Well, it seems that the Vikram lander DID land more-or-less intact! Good news to be sure. It’s a bit tilted from what we have heard. More details should be coming in the days ahead and hopefully communications can be initiated.
Until then, congratulations to the ISRO and mission team!
There will be a launch later today. The launch will be the JAXA HTV-8 cargo-spaceship to the International Space Station. I plan to schedule a feed, although I should be right here; The idea is to see what is going on with scheduling.
I was lucky enough to be able to watch this “live” yesterday. It didn’t take long to see that things went wrong. Lot’s of sadness there, and that is understandable.
Communications was lost when the lander was 2.1 km above the surface. It is unclear if in fact the lander actually crashed or not. In the end the lander is unusable either way, however if the lander did land successfully that would be better than a crash as far as the mission team is concerned.
Eventually the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will fly over the site and could possibly get a look with the LROC camera. We can hope.
Here is the replay of the Soyuz MS-14. The launch occurred at 11:38 PM ET.
I missed it because of the AM/PM thing, and is exactly why the dates were confusing. Also the reason I always tend to use UTC time, then it is clear and all one needs to do is convert that to local time.
Ah well. On a happy note while looking for this particular replay I noticed a conspiracy theorist site with coverage, presumably because of the Skybot F-850 Humanoid Robot on board. I need to watch, it could be a laugh.
Catch part of the on-going spacewalk and the Soyuz MS-14 launch of a cargo-spaceship to the International Space Station.
Launch is scheduled for 15:38 UT / 11:38 ET today.
Update: Enjoy the spacewalk. The launch is apparently going off tomorrow 22 August on the same timeline. I heard differing date and went with what NASA published. For one reason or another today is not the day. I would imagine it would be too much with the spacewalk going on.
Oh no, the hold is being extended due to a first-stage anomaly.
Anomaly resolved! Now there is another, termed minor. Fixed.
FINALLY! Spectacular pre-dawn video.
United Launch Alliance is going to make another attempt to launch the AEHF-5 (Advanced Extremely High Frequency) satellite for the US military. I believe this is the third attempt owing to a couple of anomalies.