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UMSF space history photo of the month
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post Mar 8 2010, 04:51 PM
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45 years ago: UMSF avant la lettre: A photo of Mars taken by Mariner IV during it's July 1965 flyby of the red planet is colored with pencils according to the gray-scale of the pixels. The 260 kg spacecraft was launched in November 1964, flew by Mars in July 1965 and last contact was established in December 1967...
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post Apr 1 2010, 02:04 PM
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Another early JPL photo, it looks like an "Easter egg" but can anyone identify the spacecraft?

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post Apr 1 2010, 05:39 PM
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Philip, it really looks like a Ranger Block III.
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QUOTE (PhilCo126 @ Apr 1 2010, 08:04 AM) *
Another early JPL photo, it looks like an "Easter egg" but can anyone identify the spacecraft?

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post Apr 1 2010, 06:48 PM
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I thought the same.

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post Apr 1 2010, 09:27 PM
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I immediately thought 'traffic cone... that's a bit Rangerish'
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post Apr 1 2010, 11:11 PM
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Hmm. Yeah, I see a Ranger antenna in the distant background, and IIRC Ranger & the Mariners used a similar bus. I'm gonna be a heretic & narrow it down to Mariner 5, 6, or 7...think I see something like cameras, so, what the hell: Mariner 6?


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post Apr 2 2010, 04:28 PM
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No... cuz Mariners 6 and 7 didn't have that unique 'traffic cone' structure to house the cameras and antenna.

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post Apr 17 2010, 10:54 AM
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From JPL's Beacon: "image processing" 40 years ago... Mariner Mars 1971 Photo Mosaic


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post Aug 8 2010, 08:35 AM
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Exactly 30 years ago the Russians readied the 5700 kg Luna 16 spacecraft for launch by a Proton rocket.
In September of 1970, Luna 16 achieved the first successful unmanned sample return from the Moon.
The spacecraft had a deployable arm with a 0.90 m drill appendage, which percussioned the lunar surface and then lifted up into the open hatch of the 40 kg return capsule, which sat ontop the 520 kg ascent stage. This was a huge spacecraft!


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post Aug 9 2010, 09:45 AM
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QUOTE (Lunik9 @ Aug 8 2010, 04:35 PM) *
Exactly 30 years ago....


How time flies - I think you mean 40 years ago! Wow.
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post Sep 2 2010, 03:44 PM
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Indeed 40 years ago !!!!
In September 1970 Soviet-Russian Luna 16 performed the first unmanned sample return.
All that remained from the 5700 kg spacecraft was a 0.50 m re-entry capsule of 39 kg which brought about 100 grams of lunar material back to Earth. I've included a seldom seen color photo of this remarkable spacecraft:


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post Oct 1 2010, 03:39 PM
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Artist's impression by Dutch space artist Ed Hengeveld:
On the 17th October 2010, the 478 kg New Horizons spacecraft will be half-way to Pluto-Charon, at least in terms of travel time.
In half a decade, astronomers worldwide will be looking at Trans-Neptunian Objects and might come up with an answer why the Edgeworth-Kuiper belt has such a sharp outer edge at 50 Astronomical Units from our Sun...


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post Oct 31 2010, 01:53 PM
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25 years ago, the Russian Intercosmos council and ESA agreed to participate in a Russian-led mission to Phobos, the largest moon of the planet Mars. NASA agreed to cooperate with the DSN tracking stations.
Phobos 1: Launch : 7th July 1988 - Contact lost: 2nd September 1988
Phobos 2: Launch : 12th July 1988 - Mars orbit : 29th January 1989 - Contact lost: 27th March 1989

Next year, a new Russian Phobos-Grunt mission (proposed in 1992) is planned to launch from Kazakhstan to the red planet in order to land on Phobos and bring back samples to Earth!


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post Nov 1 2010, 01:17 PM
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huh.gif To bad it has taken so long to return.
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resurrecting this old thread: a nice image of the Pioneer 5 post-launch press conference I recently found in an old Italian spaceflight magazine


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