November 19, 2018

AstroChallenge: Hunting the Vanguards.

Vanguard 1, the “Flying Grapefruit.” (Credit: NASA).

Looking for something new in the realm of satellite hunting? A few weeks ago, a discussion popped up on Twitter for the possibility of spotting an elusive set of targets still in space. In early 1958, the United States orbited the Vanguard 1 spacecraft, the first of a series of three successful launches of Project Vanguard and only the second successful object placed in orbit by the United States following Explorer 1. [Read more...]

AstroEvent: The Autumnal Equinox.

Astro-event: SDO and STS-130 are go!

Two (count ‘em!) launches will light up the Florida Space Coast over the next few days; that of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-130 and the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). STS-130 is scheduled to liftoff from launch pad 39A out of the Kennedy Space Center on the morning of Sunday, February 7th at 04:39 AM EST enroute to the International Space Station. Cargo includes the Tranquility connecting node which houses the Cupola, a Millennium Falcon-like window that will give residents unprecedented views and aid in spacewalks and exterior work.

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