Ra Meets Rob: September 9th, 2013

Show notes for September 9th,2013
Hosts: Paul, Jesse, Ryan
Title: Ra Meets Rob
Live Guest: Robert Cockcroft

On this show we invited Dr Rob Cockcroft from McMaster University to join us on air to tell us about (among other things) his current research on ancient Egyptian astronomy. Check out the show notes and podcast below.

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Pauline Plays ‘Name that Galaxy:’ July 22nd, 2013

Show notes for the night of July 22nd, 2013

Hosts: Paul, Pat, Ryan
Title: Pauline plays ‘name that galaxy’

This week in space/astronomy history:
1. Unusual happy birthday: Herbert Marshall McLuhan, CC (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980) was a Canadian philosopher of communication theory. His work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries.[1][2] (Ref: Wikipedia)  Given the imprtance astronomers and science educator put on ALL forms of communications, especially social media, this seems a worthy recipient of our “shout out”.
2. Apollo 11: July 16 – 24 including neil Armstrong’s first step upon the Moon, July 20, 1969.   July 22 1969, Apollo 11 laves lunar orbit bound for Earth.  Can note that the original F-1 Engine #5 was found on the ocean floor by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.  Also recovered were “thrust chambers, gas generators, injectors, heat exchangers, turbines, fuel manifolds and dozens of other artifacts”
3. Venera 8 landed on Venus July 22 1972.  Used aerobraking and survived surface conditions for 50 minutes, confirming high temperature, pressure and atmospheric composition including cloud altitude.  No camera onboard, 495 kg lander mass.

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