August 31, 2019

Meanwhile, At Stromboli

Erupting volcanoes are mercurial and as such are not the most advisable of tourist destination.



Pyroclastic flows can really take you by surprise. .

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August 27, 2019

Chandrayaan2

Remember that post a few months ago about the glaciers on Mercury?
Well India sure did!


"I'm absolutely confident that that post had zero impact on India's space program"

Shh!
Anyway, Chandrayaan2, India's second lunar probe, is set to land a rover near the lunar south pole on September 9. The main purpose of this mission is to do an extensive survey of the ice deposits which were confirmed by Chandrayaan1 via the straightforward method of shooting an impactor into Shackleton crater and noting that ice was blasted out of it.

Currently, the probe is surveying the possible landing sites in preparation for releasing the lander.

Unlike previous probes this one is intended to extensively study exactly what forms the ice is in so we may find out if there really are formations as unexpectedly spectacular as the glaciers on Mercury.


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August 26, 2019

Looking for Hohmann Transfer Tables

Some months ago, when I was otherwise obligated, I blundered into an online Hohmann orbit / travel time calculator for launch windows between all planets out to Jupiter (plus Ceres) out to IIRC 2050.

 I can't find it now and suspect it may only be available from academic institutions, but I was wondering if anyone has a link to something similar.


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