The Unknown 'Told in Future Tense'

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The Adventures of time and space .... Hooray its Monday :-) 

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than NASA's impending launch into the orbit of Jupiter ...

"Goal: Understand origin and evolution of Jupiter, look for solid planetary core, map magnetic field, measure water and ammonia in deep atmosphere, observe auroras...."

"NASA's Juno mission, launched nearly five years ago, will soon reach its final destination: the most massive planet in our solar system, Jupiter. On the evening of July 4, at roughly 9 p.m. PDT (12 a.m. EDT, July 5), the spacecraft will complete a burn of its main engine, placing it in orbit around the king of planets.

During Juno's orbit-insertion phase, or JOI, the spacecraft will perform a series of steps in preparation for a main engine burn that will guide it into orbit. At 6:16 p.m. PDT (9:16 p.m. EDT), Juno will begin to turn slowly away from the sun and toward its orbit-insertion attitude. Then 72 minutes later, it will make a faster turn into the orbit-insertion attitude.

At 7:41 p.m. PDT (10:41 p.m. EDT), Juno switches to its low-gain antenna. Fine-tune adjustments are then made to the spacecraft's attitude. Twenty-two minutes before the main engine burn, at 7:56 p.m. PDT (10:56 p.m. EDT), the spacecraft spins up from 2 to 5 revolutions per minute (RPM) to help stabilize it for the orbit insertion burn.  

At 8:18 p.m. PDT (11:18 p.m. EDT), Juno's 35-minute main-engine burn will begin. This will slow it enough to be captured by the giant planet’s gravity. The burn will impart a mean change in velocity of 1,212 mph (542 meters a second) on the spacecraft. It is performed in view of Earth, allowing its progress to be monitored by the mission teams at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, via signal reception by Deep Space Network antennas in Goldstone, California, and Canberra, Australia..."

IO, IO tis off this world we go ...


Ah, so ...



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Tying some knots in Mumbai

"The EU has trade agreements with 52 countries and it is expected the UK will need to re-negotiate these as part of Brexit.

Commonwealth countries accounted for about 10%, or £47.8bn, of UK exports in 2014, whereas about 44%, or £228.9bn, were with the EU.

Indian-owned companies employ about 110,000 people in the UK and grew revenue by £4bn to £26bn last year, according to a report by Grant Thornton.

Tata Motors, which owns Jaguar Land Rover, added an extra 4,000 jobs to employ nearly 33,000 people, the report said.

Meanwhile, sister business, Tata Global Beverages, which owns Tetley Tea, employs more than 1,000 UK workers."

Ah so ... Grant Thornton (they did the Sands Developments study for SBC btw)

Oh well, nope can't add this one up either:

Straw Poll? lol :


Oh, OK:

"The Hindu felt that NOTA (None Of The Above) option on the EVMs was being exercised only to satisfy the voters’ conscience. “NOTA is a waste of vote.

It is a negative vote which doesn’t count and does not serve any purpose. I do not see any significant value except for the voter emotionally boycotting the voting and registering it,” he said."


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Mouse Droppings

"Moon Express is one of the teams competing for the Lunar X Prize, which was set up in 2007.

There is a $20m prize, funded by Google, for the first commercial group to land a probe on the moon.

So far only government missions have flown spacecraft beyond the Earth's orbit, with the Chinese completing the most recent visits to the moon.

In December 2013 China landed a rover on the moon as part of its Chang'e-3 mission - the first "soft" landing on the Moon since 1976.

Other private companies are expected to follow Moon Express and seek permission to fly to the Moon.

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX plans to go even further, with a Mars mission in 2018."

Good at spending other peoples money ....


"China's space agency confirmed Jade Rabbit's demise on Wednesday and netizens have been mourning his loss.

"Good night Jade Rabbit, I hope you have beautiful carrot-filled dreams. We are all proud of you," said one user on Weibo.

"I'll fly to the Moon to bring you home!" said one another. "You'll be able to sleep comfortably in a museum then."

Hmmm ... so no manned missions to the Moon since erm... Apollo 17 .. 1972

"Since that time, US Presidents have spoken of their desire to return to the Moon, but often in terms of decades, rather than in single digits. It’s easy to see why: up until recently, US spaceflight operations were focused entirely on Low Earth Orbit activities, as well as admirable cooperative international programs such as the International Space Station, and major scientific instruments such as Mars Pathfinder, Opportunity/Spirit and Curiosity. Other major concerns have redirected US attentions from spaceflight: the United States’ War on Terror, which is expected to cost US taxpayers over $5 trillion dollars in the long run."


Ah, so ... would this last visitor to Skardiborg please switch the lights off ;-)

Wot no cheese ?

Morning Mike.



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 Cursory Perseus

"The Perseid shower occurs every August but this year scientists say a gravitational nudge by Jupiter will make it more intense..."

Time flies...

