Fanfare For The Scruff Pulsar Sleeve Notes

An EP of tracks that glisten through the infinite cosmos and pass through all in its path. It means no harm, it sends a message of peace

Fanfare For The Scruff Pulsar:

STS-135: Countdown to Launch – space shuttle countdown to launch – The Space Shuttle is a retired, partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated from 1981 to 2011 by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS), taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft where it was the only item funded for development.

STS-135 was launched on July 8, 2011, and landed at the KSC on July 21, 2011, at 5:57 a.m. EDT (09:57 UTC).

Atlas V: Launch – Atlas V[a] is an expendable launch system and the fifth major version in the Atlas launch vehicle family. It was originally designed by Lockheed Martin, now being operated by United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Atlas V is also a major NASA launch vehicle. It is America’s longest-serving active rocket. In August 2021, ULA announced that Atlas V would be retired, and all 29 remaining launches had been sold. As of 6 October 2023, 17 launches remain.

Mercury 7: Liftoff – The Mercury Seven were the group of seven astronauts selected to fly spacecraft for Project Mercury. They are also referred to as the Original Seven and Astronaut Group 1. Their names were publicly announced by NASA on April 9, 1959; these seven original American astronauts were Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton. The Mercury Seven created a new profession in the United States, and established the image of the American astronaut for decades to come.

Polish The Aluminum And Tighten The Nuts:

Mercury 9 – Astronaut Cooper Comments – Mercury-Atlas 9 was the final crewed space mission of the U.S. Mercury program, launched on May 15, 1963, from Launch Complex 14 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The spacecraft, named Faith 7, completed 22 Earth orbits before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, piloted by astronaut Gordon Cooper, then a United States Air Force major. As of 2023, this mission marks the last time an American was launched alone to conduct an entirely solo orbital mission.

Grazing The Dragon’s Knuckles:

Ion Cyclotron Waves – The ion cyclotron waves (ICWs) refer to electromagnetic transverse waves with nearly field-aligned propagation, circular polarization, and frequencies near the proton gyro-frequency.

Sounds of Mars from InSight Lander – “Dinks and donks” from InSight’s seismometer

A recording of “dinks and donks,” strange sounds created by friction inside of InSight’s seismometer, called SEIS. Scientists aren’t entirely sure what causes each of these sounds, but they are created by parts inside the seismometer contracting as they cool down, especially during sunset. These were recorded on just after sundown on July 16, 2019 (Sol 226).

InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, was a Mars lander that gave the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. It was the first outer space robotic explorer to study in depth the “inner space” of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core.

Listening In On KIC7671081B:

Kepler- Star KIC122682

Kepler- Star KIC7671081B Light Curve Waves to Sound – The Kepler space telescope is a disused space telescope launched by NASA in 2009 to discover Earth-sized planets orbiting other stars. Named after astronomer Johannes Kepler, the spacecraft was launched into an Earth-trailing heliocentric orbit. After nine and a half years of operation, the telescope’s reaction control system fuel was depleted, and NASA announced its retirement on October 30, 2018.

Juno’s Ganymede Flyby:

Juno’s Ganymede Flyby – Ganymede, or Jupiter III, is the largest and most massive natural satellite of Jupiter as well as in the Solar System, being a planetary-mass moon. It is the largest Solar System object without an atmosphere, despite being the only moon in the Solar System with a magnetic field.

Juno is a NASA space probe orbiting the planet Jupiter. It was built by Lockheed Martin and is operated by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on August 5, 2011 UTC, as part of the New Frontiers program. Juno entered a polar orbit of Jupiter on July 5, 2016, UTC, to begin a scientific investigation of the planet. After completing its mission, Juno will be intentionally deorbited into Jupiter’s atmosphere.

Juno’s mission is to measure Jupiter’s composition, gravitational field, magnetic field, and polar magnetosphere. It will also search for clues about how the planet formed, including whether it has a rocky core, the amount of water present within the deep atmosphere, mass distribution, and its deep winds, which can reach speeds up to 620 km/h (390 mph).

Life On Mars?:

First Audio Recording of Sounds on Mars – This recording was made by the SuperCam instrument on NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover on Feb. 19, 2021, just about 18 hours after landing on the mission’s first sol or Martian day. The rover’s mast, holding the microphone, was still stowed on Perseverance’s deck, and so the sound is muffled, a little like the sound one hears listening to a seashell or having a hand cupped over the ear. Just a little wind can be heard.

STS-1- We’re Going to Dust it Off First – space shuttle – The first (STS-1) of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981.

STS-135- Landing Commander Comments – STS-135 launched on July 8, 2011, and landed at the KSC on July 21, 2011, at 5:57 a.m. EDT (09:57 UTC).

The first (STS-1) of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights (STS-5) beginning in 1982. Five complete Space Shuttle orbiter vehicles were built and flown on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011.

Space samples curtesy of NASA

Released October 6, 2023

Fanfare For The Scruff Pulsar is available as a digital download on Bandcamp