Sunday, April 8, 2012

FACT FILE 1 #SPACE


Howdy??
Those  <fill in adjective yourself> exams had kept us away for a while


Owing to some popular demand ,we have decided to post a bunch of facts now and then regarding a particular theme
This Week's theme is space...so here we go

Before We Get Started,set the tone by simultaneously playing this space rock song.....



(and btw that is the only Pink Floyd Song where all the 5 band members have contributed)



1)
In 2008, Doritos were promoted by an "out-of-this-world" advertising campaign, literally beaming a 30 second advertisement for Doritos brand tortilla chips into a planetary system 42 light years away. 
The project was in collaboration with EISCAT Space Center in Svalbard, Norway. 
The "You Make It, We'll Play It" contest chose the winning advertisement that was transmitted on June 12, 2008. The ad was beamed towards a distant star within the Ursa Major constellation that is orbited by planets which may harbor life. 


2)
NASA began a tradition of playing music to astronauts during the Gemini Program, and first used music to wake up a flight crew during Apollo 15. Each track is specially chosen, often by the astronauts' families, and usually has a special meaning to an individual member of the crew, or is applicable to their daily activities


Here's a famous one



other famous songs songs include Coldplay's Viva La Vida,
Oh yeah the song which you are supposed to be playing now(I know you arent),
the one at the top of the post was also played on the Phobos mission.


3. The Tungaska event
Tungaska is a river somewhere in Soviet Russia(yes,the place where the blog reads you)
where an extremely bizarre event took plae about a century ago.

It was a huge explosion believed to be caused deu to a powerfule meteor or comet burst.
For comparison the blast 1000 times as powerful the Hiroshima explosion.
Heres an eyewitness report

  • Krasnoyaretz newspaper, July 13, 1908
Kezhemskoe village. On the 17th an unusual atmospheric event was observed. At 7:43 the noise akin to a strong wind was heard. Immediately afterwards a horrific thump sounded, followed by an earthquake that literally shook the buildings, as if they were hit by a large log or a heavy rock. The first thump was followed by a second, and then a third. Then the interval between the first and the third thumps were accompanied by an unusual underground rattle, similar to a railway upon which dozens of trains are travelling at the same time. Afterwards for 5 to 6 minutes an exact likeness of artillery fire was heard: 50 to 60 salvoes in short, equal intervals, which got progressively weaker. After 1.5–2 minutes after one of the "barrages" six more thumps were heard, like cannon firing, but individual, loud and accompanied by tremors. The sky, at the first sight, appeared to be clear. There was no wind and no clouds. However upon closer inspection to the north, i.e. where most of the thumps were heard, a kind of an ashen cloud was seen near the horizon, which kept getting smaller and more transparent and possibly by around 2–3 p.m. completely disappeared.
Oooh...Scary

4)
If two pieces of metal touch in space, they become permanently stuck together
This may sound unbelievable, but it is true.
Two pieces of metal without any coating on them will form in to one piece in the vacuum of space. This doesn’t happen on earth because the atmosphere puts a layer of oxidized material between the surfaces. 
This might seem like it would be a big problem on the space station but as most tools used there have come from earth, they are already coated with material. In fact, the only evidence of this seen so far has been in experiments designed to provoke the reaction. This process is called cold welding.
 For those who still don’t believe it, here is the Wikipedia article on Cold Welding.


5)
Interested in spotting  a comet yourself??
Here's a table that might come in handy

LIST OF COMETS VISIBLE SOON


Too Be Continued...

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interesting info in 3rd & 4th notes...thank you !

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