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Stardust nears end of epic journey

  1. Jan 4, 2006 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.uwnews.org/article.asp?articleID=21550
     
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  3. Jan 9, 2006 #2

    LURCH

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    It will be 4:30 Sunday Morning here in Michigan when the live NASA webcast begins. I'll be up and watching!
     
  4. Jan 14, 2006 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    Re-entry is supposed to be visible in some areas along the west coast.
     
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  5. Jan 14, 2006 #4

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    Yeah, I emailed that to a friend of mine in OR, but (suprise, suprise!) the forecast is for thick solid overcast all night.
     
  6. Jan 14, 2006 #5

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    Right now, in Oregon, there is something strange going on outside... A bright yellow thing has appeared in the sky. The sky which normally is gray with shades of black is now showing patches of blue.... Is this the end of the earth? can anybody explain what I am seeing?


    I doubt this break in the overcast will last long or be significant enough to catch the reentry which must be after midnight tonight.
     
  7. Jan 15, 2006 #6

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    Something strange happened here in San Francisco too. The rain clouds went away and the sky turned black! And it is full of lights, hundreds of them.

    From here Stardust should pass next to the Polaris at 1:58 local time. The sky is completely clear. Let's hope it stays that way until 2am. Then I can post a picture.
     
  8. Jan 15, 2006 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    Does everyone have their pocket protectors and popcorn?
     
  9. Jan 15, 2006 #8

    tony873004

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    I saw nothing.

    The San Francisco sky was 100% clear. I'm pretty sure I was looking in the right place at the right time.

    I've seen 2 shuttles re-enter, and it's a bright, obvious thing that would catch your eye if you weren't looking for it. But I guess the Stardust probe is very small.
     
  10. Jan 15, 2006 #9

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    I'm in Berkeley I saw nothing, too. I thought I was just looking in the wrong place!
     
  11. Jan 15, 2006 #10

    Ivan Seeking

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    It was cloudy here, but I noticed that by the time I looked it had already nearly passed. The time frame was very narrow. I realized that I was still looking through a hole in the clouds when it was almost over Utah.

    This was the fastest man-made object to ever enter the atmosphere - about 28,000 mph.

    Ah, it looks like they found it... waiting... waiting...

    I keep thinking how funny it would be if they lost it in Utah...

    waiting... okay, they found it. YAY!!!
     
  12. Jan 15, 2006 #11

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    I wanna see one of these things come down. You can see it with the naked eye right ?
     
  13. Jan 15, 2006 #12

    Ivan Seeking

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    oh wait... it's just the chute...

    the suspense is killing me! :biggrin:
     
  14. Jan 15, 2006 #13

    Ivan Seeking

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    You were in a great spot to see this one. Yes, it was supposed to be visible.
     
  15. Jan 15, 2006 #14

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    We have overcast here :(
     
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    Yesterday I saw Brownlee's press conference for the Stardust NASA mission on one of our public use cable TV channels. All pretty fascinating space material a lot of scientists are eager to analyze. I just recently read Brownlee's well received book of a year or three ago, "Rare Earth". (highly recommended) So can imagine what all that means to that astrobiology community.

    ...David
     
  18. Jan 19, 2006 #17

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    Whoot! Good sample return! Saw the pics at Space.com, you can plainly see the impact sights.
     
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