December 18, 2017

20.01.11: The Return of NanoSail-D2.

NanoSail-D2 and FASTSAT over North America tonight, January 2th at about 18:16 EST. (Created by author in Orbitron).

Never say die… a satellite that was written off as dead in space may be making a comeback. Yesterday, at 11:30AM EST, Marshall Space Flight engineers received confirmation that NanoSail-D2 did in fact eject from FASTSAT. NanoSail-D2 was one of the miniaturized payloads launched aboard FASTSAT from the Kodiak Island launch complex on November 20th, 2010, and was to deploy December 6th. [Read more...]

Astro-Event: An Occultation of Venus.

(Created by the Author in Starry Night).

 

   Occultations are one of the few split-second events in the field of observational astronomy. Unlike most spectacles which may take longer than the average human life span, (the orbits of many double stars comes to mind!) An occultation of a star or planet can occur with abrupt swiftness. Such an event can serve as a calibration, a precise measurement in time and space of size and position. [Read more...]