Re: Mars Science Laboratory launch

From: Jim Nash (jimedits@gmail.com)
Date: Sun Nov 27 2011 - 22:10:27 UTC

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    Is this the probe or the booster? If it's the probe, shouldn't it be moving
    left across the starfield?
    
    
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    On Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 4:50 PM, Paul Salanitri <paul.salanitri@gmail.com>wrote:
    
    > This video footage is a time-lapse taken from Brisbane, Australia of the
    > MSL booster stage venting shortly after separation.
    >
    > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA9U9TZZ4nc
    >
    > Notice a few satellites go past too.
    >
    > As far as I know, no-one else other than three observers in Brisbane
    > witnessed/recorded this.
    >
    > I was at the DSN in Tidbinbilla Canberra, and although the two dishes
    > successfully tracked MSL, it was completely clouded out at the best
    > observation time.
    >
    > Hopefully we should be able to reduce these observations.  Will post more
    > details as I have them.
    >
    > Paul S.
    >
    >
    > On Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 9:45 AM, Paul Salanitri <paul.salanitri@gmail.com
    > >wrote:
    >
    > > The Brisbane Planetarium curator was able to see the booster stage
    > venting
    > > early this morning (we were clouded out in the visible spectrum) more
    > > details soon!
    > >
    > > Paul S
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > On 27/11/2011, at 0:31, Tony Beresford <dberesford@adam.com.au> wrote:
    > >
    > > > At 11:05 PM 26/11/2011, you wrote:
    > > >> Hi All,
    > > >>
    > > >> I haven't been able to run the numbers (nor look at the spice
    > kernels),
    > > >> does anyone know if there will be a visible pass (post boost) over
    > > >> Canberra  (Tidbinbilla) of MSL
    > > >>
    > > >> Lat Long -35.40125 148.98343 Alt 650.79m
    > > > Paul, I ran this ephemeris on Thursday. It will probably line wrap.
    > > > What you might be able to see is the Centuar fuel dump
    > > > also jnown as the avoidance manouvre, after spacecraft ,
    > > > separation . Its a similar situation to the Cassini launch
    > > > where it was a naked eye event from Adelaide and central west of NSW.
    > > >
    > > > Tony Beresford
    > > >
    > > >
    > >
    > *******************************************************************************
    > > > Ephemeris / WWW_USER Wed Nov 23 16:52:52 2011 Pasadena, USA      /
    > > Horizons
    > > >
    > >
    > *******************************************************************************
    > > > Target body name: Mars Science Laboratory (-76)   {source: MONTE
    > > Difference Line Ta}
    > > > Center body name: Earth (399)                     {source: DE405}
    > > > Center-site name: (user defined site below)
    > > >
    > >
    > *******************************************************************************
    > > > Start time      : A.D. 2011-Nov-26 15:52:00.0000 UT
    > > > Stop  time      : A.D. 2011-Nov-26 18:00:00.0000 UT
    > > > Step-size       : 5 minutes
    > > >
    > >
    > *******************************************************************************
    > > > Target pole/equ : No model available
    > > > Target radii    : (unavailable)
    > > > Center geodetic : 149.166700,-35.350045,-0.001225
    > > {E-lon(deg),Lat(deg),Alt(km)}
    > > > Center cylindric: 149.166700,5208.05767,-3669.607
    > > {E-lon(deg),Dxy(km),Dz(km)}
    > > > Center pole/equ : High-precision EOP model        {East-longitude +}
    > > > Center radii    : 6378.1 x 6378.1 x 6356.8 km     {Equator, meridian,
    > > pole}
    > > > Target primary  : Earth                           {source: DE405+DE406}
    > > > Interfering body: MOON (Req= 1737.400) km         {source: DE405}
    > > > Deflecting body : Sun, EARTH                      {source: DE405}
    > > > Deflecting GMs  : 1.3271E+11, 3.9860E+05 km^3/s^2
    > > > Atmos refraction: YES (Earth refraction model)
    > > > RA format       : HMS
    > > > Time format     : CAL
    > > > RTS-only print  : NO
    > > > EOP file        : eop.111123.p120214
    > > > EOP coverage    : DATA-BASED 1962-JAN-20 TO 2011-NOV-23. PREDICTS->
    > > 2012-FEB-13
    > > > Units conversion: 1 AU= 149597870.691 km, c= 299792.458 km/s, 1 day=
