Space Race 2018

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Stardate **-**...  Dream Chasers : NASA's Commercial Review of 2017 https://www.nasa.gov/specials/CCP2017/  Neat suits.  Is it a bird, is it a plane?

Erm, leaping forward : https://www.nasa.gov/launchschedule/

Next Up two supermoons launch 2018, 1st January & 31st January completing a Super Moon Trilogy  (high tides) https://www.nasa.gov/  All very Mercury, http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2018.html

February back on Terra Firma,  The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks will be running a Starmakers initiative to recruit and develop a band of expert astro-guides to meet the booming interest in stargazing and the night sky.

"The Starmakers Programme and Dark Skies Festival are part of Destination Partnerships Moors and Dales, a partnership project running until 1 March 2019 to boost rural tourism across the four protected landscapes within North Yorkshire.

With the Dark Skies Festival now an annual fixture following the popularity of the first two events and a rising level of enquiries about other stargazing evenings throughout the autumn and winter months, the National Parks are keen to train more people who can share and explain the beauty of the night sky happenings with visitors.

A Starmakers programme has been established to provide astronomy and presentation skills so that more events can be held throughout both National Parks, plus the two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the Howardian Hills and Nidderdale.

Initially the National Parks are looking for 12 Starmakers who will then support accommodation providers and local communities to host ticketed astronomy events.

The weekend’s training in 2018 will include practical and theoretical astronomy presentation techniques aimed at navigating the night sky with the naked eye as well as using a telescope. Customer service and tips on running events for different audiences will also be included.

The training is free with the only proviso being that candidates deliver two sessions for the North York Moors National Park on a voluntary basis after which rates will be paid at an agreed amount with the candidates who will then also be able to run sessions themselves or set up business relationships with other venues at any time.

Mike Hawtin, Outdoor Activity Tourism Officer for the North York Moors National Park National Parks explains: “The first two Dark Skies Festivals really helped ignite people’s cosmic curiosity. This has resulted in a rise in enquiries from both visitors looking to attend a stargazing event and businesses who are keen to become an all-year-round destination through astro-tourism.

“Already, established providers such as Hidden Horizons have added more stargazing events at Dalby Forest in response to demand and our existing pool of astronomers has become stretched to the limit responding to requests from hotels, bed & breakfasts, historic buildings and many other venues.”

Tracey Lambert, Tourism Officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park adds: “Ideally our budding Starmakers need to have some experience in astronomy and star gazing but more importantly they need  a passion for the night sky to join our team as full training and mentoring will be given. In return all we ask is a commitment to help deliver some of the events.”

The first tranche of astro-guides will help support the fourth Dark Skies Festival to be held in February 2019.

The 2018 Festival is set to take place between 9-25 February with more than 100 events – from sporty endeavours through to family star spotting and crafting activities – showing the plethora of ways that people can enjoy and get the most out of the beauty of the National Parks’ dark skies.

For further information on the Festival go to www.darkskiesnationalparks.org.uk and to find out more about the Starmakers programme and how to sign up, please contact Mike Hawtin tourism@northyorkmoors.org.uk"

http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/about-us/press-office/press-releases/ar... future applications for explosive stores, domes, dark matter laboratories etc etc can be found on the usual channel via Osiris - REx https://www.asteroidmission.org/

The NASA to do list 2018 : https://www.nasa.gov/ &

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=CxguTV-xwiI

“It’s just fascinating for us to think that the reason we remember yesterday and not tomorrow is because of conditions near the Big Bang,”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtXgQVFDJHE

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Spit in Space

http://www.sci-techuniverse.com/2017/10/astronaut-scott-kelly-on-devasta...

Astronaut Scott Kelly on the Devastating Effects of a Year in Space

"“Stick a fork in me, I'm done,” I announce. Everyone laughs and encourages me to get some rest. I start the journey to my bedroom: about 20 steps from the chair to the bed. On the third step, the floor seems to lurch under me, and I stumble into a planter. Of course, it isn't the floor – it's my vestibular system trying to read just to Earth's gravity. I'm getting used to walking again...

"I had been on the station for a week, and was getting better at knowing where I was when I first woke up. If I had a headache, I knew it was because I had drifted too far from the vent blowing clean air at my face. I was often still disoriented about how my body was positioned: I would wake up convinced that I was upside down, because in the dark and without gravity, my inner ear took a random guess as to how my body was positioned in the small space. When I turned on a light, I had a sort of visual illusion that the room was rotating rapidly as it reoriented itself around me, though I knew it was actually my brain readjusting in response to new sensory input...

