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STS-135 Countdown Under Way

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NASA ends its 30-year program: Space Transportation System – STS

The countdown for the final space shuttle launch is near end now.. Just less than 2 hrs. More than 1 Million people are near the ground of Kennedy Space Center waiting for this historical moment.

Atlantis will carry the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module to deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts including two  iPhone 4’s to the International Space Station.  See my previous post: Apple iPhone Gone to Space , Where I posted about STS-135.

STS-135 crew portrait. NASA astronauts

Image above: Pictured in the STS-135 crew portrait are NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson (center right), commander; Doug Hurley (center left), pilot; Rex Walheim and Sandy Magnus, both mission specialists. Image credit: NASA

Click on the Astronauts name above to follow them on twitter and of course follow me on twitter for latest important STS-135 news

Follow NASAs blog on what’s going on now – STS-135 Launch Coverage

AND WATCH IT NOW LIVE ON SPACEFLIGHT NOW

Click here to download the STS-135 Press kit

I wish all the best for the Astronauts crew, NASA and everyone who took part in this historical moment 🙂 .  
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Apple iPhone 4 Goes to Space

AstrO Gears Product showcase: Apple iPhone 4                                     AstrOceanOmy Store

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Product Features Description

  • iPhone 4. The fastest, highest-resolution iPhone
  • FaceTime
  • Retina Display
  • Multitasking
  • HD Video Recording and Editing
  • 5-Megapixel Camera with LED Flash
  • Astronomy Edition 🙂

Yeah! The most amazing feature in iPhone 4 is the Gyroscope built-in. Which makes the iPhone 4 Astronomy edition.

I’m including iPhone 4 as one of my AstrO Gears product. Why! Just see below… I will include more features of this gear later on.

Last year Father-Son Team lunched iPhone 4 into Space with weather balloon. They have used an insulated craft, weather balloon, iPhone 4 and a HD video camera to enter the space and film down the whole process. iPhone 4 was used to locate the location of the craft. Check out the video>>>

iPhone in Orbit

 

Interesting right!

The next surprise is that iPhone 4 this Month will be taken aboard the International Space Station via STS-135 to help conduct ground breaking experiments. Odyssey Space Research LLC, of Houston, TX, has developed an iOS application that will take advantage of the iPhones built-in mechanisms.

The experiments will perform onboard the US. National Laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS)

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In an excerpt from their official press release, Odyssey states:

The SpaceLab for iOS app will utilize the innovative features of iPhone 4, including the three-axis gyro, accelerometer, Retina display, cameras and A4 chip, for space-based research. The crew will conduct various experiments to collect data which could one day find use in practical applications, such as the recovery of navigation information for a spacecraft that might be “lost in space.

SpaceLab for iOS 

Four experiments are planned, click on the image above to read more.

As stated by Odyssey Space Research:When the experiments are completed, both iPhones will be returned to Earth. The first opportunity for return will be on a Russian Soyuz vehicle in the fall of 2011. Flight data from the experiments are expected to be collected, analyzed, and then shared via this app on the App Store.

The launch target for STS-135 (Orbiter Atlantis) is set by  July 8, 2011. 🙂

What are you waiting for! Download the application now.

Need an iPhone! It’s available in AstrOceanOmy Store.

Click here for more AstrO Application for iOS from NASA

Clear Skies

Lunar Eclipse Pictures

On Wednesday 15th of June @ night, I managed to take some shots of the lunar eclipse using my lil 3 inch (76mm) Catadioptric telescope and Apple iPhone 4.

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The Moon was so bright in early stage, therefore I used the green Lunar filter.

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Red Moon..Without the lunar filter

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And yeah 🙂  some drinks, Barbican (Non-Alcoholic Drink) Just for refreshing 🙂

Lunar Eclipse Album

Technical Data:

  • Telescope: 3 inch (76mm) Catadioptric type, 600mm focal length, tabletop mounted.
  • Eyepieces: H20mm with green lunar filter
  • Camera model: Apple iPhone 4, (5 megapixels)
  • Image Type: jpeg (Width: 2592 pixels, Height: 1936 pixels)
  • Exposure Time: 1/15 sec, normal.
  • Camera Aperture Value: 2.97 EV (f/2.8)
  • Camera ISO Speed Rating: 500
  • Camera Focal Length: 3.9 mm
  • Metering Mode: Pattern
  • Camera Software: iOS 4.3.2
  • Location: Muscat, Oman. (Athaiba – Ocean area, on top of the roof surrounded with plants 🙂
  • Weather Temperature: 31°C , feels like 40+
  • Sky Condition: Haze around the horizon
  • Humidity: ~80%
  • Field Time: 22:15 (GMT+4) to 16th June 00:45 (GMT+4)
  • Refreshment Drink: Barbican ^_^