    > > 86400.0 s
    > > > Table cut-offs 1: Elevation (  0.0deg=YES),Airmass (>38.000=NO),
    > > Daylight (YES)
    > > > Table cut-offs 2: Solar Elongation (  0.0,180.0=NO )
    > > >
    > >
    > ***********************************************************************************************
    > > > Date__(UT)__HR:MN     R.A.__(r-apparent)__DEC Azi_(r-appr)_Elev  APmag
    > >  S-brt            delta
    > > >
    > >
    > ***********************************************************************************************
    > > > $$SOE
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 15:52     00 21 17.51 -16 49 14.1 257.7386  11.9623   n.a.
    > > n.a. 5.9586522765E+03
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 15:57     02 07 45.92 -21 24 47.2 267.0322  34.8275   n.a.
    > > n.a. 6.4242497037E+03
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 16:02     03 28 38.10 -21 40 42.9 278.4357  50.3841   n.a.
    > > n.a. 7.6309493779E+03
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 16:07     04 22 35.38 -20 16 00.5 291.2356  59.2723   n.a.
    > > n.a. 9.2080308873E+03
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 16:12     04 58 43.05 -18 35 01.9 303.8724  63.8232   n.a.
    > > n.a. 1.0942501558E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 16:17     05 24 02.24 -17 02 14.6 314.8182  65.8705   n.a.
    > > n.a. 1.2735110640E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 16:22     05 42 39.35 -15 41 59.0 323.3964  66.5760   n.a.
    > > n.a. 1.4540895934E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 16:27  t  05 56 55.12 -14 33 21.3 329.7114  66.6032   n.a.
    > > n.a. 1.6339254145E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 16:32     06 08 12.83 -13 34 27.3 334.1863  66.3037   n.a.
    > > n.a. 1.8120804384E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 16:37     06 17 24.09 -12 43 28.8 337.2609  65.8559   n.a.
    > > n.a. 1.9881550780E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 16:42     06 25 02.34 -11 58 57.0 339.2916  65.3480   n.a.
    > > n.a. 2.1620167509E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 16:47     06 31 30.16 -11 19 41.2 340.5433  64.8224   n.a.
    > > n.a. 2.3336674465E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 16:52     06 37 03.28 -10 44 46.6 341.2080  64.2985   n.a.
    > > n.a. 2.5031764509E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 16:57     06 41 53.03 -10 13 29.7 341.4246  63.7838   n.a.
    > > n.a. 2.6706450944E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 17:02 A   06 46 07.77 -09 45 16.3 341.2948  63.2802   n.a.
    > > n.a. 2.8361879067E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 17:07 A   06 49 53.79 -09 19 39.0 340.8942  62.7864   n.a.
    > > n.a. 2.9999224709E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 17:12 A   06 53 15.96 -08 56 15.7 340.2800  62.3002   n.a.
    > > n.a. 3.1619640162E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 17:17 A   06 56 18.07 -08 34 48.3 339.4961  61.8185   n.a.
    > > n.a. 3.3224226415E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 17:22 A   06 59 03.14 -08 15 01.9 338.5770  61.3386   n.a.
    > > n.a. 3.4814020173E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 17:27 A   07 01 33.59 -07 56 44.3 337.5500  60.8575   n.a.
    > > n.a. 3.6389989215E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 17:32 A   07 03 51.40 -07 39 45.0 336.4372  60.3729   n.a.
    > > n.a. 3.7953032383E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 17:37 A   07 05 58.22 -07 23 55.2 335.2566  59.8825   n.a.
    > > n.a. 3.9503982076E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 17:42 N   07 07 55.39 -07 09 07.6 334.0230  59.3844   n.a.
    > > n.a. 4.1043608028E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 17:47 N   07 09 44.05 -06 55 15.7 332.7488  58.8770   n.a.
    > > n.a. 4.2572621622E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 17:52 N   07 11 25.18 -06 42 14.0 331.4444  58.3589   n.a.
    > > n.a. 4.4091680343E+04
    > > > 2011-Nov-26 17:57 N   07 12 59.58 -06 29 57.7 330.1185  57.8291   n.a.
    > > n.a. 4.5601392127E+04
    > > > $$EOE
    > > >
    > >
    > ***********************************************************************************************
    > > > Column meaning:
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