Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hideo Itokawa

Did a quick talk today about the asteroid Itokawa, visiting it with manned missions, blowing it up with nuclear weapons, etc... While doing background research, I found this great image of the asteroid's namesake.  The rocket here is a Kappa - 9.  This variant of the sounding rocket was capable of carrying significant payloads to 350 km.  Looks like something we could try these days.  A T motor to an R motor to a P motor...  

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