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Solving A 37-Year Old Space Mystery
SPX via Space Travel ^ | 3/16/2010 | SPX via Space Travel

Posted on 03/16/2010 9:10:38 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

A researcher from The University of Western Ontario has helped solve a 37-year old space mystery using lunar images released yesterday by NASA and maps from his own atlas of the moon. Phil Stooke, a professor cross appointed to Western's Departments of Physics and Astronomy and Geography, published a major reference book on lunar exploration in 2007 entitled, "The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration."

Yesterday, images and data from Nasa's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) were posted. The LRO, scheduled for a one year exploration mission about 31 miles above the lunar surface, will produce a comprehensive map, search for resources and potential safe landing sites and measure lunar temperatures and radiation levels.

Using his atlas and the NASA images, Stooke pinpointed the exact location of the Russian rover Lunokhod 2, discovering tracks left by the lunar sampler 37 years ago after it made a 35-kilometre trek. The journey was the longest any robotic rover has ever been driven on another celestial body.

As soon as the NASA photos were released, scientists around the world, including Stooke, began work to locate the rover. Stooke set up a searchable image database and located the photograph he needed, among thousands of others

(Excerpt) Read more at space-travel.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; News/Current Events; Russia; Technical
KEYWORDS: astronomy; lro; lunar; lunarexploration; lunarsurface; lunokhod; lunokhod2; moon; nasa; ontario; orbiter; philstooke; planetarygeology; reconnaissance; satellite; sovietspaceprogram; spacetravel; stooke; university; uwo; western

1 posted on 03/16/2010 9:10:38 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

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Wait until they find the Cosmonauts who got stuck up there.


2 posted on 03/16/2010 9:12:09 PM PDT by Touch Not the Cat (You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory; it is better to perish than to live a slave)
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To: sonofstrangelove

...I guess the mystery was: where’s the rover?


3 posted on 03/16/2010 9:14:56 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: Touch Not the Cat

LOL


4 posted on 03/16/2010 9:15:55 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: americanophile

5 posted on 03/16/2010 9:18:41 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: Touch Not the Cat

A very old thread.

Lost in Space (What really happened to Russia’s missing cosmonauts?)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2048540/posts


6 posted on 03/16/2010 9:21:59 PM PDT by racing fan
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To: racing fan

It was just posted today.


7 posted on 03/16/2010 9:28:17 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove

The date says July 20, 2008.


8 posted on 03/16/2010 9:32:17 PM PDT by racing fan
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To: racing fan

Solving A 37-Year Old Space Mystery
London, Canada (SPX) Mar 17, 2010


9 posted on 03/16/2010 9:33:38 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove

I was referring to the link I posted.


10 posted on 03/16/2010 9:34:16 PM PDT by racing fan
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To: racing fan

The article was posted on March,17,2010


11 posted on 03/16/2010 9:34:58 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: racing fan

I thought you meant the article.


12 posted on 03/16/2010 9:35:26 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove

The Solving of a 37 Year Old Mystery is today, but the other one Lost in Space (What really happened to Russia’s missing cosmonauts?) is dated 2008.


13 posted on 03/16/2010 9:36:27 PM PDT by racing fan
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To: racing fan

Ok.


14 posted on 03/16/2010 9:37:30 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove

“The journey was the longest any robotic rover has ever been driven on another celestial body.”
It appears that roving hands and Russian fingers
have already long been driven crazy all over many celestial bodies.


15 posted on 03/16/2010 9:38:05 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: Touch Not the Cat

16 posted on 03/16/2010 9:40:03 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: bunkerhill7

It was innovative at the time. Lunokhod One and Two was the first roving remote-controlled devices to land on another celestial body.During the lunar nights, the lid was closed and a polonium-210 radioisotope heater unit kept the internal components at operating temperature.


17 posted on 03/16/2010 9:42:13 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove

bflr


18 posted on 03/16/2010 9:44:23 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Captain Beyond
bflr

Ditto.

