tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Earlier today I bit the bullet and deleted my LJ. I'd got everything backed up, and had tested a few communities and found I can still access icon creation journals without an LJ. Now I'm here on DW and have changed my layout design, but can't help feeling they're a bit meh compared to some of the really nice ones they had on LJ. I think this one is quite summery and very different from my previous layout, so hopefully I can keep this for a while and from all the new people coming to DW there will be someone who's a whizz at creating lovely layouts.

In other news I have watched The Night Manager all the way through twice since last weekend and would now like to watch Rev again, which I haven't seen for ages. And happy to report that Thomas Pesquet has landed safely back to Earth, meaning all the ESA class of 2009 (the Shenanigans) have now completed their first space missions.

Today In Space

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 07:06 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Today has been a good day so far in space! Firstly, STS-125: the first EVA is in progress, and is going well despite a delayed start and a tricky bolt. There was some concern late yesterday about debris from a Chinese rocket thing a couple of years ago, a 10cm piece of debris was due to approach the Shuttle/HST combo rather close by, but further investigation showed it wasn't going to be close enough for them to have to consider moving out of the way.

Main space news is the successful launch of ESA's Herschel & Planck satellites. I watched the live liftoff on the website, it looked like things were going well because people were just sitting there looking at monitors etc, not exactly a hive of activity. All went well, clean launch & SRB sep, the fairing fell away as planned, and both satellites were in good clear communication with Earth about 40 minutes after launch.

I hope this crosspost will work - I've spelled my LJ name correctly this time :)
tourmaline: (ISS)
The ATV is no more, it has de-orbited and burned up over the Pacific. Rather sad but everything about the whole mission was so fantastic, it all went so right all along.

BBC News

ESA - ATV section

ESA Blog on the ATV

I was refreshing my browser throughout the day reading the latest on the blog. I tried looking for coverage on The Guardian's site, but nothing. As in absolutely fuck-all. They probably think ATV means this (we call the other ATVs Quad Bikes here, as I'm sure they do at The Guardian).

When I got home, I had one new email - from The Guardian, wanting to know what I think of their publications and their website. So I told them. And I told them how disappointed I was. I've yet to hear back from them but I shall be even more disappointed if they slink away without replying.