* Posts by Chris65

4 posts • joined 2 Oct 2009

NASA's nuclear Mars tank prepares for high pucker-factor landing

Chris65

Re: Updating parameters during the landing

According to this cnet article (http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57481962-76/curiosity-rover-drives-$2.5b-make-or-break-mars-mission/) the distance to mars at the time of curiosity's descent is 154 million miles yielding a round trip time of 27.6 minutes.

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The Doctor Who Experience

Chris65

Theme tune remix

can be done here ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/news/radiophonatron.shtml )and doesn't cost 65 quid.

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Spitzer 'scope spots Buckyballs in spaaace

Chris65

About time

Back in 1989 I accompanied a colleague from UCL to Mt Stromolo and observed a bunch of cool carbon stars using the 74" telescope looking for C60. Turned out we were looking in the wrong part of the spectrum so nice to know it's been found at last.

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Pluto still a planet, says Ronald McDonald

Chris65

Illinois not alone

New Mexico also declared Pluto to be a planet while overhead:

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.nl.html?pid=23558

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