Poppy ***

Ah, so ...


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Juno Probes Jupiter Pass

"A probe flown by the US space agency Nasa has made its first close approach to the planet Jupiter since going into orbit in July.

Juno was commanded to pass just 4,200km above the cloud tops of the gas giant on Saturday.

No previous spacecraft has got so close to the world during the main phase of its mission.

Juno had all its instruments - and its camera - switched on and primed for the encounter.

Nasa expects to be in a position to release some images from the approach in the next few days. They will be the highest resolution pictures ever obtained of Jupiter's clouds.

The moment of closest approach was set for 12:51 GMT.

At that time, Juno would have been moving at 208,000km/h with respect to the planet, sweeping from north to south over the multi-banded atmosphere...."



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Juno's Moon & Water Jets

"Further evidence has been obtained to show that Jupiter's icy moon Europa throws jets of water out into space.

Scientists first reported the behaviour in 2013 using the Hubble telescope, but have now made a follow-up sighting.

It is significant because Europa, with its huge subsurface ocean of liquid water, is one of the most likely places to find microbial life beyond Earth.

Flying through the jets with an instrumented spacecraft would be an effective way to test the possibility.

One could even attempt to capture a sample of ejected material and bring it back to Earth for more detailed biological analysis.

The alternative - of trying to land on the moon and drill through perhaps tens of kilometres of ice to examine the ocean's water - would be immensely challenging.

Hubble made its latest identification by studying Europa as it passed in front of Jupiter.

The telescope looked in ultraviolet wavelengths to see if the giant planet's light was in any way being absorbed by material emanating from the moon's surface.

Ten times Hubble looked and on three of those occasions it spied what appeared to be "dark fingers" extending from the edge of Europa."

To the Power Of Three :-) Fingers.  Aye Aye Aye.


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Mars & Venus

"SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk, who last month revealed details of his ambitious plans to get at least a million people to Mars, said mining robots will be a key part of the planned colonization of the red planet.

In reply to several inquiries during a question-and-answer "AMA" session on Reddit on Sunday, the tech billionaire — who also heads electric-vehicle specialist Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) — highlighted the vital role mining equipment is set to play when it comes to help people establish their homes in Mars.

"He said he envisions geodesic domes on the surface made with glass panes supported by carbon fibre frames. Such structures would have additional areas mined out below the surface by robots for "industrial" uses.

"Initially, glass panes with carbon fibre frames to build geodesic domes on the surface, plus a lot of miner/tunnelling droids," Musk wrote. "With the latter, you can build out a huge amount of pressurized space for industrial operations and leave the glass domes for green living space."

Concerning transporting those heavy machines as well as materials and people, Musk said that the first crewed mission would have about a dozen people, who will be tasked with building out and troubleshooting the propellant plant and Mars Base Alpha power system once it lands.

He also said it would be a year or two before the company releases mock-ups of habitation environments.

The tech mogul has previously said it would take 40 to 100 years to achieve a self-sustaining civilization in Mars.

Musk’s wildly ambitious plan, one that could transform the future of humanity, (quite obviously) won’t come cheap. He estimates it would cost $10 billion per person if he were to send just 12 people, Recode reported last month. That is why his company is focusing on scale: If 1 million people sign up, it will — Musk claims — cost just $200,000 a pop.

SpaceX is not the only company planning to build a human settlement in the red planet. Mars One, a Dutch non-profit agency, launched in 2014 a campaign to recruit 24 volunteers to be trained and send up there by 2025."

Peas n Pods ....

Erm, btw,  wot is the point in a driverless car?

Almost Comatoased

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Jaded Bulls 'Receptors'
"A large metal object has fallen from the sky into a jade mining area in north Myanmar, state media said.
The cylindrical object, found on Thursday in Kachin state, is 4.5m (15ft) long and 1.2m wide.
Another piece of metal with Chinese writing on it tore through the roof of a nearby house at about the same time, but no injuries were reported.
It is thought it might be related to the launch of a Chinese satellite the same day."
Blasted Fireworks ...
"Late night November 11 until dawn November 12, 2016, the North Taurids
Like the South Taurids, the North Taurids meteor shower is long-lasting (October 12 – December 2) but modest, and the peak number is forecast at about 7 meteors per hour. The North and South Taurids combine, however, to provide a nice sprinkling of meteors throughout October and November. Typically, you see the maximum numbers at around midnight, when Taurus the Bull is highest in the sky. Taurid meteors tend to be slow-moving, but sometimes very bright. In 2016, the waxing gibbous moon obtrudes on this year’s 2016 North Taurid shower. "
Ah, so ....   the receptionist ;-))
"It's about the size of a sheep, and it's part of a group of very advanced bird-like, feathered dinosaurs called overears," said Dr No.
"They were basically the last group of dinosaurs to blossom before the asteroid hit."
Tongtianlong  .-?

