The picture tells the tale

Here is a little something from Dark Roasted Blend, remember the Soyuz TMA mission that returned the first South Korean astronaut from the ISS (International Space Station)? There was speculation that it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere nose first, well, take a gander at these pics and you be the judge.

No, this is not a picnic from Bradbury’s “Martian Chronicles” – this is a bunch of pictures from Soyuz TMA-11 extreme landing: very steep descent and ballistic re-entry… Read more about this mission here.

(image credit: Novosti Kosmonavtiki)


Recently, Paul at Centauri Dreams posted about an Enceladus fly-by:

Although the Cassini spacecraft has just passed no more than fifty kilometers from the surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, the investigation of the intriguing object will only intensity in October, when Cassini moves to within half that distance. With astrobiological interest high, Enceladus is a hot place to be. Data from the most recent flyby began streaming in to the Deep Space Network station in Canberra last night, with the downlink scheduled to continue into the afternoon of the 12th (EST).

The prime target, using every camera resource available and covering infrared, visible light and ultraviolet, is the area of the moon’s southern pole that houses the fissures now known as ‘tiger stripes.’ Under intense scrutiny will be the terrain of the fissures as well as the composition of the ice grains inside, and tuning up our data on temperature should provide a better idea of whether or not liquid water lies close to the surface. Cassini will be looking for other elements — oxygen, hydrogen or organics — mixing with the ice. “Knowing the sizes of the particles, their rates and what else is mixed in these jets,” says ultraviolet imaging spectrograph team member Amanda Hendrix, “can tell us a lot about what’s happening inside the little moon.”

Below is the recent Cassini fly-by photo, pretty close!


Enceladus Rev 80 Flyby Skeet Shoot #3
August 12, 2008
Full-Res: PIA11106
This image is the third skeet-shoot image taken during Cassini’s very close flyby of Enceladus on Aug. 11, 2008. Cairo Sulcus is crossing the southern part of the image. The terrain is littered with blocks of ice. (The image is upside down from the skeet-shoot footprint shown here.) The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Aug. 11, 2008, a distance of approximately 1,567 kilometers (974 miles) above the surface of Enceladus. Image scale is approximately 18 meters (59 feet) per pixel. The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

Enceladus Flyby Data Streaming In

Cassini Fly-by

4 responses

  1. Hi dad2059 et al. …

    Yep this is the typical Ruskie space program on a “shoestring” budget when it comes to protecting the lives of the astronauts. A ballistic reentry of any kind is irresponsible when it comes to protecting human lives.

    The ablative shield seems to be in good shape and from the looks of the ground and the lack of any sign of deployed parachutes; ie., “nada” tells me what they think little of their cosmonauts safety. It’s a miracle they survived the “rollout” on this one. Notice too the capsule is shaped almost like ball for such a rolling and the dissipation of energy from impact with the earth….?!

    Russian space rations are no doubt boiled cabbage, beets and slightly spoiled beef. Of course this doesn’t add for capsule ambience while aloft… :))

    I noticed one woman in photo #1 had the fatigued look of lets get this f***king death-dealing reentry over asap. It seems she’s had a bellyful of the space program … : |

    To me this is their typical space and nuclear weps programs from the beginning; ie., both space exploration and nuclear terror on the “cheap”…!

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. If you click on the “pictures” link in the caption above the top photo, you’ll see a few stills showing an enormous amount of scorched ground at the landing site, so you know that the capsule came in hot and fast!

    It had to have had some kind of parachute though, there’s no way it could’ve survived without one. But by the looks of the landing area, what little parachute there was just barely saved their asses!

  3. Howdy Nemo, et al has arrived

    I gotta say, this sure takes the romance out of space travel, I imagine that there were a few Pamper moments there after the arse end hit,looks like it might have just slid along on its bottom sIde, and kinda bounced along. From the looks of the interior, they probably had the foresight to jettison their sludge…G:

    Whoah…I had a hard time returning from my trip to Dark Roasted Blend, as I was fascinated by the video on The New Valley of Peace, the Poodles new Zionist wetdream. If you haven’t watched ya should give it a glimmer. I thought I was in Jehova Witness land with a touch of NWO future planning for the elite. A place where the Shumans will lay down with the Zionist’s…G:

  4. I wonder if putting out grass fires is a regular occurrence with Russian landings? I remember having to do that when firing tracer ammo out of .50 BMG’s back in the 70’s.

    That Russian nurse (in white) looked kinda good…


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