Telescoping: April 11
We’re having an odd break in the weather here in the Seattle area, and last night the clouds cleared. (Not to mention it’s beautiful and sunny today, and supposed to hit the low 70’s!) Diann & I went out to Rattlesnake Lake, where the temps were hovering in the mid-40’s. The moon was up in […]
This weekend’s observations
It’s gonna get a little monotonous here, but I figure since I’ve posted all my other telescoping hijinx, I might as well keep up with that. Saturday, we drove up to Anacortes to visit Anacortes Telescope & Wild Bird. I chatted with the owner of the store for a bit on what my equipment is, […]
26°F outside tonight, but still no clouds. Amazing. Our friends Boaz and Charlotte came over tonight for the purpose of moon/stargazing. Out came the LX50 again. Spotting scope got quickly tuned in using a very twinkling Sirius low in the sky, and then we turned our gaze back to M42 in Orion. I used the […]
Steve Squyres Visits
Yesterday at work, Steve Squyres came to give a talk to the company's research group, but anyone could attend. So, I quickly made sure my calendar wasn't booked at the time and immediately blocked it off so I could attend. Having just finished his book ( Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the […]
nasa responds (not directly, but, well)
Back in February I posted my nasa deep thought about why they didn't put blowers/wipers on the mars rovers… I got to ask one of the NASA scientists during a talk recently at Texas A&M, and then this morning I pull up CNN. There's an article about the rovers getting their lives extended. Then there […]
life on mars?
Well, NASA's Opportunity rover has snapped a picture (scroll down) of a bunny on Mars. Space.com has coverage of the bunny here. I'd be willing to bet this shows up in next month's Playboy. 😉
water on mars!
According to NASA and JPL, there was, at one time, water on mars where the Opportunity landed! NASA press release here, CNN coverage here.
my nasa deep thought
So, all the talk is that this heater problem on the Opportunity Martian rover will eventually cause problems because the solar panels onboard will become sufficiently dusty that they won't generate enough power to keep up with the drain of this malfunctioning 15W heater. My question: This rover is golf-cart sized, can rove around, take […]
From Space.Com's Astronotes from January 19th: An Ocean on Mars Puts Food in Your Gullet If we didn't have a reason to root for NASA's twin rover Mars missions before, we do now. The two robots could win free food for everyone in the United States if they can find evidence of ocean water on […]
Congatulations to the folks at NASA! Opportunity is on Mars! Space.com coverage here