[sarex] Tones from Deep Space

Arthur Rowe azrowe80 at verizon.net
Thu Oct 4 12:15:33 PDT 2007


> NASA Science News for October 4, 2007
> Fifty years after the launch of Sputnik kicked off the Space Age, an 
> ultra-modern probe heading for Pluto is using retro Sputnik-like tones 
> to communicate with Earth.
> *October 4, 2007:* "Beep… beep… beep 
> <http://www.amsat.org/amsat/features/sounds/sputnik1.wav>...." That's 
> the sound that marked the beginning of the Space Age fifty years ago. 
> It was a simple radio tone transmitted by the first satellite, Sputnik 
> 1, as it orbited Earth in October 1957.
> see caption 
> <http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/images/beaconmonitor/welch1.gif>Since 
> then communication with spacecraft has advanced tremendously. Yet a 
> modern probe on the way to the edge of the solar system is using 
> Sputnik-like tones to send messages back to Earth.
> In Oct. 1957, ham radio operator Roy Welch of Dallas, Texas, tunes in 
> to the 20 MHz radio tones of Sputnik. FOR THE REST OF THE STORY GO TO:
> http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/04oct_beaconmonitor.htm?list833780
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