What a beautiful photo! Ariane 5 V188 with Herschel and Planck on board rises above ESA’s 15m ESTRACK tracking station at Kourou, French Guiana, just after liftoff at 15:12 CEST, 14 May 2009.
A new rover concept based on a tiny sphere with two degrees of freedom has just entered the Team FREDNET lunar rover design competition. Whether this rover will be able to fulfill the mission requirements is unknown at the moment, nevertheless, I see this concept as very appealing for scouting planets with harsh environment. The rover is called Picorover and you can participate in the discussion in the Team FREDNET forum.
Do you even wonder how the sky might look like from the surface of the Moon? I certainly did so recently and here is what I learned…
We had some discussions on the Team FREDNET public forum about using the stars and the planets for guidance and navigation on lunar surface. Of course, it raised the question of how the sky looks like on the Moon? To find out, I took a virtual trip to the Apollo 11, 15 and Surveyor 7 landing sites using the free open source Stellarium software for linux.
Stellarium is a complete planetarium software for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It even allows you to look at the sky from surface of other planets and moons.
PS: I have hidden a small error in the first 20 seconds of the video, and I am not thinking about the lulnar landscape. Can you find it?
On November 7 ESA has launched its own YouTube site in a new initiative to communicate even more widely with the general public by using the latest social media channels.
My name is Alexandru Csete, also known as OZ9AEC. I am a physicist from the University of Aarhus and I work as a development engineer in the antenna department at Thrane & Thrane (Cobham Satcom). Before that I was 8 years in the European space industry working on the Automated Transfer Vehicle called Jules Verne and the Gaia scientific mission.
I have been the holder of a CEPT Cat. 1 amateur radio certificate since 1991. My primary interests today include satellite communications, software radios, digital voice and video, microwaves and developing free software for Unix-like operating systems.
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