NASA reported that a powerful X-class flare, the third in the past two days, occurred on the Sun on 14 May. These were the most powerful burst of solar activity since 23 October 2012. None of these flares pointed towards the Earth; otherwise, they could’ve triggered massive geomagnetic storms. Geomagnetic storms are also called geomagnetic disturbances; they last from several hours to several days, and are caused by the arrival in the neighbourhood of the Earth of perturbed solar wind flows and their interaction with the Earth’s magnetosphere. Geomagnetic storms are one of the most important elements of space weather and affect many areas of human activity, including degradation of communications, navigation systems, and space vehicles, the induction of eddy currents in transformers and lines, and even the destruction of power systems.
15 May 2013
The RIA translator wins yet another Big Green Weenie Award. The title isn’t Dreams of Space… if it were, Yolkin would’ve used мечты, not планы. Again, the translator trashes Yolkin’s play on words (it has overtones of “Comic Aspirations”). He showed the daftness of some teen dreams by using a pompous title juxtaposed with a faintly-ridiculous caricature. On top of that, it’s best to keep the boy’s exclamation to a single word, as is it in the original… doing one’s best to keep the somewhat-sardonic comparison between the grandiose remark with the prosaic reality… you CAN do it. Is Yolkin commenting on his own youthful dreams?
After Yuri Gagarin made the first manned space flight on 12 April 1961, millions of Soviet girls and boys dreamed of going up into space. For some of them, the dream came true. Sergei Yolkin comments on the UN General Assembly’s proclamation of 12 April as International Cosmonautics Day.
17 April 2013
Forty-five years ago, Yuri Gagarin, the first man to enter outer space, died in an accident during a routine training flight from Chkalovsky Air Base; he and flight instructor Vladimir Seryogin died when their MiG-15UTI crashed near the town of Kirzhach. After a state funeral, their ashes were entombed in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis on Red Square.
Heroism NEVER dies… it just transfers to another dimension, that’s all…
Вечная память, Юрий Алексеевич…
Geologists Must Trek into Space!
Scientists point up that automated probes can’t fulfil all the tasks on the Moon, so, now, we should start preparing for future lunar geological expeditions. Sergei Yolkin takes a light-hearted look at the subject.
29 January 2013