Sunday, January 15, 2012

Phobos/Grunt Watch: Missed It

Mea Culpa:
Not that! Phobos/Grunt still, I missed my last chance to see Phobos/Grunt in orbit.

I was playing with my sleep schedule again...I got off work Saturday morning a little early, had two beers and set the alarm clock to rouse me at 1:30PM My team was playing in the NFL's Divisional Playoffs.

It was a great game, won by my San Francisco 49ers in the final seconds. I was elated...and drained...emotionally exhausted. After trailing all game, the New Orleans Saints scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:37 left in the game. The Niners marched it down the field, amazing passes and catches...and won in front of a rocking packed Candlestick Park. 97 seconds of awesome!

During the game, my twitter feed was rockin' too. Plenty of 49er Fan Hyperbole, and lots of Phobos/Grunt tweets.

I had Real Time Satellite Tracking running in another tab, and I was looking forward to my last chance to view a Phobos/Grunt pass before the inevitable.

I woke up 10 minutes after the probe passed over the DaveCave...just damn!

The Latest Phobos/Grunt Info:
Spaceflight101's latest reentry data

Add @drspacejunk to your twitter stream, she giving great tips on safety should Phobos/Grunt's debris land in your area:

No 1: DO NOT TOUCH FRAGMENTS RT Tell me, , what should I do if lands nearby?

  No 2: the spacecraft fragments are legally the property of Russia, and you cannot sell them on eBay.
No 3: Keep animals and household pets secure. The sonic booms will cause them to panic.
No 4: If or parts of it land near you, notify the relevant authorities. In Australia - state emergency services

About 9 hours to go...

Stay tuned!


  1. I thought it was gonna land in Afghanistan?

  2. I tried to observe the decent of the sat, but, cloud cover obscured my visual. Drat.

    Cold out there.