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Antares Launch for Monday 27th – Scrubbed

20141027-AntaresAntares Launches From Wallops Island

October 27st 6:45 pm eastern!
Launch Cancelled.

Wallops Island Launch facility uses part of the Atlantic Ocean as it’s launch area. Rockets generally launch from the pad begin an arch flight pattern over the water for maximum safety. 

This launch area is called The Box.Technically it’s called The Army Corp of Engineers Danger Zone. But there actually two Boxes. The first box begins at the shore line. The second Danger Zone is much larger and further off shore. Check the NASA Mariner Notices “Flight Safety Plan” issued by NASA for this Antares launch for more information.

If an unknown boat of any kind finds itself in The Box, countdown is stopped. NASA has a procedure to clear area with their own Mariner support. Every attempt is made to clear The Box, but there is a time limit for doing that. Tonight the window was 10 minutes. The Box continued to be Red and Launch staff called the Scrub for tonight launch. The next window for launch will be tomorrow Tuesday October 28th at 18:15 to 19:45

Orbital Sciences’ launch of the Antares two-stage launch vehicle is set for launch Monday evening, if the weather and mechanical issues will cooperate. It’s a beautiful early night here in Virginia and we’ll be heading outside in about 10 minutes to watch the lift-off from Wallops Island!

The Antares rocket will carry Orbital’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft, loaded with some 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments, to the International Space Station.

The launch may be visible, weather permitting, to residents throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States. For a visibility map of launch, see Viewing Area map.


WALLOPS ISLAND, Va.—NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are set to support the launch of Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket at 6:45 p.m. EDT, October 27.

Public viewing of the launch will be available at the NASA Visitor Center at Wallops and at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge/Assateague Island National Seashore. Visitors are reminded that alcohol and pets are not allowed on the Visitor Center grounds.

For more information about the Visitors Center, including directions, see: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter

For more information on viewing sites recommended by the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission, see: http://www.esvatourism.org/space/landing_page_space.asp.

Live coverage of the mission is scheduled to begin at noon on the Wallops Ustream site at:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-tv-wallops

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NASA Launches LADEE

20130906-04Our Humble View

NASA successfully launched the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) at 11:27 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 6, from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. LADEE is on its way to arrive at the moon in 30 days, then enter lunar orbit. You can read more about at nasa.gov/ladee.

This was the first time we’ve been able to witness a Wallops Island launch. For once the weather cooperated and the sky was clear. Our humble view from our back yard in Caroline Co. Va was spectacular. it might have been nothing more than a glowing orange dot, but to us it was one of the most awesome sights to see!

The line of dots to the right are lights from our neighbors back yard. They at least give some perspective of where the ridge is and what we were able to see some 150miles west of Wallops. We live in the country so it’s dark out here and that gave us a wonderful view.

Our view was great I thought, but since we’re due west we didn’t see much of the travel path of the rocket as it launched. There were some fabulous images by others who witnessed the launch. You can find a public sharing of images from NASA at flickr.com/groups/ladee/pool. Some of the images from DC, New York and even the UK are truly amazing.

Congratulations to everyone at NASA and all their partners for a great successful launch!

 

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If We Landed on Europa…

NASA Image: a false-color composite version combining violet, green and infrared images to enhance color differences in the predominantly water-ice crust of Europa. (Galileo Legacy Site)

NASA Image: a false-color composite version combining violet, green and infrared images to enhance color differences in the predominantly water-ice crust of Europa. (Galileo Legacy Site)

What Would We Want to Know?

HAL-9000: [message relayed from monolith] All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landing there. Use them together. Use them in peace. ~ 2010 Space Odyssey

NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft flew past Europa in1979. In the mid-to-late 1990s, NASA’s Galileo spacecraft made its close flyby. Most of what we know about this icy moon of Jupiter has come from these two NASA missions.

From images sent back to Earth, NASA has seen a fractured, ice-covered world with an ocean beneath its surface. But what if we could land on Europa for a more personal examination? What would we want to know? That’s the question from NASAs latest news release from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

A NASA-appointed science definition team set about answering that very question. Their consensus of questions was recently shared in Astrobiology Magazine.

“If one day humans send a robotic lander to the surface of Europa, we need to know what to look for and what tools it should carry,” said Robert Pappalardo, the study’s lead author, based at NASA’s JPL, Pasadena, Calif. 

JPL’s press release states: The paper was authored by scientists from a number of other NASA centers and universities, including the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.; University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Texas, Austin; and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The team found the most important questions clustered around composition: what makes up the reddish “freckles” and reddish cracks that stain the icy surface? What kind of chemistry is occurring there? Are there organic molecules, which are among the building blocks of life?

