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Cluster 1 mission [20061122|10:54]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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On 4 June 1996, the Ariane 5 rocket carrying the first four Cluster spacecraft exploded 37 seconds after launch. The Cluster mission to study the Earth's magnetosphere was delayed for four years while the spacecraft were rebuilt.

Some of the pieces of the original spacecraft live in my new lab at Imperial College. The damage an exploding rocket can do to a fairly sturdy electronics box is pretty impressive.

Melted electronics


Sections of the experiment boom with ruined shielding & electronics box
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[User Picture]From: impix
2006-11-22 14:31 (UTC)
this will sound so naff...but thats SO cool!!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-11-23 11:05 (UTC)
No no, that was the whole idea. This isn't a technical thing, it's all about, "Whoa, look what the 'splosion did!"
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[User Picture]From: repoman
2006-11-22 16:19 (UTC)
If that isn't the basis of some awesome sculptures, I don't know what is...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-11-23 11:09 (UTC)
Yeah, you'd have to make models, though, as I doubt anyone here is likely to be willing to part with these bits.
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From: tdj
2006-11-22 16:57 (UTC)
I'm a little astounded that it's even recognizable.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-11-23 11:14 (UTC)
Especially if you watch the video of the explosion. I guess the shielding between the payload and the fuel tanks is pretty good, and the booms that the experiments were mounted on were retracted inside the spacecraft at the time, so that might have protected them as well.
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2006-11-22 21:03 (UTC)
I love your job!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-11-23 11:04 (UTC)
Me too. My job rocks.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2006-11-22 23:49 (UTC)
I love the fact that you're allowed to *touch it*! go*d, I love getting behind the velvet rope.

(And in case that's a smutty reference I'm unaware of, I'm referencing the rope They keep folks herded behind at museums & galleries).
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-11-23 11:15 (UTC)
Only if I wash my hands afterwards. ;-) The parts have been cleaned but aviation fuel is nasty stuff.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-11-27 17:59 (UTC)
Those are some sharp edges! Plus, aviation fuel, ew.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2006-11-25 07:23 (UTC)
Mmmmmmmmmmm... 'splody bits.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-11-27 18:00 (UTC)
Oh yeah. They're pretty cool. Apparently some of the bits were intact enough to be re-used in the second Cluster mission, which is pretty amazing.
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