Contact by Daft Punk supposedly "contains audio from the Apollo 17 mission used by courtesy of NASA and Capt. Eugene Cernan
". The sample says: "Hey Bob, I'm looking at what Jack was talking about and it's definitely not a particle that's nearby. It is a bright object and it's obviously rotating because it's flashing, it's way out in the distance, certainly rotating in a very rhythmic fashion because the flashes come around almost on time. As we look back at the Earth it's up at about 11 o'clock, about maybe ten or twelve diame...Earth diameters. I don't know whether that does you any good, but there's something out there."
When I Google this I find only Daft Punk references. Is it a genuine soundbite from the Apollo 17 mission or did those wacky French robots make it up?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94
on May 21, 2013 -
Voyager 1 just left the solar system. I know we're unable to control trajectory at this point, but I'm curious what the next body it will encounter will be, and when, on its present course.
posted by radiosilents
on Mar 20, 2013 -
I'm trying to remember a book I read a long time ago in which a bitter supporting character complained about the fact that he was an ex-astronaut and he had a chip in his head and every moment of every day he received encouraging commentary from NASA engineers about whatever he happens to be doing. From memory the character might be homeless, or unemployed etc, and as the story progresses I think you just assume he's a little mad and the voices are imaginary. [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful
on Mar 16, 2013 -
We're visiting Kennedy Space Center in March and have time for one (and only one) of the tours
. Does anyone have any tips/suggestions? I'm leaning towards the VAB one but could be swayed.
posted by smackfu
on Mar 1, 2013 -
Watched the landing, live, in Times Square! I was thrilled, awed and inspired. Some great posts here, and lots of data on the NASA site. But 1. I'd like someone to explain the science better; what are we likely to find out? and how can that benefit the world? 2. The implications of actually finding signs of life, at whatever level.
posted by ebesan
on Aug 9, 2012 -
Where can I find technical information about MSL/Curiosity's telemetry (bandwidth, protocols, contents)? [more inside]
posted by themel
on Aug 5, 2012 -
From how far away could the Challenger explosion be seen? (Did you see it? Where were you?)
posted by avocet
on Apr 7, 2012 -
I'm stories of ways in which space programs from around the world have interacted with religion and ancient myth. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Mar 13, 2012 -
I'm looking for first-person accounts of the US space programme from the start to the moon shot. [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen
on Dec 24, 2011 -
Hypothetically speaking, are there any known elements found only in outer space that might one day economically justify a renewed commitment to space exploration? (Helium 3 not included.) [more inside]
posted by egeanin
on Mar 12, 2011 -
How do astronauts and other trained professionals deal with itches while in pressurized suits for long durations of time? Does NASA make astronauts undergo "tickle conditioning" to reduce the stress caused by having an itch one can't scratch, or, likewise, the military with fighter pilots? Do the subjects just get used to the feeling, so that the itch deadens? Are antihistamines or similar drugs administered pre-flight? Has weightlessness been found to affect these and related parts of the nervous system that manage sensations of pain, discomfort, heat, cold, etc.?
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Sep 10, 2010 -
How can I get a copy of this
NASA photo? It's a picture of the cast of Star Trek with the Space Shuttle Enterprise, number 50 in this
Air & Space article of the top 50 NASA photos. [more inside]
posted by bq
on Aug 18, 2010 -
Are there insects on the space station? (Not counting any being used in experiments) [more inside]
posted by DMan
on Aug 6, 2010 -
Anyone know why the Ares rocket is that shape?
