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The triumph and death of the lunar Rover

The triumph and death of the lunar Rover

Russian space systems holding (RCS, part of the Roscosmos state Corporation) continues to publish unique historical documents from 1972 that reveal previously unknown details of the history of space exploration.

This “Russian Spring” reported in a press-service of the holding company “Russian space systems”.

Today, the company’s website published an electronic version of the 1972 document “radio Engineering complex of the automatic station” Luna-17 ” and ” Lunokhod-1 “(object E8 # 203)”, which discusses various aspects of the operation of the automatic station “Luna-17” and “Lunokhod-1”.

The document allows you to evaluate how the work was done on the errors that made it possible to conduct the next lunar mission almost perfectly.

Prepared more than 60 years ago by Soviet engineers, the document contains detailed information about the operation of onboard transmitters, antenna systems, telemetry systems, photographic equipment and small-frame television system of the lunar Rover, which became the “eyes” of its “drivers” on Earth.

In addition to its historical significance, the document is of interest from the point of view of understanding approaches to processing information obtained when using devices in real conditions. Continue reading

The order of the planets

Not so long ago such a statement would cause an uproar in any self-respecting astrophysicist and most likely, it ended in the usual enumeration of the several variants of the origin of our Solar system. Today, however, a number of researchers not only did not reject this version and think its main. What is the reason? We will try to understand.

It all started with sightings NASA space Observatory named “Kepler”. The satellite was launched in 2009, and in 2020 due to the loss of orientation in space failed. The Observatory was equipped with incredibly sensitive Photometer and specially designed to search for exoplanets, i.e. planets outside our Solar system like Earth. The ability of the apparatus to observe more than 100,000 stars at the same time very quickly gave the opportunity for scientists to get incredible data about other Solar systems.

In early 2010 the Observatory was discovered planetary system Kepler-33. The star Kepler-33, located in the constellation of Cygnus, was bigger than our Sun, and planets revolving around it, was very close to the parent star. Continue reading

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Alexander Laveikin: “Flights must go on”

In Moscow memorial Museum of cosmonautics in full swing preparing for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight. Open exhibitions, meetings with foreign delegations, conducted educational activities in schools. Deputy Director of the Museum of science, pilot-cosmonaut A. I. Laveikin took the time to answer the questions of the correspondent of the Russian geographical society.

– In Russia, 2011 was declared the year of cosmonautics. Half a century since Yuri Gagarin’s flight, many have given our country in terms of space exploration. Should we expect the same from the next fifty years?

Depends on what kind of development is involved. There are manned and unmanned space exploration. Unmanned space exploration – satellites, navigation, natural resources, meteorology, Photography of the Earth and the Universe. Today all this is extremely in demand and popular, so the direction will develop by leaps and bounds. As for manned space flight – here the question is more complicated. Continue reading

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