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Hurricane Earl as seen from The International Space Station, heading up the east coast of the U.S.A. 

11:15 a.m. EST, Hurricane Earl is located 350 miles SSW of Nantucket, MA. Winds are down to 85 mph. Category 1. Pressure up to 961 mb. Get ready to rock, roll and get wet Cape Cod. 

Waves from Hurricane Earl 09/03/2010

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Sunspot-space station conjunction

The Space Station was caught on film in orbit over sunspot 1057! 

Yesterday in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, astrophotographer John Stetson and his son Peter observed a very rare event–a sunspot-space station conjunction. 

“We knew when to look thanks to a prediction from CalSky,” says Stetson. “The International Space Station transited the solar disk in only 0.62 seconds. We managed to catch the station’s silhouette just as it was passing sunspot 1057.” Stetson has been photographing solar transits for years; he ranks this one as “the best yet.”  As far as we know, this is the first time the ISS has been observed in conjunction with a big sunspot. via http://spaceweather.com/.

If you are so inclined to track the ISS yourself you will have to go to http://spaceflight1.nasa.gov/realdata/tracking/index.html.-  NASA no longer tracks it.

Heaven’s Above http://www.heavens-above.com/ does not appear to be so private.  It is hosted by Space Operations and Astronaut Training
DLR Space Operations, the central institution for spaceflight operations in Germany. http://www.dlr.de/rb/en/

The Expedition 23 crew members aboard the International Space Station were busy Thursday with an emergency Soyuz descent training drill and preparations for the arrival of space shuttle Discovery and the STS-131 crew…. Discovery and the STS-131 crew are targeted to launch to the station on April 5, bringing a multi-purpose logistics module filled with science racks for the station’s laboratories.  http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html 

The really cool thing would have been if the ISS snapped a picture up close of the solar spot. Even better, zoomed in on the coordinates and location of the photographers on earth and taken their picture, taking their picture!

Can they do that?  Terra Server http://www.terraserver.com/ and Google Earth http://earth.google.com/ are pretty good at it and so are governments.

The code named Kennan “Keyhole-class” (KH) reconnaissance satellites have been orbiting the Earth for more than 30 years. They are typically used to take overhead photos for military missions. The big question for a lot of people is: “What can they see?”

A KH-12 is a $1 billion satellite that resembles the Hubble Space Telescope, except it is looking at our planet. For security reasons, there are no published orbit schedules for the imagery spacecraft. They are supplemented by the 15-ton Lacrosse-class radar-imaging satellites…They have an imaging resolution of 5-6 inches, which means they can see something 5 inches or larger on the ground. These satellites probably can’t read your house number, but they can tell whether there is a bike parked in your driveway. http://science.howstuffworks.com/question529.htm

 

Sunspot 1057 is big but quiet. It does not have the type of twisted magnetic field that harbors energy for strong solar flares. Credit: SOHO/MDI

Current Sunspot Cycle Activity and Space Weather: http://prop.hfradio.org/

Sun Spots: 25 as of 03/25/2010 :: Flux: 88
X-ray Solar Flares:
6h hi [B3.0][0214Z 03/26] 24h hi [B7.3][0351Z 03/25] 

Planetary A-index (Ap): 5 | Planetary K-index (Kp): 2 (12 nT)
Solar Wind: 377 km/s at 5.0 protons/cm3, Bz is 3.0 nT
(Mar 26, 2010 at 1604 UT)

Translation- all is calm for now as no space weather storms are expected for the next 24 hours.

March 19, 2010 was a different story, at least for Earth.

This photo is a still taken from a NASA Allsky camera video taken of a meteor fireball over western Alabama on March 19, 2010. The meteor was about the size of a soccer ball and completely incinerated before reaching the ground, scientists say.

A bright fireball that lit up the sky above parts of Alabama last week  was caught by NASA cameras as it streaked over the southeastern United States. 

