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  • Satellite names
    do Sul Southern Star Portuguese Communications sat KITSAT Uribyol Our Star Korean Communications sat Starshine Starshine Geodesy Helios Helios Sun Helios German space probe Helios Helios Sun Helios French spy sat Gelios Gelios Sun Helios Russian Data relay sat SRATS Taiyo Sun Japanese Solar physics Tianhui Tianhui Sky Mapper Chinese Imaging sat Other mythological names Spacecraft Name Means Mission Eole Eole Aeolus French Weather Aeneas Aeneas Aeneas Tech sat Apollo Apollo Apollo Spaceship Ariane Ariane Ariadne French Launch vehicle Ariel Ariel Ariel Space physics Artemis Artemis Artemis Communications sat Artemis 1 2 Artemis Artemis Lunar probes Athena Athena Athena Launch vehicle Atlas Atlas Atlas Launch vehicle Atlas Atlas Atlas Shuttle payload OV 104 Atlantis Atlantis Spaceship ESRO 1B Boreas Boreas Space science Caerus Caerus Caerus Tech sat Calipso Calipso Calypso Remote sensing D 5 Castor Castor Technology Castor Castor Castor Rocket stage Krysaor Chrysaor Chrysaor golden sword Satellite Demeter Demeter Demeter Science sat Dragon Dragon Dragon Puff the Magic Space ship Freja Freja Freya Swedish Space physics Genesis Genesis Genesis Space probe Goliat Goliat Goliath Cubesat Genesis 1 Genesis Genesis Station module test Zenit 2M Gektor Hector Russian spy satellite Hera Hera Hera Missile Hylas Hylas Hylas Comms sat Ikar Ikar Icarus Russian Rocket stage Ikaros Ikaros Icarus Japanese Space probe Jason Jason Jason Earth observing Juno Juno Juno Launch vehicle Juno Juno Juno Jupiter probe MIDAS Midas Midas Early warning X 4 Miranda Miranda Technology Minotaur Minotaur Minotaur Launch vehicle Munin Munin Munin Space physics Nike Nike Nike Rocket stage Odin Odin Odin Space physics Ulysses Ulysses Odysseos Solar probe ESA L SAT Olympus Olympus Communications sat NOSS PARCAE Parcae spy satellite D 5 Pollux Pollux Technology TOPEX Poseidon Poseidon Oceanography X 3 Prospero Prospero Technology STARE Re Ra Space tracking Mightysat 2 1 Sindri Sindri Norse Technology Thesee Thesee Theseus French Technology Themis Themis Themis Space science Thor Thor Thor Launch vehicle Thor Thor Thor Communications sat Titan Titan Titan Launch vehicle Agni Agni Fire god Sanskrit Missile MUSES Hagoromo Angel s robe Japanese Lunar subsat ETS 7 Hikoboshi Hikoboshi Test sat MUSES A Hiten Celestial maiden Japanese Lunar probe SELENE Kaguya Myth lunar character Japanese Lunar probe Chang e Chang e Myth lunar character Chinese Lunar probe RSTAR Okina Myth character Japanese Lunar probe ETS 7 target Orihime Orihime Test sat VRAD Ouna Myth character Japanese Lunar probe Shenzhou Shenzhou Divine Ship Chinese Spaceship Horyu 2 Horyu Phoenix Dragon Test satellite A 1 Asterix Asterix Test satellite CubeBug Capitan Beto Capitan Beto song character Technology Apollo 10 CSM Charlie Brown Charlie Brown Spaceship DSPSE Clementine Clementine Space probe Clementine Clementine Clementine French military sat Apollo 10 LM Snoopy Snoopy Spaceship Apollo 16 CSM Casper Casper Spaceship Artemis Pico Thelma Thelma Picosatellite Artemis Pico Louise Louise Picosatellite MAROC Tubsat Zarkae al Yamama Blue Dove Mythical heroine Imaging sat Exploration related names Spacecraft Name Means Mission 3KV 3KD Voskhod Ascent Russian Spaceship OV 099 Challenger Challenger Spaceship Apollo 17 LM Challenger Challenger Spaceship Kompass Kompass Compass Russian Test satellite Compass Compass Compass