With the shuttle down and the next mission (Discovery’s STS133) not due until the 16th of September at the earliest, here’s a couple of other launch things to watch.
A new HD look at the launch of Cryosat has been released by Roscosmos TV on their youtube channel:
Another launch getting a fresh look is that of the speculative craft Daedalus, which was supposed to head off into the galaxy, fueled by explosive fusion reactions. That original paper has now been re-examined in order to form the basis of a modern take on an old idea, called Project Icarus – Icarus being the son of Daedalus.
But all these launches do leave things floating around and it can be quite unnerving for scientists scanning the heavens to occasionally come across something unidentified that is obviously artificial and painted. Fortunately, these things can be identified and hopefully studies of this possible Proton Rocket stage in orbit of the Sun will come to a conclusion on what it is soon.