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December 2012
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Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight

Citizen Scientists Hunt Star Clusters

The Andromeda Project is the latest citizen science opportunity in the Zooniverse panoply of such projects: Andromeda wants you: Astronomers ask public to find star clusters in Hubble images.

In this project, participants will look for star clusters in images of the Andromeda Galaxy taken by the Hubble telescope. Once identified, the age of a cluster can be determined fairly easily. Obtaining a large sample of such clusters will then help greatly in understanding the evolution of the development of the galaxy.

The images come from the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury, an

ongoing, four-year Hubble Space Telescope (HST) project [that] will map one-third of Andomeda's spiral disk at six wavelengths ranging from the near-infrared to the ultraviolet (Dalcanton+ 2012). The HST images have exquisite resolution, allowing PHAT to reveal more than 100 million stars by the time the survey is complete. This beautiful data set is the heart of the Andromeda Project.

To participate go to the

Space Art Spotlight

Orion Nebula M42 by Lucy West
Orion Nebula M42

Endeavour by Lucy West

Dancing with Fate by Lucy West
Dancing with Fate

International Space Station by Lucy West
International Space Station

M101 Pinwheel Galaxy by Lucy West
M101 Pinwheel Galaxy

Lucy West
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

Golden Spike Aims to Connect Earth and Moon

The company Golden Spike plans to offer human missions to the Moon. They believe that by 2020 they can begin to send two person missions to the Moon using launch vehicles like the existing Atlas 5 and the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, which is expected to fly for the first time in late 2013. The company is led by Alan Stern, who once led NASA's science division and is currently chief scientist of the New Horizon mission to Pluto, and Gerry Griffin, a top manager and flight director at NASA during the Apollo program. A number of other highly credible people are involved either directly with the firm or as advisors.


Unfortunately, the firm does not have any billionaire backers, though it could use some. It needs to raise about 2.5 billion dollars to develop a lunar lander and other systems and another 4 to 5 billion dollars to carry out four test flights. They believe they can then sell two person missions for $1.5 billion each. Their target market is primarily medium size developed countries, such as South Korea and Taiwan, that would like to see their own scientiss walking on and studying the Moon.

The paper French, et al. Architecture Paper in AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets describes the hardware and the operations of their lunar missions.


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

Tutorial videos
Satellite tracks
Satellite track display

3-D viewing option
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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November 12 - January 13

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