The fireball was caused by the death plunge of a meteor about the size of a soccer ball as it burned up in Earth’s atmosphere on Friday, March 19, at 11:19 p.m. local time while flying over western Alabama. Two NASA cameras, one based at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., recorded a the meteor’s fiery demise as it happened. http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/03/25/nasa-camera-catches-fireball-alabama/

Pretty good photo, eh?  A good explanation too, but what are all those other bright white lights on the right side of the earth?  UFO’s, asteroids, meteors, other satellites…?

The next meteor shower is the Lyrids on April 21. The Moon is just past first quarter, so it sets around 3 or 4 a.m., providing several hours of meteor watching before dawn. http://stardate.org/nightsky/meteors/

Keep looking up.

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Always keeping an eye to the sky, ran across this:

The International Space Station may be viewed at various times this week beginning Monday, January 4, 2010, in the early evenings across North America. For exact times and dates at your location visit SpaceWeather Satellite Flybys and enter your zip code. Dress warmly if your skies are clear even if the flyby is but a little more than 2-minutes. Encourage several friends to take interest in the ISS in 2010 – the final year of space shuttle flights to the ISS. via http://spaceports.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2010-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-05%3A00&updated-max=2011-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-05%3A00&max-results=4

And the text reads-

US and Canadian readers, enter your zip code below, hit Go!, and you will find out what is going to fly over your area in the nights ahead. There are hundreds of satellites in Earth orbit; we cut through the confusion by narrowing the list to a half-dozen or so of the most interesting. At the moment we are monitoring a number of spy satellites, space shuttle Atlantis, the International Space Station, and the Hubble Space Telescope. Feedback is welcomed.  
 

You will probably have to click on the link http://www.spaceweather.com/flybys/index.php?PHPSESSID=4le8abpoqcaldu3ejijn1anjk2 for access but definitely interesting.

NASA also offers viewing locations at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/index.html

NASA is offering a 2010 calendar that describes the work being done on the International Space Station and gives information about the crews that have lived there. The calendar contains photographs taken from the space station and highlights historic NASA milestones and fun facts about the international construction project of unprecedented complexity that began in 1998 via http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

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The Eagle may have landed but is the truth out there?  The original footage of man landing on the moon was filmed by a video camera on the lunar module.  Technology being what it was 40 years ago used a non-standard format which US television channels could not use. It was beamed back to earth, and then converted into a TV-friendly system.  As a child, I saw it all live with our rabbit ear antenna TV.

Once again, my antenna are twisting to get a frequency of truth, as NASA has admitted that it probably deleted the original footage in the 1970s and 80s, when it had a film shortage and needed to reuse them.

At a news conference, NASA  revealed some newly-restored footage of the moon landing, including Neil Armstrong’s first step onto the lunar surface.  The four selected scenes showed Neil Armstrong and then Buzz Aldrin stepping on to the lunar surface, putting up a commemorative plaque and the raising of the American flag. Engineer Richard Nafzger spent three years searching for copies worldwide. He found footage in Australia and at the CBS television studios in Houston, as well as reels of tape in NASA’s own huge archive vaults, which had not been viewed for 36 years.  Lowry Digital is restoring two-and-a-half hours of the footage and NASA expects to release the full version in September.

If you read through the now declassified and very abbreviated transcription of the Apollo conversations which can be found at http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/history/mission_trans/AS11_CM.PDF one of the first conversations is over the cameras. “00 00 30 39 CMP Alright, Buzz, here’s one Hasselblad for you.” 

Later in the day they discuss setting up for a live video feed to earth- “00 01 16 58 CMP And you have 6 frames per second, and it’s color; you got 15 minutes worth – 6 frames a second, f:8,infinity, 1/250th.” Inevitably they miss taping that sunrise and the Hasselblad ends up floating around and they somehow can’t find it in the little module.  In the end they figure things out at, “O0 01 28 28 CMP See that, Buzz? You’re a TV expert.”

NASA knew damned well the importance of documenting the Apollo missions, but the the conversations between the astronauts sounds more like the three stooges trying to figure out light readings, how to turn things on and which camera to use.  They had color and black and white film to preserve what they saw including what was noted on Page 72, day 4, when they get a good look at the moon’s surface  “03 04 06 44 CMP Yes, that’s what I was talking about just a minute ago. It’s kind of hard to believe that that’s volcanic and formed by some faulting, isn’t it? I don’t believe that – but it’s such a perfect straight line.

