March 17th, 2009

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Twitching

We appear to have a jay living nearby. It being a species I've only rarely noticed (their ecological niche seeming being occupied by magpies in most places I've lived), I'm quite chuffed at this.
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GOCE is GO

At least, it's lifted off. Let's hope separation occurs without a hitch.

It's going to be a low polar orbit (260 km up), and moving fast as a result. But being only 5 metres longest dimension (no solar panels), I'm not sure whether it'll be very visible.

Update: and it's made it - the first signal has been received, which rather implies it's made orbit undamaged.