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NanoSail-D mission set to launch from Alaska
punkboi
post Jan 21 2011, 05:40 AM
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"NanoSail-D has sent data that it deployed the sail. Will wait until tomorrow morning for ground based tracking to confirm. Patience ....."

http://twitter.com/#!/NanoSailD/status/28323308424396801


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post Jan 21 2011, 07:01 AM
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Actually heard the beacon about 2 hrs earlier from the roof of Bldg 264 on lab with my Yaesu 817 and an arrow antenna. Can't wait to see it in an evening pass soon - should be nice and bright!
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post Jan 21 2011, 09:34 AM
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I was wondering if you were successful...congrats, I owe you beer! wink.gif

General question: Does anyone have a link to a current ephemeris for N-D? If it is bright, this should provide an excellent opportunity for amateur visual observers to track its progress & contribute to the mission's objectives (and for casual observers like me to get a peek...attention outreachers!!!)


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post Jan 21 2011, 09:40 AM
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Nick, go to http://www.heavens-above.com enter your location (from the database, or manually) and away you go... smile.gif Good for shuttle, ISS, Hubble and many other sats, too...


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post Jan 21 2011, 03:25 PM
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Thanks for that Stu. I was using other less friendly sites.


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post Jan 21 2011, 04:05 PM
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You can also use http://www.n2yo.com/passes/?s=90027
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post Jan 21 2011, 08:51 PM
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"Breaking news! - I have been officially confirmed! Yes, I deployed! http://bit.ly/fbiyZM Much more to come ... stay tuned."

http://twitter.com/#!/NanoSailD/status/28554401861861376

"Now I can say it. Sailing, sailing over the big blue sky. Hope someone sees me before I fry."

http://twitter.com/#!/NanoSailD/status/28562304014491648

Finally... cool.gif


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post Mar 2 2011, 12:27 PM
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I tried to see Nano-Sail-D it last night on its overflight of the New York City area, but didn't see it.
Anyone sight it recently? There are a number of photos at spaceweather.com

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