(Mar 31, 2009) -- On March 25, a group from AMSAT-DL bounced radio signals off the surface of Venus, marking the first time Amateur Radio operators have bounced radio signals off another planet. According to AMSAT-DL President Peter Guelzow, DB2OS, the Earth-Venus-Earth (EVE) transmission is another step in preparing for a mission to Mars. According to an AMSAT-DL press release, the team's transmitter was generating about 6 kW CW on 2.4 GHz.
American billionaire Charles Simonyi is gearing up for his second trip to space as a paying civilian.
Set to launch Thursday at 7:49 a.m. EDT (1149 GMT) on a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Simonyi will become the first two-time space tourist. He is to ride along with the International Space Station (ISS)'s new Expedition 19 crewmembers, NASA astronaut Michael Barratt and Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka.
Simonyi paid about $35 million to the Russian Federal Space Agency, through the U.S. firm Space Adventures, for his 13-day trip to the orbiting laboratory. He plans to conduct scientific experiments, take pictures of Earth and talk to students around the world via HAM Radio. He said he hopes to accomplish even more than he did during his first trip in 2007.
NASA has a variety of resources available for Spanish-speaking media interested in covering the ongoing space shuttle mission. The shuttle crew includes Puerto Rican astronaut Joseph Acaba, a former teacher who is now a fully-trained spacewalker.
For Spanish versions of status reports about the STS-119 mission to the International Space Station, visit:
For biographical information about current and former Hispanic astronauts, visit:
Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, will be attending the 2009 ARRL National Convention - hosted by the Dayton HamventionÂ® -- as a special guest of the ARRL and AMSAT. Garriott, who took off for the International Space Station (ISS) on October 12, became the sixth private citizen to fly with the Russian Federal Space Agency (RKA) for a short-term mission on the International Space Station (ISS). Not two hours after he arrived on the ISS on October 14, Garriott was making ham radio contacts, just as his father, Owen Garriott, W5LFL -- the first ham to make QSOs from space -- did in 1983 while aboard the space shuttle Columbia on STS-9. Both Richard and Owen are ARRL members.
(from space.com, By Becky Iannotta and Tariq Malik)
WASHINGTON - Iridium Satellite LLC confirmed today that one of its satellites was destroyed Tuesday in an unprecedented collision with a spent Russian satellite and that the incident could result in limited disruptions of service.
According to an e-mail alert issued by NASA today, Russia's Cosmos 2251 satellite slammed into the Iridium craft at 11:55 a.m. EST (0455 GMT) over Siberia at an altitude of 490 miles (790 km). The incident was observed by the U.S. Defense Department's Space Surveillance Network, which later was tracking two large clouds of debris.
We'll take satellite technology for the sheer fun of it! Let's do things backwards -- retrograde, as they say down at Kennedy Space Center -- as the questions become the answers. Or are they still questions and the answers are the questions? Confounding, isn't it? Not as confounding as the quiz, though. Ready? 10, 9, 8...
a) Closest approach of a satellite to Earth
b) Farthest distance of a satellite from Earth
c) Average distance of a satellite from Earth
d) A failed launch
a) Orientation of orbit with respect to Earth's orbit
b) Angle between the satellite and the Sun
A little bit of the final frontier is coming to Missouri during a live in-flight education downlink from the International Space Station. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 10:05 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. CST, selected students from the Northeast Nodaway school district and Northwest Missouri State University will spend 20 minutes talking to Expedition 18 astronauts Mike Fincke and Sandy Magnus aboard the International Space Station. The event will be the first with a Missouri school in the eight-year history of education downlink opportunities.
Northeast Nodaway students have been preparing for the downlink by visiting the NASA Web site to learn about the station, Expedition 18 crewmembers, mission objectives and science experiments. The school is part of the NASA Explorer School project. The project offers a three-year partnership between NASA and school teams, consisting of teachers and education administrators from diverse communities across the country. Focusing on underserved populations, the project is designed for education communities at the fourth to ninth grade levels to help middle schools improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education
NASA's twin STEREO spacecraft are giving astronomers an over-the-horizon look at the 'dark side' of the Sun. This new perspective could lead to important advances in space weather forecasting and solar physics research.
St. Cyr notes that experienced ham radio operators can participate in this historic mission by helping NASA capture STEREO's images. The busy Deep Space Network downloads data from STEREO only three hours a day. That's plenty of time to capture all of the previous day's data, but NASA would like to monitor the transmissions around the clock.
"So we're putting together a 'mini-Deep Space Network' to stay in constant contact with STEREO," says Bill Thompson, director of the STEREO Science Center at Goddard.
WASHINGTON -- NASA astronauts who recently returned from a trip to the International Space Station will join representatives from across the country and the nation's armed forces in the 56th Inaugural Parade.
The NASA contingent will include a next-generation lunar rover that astronauts will use for future exploration of the moon. The parade will travel down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on Jan. 20 following swearing-in ceremonies for President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden. Many of the participating astronauts -- Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Eric Boe, mission specialists Donald Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Shane Kimbrough and Greg Chamitoff -- flew on space shuttle Endeavour in November 2008 on the STS-126 mission.
The company planning to take tourists into space, Virgin Galactic, and the State of New Mexico announced today that they have signed a 20-year lease agreement - a deal worth an estimated $150 million to $250 million which firmly plants the spaceline operator's world headquarters in New Mexico to make use of Spaceport America.
The inland Spaceport America is billed as the nation's first purposely built commercial spaceport.
Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic firm will make use of the WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipTwo launch system - now under development at Scaled Composites in Mojave, California - to loft paying customers at $200,000 a seat on suborbital treks departing from Spaceport America.