February 2006 Issue Page One
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everyone. This month I would like to talk about “SuitSat-1”.
SuitSat-1 is a spacesuit-turned-satellite as described by NASA.
The suit is an ordinary Russian Orlan space suit, which has reached
the end of it’s lifespan. It
is carrying inside of it a radio transmitter along with sensors and
materials created by students (These materials include such things as
creative artwork, student signatures, class and group pictures, and logos
of schools or scout troops.) from all around the world.
The international space station has released it on a spacewalk the
The SuitSat-1 transmitted a voice recording of children speaking six different languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Japanese) that could easily be picked up by an ordinary VHF radio or a regular Ham radio. It was transmitted on Frequency 145.990 MHz FM. Using an external antenna would make it much easier to hear it longer during each pass. If you heard it, you could say you heard a voice from space, right? How would anyone believe you? Well, anyone who receives the voice signals or captures the commemorative picture Suitsat-1 beams down can receive a certificate. Students who find the special words (In the different languages) will receive an additional award.
So, if you think about it, amateur radio operators received the transmission and heard a voice of a child that was coming from a space suit that’s floating around the earths orbit. However, after two orbits of the earth it STOPPED transmitting. Perhaps it was caused by the batteries failing in the cold environment of space.
WELCOME YCAS NEW MEMBERS
YCAS is proud to welcome new members Jay Nelson, Patricia Nelson,Joseph Allulis. We look forward to seeing you at the YCAS meetings.
YCAS MOVIE NIGHT
Be sure to check out Matt Hollinger's YCAS movie night web page by going to YCAS schedule/movies.
The Lunarian Corner
One of the lessons learned from the Apollo lunar landings was that it is extremely difficult to find your way around on the moon. All of the astronauts had tremendous difficulty trying to judge distances and reconcile what they were seeing on the ground with the maps they had. Obviously we are going to have to come up with some better techniques for lunar navigation as we return to the moon in the (hopefully) near future. Maybe the
Mich-Whit team can give them a few pointers, or better yet, go up there and show them how to do it themselves.
Hi all you crazy star gazers. . There were about a dozen members present February 3rd, at the monthly meeting held at the observatory at Rudy Park. Todd Ullery gave a very nice presentation, complete with pictures on several celestial bodies including but not limited to Saturn, Gemini, Taurus and Orion. In below photo Todd Ullery points out storms on the planet Saturn.
Todd also brought us up to date on the state of the planetarium. It appears that the schools are considering selling the building where the planetarium is to the LIU (Lincoln Intermediate Unit) which makes our destiny as of now unknown at this point in time.
Brad gave a presentation on nebulae, clusters, etc. and challenged the membership to find different heavenly bodies, including Messier objects. I know this challenge will be put on hold for me until warmer weather comes around. I am truly a warm weather observer. But please don't let my cold bloodedness stop you from taking on the challenge right away. The winter skies are so much clearer that the "thick atmosphere" skies that come along with the summer.
We had two new members in attendance - a big welcome to Jay and Patricia Nelson and Joseph Allulis. Welcome to our new members and it was great to get to talk a bit with Jay and Joseph at the meeting.
An item that must be brought up is the state of membership dues. It was brought to our attention at the meeting that there are quite a number of members that have not sent in their dues. We really need this to happen as soon as possible. We need to update the current membership roster and I really prefer to do this once instead of deleting names that have not paid their dues just to have to put them back on the membership list a week or two later. So, if you have not paid your dues yet please do so by sending your dues in to Chris Small. Or go to the Join YCAS page and pay dues online. It might be a good idea to write that check and slip it into the envelope right now while you're thinking about it.
There's not much to tell you this month since it's too cold for bar-b-ques and the movie night was snowed out. I'm especially at a loss for words since I just wrote you all of you the first week of February.
I hope everyone enjoyed the snow we got this past weekend. Have a great Valentine's day. Well, my friends, it's time to say goodbye and keep your eyes on the skies.........cc