Tuesday, October 25, 2011

NASA Radar Dish


With out getting technical; which I can't because I don't know the ins and outs of it; there are computers behind this door. I do know that they looked very complicated and that was enough for me; and as I was taught as a child they also looked expensive; so I didn't touch them. (thanks Mom & Dad)





Not like wiring up cable and stereo. What do you do when it's not working? Uh..replace the yellow cable? Moving on; the computers are fed information from the dish on the hill. You know the golf ball things you see at airports and such.



I always thought they were much bigger...much bigger!



It was so windy and cold I would've gotten in through a mouse hole. I hope this isn't a door to Wonderland..nope no Rabbits here...or maybe.....


Nope..it really is a dish. It's 30 feet in circumference. Wait how come we only get three TV stations? I'm calling Direct TV! My guide told me to make sure I stayed up against the wall of the ball, which is incidentally made of a material that sounds and feels like a drum. He said what time it would start tracking and how long for.....


Wait! His cell phone has signal? It is a live feed or info or whatever..it's on!!!! NASA has all the perks! Wonder if they need cooks? So the dish was scheduled to track a NASA satellite moving some insane speed like 165,000 MPH. I figured the dish would move fast, but you'll see its quite the opposite. (You'll see) The dish tracks all the satellites that cross the continent. So a really loud buzzer sounds, similar to a buzzer at a basketball game, and a red light....



Once it moves from its resting (neutral) position you can see the business end of the dish.



...Lights....Buzzer....Action!

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....the tracking took 12 minutes. Here is a short video. The clicking you can hear is it tracking....real slow. The speed the dish moves is dependent on where the satellite crosses in regards to the horizon.

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So that's all for now. Until next time.............
                                                                             

                                                              ..............Cooking on Ice

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Sorry to be greedy but we need longer videos. Less than a minute doesn't give us even a portion of what you are seeing. Listen anything you want from home let me know I will try and send.

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