German Aachen student satellite Conestoga Conestoga Conestoga Launch vehicle CORONA Discoverer Discoverer spy satellite OV 103 Discovery Discovery Spaceship OV 105 Endeavour Endeavor Spacehip Apollo 15 CM Endeavour Endeavor Spacehip Explorer Explorer Explorer Space science MUSES B Haruka Far away Radio astronomy I2B Polyot Flight AntiSpacecraft Fram Fram Forward Norwegian exploration ship Earth observing Apollo 12 LM Intrepid Intrepid spaceship Sumbandila Sumbandila Lead the way Venda Tech QZSS Michibiki Lead the way Japanese Navigation Mariner Mariner Mariner Space probes MO Observer Observer Space probe Rasad Rasad Observation Persian Imaging satellite Rasat Rasat Observation Turkish Imaging satellite Yantar 4K1 Oktan Octant Russian spy satellite Apollo 13 CM Odyssey Odyssey Spaceship Mars 2001 2001 Mars Odyssey Odyssey Mars probe Pioneer Pioneer Pioneer Space probes MS T5 Sakigake Pioneer Japanese Space probe L 1 Zond Probe Russian Spaceship DSP Tan Ce Probe Explorer Chinese Science sat Ranger Ranger Ranger Lunar probe Scout Scout Scout Launch vehicle MIM 2 Poisk Search Russian Station module Surveyor Surveyor Surveyor Lunar probe Trailblazer Trailblazer Trailblazer Moon probe Vanguard Vanguard Vanguard Space science Viking Viking Viking Mars probes Viking Viking Viking Swedish science sat MJS Voyager Voyager Outer planet probes Apollo 12 CSM Yankee Clipper Yankee Clipper Spaceship Physics related names Spacecraft Name Means Mission Luch Luch Beam Russian Communications sat DRTS Kodama Echo Japanese Data relay GOMS Elektro Electron Russian Weather 2D Elektron Electron Russian Space physics Energiya Energiya Energy Russian Cosmic rays Energiya Energiya Energy Russian Launch vehicle Efir Efir Ether Russian Cosmic rays Gamma Gamma Gamma Russian Gamma ray astronomy ASTRO F Akari Light Japanese IR astronomy IGS Kougaku Optics Japanese Spy sat Foton Foton Photon Russian Materials science N 4 Proton Proton Russian Space physics UR 500 Proton Proton Russian Launch vehicle 37KE Kvant Quantum Russian Space station Sorunsat Kagayaki Radiance Japanese Test sat REXS Denpa Radio Wave Japanese Space science Romb Romb Rhombus Russian Radar cal Nauka Nauka Science Russian Subsatellite Iskra Iskra Spark Russian Communications sat 77KS Spektr Spectrum Russian Space station Spektr R Spektr Spectrum Russian Astronomy Sfera Sfera Sphere Russian Geodesy Vektor Vektor Vector Russian Radar cal D 1 Diapason Waveband French Geodesy Chemical and mineral names Spacecraft Name Means Mission Agate Agate Agate French Missile ARGON ARGON Argon spy satellite Yantar Kobalt Cobalt Russian spy satellite Iridium Iridium Iridium Phone Spacecraft Yantar Yantar Amber Russian spy satellite 77KS Kristall Crystal Russian Space station D 1 Diademe Diadem French Geodesy OPS Almaz Diamond Russian Space station Diamant Diamant Diamond French Launch vehicle Emeraude Emeraude Emerald French Rocket stage 1AS Granat Garnet Russian X ray astronomy Orlets Orlets Rhodonite Russian spy satellite Rhyolite Rhyolite Rhyolite Intelligence satellite Rubis Rubis Ruby French Rocket stage Sapphire Sapphire Sapphire Test satellite Sapphire Sapphire Sapphire Canadian surveillance sat Saphir Saphir Sapphire French Missile Topaze Topaze Topaz French Rocket stage Geographical names Spacecraft Name Means Mission Africasat 1 Africasat 1 Africa Comms sat Amazonas Amazonas Amazon R Comms sat Apollo 17 CM America America Spaceship Anatolia 1 Anatolia 1 Anatolia Comms ARGOS ARGOS

