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My heart beats for Mars

Ah, to be one of the cherished few headed to join Matt Damon. Our favorite scientist, Sheldon Cooper, might even be there!

Live near DC? Be sure to check out the sky at 10:11 pm tonight.



PRESS RELEASE from National Capital Astronomers


Friday evening, June 21st, the International Space Station will fly high above the National Capital area, very likely becoming the brightest object in the sky, except the Moon. Weather permitting, the space station should be easily seen using just the naked eye. Even if numerous clouds are present, the station is now so bright that she can be dramatic between clouds, or behind light cloud.

ISS will rise between the WNW and the northwest about 10:11 pm EDT, moving up and slightly to the left. About 4 minutes later, very high in the southwest, she will culminate at about 68 degrees over azimuth 219. About 2 seconds later, ISS will pass about 1 degree above the very bright star, Arcturus, alpha Bootis. About 42 seconds later, she will pass about 20 degrees above the Moon in the SSE, being about 47 degrees altitude above azimuth 157 degrees. About 14 seconds later, ISS will disappear into the shadow of the Earth, being about 40 degrees above 151 degrees. 

It is not possible to give the exact time of the passage, but there is an excellent chance that these times are within just a very few minutes of the actual flyover. 

ISS will appear as a bright moving point, perhaps similar in appearance to a distant airliner. Very distant, as she will come no closer than 279 miles, and will be moving 5 miles per second.
Credit is due to the Flight Dynamics Office of the Johnson Space Center for supplying data used in producing these indications of visibility.


NASA has a new RV!

Dragon, an unmanned delivery ship, successfully docked with the International Space Station 3 days ago.

What makes this baby unique? It’s designed to return unscathed and loaded with stuff for us Earthlings to ooh and aah over, a first for space deliveries. Until now, when our astronauts ordered a pizza, the ride ended up as space debris.

Pretty cool that we get to watch advances in space exploration on Youtube, somewhat blocked by a butt in khakis.