jeudi 26 novembre 2009

RENCONTRE AVEC BUZZ ALDRIN / Paris le 26 novembre 2009


Cet après-midi, à l'Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris se tenait une Conférence Internationale en hommage à l'astronome Ouzbek Mirzo Ulughbeg...
L'invité d'honneur était BUZZ ALDRIN, lui-même...
 
(Crédit Photos : Stéphane Sebile / Space Quotes - Souvenirs d'espace)

mercredi 25 novembre 2009

Passage de la Station Spatiale Internationale et de la navette spatiale Atlantis

Ce soir, à 18h12, l'ISS suivie de la navette spatiale Atlantis (STS-129) sont passés au-dessus de la France. Ici, un petit extrait de ce qui était visible à Dugny (93) entre les nuages. Atlantis suit l'ISS (donc à sa droite). Film réalisé avec un appareil photo qui n'est optimum en vidéo.

 

Interview avec Jerry Carr, commandant de la mission Skylab 4

Jerry Carr est sélectionné comme astronaute par la NASA en 1966. Il effectuera une mission spatiale en tant que commandant de Skylab 4 et restera 84 jours dans l'espace du 16 novembre 1973 au 8 février 1974.
Interview réalisée en 2001
Q : How many years were you connected to the space program before your 1st flight ?
A : About 8 years
Q : How did you feel prior the flight ?
A : Anxious and exhilarated
Q : What does weightlessness feel like, and what did you think about during the flight ?
A : Like floating in water. I think about the fragility of the Earth's environment and the insignificance of the Earth in the Cosmos
Q : What were some of the problems you encountered and how did you fixed them ?
A : refer to a book entlited ''SKYLAB'' of David Shayler. Book will be published soon by Springer-Praxis
Q : What did you eat and did it taste real ?
A : We had a large menu. Many tasty items. Our sense of taste was somewhat reduced
Q : What was Re-entry like ?
A : VERY FIREY. We had a partial control systems failure but the back ups worked well
Q : Were you glad to be back on Earth, or did you feel you could have spent the rest of your life up there ?
A : Yes. I was ready to rejoin my family and friends

Interview avec Bonnie Dunbar, astronaute lors des missions STS-61A, 32, 50, 71 et 89


Bonnie Dunbar est astronaute de la NASA et elle a effectué le plus grande nombre de missions spatiales pour une femme (avec Shannon Lucid et Marsha Ivins).
Elle est scientifique et médecin.
Elle entre à la NASA en 1978 en tant que Flight Controller et Payload Officer.
Elle est sélectionnée en 1980 dans le Groupe 9).
Elle effectue son premier vol spatial lors de la mission STS-61A du 30 octobre au 6 novembre 1985.
Elle effectuera 5 missions spatiales (STS-61A, 32, 50, 71 et STS-89). Elle quitte la NASA en 2005.
Actuellement Présidente et Directrice du Museum of Flight de Seattle.

 
Interview réalisée en 2001
How many years were you connected to the space program before your 1st flight ?
I was with the Space Program 5 years as astronaut and 6 years as engineer before my first flight on the space shuttle
 
 
How did you feel prior the flight ?
Great !
 
 
What kinds of sensations did you experienced during the take-off ?
Up to 3g during the 8-minutes launch. But since we were lying on our backs, this was not significant
 
 
What does weightlessness feel like, and what did you think about during the flight ?
Weightlessness was wonderful !!! I ought about the experiments and how lucky I was
 
 
What were some of the problems you encountered and how did you fixed them ?
I encountered problems with some of experiments, and fixed them by rewiring hardware and re-loading sofware
 
 
What did you eat and did it taste real ?
All the food is very good - like schrimp cocktail, beef barbecue, chicken, etc...
 
 
What was Re-entry like ?
It least about 50 minutes. At night it was possible to see the glow of plasma re-entry
 
 
Were you glad to be back on Earth, or did you feel you could have spent the rest of your life up there ?
I was glad to be back on Earth, but would like to spend more time on-orbit
 

Interview avec Nicholas Patrick, astronaute de la missions STS-116


Nicholas PATRICK a effectué son premier vol spatial lors de la mission STS-116 du 10 au 22 décembre 2006. Il doit effectuer son 2ème vol en février 2010 lors de la mission STS-130.



Interview réalisée en 2008
 
Q : How many years were you connected to the space program before your 1st flight ?
A : I was an astronaut for 8 years working on many aspects of the space program before I flew with STS-116.

 
Q : How did you feel prior the flight ?
A : I was very busy preparing and was looking forward to the flight a lot


Q : What kinds of sensation did you experienced during the take-off ?
A : The most memorable was the feeling of weight caused by our accelaeration wich lasted 8 1/2 minutes and was following by weightlessness.

 
Q : What does weightlessness feel like, and what did you think about during the flight ?
A : Weightlessness is very comfortable - it's especially comfortable to sleep while you're floating. Most of the time, I thought about my tasks !


Q : what were some of the problems you encountered and how did you fixed them ?
A : We had an ISS solar array that would't retract, and we send out 2 crewmembers for a fourth spacewalk to fix it.


Q : What did you eat and did it taste real ?
A : We ate our standard deshydrated food and it tasted almost the same as it does on the ground - perhaps a little less spicy.


Q : What was R-entry like ?
R : The ''g's'' weren't very strong - only about 1.6g peak - but felt very heavy after 2 weeks of weightlessness.
 

Rencontre avec Mike Melvill, 1er astronaute privé avec SpaceShipOne


Interview avec Mike Melvill, premier astronaute privé à être aller dans l'espace avec SpaceShipOne le 21 juin 2004.


Il effectue un 2ème vol spatial suborbital le 29 septembre 2004 lors des 2 vols qualificatifs du X-Prize (le 2ème vol qualificatif a été effectué par Brian Binnie le 4 octobre 2004).

(Enveloppe signée par Mike Melvill, Brian Binnie, Pete Siebold, Doug Shane et par Burt Rutan)
Interview réalisé en 2006
 
How many years were you connected with Scaled Composites before the 1st Space Flight ?
27 Years
 
How did you feel prior the flight ?
Quite nervous before but OK once I took off !
 
What did the world look like from the space ?
Fantastic ! Very beautiful and I can see more than 1000 miles !
 
What are the problems have you encountered and how have you fixed them ?
Several problems with trim systems and stability, but the whole team worked on it and we managed to correct all problems and survived to win the X-Prize !
 
What was Re-entry like ?
Very scary ! Lots of vibrations and noise BUT we got back Alive !

(Mike Melvill recevant ses Ailes d'Astronaute