Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday: A day of back to back launches


This Monday offers up two broadcasts of space launches for your viewing pleasure. A Soyuz ISS cargo resupply mission (Progress 53-P) launch will occur at about 3:53PM Eastern Standard Time. The launch will be broadcast live on nasa TV and on the Roscosmos video website here. That launch will be followed by a Space-X Falcon 9 (v1.1) launch at about 5PM Eastern Standard Time. It can be seen via the Space-X webcast here. The Falcon mission is Space-x's first geosynchronous orbit mission. In a strange twist, the Soyuz/Progress launch will occur at 53 minutes past midnight local time, while the Falcon will launch at around sunset time in Florida, thus the picture of the rockets at the head of this article have their day/night aspects completely reversed.

I would like to mention that much of the information I have posted here came from Space.com and from the Danspace77 blog. Please check out AstroDan's blog entries at your leisure. Also, the russian space agency, Roscosmos, has their own facebook page (in English) and their own website (in Russian). Their launch videos are all courtesy of this website..

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