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Russian space systems holding (RCS, part of the Roscosmos state Corporation) continues to publish unique historical documents from 1972 that reveal previously unknown details of the history of space exploration.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

Unlikely in 1930, when the world learned of the existence of Pluto, someone could believe that someday people will be able to find there their last resting place. However, this can happen very soon. NASA space ship with the remains of Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto, had almost reached the destination. The journey of the ship lasts for more than 9 years. Soon NASA promises to publish the first pictures from the distant dwarf planet, the study of which may help answer many questions about the origin of the entire Solar system.

kosmicheskiy the NASA New Horizons spacecraft has begun to explore Pluto. The aircraft approached the icy dwarf so much that this week the staff of the American space Agency promise to show him the first Pictures. The input apparatus into the atmosphere of the dwarf planet is scheduled for July 2015.

Note that the distance to Pluto is 30 times more than from the earth to the Sun, and the spacecraft New Horizons was launched back in early 2006. On his way the machine New Horizons flew past Jupiter and Saturn, in the literal sense, rebounding from their orbits, which gave the ship a significant acceleration. Up to this point most distant mission was considered an American Kosmicheskaya flight of Voyager, which in 1980 had reached Saturn. Continue reading

NASA scientists have discovered the Solar system’s tail

NASA scientists have discovered the Solar system’s tail, like a comet “Tail” of the Solar system, consisting of a flow outgoing from the Sun fast-moving charged particles, shaped like a four-leaf clover. The length of the plume is still unknown. The Solar system turned out to be the tail, NASA

American scientists have found that the Sun moves in space, leaving behind a tail like a comet .

These unique data obtained by the NASA experts. the guiding mission of the IBEX spacecraft, ejected into orbit five years ago.

The probe instrument helped astronomers to see two streams of charged particles coming from the poles of the Sun. Two more flow out on the sides of the star, so her tail resembles a four-leaf clover, NASA said.

Previously, the tailings were observed in some stars, but the fact that it has and our Central luminary, became for scientists a complete surprise. As far as the long tail of the Solar system, astrophysicists still can not say. Continue reading

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