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mensax
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posted 12-18-2002 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The constellation Urion. I've read about it in several books, and, if memory serves me correct, I believe I even saw it in the movie Apollo 13. Last night I was reading Wally Schirra's book and he commented that he took many pictures of this "wondrous sight" and even included a photograph of it in a display featuring his flight. I was wondering if anyone has seen, or knows how to get, an image... and has anyone gotten an astronaut to sign it?

4tr
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posted 12-18-2002 04:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4tr   Click Here to Email 4tr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Orion is the most prominent constellation in the winter sky. If you go out tonight about nine o'clock, you'll see it fairly high in the southeast, a rectangle of four bright stars with a line of three stars (Orion's Belt") within. Off hand, I can't think of any source of individual constellation photos. Novaspace sells an Orion poster, but I don't think that's what you're looking for.

Rizz
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posted 12-18-2002 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I may be wrong, but I think Noah may be referring to a 'urine dump'.

WAWalsh
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posted 12-18-2002 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ed, Noah's question goes to photos of wastedumps from the spacecraft and the resulting constellation Urion (or however one would spell it). Noah, I did not see any such photos among those packaged in the mission reports for Apollo 7 or Gemini 6, but it is certainly possible that I missed them. Otherwise, I cannot recall seeing any photos from Wally Schirra or anyone else.

4tr
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posted 12-18-2002 04:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4tr   Click Here to Email 4tr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now that you mention it, that's just the kind of bad pun he would make.

Blackarrow
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posted 12-18-2002 07:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This was a good memory test! Look at National Geographic, April, 1966, page 548, in the article "Space Rendezvous" by Kenneth Weaver, about Geminis 6 and 7. There is a colour photo of a urine dump, vented by Gemini 7, with the caption: "Constellation Urion", astronaut Schirra jokingly labelled this photograph at the postflight press conference. Droplets of urine, vented from G-7 at twilight and instantly frozen in space, follow as miniature satellites. They eventually sublimate and vanish, like dry ice."

In anticipation of the next question, sorry - I don't have a scanner.

bruce
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posted 12-18-2002 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bruce   Click Here to Email bruce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Noah, your message got the better of my curiosity and I just bought a copy of the April 1966 National Geographic off eBay! I will scan the photo and email it to you. If anyone else wants a scan, please email me off-list. You'll have to excuse me now, but for some reason, I have to go to the bathroom.

mensax
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posted 12-19-2002 06:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks one and all for your responses! Bruce, I do look forward to getting that email scan from you. That was quick thinking to look on eBay for a picture... you can get anything on eBay can't you?

Didn't I read sometime recently on this site that John Glenn was quoted as saying that this event was not the "fireflys" that he saw during his Mercury mission?

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