Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sorry around the Sound

One hundred three at SeaTac today? That's more than uncomfortable, it's "excessive heat." Hard to think that I have nothing to complain about when suffering under temps in the eighties, dew points well past seventy, and sticky everything.

Seattle's all-time record high. Wonder when -- in this extreme-weather-event century -- that'll be broken. Meanwhile, sorry to all the wilters out there.

And be sure to get that heat cleared out well before the twelfth so my visit isn't stifled!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

AO-51 Apollo 11 Special Event

Frustratingly unclear image for a 70-degree pass, which I am attributing at least partially to the Arrow antenna, though perhaps unfairly. It's identifiable, though, and audio reception was decent.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Moon Landing

I was awakened to watch it. Age 10. Groggy memories. Wood cabinet black and white, northeast corner of the living room, from the sofa, surrounded by palpable attentiveness.

Borrowing from NASA and encountering other lunar tidbits.

This graphic shows the approximate locations of the Apollo moon landing sites.
Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

NPR story

Commentary on story

Hoax and Futurama

AMSAT Special Transmission
July 20 AMSAT-NA will mark the 40th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing with a special event on AO-51. AO-51 will transmit a message commemorating the event Monday, July 20 during evening passes in the U.S. and Europe. The message will be transmitted on the 435.300 MHz FM downlink and will contain a Robot 36 SSTV image as well as a voice message.