If they asked you, what would you want to know about this intriguing moon? This type of consensus paper is often the catalyst for developing new NASA missions. One day in the near future we maybe watching a new spacecraft launched to mimic the Mars Rover. Perhaps the “Europa Rover” can discover the answers about this cold icy moon. 

You can see more images from the JPL on their Photojournal website.
Or learn more about NASAs Solar System Exploration. You can view mission statements, read about the accomplishments, review images and discover great teaching tools for kids.

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Waterspouts

 

A Waterspout in Florida Image Credit & Copyright: Joey Mole

A Waterspout in Florida
Image Credit & Copyright: Joey Mole

NASA’s Image Of The Day

Today NASA released this amazing Image of a Waterspout in Tampa Bay, Florida as part of their Picture of the Day.

Waterspouts are basically non-supercell tornadoes that form over water. The east coast side of Florida and the Atlantic Ocean in general is arguably the most active area for water weather in the world. And waterspouts are part of those weather patterns.

(Cumulo- means “heap” or “pile” in Latin.) Cumulus clouds are a genus-type of low-level cloud that can have noticeable vertical development and clearly defined edges. They are often described as “puffy” or “cotton-like” in appearance, and generally have flat bases.  According to Wikipedia.

It’s from these types of clouds that waterspouts form from most frequently. Most people believe the cloud is sucking up water from the ground. Actually it’s the opposite. The funnel cloud is made of water, but they are the droplets from the cloud falling to the ground.

While many waterspouts form in the tropics, other areas also report waterspouts, including Europe, New Zealand, the Great Lakes and even Antarctica.

NASA’s picture of the day page has a great link to Wikipedia’s explanation of what Waterspouts are and how they’re formed. Check it out. We learned quite a bit today.

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Pluto’s Moons

Newly Discovered Moons Have Been Named!

You didn’t know Pluto had moons? Well it does.

The Hubble Space Telescope discovered the small moons in 2011 and 2012.The images were taken in preparation for the visit of the New Horizons spacecraft which will be passing closely by Pluto in 2015.

Image by NASA

Image by NASA

The newly discovered moons were previously known as P4 and P5. Not very intriguing for sure. But with so many stars, planets, comets etc to be named in our galaxy, not to mention the Universe in general, coming up with good names for things takes time. And no..that “Name a Star” certificate you bought your sweetheart for Christmas last year didn’t do it. Nor do they count as official names.

Planetary objects are assigned numbers and their official names are maintained by the International Astronomical Union. The IAU has now given Pluto’s 4th and 5th moon official names. Both of the new names are related to Pluto, who rules over the afterlife in Greek mythology.

According to NASA’s Picture of the Day:
P4 is now known as Kerberos.
Named for the many headed dog in Greek mythology that guards the entrance to the underworld.

P5 is now known as Styx. Named for the goddess who overlooks the mythological river that runs between the Earth and the underworld.

The size of each moon is quite uncertain, says NASA. Each one “is crudely estimated to be about 20 kilometers in diameter. The robotic New Horizons spacecraft is on schedule to pass by Pluto in 2015 and provide the first clear images of the dwarf planet and its companions”..

Learn more about Pluto (wikipedia) and the New Horizons (NASA) spacecraft.

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NASA – There’s An App For That

NASA Apps

NASA Apps

NASA Apps for Smartphones

Did you know there’s an app for that? Actually there are several NASA apps for iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones.

You can check out our Solar System, the Universe, be a NASA JPL Spacecraft and travel across Mars, check on Space Weather, or travel with Cassini.

You can download Earth Now and keep up to date on the health of our planet, including surface air temperature, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, and water vapor as well as gravity and sea level variations.

Most of these apps were created by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, they’re pretty stable and of course have inside access to the best of JPLs technology conduits. Unlike some other creators who only pretend to connect to NASA feeds, these actually do.

So far my favorite is Spacecraft 3D, which is an augmented reality (AR) application that lets you learn about and interact with a variety of spacecraft that are used to explore our solar system, study Earth, and observe the universe.

Not all apps are available for all devices so check out which ones are available for you on the NASA Apps For Smartphones webpage. They provide links to the AppStore and GooglePlay where you can view additional information, see screen shots and download those you like.

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Antares Is Launched!

Wallops Antares Launch by NASA Click To Enlarge Image

Wallops Antares Launch by NASA
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Antares Launch Coverage Update

Launch Successful For April 21st 5pm est!

Orbital Sciences successfully launches its Antares two-stage vehicle from NASA’s Wallops Island facility in Virginia.

Yesterday the upper level winds were excessive and exceeded the range set for safety restrictions. But today was picture perfect for the rescheduled launch which went off without a hitch!

Orbital Sciences Corporation released the following statement after the launch: Continue reading