September in Space: Endings and Beginnings
Check out Part 1 for a huge list of ways YOU can get involved in science. Space science!
Today, Rosetta made her final move, crashing into comet 67/C-G. Congratulations to the entire ESA team!
“Mission control had the option to activate braking procedure and buy 45 more minutes of photography, but they feared the rocket particles would disturb the atmosphere and compromise the purity of the science… The engineers at mission control in Germany can only hope the craft will have time to downlink the images back to Earth before it crashes.” (source) Here’s some video of the grand finale.
My “own” Planet Labs Dove satellite burned up on re-entry last Monday night, California time. I got a Yo from Planet’s “deaddoves” account, which someone built at a company hackathon. The timing is approximate, since it relies on the last time each satellite sent data home.
Here’s the last info I got from Satview:
A friend suggested that I burn it in effigy, and a couple of days before re-entry, I did so very crudely on a campfire in the Sierra Nevada mountains. A central log with outlined solar panels, and a rendition of its song: a very earthly send-off.
Here’s our interview with Shawna Pandya — a Canadian astronaut candidate and “medical MacGyver”:
She’s on her way to sub-orbital space, a journey that began years ago and is just taking off with Project PoSSUM. (If you have a STEM degree, you can apply too!)
In case you missed it, here’s the first interview, with Brad Kohlenberg of Made In Space — a company that has a 3D printer on the ISS right now, while their sights are on much, much bigger goals for all of humanity.
Furthermore, here are a couple of Kickstarter projects aiming to help you engage with space on a personal level:
Voyager Golden Record 40th Anniversary Edition: A gorgeous boxed set of golden vinyl records, holding the original recordings from the Voyager, plus a beautiful book of photographs and other perks.
The Martian Garden — Gardening Kits with Simulated Mars Soil: Need I say more? At least I’d have an excuse for my decidedly un-green thumb. I really hope they stamp “MARS REGOLITH SIMULANT” on the shipping box.
The view from down here
I’ve decided to continue this series, because travel arrangements have kept me from completing a number of these interviews. So here’s to another beginning :)
Here’s a list of space jams to take with you! Add your own or just hum along.