2018 October 28 Ultraviolet Earth from an Observatory on the…

2018 October 28

Ultraviolet Earth from an Observatory on the Moon
Image Credit: G. Carruthers (NRL) et al., Far UV Camera, Apollo 16, NASA

Explanation: Which planet is this? Earth. The featured false color picture shows how the Earth shines in ultraviolet (UV) light. The image is historic because it was taken from the surface of the Moon by humanity’s only lunar observatory. Although very little UV light is transmitted through the Earth’s atmosphere, what sunlight does make it through might cause a sunburn. The part of the Earth facing the Sun reflects much UV light, but perhaps more interesting is the side facing away from the Sun. Here bands of UV emission are the result of auroras and are caused by charged particles expelled by the Sun. Other planets showing auroras in the UV include Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, and Uranus.

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LandSpace ZhuQue-1 first launch

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28 oct. 2018

LandSpace ZhuQue-1 rocket launch

LandSpace ZhuQue-1 rocket launched the Weilai-1 (Future-1) satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu Province, northwest China, on 27 October 2018, at 08:00 UTC (16:00 local time).

LandSpace ZhuQue-1 first launch

According to Zhang Changwu (CEO, LandSpace Technology Corporation), the spacecraft failed to achieve orbit due to an issue with the third stage.

Weilai-1 or “Future 1”

This was the first launch of the ZhuQue-1 (ZQ-1, 朱雀一号) launch vehicle, developed by LandSpace Technology Corporation (蓝箭, Blue Arrow), a private company located in Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province, east China. Weilai-1 or “Future 1” was a small satellite owned by China Central Television (CCTV) and intended for scientific experiments and Earth observation.

LandSpace ZhuQue-1 rocket

A Zhuque 1 rocket developed by the Chinese private launch company LandSpace lift off its inaugural flight carrying the Weilai 1 microsatellite into orbit for China Central Television.

For more information about LandSpace: http://www.landspace.com/

Images, Video, Text, Credits: LandSpace/Günter Space Page/CCTV/SciNews.

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