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    z3r010 said: View Post
    It's send your name to Mars time again, if you want NASA to send your name to Mars on the 2020 Rover follow the link - Send Your Name to Mars
    Cool! I'll go.
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    simrick said: View Post
    Cool! I'll go.
    Me too!
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    See the restored film of a solar eclipse from 1900


    Now, over 119 years later, the Royal Astronomical Society has released the below restored footage captured by Maskelyne that day. A fragment of the film was rediscovered among the society's archive and then scanned, reassembled and retimed frame by frame to be fully restored in 4K with help from the British Film Institute National Archive.


    "Perhaps the oldest surviving astronomical film, it is a really striking record of both early cinema and late Victorian eclipse observing," Dr. Joshua Nall, chair of the RAS Astronomical Heritage Committee, said in a Thursday release.
    See the restored film of a solar eclipse from 1900 - CNET
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    CRS - 17 Mission Update...


    Mon., June 3, 11:45 a.m.: SpaceX Dragon spacecraft departs International Space Station. Filled with more than 4,200 pounds of valuable scientific experiments and other cargo, Dragon is set to return to Earth. After firing its thrusters to move a safe distance away from the station, Dragon will execute a deorbit burn and head for a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Deorbit burn and splashdown will not air live.

    It may be possible to watch simulated video of the deorbit burn and the actual splashdown video here: CRS-17 Mission

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    Filled with more than 4,200 pounds of valuable scientific experiments and other cargo, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to return to Earth from the International Space Station Monday, June 3. NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of the craft’s release beginning at 11:45 a.m. EDT.

    Around noon, flight controllers at mission control in Houston will deliver remote commands to the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm to detached Dragon from the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module. Expedition 59 Flight Engineer David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency will back up the operation and monitor Dragon’s systems as it departs the orbital laboratory.

    After firing its thrusters to move a safe distance away from the station, Dragon will execute a deorbit burn around 4:56 p.m. to leave orbit, as it heads for a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, 202 miles southwest of Long Beach, California, at 2:55 p.m. PDT. There will be no live coverage of deorbit burn or splashdown.

    Dragon launched on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket May 4 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and arrived at the station two days later.

    Source: May 30, 2019
    MEDIA ADVISORY M19-046
    NASA TV Set to Air US Cargo Ship Departure from Space Station
    For more.




    Next Up:
    Sat., June 22: SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch with NASA technology payloads. SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket will carry nearly two dozen satellites to space for the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Among the payloads are NASA technologies including a small satellite to test the performance of non-toxic spacecraft fuel and an advanced atomic clock to improve how spacecraft navigate.

    Mon., June 24: Space Station Expedition 59 crew landing. Expedition 59 crew members Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos return to Earth aboard their Soyuz spacecraft, landing in Kazakhstan.

    Tues., July 2: Orion Ascent-Abort 2 test. This full-stress test of the Orion spacecraft's Launch Abort System will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. A critical milestone for human missions to the Moon, this test of the Orion spacecraft's Launch Abort System will show that it can carry a crew to safety in case of an emergency during launch.

    Sat., July 20: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon landing.



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    There's too many video's to list in a post so, if you go here: CRS-17 Mission you can take your pick, I like the one about towin' the barge with booster back to the Cape, watch it swaying.

    2nd one down is this video, the towin' is 8th from this one.

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    After about a month attached to the International Space Station, SpaceX’s CRS-17 Dragon is expected to be unberthed and released. After several hours drifting away from the outpost, it should perform a deorbit burn and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

    CRS-17 Dragon unberthing, splashdown (TBD)
    Tenative Monday, June 3, 2019 00:00 23:59

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    Next up:
    Sat., June 22: SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch with NASA technology payloads. SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket will carry nearly two dozen satellites to space for the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Among the payloads are NASA technologies including a small satellite to test the performance of non-toxic spacecraft fuel and an advanced atomic clock to improve how spacecraft navigate.
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    For anyone interested in watching the build team working on erecting the Mars 2020 Rover here is a live video. For those that have submitted their names for the flight to Mars you may be able to catch the ceremony when the team installs the software that has the names on it. There are 6,858,724 of us as I post:



    As I post the room is quiet but I found A possible work schedule at New Atlas.com, to wit:
    The stream will not be a constant hive of activity. Work is generally carried out on the rover 8 am PDT, so tune in from then onward to see the rover taking shape.
    That would be 11am edt for me and 4pm for those in London.

    From the Main Mission Page:
    What am I looking at?
    You're looking into the Spacecraft Assembly Facility (SAF) cleanroom at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Engineers are building and testing NASA's next Mars rover, Mars 2020, before it is shipped to its launch site, Kennedy Space Center, in Florida. Engineers are currently working on putting the rover together.

    Note: Webchats will occur Mon.-Thu. at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. PDT (2 p.m. and 7 p.m. EDT), with additional moderated chats when special activities (like drive tests) occur.
    It won't show here in the YT video I posted and I'm not sure how NASA plans on doing the 'chats' on the main page above but NASA may open the chat side of the YT video page, this is the link to get there: Seeing 2020
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    Getting to be a NASA astronaut is much harder than being admitted to universities like Harvard: the miles of people who publish with the hope of doing spacewalks, NASA hardly accepts a handful.But now ordinary people-well, ordinary people with millions of dollars available-can pay to go into orbit.
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    That's the way the world works @Cast. "Money talks, BS walks". btw, do you have a link to your caption?

    Here's something in a similar vein that just occurred Friday:
    Fri., June 7, 10 a.m.: NASA announces commercial opportunities at International Space Station. NASA will announce the agency’s plans to open the International Space Station to expanded commercial activities at Nasdaq in New York City. The panelists will discuss NASA’s near-term, five-point plan to enable commercial and marketing activities aboard the International Space Station, with a long-term goal to achieve a robust economy in low-Earth orbit from which NASA can purchase services as one of many customers.

    Source: NASA Live
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  8.    #518

    Anak said: View Post
    They finally made it, it's up there!

    Timeline of 30:08 video:
    • T -10 sec 14:49
    • Booster Sep 17:24
    • Booster re-entry burn 21:45
    • Booster landing burn 22:45
    • Barge landing 23:20
    • Dragon deployment 24:45
    • Solar array deployment 26:14
    • Monday's events to end of video 29:00


    thank you for a brilliant vid. Delighted.
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    My pleasure elbmek! I never tire of watching them.
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    SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, June 12 for launch of RADARSAT Constellation Mission from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The primary launch window opens at 7:17 a.m. PDT, or 14:17 UTC, and closes at 7:30 a.m. PDT, or 14:30 UTC. The satellites will begin deployment approximately 54 minutes after launch. A backup launch window opens on Thursday, June 13 at 7:17 a.m. PDT, or 14:17 UTC, and closes at 7:30 a.m. PDT, or 14:30 UTC.Falcon 9’s first stage for launch of RADARSAT Constellation Mission previously supported Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission in March 2019. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will return to land on SpaceX’s Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
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