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Re: Oscar-Zero anyone?

Ok, I'll bite ;-)  I  know this is hypothetical, but how is this going to be
powered?  If solar panels you've got to remember that the length of the
"day" on the moon is about one month. Half of that is "daytime", and half
"nighttime"  If you want continuous service you'll need *considerable*
battery power to last the lunar night.

And speaking of lunar night, if you read this early enough on Christmas Day
there is a partial solar eclipse happening today in the USA.  Please don't
look at (even the partial eclipse) the sun without proper eye protection.
The easiest, cheapest, safest way to view the eclipse is get a large
cardboard box (the longer the better) and poke a hole in one end. The image
of the moon partially covering the sun will appear on the far inside end of
the box.

Richard Amirault                                N1JDU                Boston,
www.erols.com/ramirault          "Go Fly A Kite"
----- Original Message -----
From: "Edward R. Cole" <al7eb@ptialaska.net>
Subject: [amsat-bb] Oscar-Zero anyone?

> The next time NASA sends someone to the moon, lets send up a transponder
> package [satellite pkg with no rocket motor] to be set on the earth facing
> side of the moon.  Only 250,000 miles away and fairly easy to track.  Half
> the planet can see it at a time.  A high gain antenna pointed at earth
> take care of the extra space loss which is about 12 dB more than AO-40 at
> current perigee.

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