Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Space 101


This week at Johnson Space Center was a fascinating course called SPACE 101. We learn about fascinating subjects like Beta-angle cutouts. At the day's conclusion we were introduced the planning documents for Space Station construction. Working here is an enormous privilege; a human return to the Moon is now a matter of "when" not if.

At The Woodlands, Texas (North of Houston) this week is the 40th Lunar and Planetary Science conference. Tuesday morning we saw results from India's Chandrayaan mission to the Moon. Despite difficulties with heating, all the mission's experiments have returned data. Chinese scientists also appeared with data from the Chang'e spacecraft, despite some problems with visas. This afternoon Japanese scientists showed some fascinating HD video from Kaguya, like this Moon flyby. For more recent videos, see the JAXASELENE Youtube channel.

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