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Rocket Race! SpaceX Falcon 9 vs Atlas V

It’s not everyday you get to watch two rocket launches back-to-back from 3 miles away! This week I was fortunate to set up at the Kennedy Space Center Press Site for Starlink 4-18 (via Spacex Falcon 9) the early morning of 5/18/22 and the Boeing Starliner OFT-2 (via ULA’s Atlas 5) the evening of 5/19/22. Both vehicles were approximately 3 miles away, with Starlink on Launch Complex Pad 39A and Starliner on SLC-41.

United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V generates more than two million pounds of thrust compared to Falcon 9’s 1.7 million pounds of thrust at sea level.

This is just for FUN–so not taking into account trajectory or payload…but it was amazing to see these two launches just a day (36 hours) apart. Also amazing to see how bright the solid rocket boosters for Atlas 5 really are (especially when looking through a zoom lens!). For this video I used the footage from my iPhone, which although the location might look different it was only 50 yards distance between each camera view.

At the end I show some of my close up shots, through a 600mm lens for Starlink and from my remote camera at the pad for Starliner.

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SpaceX Crew-4 ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti’s inspiration for space & lucky “42”!

Samantha Cristoforetti is an Italian European Space Agency astronaut, former Italian Air Force pilot and engineer. She’s getting ready to venture into space again on the upcoming SpaceX Crew 4 mission to the ISS for Expedition 67, scheduled to launch at the end of April 2022. In this clip, Samantha discusses how her space journey began, and how sci fi played a part in it.

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About Samantha Cristoforetti
Born in Milan, Italy, on 26 April 1977 Samantha Cristoforetti is an avid reader with a passion for science and technology, and an equal interest in humanities. She enjoys learning foreign languages and her current challenge is Chinese. Occasionally she finds the time to hike, scuba dive or practice yoga.

Samantha was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009. She joined ESA in September 2009 and completed her basic astronaut training in November 2010. She was then assigned to the role of ESA reserve astronaut, which allowed her to earn her initial qualifications in EVA and robotics, as well as the certification as flight engineer of the Russian spacecraft Soyuz. In March 2012 she was assigned to fly as flight engineer on the Soyuz TMA-15M, as part of the crew of Expedition 42/43 on the International Space Station.

On 23 November, 2014 Samantha was launched from the cosmodrome of Baikonur in Kazakhstan. She returned to Earth on 11 June, 2015 after spending 200 days in space. The mission, which was given the name Futura, was the second long-duration flight opportunity for the Italian Space Agency, the eighth for an ESA astronaut.

For more information about Samantha, visit https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Astronauts/Samantha_Cristoforetti

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Tribute to Dr. Eugene Parker – Visionary Heliophysicist & Solar Wind Pioneer

This is a tribute to the late solar astrophysicist Dr. Eugene Parker, featuring my phone interview with him from 2018.

In the mid-1950s Dr. Parker developed the theory of the supersonic solar wind and predicted the spiral shape of the solar magnetic field. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1967 and received numerous honors throughout his career, including the Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research by the American Physics Society for his fundamental contributions to space physics, plasma physics, solar physics and astrophysics for over 60 years.

In his honor, NASA renamed the Parker Solar Probe after him, the first time in history that a space vessel was named after a living person.

The Parker Solar Probe was launched in August 2018 and is still making incredible discoveries to this day. I was fortunate to interview Dr. Parker before the launch and grateful to present this interview to you today as we talked about heliophysics and the Parker Solar Probe mission. Dr. Parker passed away on March 15, 2022.

About Dr. Eugene Newman Parker
In the mid-1950s, a young physicist named Eugene Parker proposed a number of concepts about how stars — including our Sun — give off energy. He called this cascade of energy the solar wind, and he described an entire complex system of plasmas, magnetic fields and energetic particles that make up this phenomenon. Parker also theorized an explanation for the superheated solar corona, which is — contrary to what was expected by then-known physics laws — hotter than the surface of the Sun itself. His theory suggested that regular, but small, solar explosions called nanoflares could, in enough abundance, cause this heating.

More than half a century later, the Parker Solar Probe mission now provides key observations on Parker’s groundbreaking theories and ideas, which have informed a generation of scientists about solar physics and the magnetic fields around stars. Much of his pioneering work, which has been proven by subsequent spacecraft, defined a great deal of what we know about the how the Sun–Earth system interacts.

Born on June 10, 1927, in Michigan, Parker received a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from Caltech in 1951. He then taught at the University of Utah, and since 1955, Parker has held faculty positions at the University of Chicago and at its Fermi Institute.

He has received numerous awards for his research, including the George Ellery Hale Prize, the National Medal of Science, the Bruce Medal, the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Kyoto Prize, the James Clerk Maxwell Prize, and the Crafoord Prize in Astronomy.

About Parker Solar Probe
NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission is revolutionizing our understanding of the Sun, where changing conditions can propagate out into the solar system, affecting Earth and other worlds. Parker Solar Probe travels through the Sun’s atmosphere, closer to the surface than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions to provide humanity with the closest-ever observations of a star.

Learn more about Parker Solar Probe and its mission at:
https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/parker-solar-probe

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Axiom AX-1 Launch Sequence (turn up the speakers at the end!)

Axiom’s first mission, AX-1, launched successfully Friday April 8, 2022. Here’s an assortment of my images taken from the Kennedy Space Center Press Site a few miles away from Pad 39A, where the SpaceX Falcon was launched with the all-private crew of AX-1.

First is a animated sequence of close up shots with a 600 mm lens.
Second is a video from a spare camera without a tripod so I placed it on a sandbag 😉
Last is a 4k video from my iPhone which is a wide angle view but also shows the SLS Artemis I at Pad 39B–CAUTION: sound is loud!

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SPACE DEBRIS: How Privateer Plans to Protect the Space Environment — Interview with Dr. Moribah Jah

In today’s episode we’ll explore the growing problem of space junk and how the new company Privateer Space is working to help make space safer. Joining us today is Dr. Moriba Jah, the Chief Scientist of Privateer. Moriba is a co-founder of Privateer along with the company’s CEO Alex Fielding and the company’s president, Steve Wozniak.

Moriba is a renowned astrodynamicist, a space environmentalist, and an associate professor and the University of Texas at Austin. As Privateer’s Chief Scientist, he is the visionary behind Privateer’s innovative technology that will help keep the space environment safe as more and more satellites are put in orbit and human spaceflights expand.
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▻ About Privateer
Privateer is creating the data infrastructure that will enable sustainable growth for the new space economy.

Privateer’s proprietary knowledge graph technology offers much-needed enhancements to how they collect and process information about space objects. Even as orbital highways become more congested, this data and the applications built on it will allow space operators to maneuver safely and effectively.

The first of many apps to be built on Privateer’s data engine is Wayfinder: an open-access and near real-time visualization of satellites and debris in Earth orbit.

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▻ About Dr. Moriba Jah
Moriba Jah is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin where he is the holder of the Mrs. Pearlie Dashiell Henderson Centennial Fellowship in Engineering. He’s the director for Computational Astronautical Sciences and Technologies (CAST), a group within the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences as well as the Lead for the Space Security and Safety Program at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Moriba came to UT Austin by way of the Air Force Research Laboratory and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory prior to that, where he was a Spacecraft Navigator on a handful of Mars missions.

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SpaceX Polaris Dawn – Interview with Mission Pilot Scott “Kidd” Poteet

In today’s episode we’ll speak with Scott “Kidd” Poteet, a Mission Pilot for the new SpaceX Polaris Program. Kidd is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with more than 3,000 flying hours as a pilot and over 400 hours of combat time. Most recently Kidd served as the Mission Director for Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian mission to space last September that raised more than $240 million for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Kidd will be the Mission Pilot for the upcoming Polaris Dawn mission, which is scheduled to launch aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 no earlier than the 4th quarter of this year. The Polaris Dawn crew will spend up to five days in orbit, and fly higher than any Dragon mission to date. They will also attempt the first ever commercial spacewalk.

In addition to Kidd, Polaris Dawn’s crew will consist of Jared Isaacman, Mission Commander, Sarah Gillis, Mission Specialist, and Anna Menon, Mission Specialist & Medical Officer.

