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November 2012
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Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight
Citizen Scientists Analyse Radio Telescope Signals

The project theSkyNet invites citizen scientists to contribute to astronomical research by allowing their computers to analyze radio telescope data collected from signals from around the universe. The analysis runs as a background process and so is mostly invisible to anyone using the computer. The project is run by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Australia.

This report - Once in a lifetime experience for theSkyNet citizen scientist - from ICRAR tells about a participant in theSkyNet who was rewarded for his top contribution of computer time with a trip to the West Australian outback to visit the future site of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope.

Find more about the project at theSkyNet - a citizen science radio astronomy project - Space For All/The HobbySpace Log.

Citizen Scientists Classify Stars

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) (see earlier post) is sponsoring a citizen science project called SCOPE (Stellar Classification Online Public Exploration)

Are all stars like the Sun? The answer to this basic question has driven the field of astronomy and astrophysics for nearly 100 years. Explore the answer here by observing stars and comparing their features to those of the Sun - by classifying stars. Your participation will be a major contribution, observing stars never before classified. You can be the very first person to measure the temperature of a star never before measured! This is discovery in the purest sense of the word.
To participate go to the Take Part Page.
Space Art Spotlight

Our Place on Marsby Bill Hartmann
Our place on Mars

Clearing Out the Solar Nebula: The First Planetesimals by Bill Hartmann
Clearing Out the Solar Nebula: The First Planetesimals

Homage to Classic Science Fiction of 1950s by Bill Hartmann
Homage to Classic Science Fiction of 1950s

Our Place on Marsby Bill Hartmann
Launch of Mars Observer

Exploring a Lunar Crater  by Bill Hartmann
Exploring a Lunar Crater

William K. Hartmann
More space art...
Space News from Virtual Amanda Bush

Virtual presenter Amanda Bush returns to report on the recent SpaceX Dragon cargo delivery mission to the ISS and on the short hover flight of the SpaceX Grasshopper reusable first stage prototype. She concludes with a brief update on the Curiosity rover's latest activities:


Other Virtual SpaceTV 3D shows are available on the HobbySpace Youtube Channel.

These videos are intended as demonstrations of an experimental technique for generating animated presentations. The show was generated autonomously by software according to a text script. The project is described in the Virtual Producer whitepaper (pdf). For further information contact

Here are the preceding two shows in the Virtual SpaceTV 3D series:

Episode III: Interstellar travel based on future technologies
Episode II: Interstellar travel with existing technologies
Space Music Video of the Month
It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Dragon for Cargo Delivery to the ISS

Last May SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon capsule on top. The Dragon went on to a sucessful docking with the ISS, followed a few days later by a return to earth with a sea landing off the coast of California. That flight was a test of the Falcon 9/Dragon cargo delivery service for NASA. SpaceX has a contract with NASA to provide 12 cargo delivery flights over the next few years. The first such regular cargo deliver mission began on October 7th when a Falcon 9 lifted off from Cape Canaveral.

The launch of the Falcon 9/Dragon on Oct.7, 2012 from Cape Canaveral
Credits SpaceX.

One of the nine engines on the first stage failed early in the flight but the redundancy of the system allowed for the Dragon to reach its proper orbit nevertheless. (A secondary prototype satellite from Orbcomm, however, could not be put into its target orbit.)

A couple of days later Dragon made a successful rendezvous and approach to the ISS. Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide then used the station's Canadian-built robotic arm to grab the Dragon. Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams later carried out the berthing, i.e. attaching, of the Dragon to the station.


Here is an update (Oct. 22, 2012) from SpaceX on the Dragon's stay at the ISS.


Check for the latest in leading edge rocket and space travel projects on the
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Satellite Tracking at HobbySpace

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Run the Satellite Tracking Tool from BINARY SPACE right here at HobbySpace in your browser. The program allows you to track a large set of satellites in both low earth and geostationary orbits. (Note: the program requires Microsoft Silverlight, Version 5 or higher, as well as the latest version of your browser. Currently the program works on the Microsoft® Windows® platform only.) The Satellite Observing section provides additional information and web resources about the hobby of satellite tracking and watching.
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