Early Sunday morning, United Launch Alliance sent the US spysat NROL-42 into orbit with an Atlas V rocket blasting off from Vandenberg AFB in California. Here is a nice photo taken during the launch by Anthony Galván III:
Here is a ULA video with highlights of the preparations for the mission and of the launch:
[Tommy Shaw]’s cosmos-themed language reflects the story line that he and producer Will Evankovich created for The Mission. It takes place in 2033 and deals with the first manned mission to Mars via Khedive, a nuclear-powered spaceship, underwritten by the Global Space Exploration Program (GSEP). The three singing members of Styx — Shaw, James “JY” Young and Lawrence Gowan — play the roles of the Pilot, First Officer and the Engineer, and the other three — Chuck Panozzo, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips — serves as the ship’s crew.
“The Mission is one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to be a part of something unique and special that’s happening in real time right in front of you,” Evankovich said of working on the project, which took two years to record. “It is one of those albums that musically and cosmically showed you the next right thing to do every step of the way. I will forever be grateful and proud of what we did in this body of art.”
As Panozzo said, “The Mission is a sincere and honest representation of how Styx built upon where we were in the 20th century in order to go somewhere new in the 21st century.”
Here is an interview with Styx’s Tommy Shaw about the album:
The Mission Juno spacecraft recently completed its 8th low pass over the clouds of Jupiter. Images from Perijove 08 can be found on the JunoCam site, including images that have been enhanced by amateur astro-imaging whizzes.
This video of enhanced imagery from the 8th pass displayed with a musical soundtrack is quite spectacular:
Here is a more interpretive approach to Juno’s data:
A multimedia project based on an image of Jupiter I processed that was captured by Juno spacecraft. Illustration, animation and special effects by Rachel Richards. Music composed and performed by Rachel Richards.
A Perijove 08 image “Heavily processed via Photoshop” by RichDaMann: