Archive for category: Space

SSTV from the ISS…

April 11, 2015 | Amateur Radio, Amateur Satellite, Space, SSTV | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, it’s not pretty, but I was just using a 17″ whip antenna on my VX-8GR, recorded it with Audacity, and then decoded it with MultiScan on my Macbook. The first bit of the recording is pretty rocky, so I had to start the sync myself. I’ve bean meaning to do some experiments with bad […]

Orion Launch!

December 5, 2014 | Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

I didn’t get up early enough. But here’s the video of the launch. Is it just me, or is this rocket tossing off a lot of debris? Anyone else notice this?

I got my boarding pass!

October 22, 2014 | Science, Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

Okay, it’s mostly just a lark: sending your name aboard the first test flight of the Orion space vehicle (scheduled for Dec 4.) but it’s kind of fun.

SpaceX launch wasn’t as smooth and carefree as it might have seemed…

October 8, 2012 | Science, Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

Yesterday was an important day in the history of space flight: for the first time a commercial entity launched a resupply mission to the International Space Station. I thought it was a pretty big deal, but you’d never have known by watching the news yesterday. ABC news cut away from their coverage of politics and […]

Curiosity down safe on Mars!

August 5, 2012 | Science, Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

Today, around 10:31 Pacific Time, Curiosity successfully landed in the Gale crater on the surface of Mars, and has already sent back a couple of small black and white images. Carman and I were watching it on a combination of Nasa TV on our laptops and the CNN coverage. Thrilling stuff. Here are some of […]

50th anniversary of Glenn’s orbit aboard Friendship 7

February 20, 2012 | Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

50 years ago today, American astronaut John Glenn completed three orbits of the earth aboard Friendship 7. Glenn would later become Senator, and would return to space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-95 crew, becoming the oldest person to fly into space. These three orbits started fifty years of an American […]

Qu8k – BALLS 20 – Carmack Prize Attempt – High Altitude Rocket On-board Video

October 9, 2011 | Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

Qu8k – BALLS 20 – Carmack Prize Attempt – High Altitude Rocket On-board Video – YouTube

Astronaut Photographs Perseid Meteor

August 15, 2011 | Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

NASA astronaut Ron Garan snapped this awesome picture of a Perseid meteor from his vantage point on the ISS: Astronaut Photographs Perseid Meteor… From Space : Discovery News No additional commentary: it speaks for itself.

Atlantis + ISS cross the Sun

May 19, 2010 | Astronomy, Space | By: Mark VandeWettering


40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 on AO-51

July 20, 2009 | Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

Tonight the amateur satellite AO-51 made an evening pass that was almost directly overhead, and was sending a congratulatory message for Apollo 11, along with a slow scan TV image. I managed to record it, although not the greatest quality, using my little Yaesu VX-3R and my Arrow antenna. Here are links to the recording […]

NASA – LRO Sees Apollo Landing Sites

July 20, 2009 | General, Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has begun its mission around the moon, and has managed to image most of the Apollo landing sites. Check out the following link: NASA – LRO Sees Apollo Landing Sites.

40th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing

July 16, 2009 | Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

40 years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first two astronauts to step out on the surface of the moon, as Michael Collins orbited the moon in the Command Module astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins launched aboard Apollo 11 on their way to the moon. I was only five at the time, […]

NOAA Satellite Frequencies

June 15, 2009 | Amateur Satellite, Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

I haven’t been goofing around much with receiving APT weather satellite data, but I was going to try to record some passes now that the days are longer and we get more daylight passes over North America. But I hadn’t programmed the frequencies into my radio, and was forced to look them up. So, here […]

February 22, 2009 | Amateur Satellite, Science, Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

Earlier, I blogged about the collision between Iridium 33 and the defunct COSMOS 2251 satellite. Today, I noticed that Celestrak had orbital elements for 134 fragments resulting from the collision. I was curious what the resulting pattern would look like, so I wrote a bit of code to suck them all in and plot them […]


February 12, 2009 | Amateur Satellite, Amateur Science, Mad Science, Math, Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

It was reported that an Iridium satellite and an “non-functional Russian satellite” collided yesterday. I was curious, so I did a bit of digging, and found out that NASA had reported that it was Iridium 33 and COSMOS-2251. A bit more work uncovered orbital elements for both objects, so I was able to plug in […]