 I’m going to put the R in the reserve camera.OB 09 55 46 CDR Okay.0B 09 55 47 LMP And the S in the surface camera. On Day 4, page 106. don’t think there’s any place except in the – in here, that it says anything about 16-millimeter footage – 03 l0 04 33 CDR In the card, right? 03 l0 04 35 LMP No, I’m thinking about for the descent. Here we are; 16 millimeter, HC-EX, f:4, 500, infinity,6 frames per second. Okay. 03 l0 05 14 CDR You got the flight plan handy,…s

NASA went so far as to prepare a card of what camera was to be used for each duty!   For the landing, ” unstow and configure for use 16 millimeter, HC-EX, f:4,500, infinity, 6 frames per second., 

It is all recorded on film and NASA tapes over it? Perhaps the real reason the tapes went missing was not to allow anyone to ever see what is described here, ” 

05 05 31 03 CDR Yes.05 05 31 08 LMP … structure somehow  05 05 31 31 LMP 3.5, Nell.

05 05 32 44 LMP Woo-woos is on VHF B –

05 05 32 48 CDR … B?

05 05 32 50 IMP Not on A.

05 05 32 58 CDR (Laughter) That’s your story, huh?

 05 ll 45 56 LMP Well, I hope – I hope they have the data that shows Just what we did have at contact when they can get photographs … all the film we got….

The world data center A for rockets and satellites contains space science data archives since Jan , 1969- before the lunar walk.  http://history.nasa.gov/alsj/a14/A14PhotoIndexPt1.pdf How did this footage got erased? What about the superintendent of documents and Technology Application Center of the era?  They lost the originals as well? 

Yep, the government says so- it must be true.  Ironically enough they manged to hold on to video of the food they ate http://www.eatmedaily.com/2009/07/food-of-the-apollo-11-lunar-landing/ .  Heck just you tube to see the landing and questionable images ,,,,,

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Apollo 11, with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin was the first Apollo flight to land on the Moon on July 20, 1969- departing from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Collins stayed in orbit around the Moon in the command module, Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the lunar module, landing in the Sea of Tranquility at 4:17 P.M.

In 1969 it was all over the TV, newspapers and radio.  On the 40th Anniversary, there is real time coverage at the interactive site http://wechoosethemoon.org/ and newly released footage athttp://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

In forty years, a lot has been learned about the moon and space in general but certainly not enough.  The conspiracies and skeptics that surround man’s travel to the moon range from a far fetched hoax to plausible.  Was the landing on the moon nothing but a pile of lies adding up to the most massive secret in history?  Not returning to the moon in 40 years certainly offers encouragement that just maybe NASA has not revealed all that is known. 

Remember the 1978 movie “Capricorn One?” It’s a story of a faked NASA mission to Mars.  In 2001, Fox TV aired a special called “Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon? NASA at the time felt it necessary to respond on the internet http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2001/ast23Feb_2.htm saying “The best rebuttal to allegations of a “Moon Hoax,” however, is common sense. Evidence that the Apollo program really happened is compelling.” 

The books and movie  “Contact” by author Carl Sagan, employed Occam’s Razor “Of several acceptable explanations for a phenomenon, the simplest is preferable, provided that it takes all circumstances into account.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam’s_razor The number of books claiming alien abduction and visitation are too numerous to label all of them as conspiracy nutballs.

Bart Sibrel made  http://www.moonmovie.com/  tying together a pile of  mystery and turning “the ‘All American’ boy image of Neil Armstrong, and into the harsh reality that the Apollo missions were designed as a cover for something far removed from a peaceful race to the moon.”We invite you to take a look at the evidence yourself and see that while the Apollo Program accomplished many things, it did not send men to the moon and back on Apollo. “

To what did their wandering eyes yet see?  People have reviewed the data and details of all the Apollo missions- six in all, looking for anomalies. This excerpt of a conversation- comes from  http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/luna/esp_luna_4a.htm#Introduction

Here is reproduced completely the dialog between the American astronauts and Control Center:

Armstrong & Aldrin: Those are giant things. No, no, no – this is not an optical illusion. No one is going to believe this!

