Miscellaneous notes

From: George Olshevsky (george.olshevsky@gmail.com)
Date: Sun Nov 11 2007 - 18:36:07 UTC

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    Today's New York Times carries a lengthy article on the US reconsat program:
    
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/11/washington/11satellite.html?ref=science#step1
    
    I must say I'm not too thrilled with the way the NYT uses every
    opportunity to disparage the government, particularly the space
    program. A few days ago it headlined how NASA was "scrambling" to fix
    the broken solar panel on the ISS. Why not use the word "mobilizing"?
    The word "scrambling" carries an I believe unwarranted subtle message
    of incompetence, as in the expression "mad scramble." Add up thousands
    of these kinds of subtle, subliminal digs every day and it must surely
    affect the psychology of the readership.
    
    
    San Diego has recently been plagued with evening clouds, but things
    cleared up a bit last night and a friend and I went out to find Comet
    Holmes. Sure enough, there it was. It showed up quite nicely in 11x80
    binoculars, about half the size of the moon. My pal could easily see
    it without the binoculars but I could not make it out--the sky is
    pretty bright in the city and my eyesight is not what it used to be.
    
    
    I wonder which of the two new ISS debris pieces is the pliers that
    Scott Parazynski let go on his panel-repair spacewalk.
    
    
    Finally, I note the current absence of 2007-054 from SpaceTrack's
    SatCat. Guess this is because the launch is classified. I expect three
    objects: the Delta 4 2nd stage (in an LEO), the Delta 4 3rd stage (in
    a HEO transfer orbit), and the DSP spacecraft (in HEO).
    
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