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

Monday, January 28, 2008

Challenger STS 51-L Accident

Time marches on and one day blurs into the next.
Still, one may reflect on the past and then look forward into the future.
- LRK -

We lost the Apollo-1 crew on January 27, 1967 and we lost the Challenger
crew on January 28, 1986, one minute and 13 seconds into the flight.

The Apollo missions went on and took us to the Moon, and now an
International Space Station is almost complete.

Will watch and see what the future brings.
- LRK -

If you are in the USA then make your desires known by voting in the
Presidential Primaries.
- LRK -

Thanks for looking up with me.

Larry Kellogg

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Apollo-1 (204)

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Saturn-1B AS-204
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Apollo Pad Fire


Virgil "Gus" Ivan Grissom, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF
Edward Higgins White, II, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF
Roger Bruce Chaffee, Lieutenant Commander, USN

Backup Crew

Walter M. "Wally" Schirra, Jr., Captain, USN
Donn F. Eisele, Colonel, USAF
Walter Cunningham, Colonel, USMC (Reserves)

On January 27, 1967, tragedy struck the Apollo program when a flash fire
occurred in command module 012 during a launch pad test of the
Apollo/Saturn space vehicle being prepared for the first piloted flight,
the AS-204 mission. Three astronauts, Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom, a
veteran of Mercury and Gemini missions; Lt. Col. Edward H. White, the
astronaut who had performed the first United States extravehicular
activity during the Gemini program; and Roger B. Chaffee, an astronaut
preparing for his first space flight, died in this tragic accident.

# Jan 28 - Express AM-33 Proton M-Briz M Launch
# Jan 28 -New[Jan 23] Comet P/2008 A2 (LINEAR) Closest Approach To Earth
(1.129 AU)
# Jan 28 - Asteroid 143 Adria Occults HIP 47779 (6.7 Magnitude Star)
# Jan 28 - Asteroid 17898 Scottsheppard Closest Approach To Earth (1.271 AU)
# Jan 28 - Asteroid 13926 Berners-Lee Closest Approach To Earth (1.781 AU)
# Jan 28 - Lecture: Beyond Our Solar System: In Search of Extrasolar
Planets, New York, New York
# Jan 28 - New[Jan 24] Cosmology Seminar: The Morphology of Clusters of
Galaxies - Prospects for Cosmological Constraints, Stanford, California
# Jan 28-29 - Meeting: Cosmology Meets Condensed Matter, London, United
# Jan 28-Feb 01 - Meeting: Magnetic Fields in the Universe II - from
Laboratory and Stars to the Primordial Universe, Cozumel, Mexico
# Jan 29 - Comet C/2007 S2 (Lemmon) Closest Approach To Earth (4.710 AU)
# Jan 29 - Updated[Jan 23] Asteroid 2007 TU24 Near-Earth Flyby (0.004 AU)
# Jan 29 - Asteroid 79896 Billhaley Closest Approach To Earth (1.383 AU)
# Jan 29-31 - Workshop: Science with the New Hubble Space Telescope
after Servicing Mission 4, Bologna, Italy
# Jan 30 - Theos Dnepr 1 Launch
# Jan 30 - Asteroid 2007 WD5 Near-Mars Flyby
# Jan 30 - Asteroid 2347 Vinata Occults HIP 14893 (5.8 Magnitude Star)
# Jan 30 - 140th Anniversary (1868), Pultusk Meteorite Shower in Poland
# Jan 30-Feb 01 - Annual NuSTAR Meeting, Darmstadt, Germany
# Jan 31 -Hot[Jan 23] 50th Anniversary (1958), Explorer 1 Launch (1st US
# Jan 31 - Asteroid 3329 Golay Occults HIP 45058 (6.0 Magnitude Star)
# Jan 31 - Asteroid 2710 Veverka Closest Approach To Earth (1.223 AU)
# Jan 31- Feb 02 - 14th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference,
Houston, Texas

Space Weather News for Jan. 28, 2008

ASTEROID FLYBY: Asteroid 2007 TU24 is flying past Earth this week at a distance
of only 334,000 miles (1.4 lunar distances). NASA radars tracking the asteroid
confirm that there is no danger of a collision, but it will be close enough for
amateur astronomers to photograph through mid-sized backyard telescopes. At
closest approach on Jan. 29th, the asteroid will glide through the constellations Andromeda and Cassiopeia glowing like a 10th magnitude star.
Visit for celestial coordinates and a low-resolution
radar image of the approaching rock.

HALO BONUS: A photographer in Finland has captured the long-sought "Kern arc",
a rare sun halo created by triangular ice crystals. Experts are calling it the
"halo photo of the decade" and it is featured on today's edition of




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