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One Speck In Space July 22, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Humor.
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EarthHow do you find a single speck in space when it is racing around the Earth at 16,000 miles per hour?

Answer:  The same way you’d track a golf ball . . . from 200 miles away.

In 1962, our family spent the summer in a small cabin on a lake in Andover Maine, coincident  with the launch of Telstar.

In this video from the Bell Telephone Laboratory Archives, dad responds to an inquiry to Satellite Acquisition:

“Roger.  We will initiate test series on fifth pass.” [counter 19:32]

A few minutes later, the announcer proclaims:  Bullseye!  Dead on Target.

Months and years of precision planning for the Telstar payload paid off!

On July 10th, we celebrated Telstar’s 50th Anniversary . . . coincident with our preparations for dad’s Memorial Service.

A single speck in space improved and facilitated communication systems around the globe.

Maybe we should strive to do the same?

Aah . . . that’s better!

Moment to Moment July 22, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Blogging.
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Thanks for all your kind and supportive comments over the past few weeks.

At the moment, the dust is still settling.  Once it clears, and a routine appears, I’ll be a bit more visible . . . both here and there.

Keep breathing!

LE5501C-P

 

Old friends pass away, new friends appear.

It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. 

The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend or a meaningful day.

~ His Holiness The XIV Dalai Lama

Aah . . . that’s better!

Artwork available at Roderick MacIver Arts.  The beauty of Rod’s art lies in his ability NOT to control all aspects of the water ~ he allows it latitude to do its thing while he does his. The result speaks for itself.