Many folks would like to see us back on the Moon and developing its resources.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Many things going on and I have been remiss in mentioning them.

In the military, it was, "No Excuse Sir."

There are two nations with satellites going around the Moon.
Having waited for years to see it happen, the days slip by without a word.

I hope you have signed up for some of the news letters and are watching
even if I am distracted.

While I was at NASA Ames we had missions to Venus and so had the Russians.
Now ESA has a spacecraft there and not much being said from these lips.

Interesting results from spacecraft and rovers at Mars and the evening
news isn't even turned on to see if they are in the news.
I have been helping with 5th and 6sth grade homework and putting up with
video games.

When I can sneak in some time, have been communicating with David
Robertson in England about building artificial neural networks using
LabVIEW as a programming language. Time flies and my LabVIEW software
was at version 7.1 and it is now at version 8.5 so playing with 30 days
evaluation down load.

The grandchildren wanted to spend some of their money at Toys R Us and
the kid in me bought a Lego Robot, Mindstorms NXT 8527. It uses LabVIEW
under its programming icons. Will I be able to build 'AMEE', probably
not. Still, thinking about what would be helpful if I was building a
Lunar Base Camp.

Here in the USA, Thanksgiving has come and gone. The stores are selling
Christmas Trees, and I'll turn 70 New Years Eve. Mom is 97. The days
are getting shorter.

Many of you are doing interesting things and a time to be excited. Just
not enough hours in the day.

Have a daughter in Iraq and her kids will be glad when she is home
safe. She lost three men in her platoon the other day. Nice that we
have the Internet and e-mail to communicate with but not the same as
being state side. Maybe those that go to a Lunar Colony or a Martian
Base will do better at getting along. Seems we should practice that in
the here and now.

Thanks for looking up with me.

Larry Kellogg

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Composition of 3-D Movies with Terrain Camera Images
November 28, 2007 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully demonstrated
production of stereo movies (3 dimensional movies) of the Moon surface
by using stereoscopic images obtained with the Terrain Camera (TC)
onboard KAGUYA on Nov. 3, 2007 (Japan Standard Time, JST). This
verification was performed as part of the initial check out of mission
instruments onboard "KAGUYA" (SELENE), which was injected into the
Moon's orbit at an altitude of about 100 km. These are the first 3-D
movies of the Moon including its polar areas with an aerial resolution
of 10 meters.
Anaglyph images*1 and movies were also produced.

*1: Anaglyph images are 3-D images viewed with red and blue 3-D glasses
Mission website:

SELenological and ENgineering Explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE)

*China's Lunar Mission* Sends Images of Moon To Earth
AHN - Nov 26, 2007
Beijing, *China* (AHN) - *China's* first-ever *lunar* probe on Monday
has begun sending images of the moon back to Earth, with the first batch
comprising some 19 *...

*China's Lunar Mission* Sends Images of Moon To Earth
AHN - Nov 26, 2007
Beijing, *China* (AHN) - *China's* first-ever *lunar* probe on Monday
has begun sending images of the moon back to Earth, with the first batch
comprising some 19 *...

**China* acclaims moon images, *mission* deemed a success
Reuters - Nov 25, 2007
"The full success of our country's first *lunar* exploration *mission*
is helping to turn the Chinese nation's 1000-year old dream of reaching
the moon a *...*

SOLAR WIND DRIES VENUS: Europe's Venus Express spacecraft has made an
important discovery: the solar wind dries out Venus. Unlike Earth, Venus
has no global magnetic field to deflect particles from the sun; when
solar wind hits Venus it erodes the upper atmosphere. Hydrogen and
oxygen atoms fly into space, removing from Venus the chemical building
blocks of water. The process makes an already hellish planet even worse.
Get the full story from the ESA.




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