Stargazing

Kevin Farnell

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Just had a walk to the local Co-op and managed to see Jupiter and Saturn. Also, Mars is clearly visible in fairly close proximity to the moon (at around 5:30pm).
For anyone interested, there is an excellent free astronomy program called Stellarium and available from here -


It's available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

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Not many chances to see much of stars this way for weeks now due overcast. Location is south west.
 

Kevin Farnell

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I've watched several of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launches and it never fails to amaze me, when watching the first stage land on the 'drone ship'. The first one I watched had me thinking 'is this a simulation?'.
I also love the names given to the 'drone ships'. Two that I recall are 'Just Read the Instructions' and 'Of Course I Still Love You'.

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Kevin Farnell

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Just watched the landing of NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover live from NASA via the BBC. Looks to be a good landing. So much exciting science to come from this mission. A lot of jubilant NASA employees!
Sorry, I only caught this at the last minute, otherwise I would have posted a link.

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I see "Perseverance" has landed on Mars. You'd think after space exploration since 1958 NASA would be able to finally manage the odd colour photo or two of the landing.
 
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Kevin Farnell

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I see "Perseverance" has landed on Mars. You'd think after space exploration since 1958 NASA would be able to finally manage the odd colour photo or two of the landing.
Is this what you wanted Aviador?

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Credit NASA for the photo via BBC

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Kevin Farnell

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That is an amazing photo!
Apparently its taken from the rocket cradle that was used to lower the Perseverance Rover to the surface. The Rover is currently streaming a large amount of data back and NASA will release more photos in due course.

I can't wait to see the 'helicopter' in operation.

Kevin
 
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