19 posted on 03/16/2010 10:04:24 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (The townhalls were going great until the oPods showed up.)
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To: Touch Not the Cat

What mystery are they talking about? Was there somebody who did not know where the rover was?

I think what he did was to find the rover in among the newly released pictures. BD! What was the mystery?


20 posted on 03/16/2010 10:09:37 PM PDT by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: Quix

*ping of possible interest*


21 posted on 03/16/2010 10:11:14 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: sonofstrangelove

What mystery are they talking about? Was there somebody who did not know where the rover was?

I think what he did was to find the rover in among the newly released pictures. BD! What was the mystery?


22 posted on 03/16/2010 10:12:14 PM PDT by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: mwilli20

Nobody knew where the rover was until high resolution photos from the Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter found it.On June 4, 1973 it was announced that the program was completed, leading to speculation that the vehicle probably failed in mid-May or could not be revived after the lunar night of May-June 1973.Controllers saw the internal temperature of the Lunokhod climb as it was unable to cool itself, eventually rendering the rover inoperable


23 posted on 03/16/2010 10:15:42 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove

With this kind of sluething, is it possible they might find actual evidence of our manned lunar landings so many years ago? It would be interesting if they could prove us doubters wrong.


24 posted on 03/16/2010 10:16:26 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: sonofstrangelove
A researcher from The University of Western Ontario has helped solve a 37-year old space mystery using lunar images released yesterday by NASA and maps from his own atlas of the moon.

What "mystery" is this reporter talking about? According to this NASA paper from back in 2002, Lunokhod 2 was detected by lunar laser ranging experiments and its position was known to sub-meter accuracy.

25 posted on 03/16/2010 10:16:40 PM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: Ronaldus Magnus

See post 23


26 posted on 03/16/2010 10:17:21 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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Richard Garriott has more recently confirmed that he is the owner of Lunokhod 2. He is the the world’s only private owner of an object on a foreign celestial body


27 posted on 03/16/2010 10:18:49 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove
See the link in post 25 or "Lunokhod 2 continues to be detected by lunar laser ranging experiments and its position is known to sub-meter accuracy".

The "mystery" in the article appears to be a false premise. Researchers knew exactly where it was and have been bouncing lasers off of it since at least 2002.

28 posted on 03/16/2010 11:11:55 PM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: Ronaldus Magnus

Then why did they lose the signal in 1973?


29 posted on 03/16/2010 11:17:20 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus

I guess you proved them wrong. You should write in.


30 posted on 03/16/2010 11:20:36 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea
They did so already:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2294803/posts

Since then they've released additional photos from an even lower orbit with much better resolution:


Apollo 11, foot trails, footpads and all.
Wider field view
31 posted on 03/16/2010 11:21:02 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: Ronaldus Magnus
The "mystery" in the article appears to be a false premise.

Typical crappy journalism!

32 posted on 03/16/2010 11:27:15 PM PDT by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: messierhunter

Thank you. How did they survive the Van Allen Belts? The Russians tried before we did it, and fried Cosmonauts. Why were we successful?


33 posted on 03/16/2010 11:47:12 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Thx thx.

Will check it out.


34 posted on 03/17/2010 4:56:13 AM PDT by Quix (BLOKES who got us where we R: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: sonofstrangelove

35 posted on 03/17/2010 5:03:35 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: racing fan

Thanks for the link. What a great read!!!!


36 posted on 03/17/2010 6:43:22 AM PDT by colinhester
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To: messierhunter

Hey, nice!


37 posted on 03/17/2010 7:45:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://themagicnegro.com/)
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To: KevinDavis
Thanks sonofstrangelove.
38 posted on 03/17/2010 7:46:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://themagicnegro.com/)
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

The Russians didn’t fry any cosmonauts in the belts, they did let a pair of dogs pass through them continuously for the better part of a month however. There were no signs of radiation poisoning even at that point, though their risk for cancer probably went up (n=2 is too small to tell statistically one way or the other though).


39 posted on 03/18/2010 4:47:55 PM PDT by messierhunter
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