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  • Jonathan's Space Home Page
    Space Sky and Telescope Magazine Ron Baalke s Space Calendar Keith Cowing s NASA Watch Sven Grahn s News about Space Jennifer Green s Friends and Partners in Space page Brian Webb s Vandenberg page and newsletter Canadian Space Society Brian Roberts page of space links Gone but not forgotten NSSDC Spacewarn Telex FTP site Jennifer Green s Friends and Partners in Space page NASA Marshall s Spacelink Chris van

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  • My Visit to Kourou
    of its CEO Ethiopian born Noah Samara right whose ebullient personality was very much in evidence at CSG during the V113 launch There was a strong feeling that Afristar was not just yet one more boring comsat but part of a crusade to empower the developing world by providing improved access to information Samara s mantra is that people are only as developed as the information they access Another of the leading figures in WorldSpace chief engineer Pierre Madon was feted for completing a notable career in aerospace which included a leading role in the first French rocket program Diamant and the Symphonie comsat of the 1970s as well as a long career at Intelsat CSG is operated by the French space agency CNES The Ariane launch vehicle was developed by the European Space Agency ESA together with CNES and is operated by the Arianespace company Travelling further west from Jupiter on the old Route Nationale 1 coast road we reach the CSG proper with the entrance guarded by the French Foreign Legion The launch pads are on the north side of the road nearer the sea We first pass the small clearing which marks the sounding rocket launch area aire de lancement fusee sondes Here in 1968 was the first launch from CSG a small Veronique rocket The area has four launchers three still in use for small weather rockets and amateur launches A little further and we reach the now disused Diamant pad Used between 1970 and 1975 CNES launched several small satellites from here using the Diamant B and Diamant B P 4 vehicles The other old pad was the Aire de Lancement Europa some distance to the west A single orbital launch attempt from here by the Europa vehicle failed in 1971 However by 1979 the pad had been rebuilt to become ELA 1 the first Ensemble de Lancement Ariane marking the beginning of Europe s success in the commercial space launch services business with Ariane launches from 1979 to 1989 when the ELA1 pad was retired Only a water tower marks the spot currently Next to ELA1 is ELA2 which we didn t get too close to as it was occupied by our fully fuelled V113 launch vehicle In the early afternoon the enclosed gantry was rolled back from ELA2 to reveal the Ariane rocket on the pad and fuelling of the cryogenic third stage began We were able to observe the rocket from the roof of a nearby building the third stage was enclosed in insulation and no venting was visible The pad is surprisingly close to the Ariane 4 assembly building below left containing the V114 launcher below right now being assembled and the nearby ESA and Arianespace offices The remaining launch site is ELA3 which is spread over a large area between ELA2 and the Diamant area The rocket and payload are assembled in two large buildings BIL and BAF and are then taken out to the pad on a mobile launch

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  • aphelion farthest point from the Sun The aphelic velocities of SIRTF and Earth are almost the same but SIRTF will be at its aphelion and thus slowest speed at launch while Earth is just past its aphelion and starting to speed up again This means that SIRTF will start falling behind the Earth right away To achieve this the Delta must fire to give SIRTF speed backwards and outwards relative to the Earth s motion Note for those who like me know just enough orbital mechanics to be dangerous decreasing the velocity around the Sun would normally reduce the orbital period While SIRTF is still near the Earth the fact that the Earth is just ahead of it and tugging on it helps to increase SIRTF s angular momentum relative to the Sun By the time SIRTF leaves the Earth s gravitational sphere of influence it is just enough further out from the Sun that the larger distance compensates for the smaller tangential velocity in producing larger total angular momentum and thus orbital period SIRTF s orbit is called an Earth trailing orbit it has the advantage that the infrared bright Earth is nice and small so doesn t block out large interesting pieces of the sky SIRTF might want to look at Also the total velocity change needed from parking orbit to get to a distant circular orbit around the Earth by going to transfer orbit and then burning again to circularize is more than the velocity change needed for escape letting you use a smaller rocket On the other hand after a number of years SIRTF will be so far from Earth it will drift out of communications range but by then its helium will have run out anyway SIRTF s orbit in an inertial frame centered on

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  • UN Registry
    INTO ORBIT OR BEYOND INFORMATION FURNISHED IN CONFORMITY WITH THE CONVENTION ON REGISTRATION OF OBJECTS LAUNCHED INTO OUTER SPACE Contents Description Section A Main Registry of Satellites and Space Probes Table 1 Index to registrations with orbital data and notes Old tables not updated since 2001 Previous 13th edition The 15th edition is a minor update as the UN OOSA still has a backlog of 2012 registration documents to publish

