Leah Beeferman

Monitoring the architecture of science: a studious, imaginative investigation of space-bound and land-based far-traveling and distant-looking orbiting and non-orbiting structures

an ongoing weekly project distributed by e-mail running from February 2009 to February 2010.

27 October 2009

In the past week, NASA has begun the process of relocating TDRS-1 – a newly retired 25+ year-old tracking and communications satellite – from its geosynchronous orbit to an orbit 300km (136mi) higher, one referred to as “supersynchronous orbit” and “graveyard orbit”


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NASA’s interstellar boundary explorer (IBEX) has recently completed the first all-sky map of the heliosphere – a huge “bubble” of magnetism surrounding the solar system – which reveals a previously unknown bright “ribbon”, glowing not from light but from its source particles Having completed its 43-day stay after successfully docking to deliver 5475 pounds of food, computers, science experiments and related items, Japan’s H-2 Transfer Vehicle (HTV) left the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, October 30; the bus-sized craft, now carrying 1600 pounds of trash from the ISS, is due to burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere