Saturday, May 6, 2017
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hancock County
The S-II-2, second flight stage of the second stage booster rocket of the Saturn V space vehicle is how being lifted into the S-II test stand for checkout and static test firing. The S-II test stand is 200 feet tall with a foundation that extends 40 feet below ground and rests on steel pilings each over 90 feet long. MTF is a component of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama
Official NASA-MTF Photograph
Color Photo Courtesy of "Space"
This 'Plastichrome' postcard is unused.
It is from Space, 11401 S.W. 47th St. Miami, Florida
I have no idea what 'Space' this is. I googled it and and there are just small houses located here.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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.
A receiving dish of the Australia Telescope Parkes, NSW
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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
Monday, March 27, 2017
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.