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HarbingerDawnDate: Thursday, 01.11.2012, 08:47 | Message # 16
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When I used to play orbiter I tried to do it fast but I think I either missed the ISS or crashed on it

I think I got from the ground to a space station (I think it was Mir in that case) in less than 2 hours (about 1 orbit) one time smile

In THEORY, it should be possible to rendezvous immediately upon reaching orbit (so around 10 minutes after launch). In practice however, technical limitations and extreme risk to the safety of the station and crew prevent this. But 5-6 hours is still quite good.

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I hope ''Sandy'' didn't cause much trouble to you there.

Not as much as it could have. I never lost power for long, so that was good. Means I got to stay online smile





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HarbingerDawnDate: Saturday, 24.11.2012, 17:48 | Message # 17
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Here is a wonderful guided tour of the International Space Station led by Suni Williams, then-commander of the station, recorded on 18 November 2012 just hours before she and two of her crewmates returned to Earth aboard a Soyuz spacecraft (shown at the end of the tour), ending ISS Expedition 33.



Space.com also split the video into segments if you want to see the tour in broken pieces:

Laboratories and Quest airlock
Food storage, sleeping quarters, and bathroom <- Some parts of this were skipped in the full video, so watch this too
Cupola, Tranquility, Unity, and Leonardo
Russian segment and Soyuz spacecraft

A much longer and more detailed tour led by ESA Dutch astronaut André Kuipers, likely recorded in June 2012. Much longer than the above tour, but also much more detailed. I highly recommend watching this one if you have the time.



The only Russian language tour I could find, recorded in 2011. It is short, does not visit most of the station, and there are some mistakes in the graphics by Roscosmos, but it is still a nice tour, and it does visit the space shuttle, which is a nice touch.



And finally a very unusual tour of the station from 2011. For the first half of the tour there is no narration, and no sign of any human activity at all (recorded while everyone else was sleeping) so it has a very eerie feel, but it does give a good sense of what it is like to just freely fly through the station. The second half of the video features narration, presumably by NASA astronaut Cady Coleman (who is obviously very tired smile ).






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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Saturday, 24.11.2012, 21:34
 
neutronium76Date: Saturday, 24.11.2012, 22:15 | Message # 18
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Wow! Very nice tours indeed! I think the Russian segment and the way down to the Soyuz made me feel claustrophobic. Especially the connection point of the Soyuz with the ISS. I got so immersed with the tour that I found myself holding my breath while touring the Russian segment!




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SolarisDate: Sunday, 25.11.2012, 03:26 | Message # 19
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And finally a very unusual tour of the station from 2011. For the first half of the tour there is no narration, and no sign of any human activity at all (recorded while everyone else was sleeping) so it has a very eerie feel, but it does give a good sense of what it is like to just freely fly through the station.
That was really special and cool to watch, thanks for sharing cool
 
SpaceEngineerDate: Sunday, 25.11.2012, 15:13 | Message # 20
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The only Russian language tour I could find, recorded in 2011. It is short, does not visit most of the station, and there are some mistakes in the graphics by Roscosmos, but it is still a nice tour, and it does visit the space shuttle, which is a nice touch.

Did you noticed at 3:30 a table saying "Speed limit 17500" (I guess mph) and "28000 km/h"? LOL biggrin

Is it a heat radiators glowing at 9:10 in the last video?





 
HarbingerDawnDate: Sunday, 25.11.2012, 15:46 | Message # 21
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Did you noticed at 3:30 a table saying "Speed limit 17500" (I guess mph) and "28000 km/h"?

Yes, those signs have been on the station for as long as people have been there, so at least 12 years smile

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Is it a heat radiators glowing at 9:10 in the last video?

No. Those are the main solar arrays. Much of their surface is made of translucent orange material which is why they look like that. The long zig-zagging white structures sticking out of the station in that same shot are the radiators (which never glow).

EDIT: The long white panels in this image are the radiators:





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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Sunday, 25.11.2012, 15:54
 
smjjamesDate: Sunday, 25.11.2012, 15:55 | Message # 22
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Is it a heat radiators glowing at 9:10 in the last video?

No. Those are the main solar arrays. Much of their surface is made of translucent orange material which is why they look like that. The long zig-zagging white structures sticking out of the station in that same shot are the radiators (which never glow).


I did think solar panels initially, but wasn't quite sure.

Besides, if the radiators WERE glowing, that would mean there is a problem since I wasn't sure that they were supposed to glow.







Edited by smjjames - Sunday, 25.11.2012, 15:56
 
HarbingerDawnDate: Monday, 26.11.2012, 14:40 | Message # 23
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The crew for the first year-long mission to ISS has been announced. American astronaut Scott Kelly, and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. They are scheduled to launch to the station in spring of 2015, returning to Earth the next year.

Space.com article

Корниенко:


Kelly:





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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Monday, 26.11.2012, 14:46
 
apenpaapDate: Monday, 26.11.2012, 16:06 | Message # 24
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Wow, a year-long mission to the ISS. It sounds like the extra long missions on MIR. I like Kornienko's moustache, I hope he keeps it when he's in space.




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HarbingerDawnDate: Monday, 26.11.2012, 16:09 | Message # 25
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I like Kornienko's moustache, I hope he keeps it when he's in space.

He did on his last flight, so I think he'll keep it on this next one too (unless he gets tired of it before then, which would be sad).





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OrbitalResonanceDate: Monday, 26.11.2012, 16:51 | Message # 26
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Mike Kelly XD, i thought he retired from spaceflight?

edit* Twin brother!! lol





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HarbingerDawnDate: Wednesday, 28.11.2012, 01:05 | Message # 27
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Mike Kelly XD, i thought he retired from spaceflight?

I think you mean Mark Kelly, and he did retire from spaceflight. As I wrote above - and as is clearly stated on his name patch - that astronaut is Scott Kelly.



Amazing video made using photos and audio from ISS telling a story of 11 years of human habitation on the station.






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HarbingerDawnDate: Friday, 14.12.2012, 18:35 | Message # 28
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On this rather sad day in human history, 40 years ago today was the last time that humans walked upon another world. The landing party from Apollo 17 lifted off the lunar surface to begin their return journey to Earth on 14 December 1972. No human has visited another world since.

The images as humans departed Luna for the final time.






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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Friday, 14.12.2012, 18:37
 
smjjamesDate: Friday, 14.12.2012, 18:54 | Message # 29
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I suppose this goes here.

I don't really like the way they titled it because it makes all of the stuff on there sound like trash. :/ Anyways, any and all intact (or recognizably intact) artifacts on the moon should be preserved for historical purposes.
http://www.space.com/18905-m....ic.html





 
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smjjames, good overview. I've heard a joke about some "owners" of the moon surface - since they own a land on Moon, they have to "retrieve government property(i.e. equipment left on the moon) on demand". Now, probably, they'll have to spend a lot of money to preserve historical artifacts on the Moon - from asteroid bombardment, radiation decay, looting and so on. What an opportunity to invest in!...

HarbingerDawn, ok, that's where they're doing final preparations for the flight.

 
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