shuttles from the factory in Palmdale to Dryden for ferrying to KSC. Endeavour‘s currently sitting in a United Airlines hangar, getting prepped for the 12-mile move to the California Science Center.

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Tomorrow marks the 55th anniversary of Sputnik. We had no idea back then that we’d be cooperating with the Russians in space, much less relying on them for our manned spaceflight. Grumpf.

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The Radiation Belt Storm Probes have recorded “earthsong”, which is radio waves between 0 and 10 kHz. Ham radio operators have heard this before, the sound of plasma waves in the radiation belt, but instead of catching the radio waves on the ground, the probes are flying right through the belts, sampling the sound at the same rate as a music CD. There’s a long and kind of tedious explanation at this link, but this is what it sounds like.

 

www.nasa.gov/mp3/687631main_687014main_emfisis_chorus_1.mp3

Sort of reminds me of frogs in the summer or some kind of strange bird.

4 thoughts on “Roamy's roundup”

  1. Tomorrow marks the 55th anniversary of Sputnik. We had no idea back then that we’d be cooperating with the Russians in space, much less relying on them for our manned spaceflight. Grumpf.

    Hey, blame NASA for that one. They’re the ones who wiped out nearly every other space transport to hog it all for Shuttle. We should thank the Air Force for keeping support for unmanned boosters in their budget.

  2. Thak you for the Earthsong. That would make a good background for a Jonn Serrie technbo mix.

    How is that Muslim outreach going?

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