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Thursday, October 4, 2012


Went for a long run this morning.  Sue took Kyle to the bus.  By the time I came down my street, Sue was on her way to work.

I take a photo as the Montauk Daisy at the mailbox is in bloom.

I get to work and realize I left my access card at home.  Duh.

This day in history "
The Soviet Union inaugurates the "Space Age" with its launch of Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite. The spacecraft, named Sputnik after the Russian word for "satellite," was launched at 10:29 p.m. Moscow time from the Tyuratam launch base in the Kazakh Republic. Sputnik had a diameter of 22 inches and weighed 184 pounds and circled Earth once every hour and 36 minutes. Traveling at 18,000 miles an hour, its elliptical orbit had an apogee (farthest point from Earth) of 584 miles and a perigee (nearest point) of 143 miles. Visible with binoculars before sunrise or after sunset, Sputnik transmitted radio signals back to Earth strong enough to be picked up by amateur radio operators. Those in the United States with access to such equipment tuned in and listened in awe as the beeping Soviet spacecraft passed over America several times a day. In January 1958, Sputnik's orbit deteriorated, as expected, and the spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere"

On a summer night, while sitting outside in the Pomonok houses, perhaps 40 or so years ago, my dad told me to look up the sky.  The small bright star he pointed out was different than all the rest.  It was moving.  It put a chill down my spine, even though it was probably 90 degrees and humid.  No air conditioning in those days, at least not in the projects.

I get to go to see Luke's soccer game.  They win, and are still undefeated.

Sue is up at open school nite as we settle in to watch TV.  Satellite broadcast I am guessing.  It all started with Sputnick.

Photo of the day"Daisies"

P.S. Montauk Daisy is really more of a hardy mum.  Botanical name: Nipponanthemum nipponicum, formerly Chrysanthemum nipponicum

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