Cover of LIFE magazine dated 11-18-1957 w. log
featuring picture of scientist Wernher von Braun
w. model of moon rocket he designed.
Date taken: November 18, 1957
Photographer: Ralph Crane
pioneering rocket scientist > Yvonne Brill
in the early 1970s
(she) invented a propulsion system
to help keep
from slipping out of their orbits
rocket scientist > Robert Collins Truax 1917-2010
German engineer Werner von Braun 1912-1977
(...) a key developer of the Nazis' V2 missile,
later recruited during the cold war
to help the US win the space race.
countdown to launch
at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
postpone / scrub USA
launchpad / launch pad USA
blast off / blast-off / blastoff UK / USA
blast off from + N
lift off / liftoff USA
take off / take-off
land / touch down USA
touch down on N
the craft's parachutes
the planet's surface
250-million-mile journey to Mars
geostationary weather satellites USA
satellites > ESA > TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument (TROPOMI)
(it) can measure the methane
in any 12-square-mile block of the atmosphere,
day by day.
The Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2,
was launched in 2018
as part of NASA’s
Earth Observing System.
It replaced a satellite
that had provided data
from 2003 to 2009.
uses a laser altimeter,
which fires pulses of photons
split into six beams
toward the Earth’s surface
300 miles below.
Of the trillions of photons in each pulse,
only a handful of reflected ones
are detected back at the satellite.
Extremely precise measurement
of these photons’ travel times
provides surface elevation data
that is accurate to within a few inches.
“It’s not like any instrument
that we’ve had in space before,”
said another of the authors,
Alex S. Gardner,
a glaciologist at NASA’s
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
in Pasadena, Calif.
The resolution is so high
that it can detect rifts
and other small features of the ice surface,
communication satellites USA
are taking on a big-time role
in space exploration.
CubeSats are small,
only about twice the size
of a Rubik's Cube.
As the name suggests,
4 inches on each side,
and weigh in at about 3 pounds.
But with the miniaturization
it's become possible
to pack a sophisticated mission
into a tiny package.
CubeSats have been around
space market > small satellites USA
dead satellite USA
space junk USA
wayward satellites USA
fall to Earth USA
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik,
the first man-made satellite USA Oct. 4, 1957
Global Positioning System GPS
Corpus of news articles
Space > Rockets, satellites, spacecraft
April 27, 1962
On This Day
From The Times archive
The first British satellite was launched
by an American rocket to measure
the intensity of the Sun's
radiation and cosmic rays
BRITAIN’S first satellite, the UK 1 was
successfully launched into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida, today by an
American Delta rocket. Two hours after it was launched scientists at Cape
Canaveral confirmed that telemetry was being received from the spacecraft which
was apparently in orbit.
Day - April 27, 1962,
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