This is Real Art was commissioned in 2009 by the satellite operator SES- Astra to document the build of a new bird, the Astra 3B, at their factory in France and its subsequent launch. Collaborating with photographer Simon Norfolk, they’ve produced a stunning series of photographs, a brochure and seven documentaries that show the commerical side of space.
If you want to go on the same journey as they did in producing the material, the best way is to follow their blog articles to the finished products.
Rocket Science (initial announcement)
More Factory Visit (best photos are here)
Astra Documentary Films
Those of us in the UK of a certain age will no doubt recognise the film narrator Johnny Ball, who presented the science television programmes on the BBC when we were younger.
Photos copyright SES Astra, This Is Real Art & Simon Norfolk.
I will be updating this Blog post throughout the day. This is an exciting day for science and space buff’s Phoenix begins it landing sequence a short time from now…
Discovery will be doing live coverage and NASA TV will be streaming as well. I have been watching the press coverage this morning and all systems are go for landing.
26 Pyro Events and a huge number of Mechanical events have to happen in the 7 minutes of terror during the de-orbit burn and landing. High risk for sure and hopefully all the CAD’s blow and the software does not crash during the landing..
- 1830 EST Nasa TV is Live!
- 1916 Propulsion Tank Pressurized
- 1939 Cruise Stage Seperation
- 1941 Turning for Entry
- Phooenix has Switched to high rate data communications
- 1946 Entry into the Atmosphere 7 Minutes to Landing
- 1949 Parachute Deployment
- This was a huge check point
- 1950 Heat Shield Seperation
- 1952 Lander Seperation
- 1953 Landing Awaiting word on Phoenix
Phoenix is on Mars and things so far look Really Good!!!
The lander is sitting flat, tanks are venting, next step we are waiting solar array deployment. Once the solar arrays deploy then phoenix will reach another major milestone.
Well as a post note the lander is in great shape and science collection will now commence on this 90 day mission. Unlike the rovers though this team has to work fast. As soon as winter comes the Phoenix is doomed as carbon dioxide ice a foot thick will shroud the lander.
NASA is a GO! Launch goes down in about 9 minutes will update as the launch proceeds.
What a launch it was simply amazing with the Shuttle lighting up the evening sky in Florida with a clean separation of the solid rocket boosters.
From my perspective looked like a very good launch now we will have to see what the tapes show. Here is some eye candy for you.
NASA wants to launch the upcoming mission to the ISS at night while the risk are higher they benefits are a wider launch window and less pressure for NASA. [USA Today]
The Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) could be in deep trouble. NASA has in essence lost contact with the spacecraft. With the spacecraft having been in orbit for nearly 9 years it has outlived it’s mission expectancy. NASA will be working hard to re-establish contact but sadly the spacecraft could be lost. [New Scientist]
Well the folks at NASA/JPL are faced with a dilemma, that may spell the demise of the Opportunity Rover. They are trying to determine how they should drive the Rover into the Victoria Crater but they are not necessarily worried about driving out. Thus the Opportunity Rover could very well be on a one way ticket into a crater to collect science. [BBC]
Those of you that have listened to my Podcast know about the two UFO sightings that I have had, that based upon my interpretation where the real deal. Every once in a while a UFO headline or video catches my eye. Thought some of you may enjoy this one that has surfaced on YouTube. The audio is really bad but listen pretty close to the commentary and let me know what you think. [YouTube]
This is very good news for the science community I firmly believe that NASA has made the correct choice here. [ABC]