posted by Idcoytco
on Oct 28, 2009 -
I'd like to watch a rocket launched into space (from the continental U.S.). I've researched it as best I can, but would like guidance from someone who knows more about it or has seen one before. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj
on Oct 7, 2009 -
With the advent of NASA's return to the moon I have a question of whether or not The Apollo astronauts could have recovered from a less than perfect landing. [more inside]
posted by Gungho
on Jun 18, 2009 -
What do I need to know about going to see the final Space Shuttle Launch in 2010? [more inside]
posted by afx114
on May 12, 2009 -
How Might the Personal Pet Projects of NASA Employees Provide Fuel For Innovation at NASA? [more inside]
posted by choragus
on Apr 26, 2009 -
I can't for the life of me find this old NASA image of an engineer hand drawing a pixelated image from one of the early mars missions. My understanding is that they didn't have printers available quickly enough to visualize the images they were getting back so they printed up sheets of the numbers and added color themselves. [more inside]
posted by garethspor
on Nov 7, 2008 -
So I'm watching the new Nasa documentary on Discovery and it prompted me to renew my search for rocket art. The issue is that if there is such a thing its not easy to find. I'm looking for prints of old rockets/spacecraft in the vein of this
. Doesn't necessarily have to be photographic, but at least photo realistic. Anyone have any ideas of where to look?
Bonus points if anyone knows of small scale desktop models of the old school rockets (Atlas, Jupiter, Titan, Redstone).
posted by wavering
on Jun 8, 2008 -
About how many people, including contractors and their employees, are involved in building the space shuttle? [more inside]
posted by np312
on Jan 25, 2008 -
lists all the planned manned shuttle flights until the shuttle is retired in 2010. Where can I find a list of planned manned space flights after this?
posted by blue_beetle
on Oct 16, 2007 -
Why hasn't anyone invented cheap space probes? Some kind of thing that could be sent up en mass to gather just base data we don't have on all the planets/moons/etc . . .? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here]
on Aug 18, 2007 -
May I trouble someone in the U.K. to search the BFI
download page and store, and tell me if they offer Project Apollo: Manned Flight to the Moon
for sale or download? The site doesn't permit access to those pages from the U.S. I'm not looking to commit some kind of international copyright conspiracy; I just really want to see that movie. [more inside]
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot
on Aug 1, 2007 -
Where do I find the audio file of the radio communications from mission control of the Delta II rocket launch? Preferably in .wav format. Thanks in advance.
posted by mitzyjalapeno
on Jul 21, 2007 -
In this article
, one of NASA's rocket scientists said that duct tape doesn't work in the vacuum of space. Why is that?
posted by banshee
on Jun 13, 2007 -
Anyone remember this 1970's film which features a moon shot launch + 'nasty congressman' demanding freebies for his wife ? [more inside]
posted by southof40
on May 13, 2007 -
I'm a fan of vintage NASA animations (like this one
), but they are hard to find. I suspect that there's an archive of this stuff available to the public somewhere
-- maybe a stack of dusty U-Matic tapes at the Library of Congress. Any ideas where I can find more?
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot
on Mar 23, 2007 -
Please recommend a good book about the history of the space travel. I'm particulary interested in NASA, but if it includes info about other countries, all the better.
posted by dpx.mfx
on Feb 1, 2007 -
How can I mix astronaut background sounds and change my voice so it sounds like I'm using one of the radios from the old-NASA spaceflight days?
posted by Smedleyman
on Sep 14, 2006 -
I was introduced to a fantastic image linked here on MetaFilter years ago. The image was a standard riff on the ascent of man
motif, with the final Homo Sapiens looking up to the stars, and a message along the lines of "At NASA, we know where our future lies." If my memory stills works, it was originally a poster. Can anyone help me locate this? Apparently, my google-fu hasn't evolved since then, and constant browsing of NASA's image archive
has been fruitless.
posted by jgee
on Jul 19, 2005 -
What is the best book/article you have read on the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident?
posted by msacheson
on Jun 20, 2005 -
'Moon trees' were trees grown from seeds that orbited the moon onboard Apollo 14. Two trees were given to each US state to honor the bicentennial festivities in 1976 but no list of locations was kept. Now a NASA scientist is trying to track them down
. I'd like to find one in Rhode Island but he's missing quite a few. Anyone know of one not on his list?
posted by jwells
on Jul 7, 2004 -