"Space walks were the most dangerous thing we did in orbit. Even if the station was on fire, even if it was filling up with poison gas, even if a meteoroid had crashed through a module and outer space was rushing in, the only way to escape the station was in a Soyuz capsule...

"I also know that if we want to go to Mars, it will be very, very difficult, it will cost a great deal of money and it may likely cost human lives. But I know now that if we decide to do it, we can."

Awesome.

http://newsthump.com/2016/12/28/middle-aged-dont-give-a-shit/

“The future cost of looking after today’s middle-aged will place a huge financial burden on our future generations.

“The people claiming to be happy today will be forced into looking after the people who say everything is shit – and that’s just not sustainable.”

****

"Donald Trump has claimed the east coast of the US "could use a little bit of that global warming" to combat freezing conditions set to grip the region this weekend."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIgZ7gMze7A

 

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The Lunatic Outpost

"A newly-discovered asteroid the same size as a lorry is expected to pass “close” to Earth tonight, according to reports.

The 2017 YD7 is expected to hurtle past our planet at more than 23,500mph, at about 1,300,000 miles away, on Wednesday.

While it may pass at what seems like a significant distance away, NASA describes asteroids as “hazardous” if they come within 4,600,000 miles of Earth.

It is expected to travel five times quicker than the world’s faster manned aircraft, the hypersonic North American X-15, which travelled at 4,520mph...

The truck-sized asteroid, which has an estimated diameter of between six and 21 metres, will pass the Earth at 0.40 GMT on Wednesday, the Mail reported.

It was first spotted by the Mount Lemmon Suvery (MLS) in Arizona on Thursday, December 28, according to AstroWatch."

“Nothing is real unless it is observed”

George.

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/gwentnews/15801973.Theft_of_specia...

Sniff.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15801472.Town_s_bid_to_become_the_...

 

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Shuttle Lifting

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/01/new-push-to-make-england...

"A campaign has accelerated to turn a disused railway line in Yorkshire into England’s longest cycle tunnel – instead of using £3m of public money to close it for ever.

The 1.4 mile (2.3km) Queensbury line, which runs 377ft (115 metres) below a hill between Halifax and Keighley in West Yorkshire, was closed in 1956 as rail travel declined and private car ownership increased.

The Department for Transport (DfT) wants to shut it permanently this year, filling in critical sections with concrete in a project campaigners say will cost about £3m – the same amount they claim it would cost to patch the tunnel and turn it into a subeterranean cycling route..."

Indeed. Time to recycle some old rubbish?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWpFlgEdgIE

Almost there ...  meanwhile ;-)

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201801/03/WS5a4c5065a31008cf16da4d7f.html

Ah, so ..

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201801/03/WS5a4c142ba31008cf16da4b7e.html

"Britain is in talks to join a trans-Pacific trade group to boost exports after the UK leaves the European Union according to reports."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joMMwY9IcX0

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Space Movies

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42654281

A British satellite has gone into orbit on an Indian rocket to acquire full-colour, high-definition video of the surface of the Earth...

The small, low-cost UK mission was one of 31 payloads riding on the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.

The contract for these platforms was signed in November...

The forthcoming constellation - which will be known as Vivid-i - will be the first of its kind to provide hi-def, full-colour video.

Short movies of the Earth's surface have been acquired from orbit before, but not on the envisaged scale.

The demonstrator will circle the globe at an altitude of 505km.

It has the ability to point and stare at a particular location. It can take a still picture or gather two-minute movie sequences...

One of these, the Phase 1 LEO satellite, was also manufactured by SSTL in Britain. It is a prototype for more than 100 follow-on platforms that Telesat of Canada wants to launch to deliver broadband across the globe.

The other PSLV passenger of note in this context was a small radar-imaging satellite for Finnish start-up ICEYE..."

"Networks of satellites are all the vogue at the moment"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz3zKDfuQTw

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/01/09/in...

"Without gravitational force compressing the spine, fluid between the discs fluctuates as they temporarily expand, like a coiled spring unspooled from the top..."

fascinating...

http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/astro/biographies/kanai/

Am sure there was a Soyuz landing today  ...

Oh well ne'er mind.

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/elements/soyuz/inde...

Keep digging.

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/overview/index.html

Multitasking ...

ZZzzzzz