One step closer to space

#2.24 The Giant at the ESA Exhibition at ESTEC in the Netherlands. Emil Vinterhav, October 10, 2013

#2.24 The Giant at the ESA Exhibition at ESTEC in the Netherlands. Emil Vinterhav, October 10, 2013

On October 2, 2013 the Moonhouse came a step closer to space when Emil Vinterhav and Moonhouse #2.24 explored ESTEC, the technology facility of ESA in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. It is seen in the picture above in front of the out door model of the bus size flagship satellite Envisat the the ESA/ESTEC exhibition and below in the rainbow hallway of ESTEC.

Congratulations Emil Vinterhav on your successful expedition and fair winds for your coming adventures.

#2.24 The Giant in the Rainbow hallway at ESTEC. Emil Vinterhav, October 10, 2013

#2.24 The Giant in the Rainbow hallway at ESTEC. Emil Vinterhav, October 10, 2013

Logan – Together to the Moon

Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA #2.24 Emil Vinterhav August 15, 2013

Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA
#2.24 Emil Vinterhav August 15, 2013

Moonhouse Expedition is continuing its exploration of space and Emil Vinterhav has just recently returned from an expedition with Moonhouse #2.24 to the Small Satellite conference in Logan Utah. The sculpture in the picture is ”Synergy” by Gary Lee Price and captures the togetherness of the Moonhouse Expedition effort well. The above picture was taken on Auguat 15, 2013 on Utah State University Campus in Logan, Utah, USA.

Congratulations Emil Vinterhav on your successful expedition and fair winds for your coming adventures.

Venus is going missing – Again!

The Window of Oportunity to visit Venus is rapidly diminishing! Populär Astronomi reports that Observatoriemuseet, The Stockholm Observatory Museum will close down by the end of the year and no longer be accessible to the public. The Observatory is home to the Venus model of the Sweden Solar system and it is yet unclear what will happen to it. In addition to the exhibition that tells the story of observations in the faclilities dating back to the 18th century, the museum has hosted a series of lectures, available to the public on various scientific subjects. Both the exhibition and the lectures will be sorely missed.

Venus in the Stockholm Observatory Museum

Venus in the Stockholm Observatory Museum
[Photo credit: Emil Vinterhav]


In ”The Planets” challenge the Expedition sets out to explore the planets of the solar system. The plan is to explore the Moonhouse on the planets in visual representations, physically in the Sweden Solar System and, finally, in situ on the actual planets. The Sweden Solar System (SSS) is the worlds largest planetarium stretching over the length of Sweden with The Ericsson Globe Area as a scale model of the Sun and the Terminator Shock in Kiruna. Swedish Solar System Venus
A part of the execution of this plan is to survey the SSS and it was when surveying the planets i Stockholm that the planet Venus was found missing from its named location at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). An enquirey into the mystery revealed that the model had acutually been stolen. According to Gösta Gahm, retired but active astronomer, it is possible that the model (image below) was assumed to be made from copper and stolen for is metal value. The model was in fact made from clay, which would likely have made the thieves very dissapointed, as the value of clay is significanlty less than that of copper. At that time, the expedition was relieved to find out that there was actually an over population of Venuses in SSS with a second model residing at the Observatory Museum.

With Venus becoming inaccessible at the end of the year, be sure to expect a Moonhouse expedition heading this way shortly.

Venushouse

Venushouse – An idea of what it could look like when the expedition meets Venus in the Sweden Solar System
[Photo Credit: Emil Vinterhav]

Space Weather

Sini merikallio brought Moonhouse #2.14 to the Finnish Meteorological Institute on July 10, 2013. Here depicted in the Magnetosphere.

Sini merikallio brought Moonhouse #2.14 to the Finnish Meteorological Institute on July 10, 2013. Here depicted in the Magnetosphere.

Moonhouse #2.14 has been on an exotic expedition exploring different aspects of space weather. At the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) the house has explored the conditions in the Magnetosphere (image above). The solar wind (below) and the weather at FMI itself. The Magnetosphere is as the reader is certainly aware of the region in space cloest to Earth where the magnetic field is dominated by the Earth magnetic field. There are other magnetospheres in the Solar System around Jupiter and around the Sun itself to mention two. The electric solar sail (ESAIL) is a novel technology for interplanetary transport that is successfully promoted by FMI. ESAIL relies on borrowing impulse from the Solar wind to propel a space system without carrying reaction mass on board. in the lower of the two images the house explores the outdoor environment at FMI in Helsinki where Moonhouse HQ has first hand experience of the harshness of the weather conditions that can prevail.

Congratulations Sini on your successful expedition. We wish you fair winds on your coming expeditions.

Sini merikallio brought Moonhouse #2.14 to the Finnish Meteorological Institute on July 10, 2013. Right next to the electric solar sail, a presumptive ride.

Sini merikallio brought Moonhouse #2.14 to the Finnish Meteorological Institute on July 10, 2013. Right next to the electric solar sail, a presumptive ride.

Sini merikallio brought Moonhouse #2.14 to the Finnish Meteorological Institute on July 10, 2013. Right next to the space flower no doubt.

Sini merikallio brought Moonhouse #2.14 to the Finnish Meteorological Institute on July 10, 2013. Right next to the space flower no doubt.

Californian Road Trip – Death Valley

Death Valley, CA. USA. Daniel Ahlberg, June 24, 2013

Death Valley, CA. USA. Daniel Ahlberg, June 24, 2013

Bad Water, Death Valley admittedly doesn’t seem like the best place to spend a lot of time. But seeing it once makes a lot of sense. You could argue that this is as bad as it gets. As Daniel Ahlberg and family ventures to this hot pot on their road trip through California USA (earlier reports here and here) he reports of temperatures above 40 degress Celcius when the expedition ventured through the place that has the record for the highest air temperature on Earth. (The record could be broken within just a few days as the current heat wave progresses).

Thank you for the beautiful pictures Daniel. They really convey an arid and uninviting feeling about the place. In fact, is much as one could imagine what it will be like for the house when on the moon. Hot and colourless. The main difference on the moon will be the lack of visitors, at least to begin with and the absence of air and, hence of a blue sky.

We wish you fair winds and look forward to more reports from your road trip.

Death Valley, CA. USA. Daniel Ahlberg, June 24, 2013

Death Valley, CA. USA. Daniel Ahlberg, June 24, 2013

Death Valley, CA. USA. Daniel Ahlberg, June 24, 2013

Death Valley, CA. USA. Daniel Ahlberg, June 24, 2013

Death Valley, CA. USA. Daniel Ahlberg, June 24, 2013

Death Valley, CA. USA. Daniel Ahlberg, June 24, 2013