About Kidd Poteet
Scott “Kidd” Poteet is a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who served 20 years in various roles that include Commander of the 64th Aggressor Squadron, USAF Thunderbird #4 Demonstration Pilot, USAF Weapons School Graduate, Operational Test & Evaluation Pilot, and Flight Examiner. Kidd is a command pilot with over 3,200 flying hours in the F-16, A-4, T-38, T-37, T-3, and Alpha Jet. Kidd has logged over 400 hours of combat time during Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Joint Guardian, Freedom’s Sentinel, and Resolute Support.

Following his Air Force career, Kidd served in various roles to include Director of Business Development at Draken International and VP of Strategy at Shift4 (NYSE: FOUR). He most recently served as the Mission Director of Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian mission to space that helped raise over $240 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in an effort to help eradicate childhood cancer. Kidd is also an accomplished collegiate runner and triathlete, competing in 15 Ironman triathlons since 2000, which includes four Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

About the Mission
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Polaris Dawn mission from historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Dragon and the Polaris Dawn crew will spend up to five days in orbit, during which they will work towards the following objectives:

For more information, visit https://polarisprogram.com/

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James Webb Space Telescope – Looking back in time – Interview with Lee Feinberg

What will the James Webb Space Telescope discover? Will it be able to detect alien life? How does it compare to Hubble?

Find out in this interview with Lee Feinberg, JWST’s Optical Telescope Element Manager.

Lee Feinberg has been the Optical Telescope Element Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for the past 20 years. Lee led the telescope technology development and led the telescope from architecture trades and design activities to manufacturing through integration and testing. He was also a member of the optics team that determined the optical prescription to correct the Hubble Space Telescope and performed independent testing of the mirrors that corrected Hubble.

The James Webb Space Telescope (sometimes called JWST or Webb) is an orbiting infrared observatory that will complement and extend the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope, with longer wavelength coverage and greatly improved sensitivity. The longer wavelengths enable Webb to look much closer to the beginning of time and to hunt for the unobserved formation of the first galaxies, as well as to look inside dust clouds where stars and planetary systems are forming today.

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SpaceX Booster landing (iPhone) – Transporter 3

SpaceX booster B1058 landed for the 10th time on January 13, 2022, this time at Landing Zone 1 after launching from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

This booster made history when it first flew on Demo2, the first crewed flight for SpaceX, carrying Bob and Doug.

Just a simple iPhone video capture.

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SpaceX Crew-3 – Interview with pilot Dr. Thomas Marshburn

Interview with SpaceX Crew-3 pilot Tom Marshburn

Dr. Thomas Marshburn is the pilot of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and second in command for the SpaceX Crew-3 mission, which launched November 2021. He is responsible for spacecraft systems and performance. Once aboard the International Space Station (ISS), he will serve as an Expedition 66 flight engineer.

Tom is a Statesville, North Carolina, native who became an astronaut in 2004. Prior to serving in the astronaut corps, the medical doctor served as flight surgeon at Johnson and later became medical operations lead for the ISS.

The Crew-3 mission will be his third visit to the space station and his second long-duration mission. Tom previously served as a crew member of STS-127 in 2009 and Expedition 34/35, which concluded in 2013.

Having flown the space shuttle, Soyuz and soon the Crew Dragon, in this interview Tom discusses some of the differences between these vehicles and even the pre-launch traditions for astronauts. He also talks about some of experiments planned for the Crew-3 mission, including a muscle sensor that will study how muscles atrophy in space, as well as the Cold Atom experiment, which aims to create the lowest temperature ever for studying gravitational fields. Tom also describes his emergency spacewalk experience with Chris Cassidy, when both astronauts had to fix an ammonia coolant leak in the ISS.

For more info, visit https://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew
https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/biographies/thomas-h-marshburn/biography
https://www.spacex.com

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SpaceX Inspiration4 liftoff from 3 miles away (sound up!) with Falcon nebula

This video was taken from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A Press Site just 3 miles away from the launch pad for the liftoff of SpaceX Inspiration4 on Wednesday Sept 15, 2021 at 8:02 pm EDT.

The wide shot was taken with an iPhone, with an inset closeup taken with a 600mm lens on a Nikon D5600. Sound was taken from the Nikon but cuts off early while the wide shot continued until the Falcon nebula can be seen.

Inspiration4 was the first all-civilian space flight with all crew members safely returned after splash down in the Atlantic ocean on Saturday September 19, 2021. This mission is also a fundraiser for St. Jude (https://www.stjude.org/)

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