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  • Jonathan McDowell - Media Narcissism
    vimeo flv Boston Skeptics Vimeo Skeptics in the Pub 2009 Jul 26 Radio WBCN Allston studio WBCN with Mat Schaffer Clip not available Astronomy and space travel 2009 Jul 20 TV WGBH Brighton Greater Boston with Emily Rooney avi Apollo 2009 Jul 20 Radio KCRW Santa Monica phone KCRW To The Point To The Point TP Jul 20 Apollo 40 Public radio with Warren Olney on panel with Steven Weinberg 2009 Jul 13 Talk People s Republik Cambridge Science Cafe Clip not available Sci Cafe Bos Moon and Beyond Science Cafe lunar exploration 2009 May 19 Radio KCRW Santa Monica phone KCRW To The Point To The Point TP May 19 STS 125 Public radio with Warren Olney on panel with Dave Leckrone Jen Wiseman and Bob Park 2009 May 18 Radio WMBR at MIT WMBR Soundtrack Science WMBR MIT radio music and science 2009 May 15 TV NECN on loc CfA Apollo HST 2009 Apr 8 Radio WPHT Philadelpha phone WPHT Michael Smerconish Show Clip not available WPHT NK rocket launch 2009 Feb 13 Radio KCRW Santa Monica phone KCRW To The Point To The Point Satellite collision 2008 Jul 16 Radio NPR NPR with David Kestenbaum Clip not available US P Kosmos satellite space debris 2008 Feb 14 Radio CKNW Vancouver CKNW Clip not available NRO satellite 2008 Feb 14 TV WBZ TV on loc avi Satellite shootdown 2008 Jan 29 Radio CKNW Vancouver CKNW Clip not available CKNW Radio NRO satellite 2008 Jan 26 Radio KTRH Houston phone KTRH Clip not available NRO satellite 2008 Jan 26 Radio CBC Yellowknife etc phone CBC radio Clip not available CBC Radio NRO satellite 2008 Jan 28 Radio KCRW Santa Monica phone KCRW To The Point To The Point NRO satellite 2007 Oct 18 Talk CfA CfA Open Night 50

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  • to 12 and 12 to 40 Angstroms respectively Compare this with visible light which runs from about 4000 to 7000 Angstroms I have shifted the color scale by a factor of around 500 to make it visible to human eyes The science of this image we are trying to understand how galaxies evolve and an important part of that story is that galaxies hit each other and often gobble each other up these intergalactic train wrecks send shock waves through the gas in these galaxies and trigger the formation of new stars By studying the X rays from these events we can distinguish between different theories of how the different kinds of stars get made A less artistic version of this data was used to measure the temperature of the gas in different parts of the galaxy and was published in the Astrophysical Journal McDowell et al 2003 ApJ vol 591 p 154 The art of this image I used a larger field of view than normal to emphasize the isolation of Arp 220 within the black empty field of space around it Travelling at the speed of light it would take you half a million years to voyage from one side of the picture to the other and you can see that most of that space is empty Figuring out how to represent different colors of X rays all invisible to the human eye involved some careful choices I also wanted to bring out the faint smooth sedate glow of the southern cluster the egg shaped red blob in the lower part of the image and contrast it with the dynamic contorted and complex shape of the exploding galaxy the blotchy mess in the center and it required some fancy footwork to make both visible at once Technical details

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  • a launcher or menu I can do it wherever I am on the screen that isn t covered with xterms Admittedly that s not much of the screen Gnome3 doens t have this and I couldn t see a way to do it in Cinnamon either The G2 and KDE variants do have a right click menu and nowadays they all have a terminal option in it G2 used to require you to install nautilus open terminal or something But none of them allow you to edit the right click menu to pick your own order of items and add new ones I d get rid of most of the current entries and have differently configured xterms instead basically make it my panel launchers The workspace switcher is a nice tool to have I think fvwm invented it The Gnome 2 version is not bad and in my FC14 version I have two of them one showing workspace names and one showing the windows it doesn t really like having two running at once and sometimes gets confused also there s an annoying bug where it forgets how many rows it s meant to have The KDE version I find ugly and hard to read maybe there s a way to tweak the color scheme and the readability of the workspace names but I didn t find it The Gnome3 one failed to work correctly for me I have no interest in a Windows style file manager it s so much more efficient to use the command line So no annoying little Home and Trash icons popping up on my background please Fortunately it s possible to stop them in each system although you have to hunt for the way to do it A nice feature of Gnome2 and other older systems is that when a window becomes active has the focus the titlebar changes from grey to blue making it easy to see which window you are using at the moment Gnome3 KDE and Cinnamon don t do this The Panel is a useful thing especially with the modern crippled right click menus My config has a top and bottom panel on my left monitor and nothing on the right monitor On the top panel I have menus launchers and machine status while on the bottom one I have the active window list I don t care too much about this and the workspace switcher You can get a kind of panel with Gnome3 extensions but it doesn t seem to do any of the things I want like let me add xterm launchers I couldn t get it to work in Cinnamon either The KDE panel works but I couldn t get it to look the way I wanted I had problems in XFCE getting the panel items to move where I wanted the spacers in particular Panel launchers are useful I have one to launch a simple gnome terminal one to launch an xterm one to launch

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