Amateur Space Weekly - February 8

Amateur Space Weekly - February 8

This week's recap of news from the world of amateur space exploration includes astronomy research using amateur observations, British rocketcars, Australian DIY satellites, student zero-g research, yachting for science, and more....
 

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Tour German Rocket Sites with the British Interplanetary Society

The Peenemunde Museum, one of the historic sites of German rocket history.

The Peenemunde Museum, one of the historic sites of German rocket history.

Join the British Interplanetary Society's tour of Germany’s World War 2 rocket sites. The seven-day tour will visit Peenemunde, Kummersdorf, and Nordhausen-Dora. Professional guides will explain the history of rocket development, its role in the German war effort, and how that set the stage for the US and Soviet Space Race. The tour will also address Nordhausen-Dora’s role as a sub-camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp: over 20,000 prisoners died building von Braun’s rockets.

Amateur Space News Roundup May 24, 2014

Today’s amateur space headlines include astronomy tourism at Lake Tahoe, the inside story of a Nasa student rocket contest, progress in crowdsourced hurricane research, STEM rocketry in Bimidji, and another Mars One candidate profile.

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Restoring Historic Radio Telescopes

Today’s state-of-the art technologies become tomorrow’s obsolete castoffs as scientific frontiers advance. Radio telescopes built in the 1950’s and 1960’s pioneered radio astronomy and tracked spacecraft during the early Space Age. Groups of amateurs restored several historic telescopes to conduct amateur and student radio astronomy research.

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