Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile

ALMA Telescope

Photo by Daniil Korzhonov

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The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) is an array of separate telescopes in the Atacama desert of northern Chile.

Consisting of 66 12-metre (39 ft) and 7-metre (23 ft) diameter radio telescopes observing at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths, ALMA is expected to provide insight on star birth during the early universe and detailed imaging of local star and planet formation.

ALMA is an international partnership among Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Chile.

The Telescope at Parkes Observatory in Australia

Siding Spring
Coonabarabran
NSN 2357

A receiving dish of the Australia Telescope Parkes, NSW

Photo (CSIRO)

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The Parkes Observatory (also known informally as "The Dish") is a radio telescope observatory, located 20 kilometres north of the town of Parkes, New South Wales, Australia.

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The sender writes:
If it was not for the Parks Space Receiver Station your 1969 moon landing would have been different...

Here is what I found:
When Buzz Aldrin switched on the TV camera on the Lunar Module, three tracking antennas received the signals simultaneously. They were the 64-metre Goldstone antenna in California, the 26-metre antenna at Honeysuckle Creek near Canberra in Australia, and the 64-metre dish at Parkes.

In the first few minutes of the broadcast, NASA alternated between the signals being received from its two stations at Goldstone and Honeysuckle Creek, searching for the best quality picture.

A little under nine minutes into the broadcast, the TV was switched to the Parkes signal. The quality of the TV pictures from Parkes was so superior that NASA stayed with Parkes as the source of the TV for the remainder of the 2.5 hour broadcast.
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Here is a better view of the stamp . . .
Australia stamp 1992
International Space Year
Spiral Galaxy NGC 2997
1.20


Men in Space, Astronauts Grissom, Glen and Shepard

A Trip Into Outer Space

Getting ready for their blast-off into outer space and adventure are spacemen Grissom, Glenn and Shepard.  They'll encounter all the thrills and dangers of the unknown worlds that surround our earth.

NASA Photography

A 747 and Space Shuttle Columba Landing for the First Time

"Tires smoke as 747 and Columbia arrive at Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility" for the first time.
Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Color Photo by NASA

KSC Tours, Visitors Center, TWA, Florida 32899

A Mouse Astronaut

Art by: Lenka Hroch√°zkov√°

This astronaut mouse postcard is postmarked in 2017 from The Czech Republic. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Insignia / Emblem - Columbia, Allen, Brand, Overmyer, Lenoir

Columbia
Allen - Brand - Overmyer - Lenoir

STS-5 Crew Insignia
This is the official crew patch for the fifth (note five points of star) NASA Space Transportation System (STS-5) flight.  The STS-5 mission was NASA's first operational STS flight following four successful test flights.  It called for the Columbia to be manned by four astronauts - a space agency first Crew members for the flight were Vance D. Brand, commander; Robert F. Overmyer, pilot; and William B. Lenoir and Joseph P. Allen, mission specialists.

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This mission was in 1982.

Edwin E. Aldrin Jr and the Lunar Module Pilot on the Moon

John F. Kennedy Space Center
N.A.S.A.

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, descends steps of Lunar Module ladder as he prepares to walk on the moon.

Color Photo by NASA

NASA Tours Conducted by TWA, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Lunar Module (EAGLE) N.A.S.A.

John F. Kennedy Space Center
N.A.S.A.
After separation, Lunar Module (EAGLE) on way to touch down on the east side of the moon.

NASA TOURS Conducted by TWA, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Color Photo by NASA

Astronaut Captain Gus Grissom

Captain Gus Grissom, USAF, shown in his space-suit prior to being the second U. S. Astronaut launched into space.

Vanguard and the 'Baby Moon', Patrick Air Force Base

Baby Moon

Air Force Missile Test Center
Patrick Air Force Base, Florida
U.S. Navy Vanguard - Satellite Vehicle

The Vanguard blasts off from its launching stand at Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying in its nose a small earth satellite.  This "baby moon" is now circling the earth as part of United States participation in the International Geo-physical Year.  The Vanguard, undertaken by the Naval Research Laboratory, is one of the rockets now being tested at the Air Force Missile Test Center.