Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Day 44

The New Horizons spacecraft model.

The spacecraft is on its way to a flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto and at the time of this writing is between the orbits of Uranus and Neptune. At a speed of almost 15 km/sec it still has 663 days to go.

New Horizons website

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Day 37

I've nothing much to report as I've been busy with my everyday life lately. But I'm still here! The only visible changes on the island has been the addition of some trees.

Most of what I've been doing lately on the project has been reading, gathering information, writing text to accompany each planet and exhibit. The slow, tedious bits.

Write, write, erase, write. Dammit Jim, I'm a builder not a writer.

I'm still planning on opening this month. Just a little further to go.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Day 27

Lately I've been working on displaying which spacecraft are near or on the surface of the other planets. Showing where they are in real time is beyond my ability, but you will be able to see the orbits they are in. Mars (shown above) is a busy place: three orbiters and two functioning rovers. The yellow and red lines show where it's two moons are.

NASA's Eyes on the Solar System program is being a great help for checking that I'm displaying things correctly. I highly recommend it.

I've also begun work on a model of the New Horizons spacecraft which will fly past Pluto in July 2015.