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Saturns Rings

"Scientists studying the splendour of Saturn's rings are hoping soon to get a resolved picture of an embedded object they know exists but cannot quite see.

The moonlet is named after London researcher Carl Murray's mother-in-law, and was first noticed in 2013. Its effect on surrounding ice and dust particles has been tracked ever since.

But no direct image of Peggy's form has yet been obtained, and time is now short.

The Cassini spacecraft's mission at Saturn is edging to a close and its dramatic end-of-life disposal.

In September, the probe will be driven to destruction in the atmosphere of the giant planet, at which point the constant stream of pictures and other data it has returned these past 13 years will come to an abrupt end.

""When Cassini came out of its ring plane orbit in early 2016, we went back to look where Peggy should be; and we found Peggy and we've been tracking it ever since.

"But a few degrees behind we could also see another object, even fainter in the sense that it had an even smaller (disturbance) signature. And when we tracked back the paths of both objects, we realised that in early 2015 they would have met.

"So, probably, Peggy 'B', as we call it, came from a collision of the sort that causes Peggy to change its orbit, but rather than a simple encounter that deflected the orbit slightly, this was more serious."

Ah, so ... blind spots.


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Wisconsin to Wales

"A bright meteor streaked across skies over US Midwestern states early on Monday morning.

Hundreds of witnesses reported seeing the glowing object, which was visible in seven US states and Ontario, Canada, according to the American Meteor Society.

The fireball was also reportedly accompanied by a sonic boom that rattled homes in the area."

Whizzz ....  Americian Meteor Society

Lady Ga Ga rockets :

"There were no alien invasions or tales of abduction, yet a UFO sighting by a group of Pembrokeshire school children remains one of the most famous cases in Wales.

It was 40 years ago when ... a silver "cigar-shaped" craft with a "dome covering the middle third".

"My sighting only lasted a couple of seconds. It popped up and then went back behind a tree."

Hurrah for Trees.

Ah, so ... ;-)



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Crop Circles & Cassini

"On its current trajectory, Cassini has also taken the first-ever in-situ samples of Saturn's atmosphere, and Linda Spilker, the Cassini project scientist, said those early results suggest that the chemical and dynamic interactions between particles from the planet's rings and the planet's upper atmosphere are "more complex … than we had both anticipated."

That's good news, she said, because "scientists love mysteries, and the Grand Finale is providing mysteries for everyone."

to the Casino ...

"At exactly 10.04pm AEST on Friday, September 15, the life of a 20-year-old space probe will come to a fiery — and radioactive — end.

After 13 years orbiting Saturn and its moons, the golden space probe Cassini will expend its final reserves of fuel and plunge into the gases of the ringed giant for what NASA has called its “grand finale”. The first probe to orbit the planet, Cassini will melt into a silicon and metal fireball as it heats up to 500C.

The $3.26-billion probe’s demise has been well-planned. Given Cassini’s power source has been Plutonium-238, a cousin of Pu-239 that is used in nuclear bombs, scientists even wanted to avoid the possibility of Cassini colliding with Saturn’s moons Titan and Enceladus as they could, conceivably, support microscopic life. Any bacteria on the craft may spoil pristine environments on the moons.

On September 15, Cassini will make the last of 22 dives between the planet’s rings and surface. Its final dive will end a mission of groundbreaking discoveries that included seasonal changes on Saturn, Titan’s resemblance to a primordial Earth and Enceladus’s global ocean with ice plumes spouting from its surface.

“The mission has been insanely, wildly, beautifully successful, and it’s coming to an end in about two weeks,” Curt Niebur, Cassini program scientist, said. “But Cassini will not go quietly.”

Cassini will provide near real-time data on the atmosphere until it loses contact with Earth."


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Walls without Front Ears


"A strong earthquake of magnitude 8 has struck in the Pacific off the southern coast of Mexico.

The epicentre was about 120km (75 miles) south-west of the town of Pijijiapan and at a depth of 35km, the United States Geological Survey said.

A tsunami warning has been issued for Mexico, Guatemala, EL Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras.

The quake was felt in Mexico City, with buildings shaking and people running into the street."

"On the ground, in places like Fort Peck, farmers are sharing the pain and resources. In North Dakota and eastern Montana, local hay-distribution programs are helping to ease the burden for those whose crops didn’t materialize. Akyuz says that while the political debate might continue, farmers and others directly affected by the disaster are figuring out how to make it through.

Kirn, only one of the thousands of farmers and ranchers hit by the disaster, thinks this might be the end of his farming days. Irrigation is too expensive for small farming operations, leaving crops at the mercy of climate. “This is absolutely the worst year I’ve ever seen,” he says, gesturing across the barren fields."

“The new normal is that now we have a warmer world, in times when you’re not getting your normal load of rain, things can go bad very quickly,” said Ekwurzel, senior climate scientist with the Union of Cornered Scientists."

A contradiction in terms ...