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VP9MU’s Surrey Pub Quiz 2005 ... the one that got away!

Due to circumstances beyond their control, AMSAT-UK were unable to do  
the pub quiz at Surrey this year. For those who missed it, here is  
the quiz that would have been presented.

Answers will follow next week sometime.

Paul VP9MU


1).            Q: What is OV-103 better known as?

2).            Q: Up until the 1990s all British national satellites  
were named after characters from the works of which author?

3).            Q: How many degrees does the Earth rotate in one  
apparent sidereal day?

4).             Q: The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) was the first  
recognizably modern embedded system. It was developed for the Apollo  
program by the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory under Charles Stark  
Draper, with hardware design led by Eldon C. Hall. Which company  
manufactured the actual flight hardware?

5).            Q: From time to time leap seconds are added to UTC.  
Will a leap second be added to UTC on December 31, 2005?

6).            Q: When propellants are said to be hypergolic, what  
does this mean?

7).            Q: Is the SGP4 tracking model used for orbits with a  
period MORE or LESS than 225 minutes?

8).            Q: Which planet was the destination of Mariner 9?

9).            Q: As of March 18, 2005 which spacecraft was 14,207  
million kilometers from the Sun?

10).            Q: What operating system/programming language will be  
used on the flight computers of AMSAT-DLís P5A spacecraft?

11).            Q: Since January 1, 1972, most and now all broadcast  
time services distribute timescales based upon the redefined  
Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which differs from Atomic Time by  
an integer number of seconds. What is the abbreviation of Atomic Time?

12).            Q: What was the pre-launch name of AMSAT-OSCAR 51?

13).            Q: Which amateur spacecraft has a COSPAR designation  
of 2005-017B?

14).            Q: Which spacecraft, constructed at the University of  
Surrey, was launched on March 1, 1984?

15).            Q: Which country is allocated the callsign prefix  
series ERA-ERZ?

16).            Q: Which country is allocated the callsign prefix  
series PZA-PZZ?

17).            Q: What was Christian Dopplerís middle name?

18).            Q: Which of the following is NOT the name of a crater  
on the Moon:
             Gagarin, Garibaldi, Gauss, or Geiger?

19).            Q: Which of the following is NOT the name of a moon/ 
satellite of the planet Saturn: Mimas, Dione, Calypso, Callisto, or  

20).            Q: Asteroids are rocky fragments left over from the  
formation of the solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. Most of  
these fragments of ancient space rubble - sometimes referred to by  
scientists as minor planets - can be found orbiting the Sun in a belt  
between which two planets?

21).            Q: Who was the last AMERICAN astronaut to be launched  
into space alone?

22).            Q: Who was the last AMERICAN astronaut to orbit the  
Earth alone?

23).            Q: What does the ìGî in WGS-84 stand for?

24).            Q: In the UK TV SCI-FI series Doctor Who, Ö which  
evil race of creatures come from the planet Mondas?

25).            Q: Which amateur radio satellite was the first to  
have a downlink in the 2 metre band?

26).            Q: In which city is ESAís European Astronauts Centre  

27).            Q: Who was the first ESA Astronaut to fly on a NASA  
Space Shuttle?

28).            Q: Next year the first Automated Transfer Vehicle  
(ATV) will be launched by a special version of Ariane 5 called the A5  
ES-ATV for short. What has the first ATV vehicle been named?

29).            Q: BASIC is a family of high-level programming  
languages. Originally devised as an easy-to-use programming language,  
it became widespread on home microcomputers in the 1980s, and remains  
popular to this day in a handful of heavily evolved dialects. It was  
devised in 1963 by Professors: John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz of  
Dartmouth College. What does the acronym BASIC stand for?

30).            Q: Of Keplerís Laws of Planetary Motion which one  
states that ìPlanets move in ellipses with the Sun at one focusîÖ the  
First, Second or Third?

31).            Q: What was defined as the length equal to  
1,650,763.73 wavelengths in vacuum of the radiation corresponding to  
the transition between the levels 2 p10 and 5 d5, of the krypton-86  

32).            Q: What is defined as that constant current which, if  
maintained in two straight parallel conductors of current infinite  
length, of negligible circular cross-section, and placed one metre  
apart in vacuum would produce between these conductors a force equal  
to 2 x 10-7 newton per metre of length.

33).            Q: Which is larger an A3 or an A4 sized piece of paper?

34).            Q: Which is longer a Foolscap E or a Legal sized  
piece of paper?

35).            Q: What commercial operating system has an open- 
source UNIX functional core called ìDarwinî?

36).            Q: Which US astronaut said ìThere is still no cure  
for the common birthdayî?

37).            Q: Which British writer said ìIf an elderly but  
distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost  
certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very  
probably wrong.î

38).            Q: Which launch complex and missile test range,  
located at 62.8 North and 40.4 East, has launched the most satellites  
since the beginning of the Space Age?

39).            Q: Which space agency operates the Guiana Space  
Centre located near Kourou in French Guiana?

40).            Q: On July 4, 2005 a NASA spacecraft impacted on  
comet Tempel 1, what was the name of the spacecraft?
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