Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket launched the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) on its fifth mission. The primary launch window opened on Thursday, September 7th at 13:50 UTC, and closed at 18:55 UTC. A backup launch window was available on Friday, September 8th however the Falcon 9 launched on its first attempt, dodging […]Read More X-37B launch: Dodging Hurricane Irma
NASA’s Voyager 1 probe lifted off on Sept. 5, 1977, a few weeks after its twin, Voyager 2. Together, the two spacecraft performed an epic Grand Tour of the solar system’s giant planets, flying by Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. But their work didn’t stop there. Both spacecraft kept flying, pushing further and further into the dark, […]Read More Voyager: A 12 Billion Mile Journey
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who set multiple US space records during her mission aboard the international space station, along with crewmates Jack Fischer of NASA and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, safely landed on terra firma at 9:21 p.m. EDT on the 3rd of September, southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan. While living […]Read More Touchdown: US Space Ninja returns
On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse was visible within a band across the entire United States passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts. In other countries, it was visible only as a partial eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly […]Read More Solar eclipse 2017: casting a shadow on earth
On Friday 18th August there was a Successful Russian Spacewalk but it didn’t totally go totally to plan. A Russian EVA was conducted outside of the International Space Station with two Russian cosmonauts deploying several nanosatellites, collecting research samples and performing structural maintenance. Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy exited the […]Read More Russian Spacewalk: Tantrum in Space ?
One of my hobbies is Amateur radio and I like to combine this with my other passion of space. Recently Jack Fischer of NASA had a contact via amateur radio with students in Houston, this was done via a radio link with a amateur radio ground station located in Belgium using the call sign ON4ISS. […]Read More Jack Fischer Amateur radio recording