Ho Lam Kerman

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About Ho Lam Kerman

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  • Location Doing ground-based radio astronomy in the Tracking Station
  • Interests Spaceflight, KSP, science, bananas, bananas and bananas.

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  1. Ho Lam Kerman

    Spacecraft Tribute!

    15 years ago, two Delta II rockets launched two twins to two opposite places on Mars. The rover duo was only designed to last for 90 sols. Opportunity would eventually last 5352 sols. For 15 years, these rovers would be part of our lives. They've helped us discover so much. They were our two eyes on Mars. Hematite blueberries, proving water on Mars. Heatshield rock, a wonderful surprise sitting where the heatshield rested. An entire marathon, on Mars. Over 220000 pictures. 15 years. They had faced hardships, too. Driving backward to prevent wheel damage. Driving on slopes so treacherous the dust started sliding off the solar panels. Breaking both front wheels. 15 years. Now, they sit silent on Mars, listening to the wind and breathing the dust. Humanity's last words to the little rover that could were the song I'll Be Seeing You, performed by Billie Holiday. Ad astra, the little rover that could. You will be dearly missed.
  2. This is the first day of my life when Opportunity wasn't roving around on Mars. The little rover that could now couldn't. A fitting end, perhaps- the greatest little rover went out because of the greatest dust storm in recorded history. We will forever miss you.
  3. Ho Lam Kerman

    Revelations of the Kraken (Chapter 35: Ivan Grozny)

    Your writing amazes and draws me in again and again, sir. Absolutely amazing. I eagerly await the next chapter.
  4. Ho Lam Kerman

    ISRO Discussion Thread

    I'm actually surprised that no-one here is talking about PSLV-DL... Does anyone know what DL stands for?
  5. Ho Lam Kerman

    Revelations of the Kraken (Chapter 35: Ivan Grozny)

    Over the past month I've been silently reading all three books in the trilogy, and now I've finally caught up. Some very interesting plot twists along the way. I must say, this is one of the best writing in the Kerbol System! (No exaggeration!) Please, never, ever stop!
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    For Questions That Don't Merit Their Own Thread

    It's usually marked VGR1 or VGR2 for me as well, but this time it just appears as VGR. It's gone back to being VGR1 and VGR2, so I believe it was maintenance.
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    For Questions That Don't Merit Their Own Thread

    What the actual... Now there's a lot of weird things going on here. 1. Why is Cassini connected to the DSN? Cassini, of all spacecraft?! Is the DSN doing some decommissioning work for Cassini, or is it a glitch? 2. VGR stands for "Voyager", but why isn't it VGR1 or VGR2? When I click on it, the target is labelled "Testing".
  8. I still have to periodically tell people exactly that. Anyways, to get back on topic, I think it's a combination of both- sunlight during the day, and LEDs during the munar lunar night. I think it's going to be somewhat similar to the way lunar base crew would farm plants- sunlight during the day to conserve electricity, and LEDs during the night to keep them from dying.
  9. We've had OSIRIS-REx orbit insertion in these 3 days too, so still a milestone a day! Does anyone know when the corresponding data was released for Chang'e 3? Maybe we could base our predictions off that.
  10. About how long does it normally take for them to be comfortable with releasing the data?
  11. For us here in China it's been 2019 for 3 days, but who cares?
  12. Link anywhere pretty please? Woohoo! 2019 is already AWESOME!
  13. Ho Lam Kerman

    Top 3 Rocket Launches/Missions of 2018

    I'd say some of the most important moments in spaceflight this year would be: Falcon Heavy Soyuz MS-10 Electron Still Testing InSight (both launch & landing) Parker Solar Probe Delta II & ICESat-2 (Bye old friend) Kepler & Dawn EOM Starship passenger announcement (#dearMoon) CRS-16 failed landing GovSat and that booster who doesn't want to die Bangabandhu-1 and the Block 5 debut SSO-A and the 2nd reuse of a booster TESS because we've already seen it bear fruit Chang'e 4 BepiColombo Dragon V2 and Strainer crew announcement Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx Zuma launch failure VA 241 off-target orbit Momo-2 launch failure Hole in station They did Sergei on a Soyuz Apollo 8 50th anniversary Wow, a lot of stuff happened this year! Here's to an even better 2019! That is true.
  14. A quick search online tells me that there aren't any confirmations of that yet. We'll see.
  15. It's today?! How did I not know? (That also explains the documentary I saw on the TV yesterday about the Chang'e program.)