Houston (Christopher Craft): What … what … what? What the hell is happening? What’s wrong with you?

Armstrong & Aldrin: They’re here under the surface.

Houston: What’s there? (muffled noise) Emission interrupted; interference control calling ‘Apollo 11’.

Armstrong & Aldrin: We saw some visitors. They were here for a while, observing the instruments.

Houston: Repeat your last information!

Armstrong & Aldrin: I say that there were other spaceships. They’re lined up in the other side of the crater!

Houston: Repeat, repeat!

Armstrong & Aldrin: Let us sound this orbita … in 625 to 5 … Automatic relay connected … My hands are shaking so badly I can’t do anything. Film it? God, if these damned cameras have picked up anything – what then?

Houston: Have you picked up anything?

Armstrong & Aldrin: I didn’t have any film at hand. Three shots of the saucers or whatever they were that were ruining the film

Houston: Control, control here. Are you on your way? What is the uproar with the UFOs over?

Armstrong & Aldrin: They’ve landed here. There they are and they’re watching us.

Houston: The mirrors, the mirrors – have you set them up?

Armstrong & Aldrin: Yes, they’re in the right place. But whoever made those spaceships surely can come tomorrow and remove them. Over and out.

 

Once listed as confidential, the  transcription of the Apollo conversations can be found at http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/history/mission_trans/AS11_CM.PDF.

00 02 45 50 CMP Don’t look out window 1. If you’re – if it looks

like what I see out window 5, you don’t want to

look at it (laughter).

O0 02 45 55 CDR I don’t see anything.

00 02 45 56 _ Why?

00 02 45 57 CMP These flashes out here – –

00 02 45 58 CDR Oh, I see a little flashing out there, yes.

00 02 46 03 CMP You see that? Buzz is usually looking – Just

watch window 5 for a second. See it?

00 02 46 10 LMP Yes

flying out there.

00 02 46 14 CMP Yes, that’s – Oopsedo.

O0 02 46 16 CDR Man, that really – –

00 02 46 18 CMP That’s PU shift?

00 02 46 19 CDR I don’t know, but it sure put a little blip in

there at 2 minutes; I think it increased in thrust….

What other thing in space at the time increased in thrusts????  Other oddities in conversations can be found http://www.ufos-aliens.co.uk/cosmicphotos.html.

NASA has it’s sight on Mars these days, and international cooperation with other countries for the Space Station.  The trillion dollar deficit and fragile world economy will put priorities of humans on terraferma, not outer space at least for the time being. According to NY Times, “NASA has named its next-generation space transportation system the Constellation program. The first two pieces of Constellation — the Ares I rocket with an Orion crew capsule — are to take astronauts to the International Space Station beginning in 2015.  Obama may be out of office by then and the economy in full recovery to have the funding necessary to revisit the Moon, Mars and beyond.  Yeah, and I’ve got some moon rocks in my yard to help raise funds if anyone is interested.

Geologist Harrison Schmitt  landed on the moon in 1972 aboard the Apollo 17, the last manned mission to ever touch down on the lunar surface.  If only they had discovered oil on the moon, we would have been back there faster than a flea on a camel’s ass.  But Schmitt notes that the moon’s soil is rich in helium-3, rarely found on Earth. and sought for nuclear fusion and energy power .http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gQpxZjGBU8DUGhQSn9Xo9h0aUsKQ  Who knew Helium might someday be more valuable than oil?

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell said “We’re not alone in the universe at all . . . The UFO phenomenon is real, although it’s been covered up by our governments for some time.”

Whatever the truth and whatever lies up, up and away- Apollo 11 instilled patriotism and a spirit of pioneering and new technology. 

Where would we be without Tang and Teflon?

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