Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 28-10-2015: Prospero’s Books …

Right … 

I must confess, I’m feeling slightly rushed: after all, I’m back at work, today … !

Frankly … ?

Frankly, I’m expecting a long one.

Last night … ?

Was one of those nights.

Let’s just say it’s a long story, shall we?


But let’s get moving on, shall we?

It’s Wednesday: and however much of a rush I’m in, that means it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s questions: covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Q1) Britain launched the British built Prospero satellite on the 28th of October: of which year of the 1970s?
Q2) The satellite was the only satellite to be launched on a British built rocket.   The rocket was called the Black what: Adder, Knight or Arrow?
Q3) The fuel used to launch the rocket was a mixture of hydrogen peroxide.   With what: paraffin, diesel or gasoline?
Q4) The satellite — and the rocket — were launched from Launch Area 5B: in Woomera.   Woomera is in which country?
Q5) Prospero was built by the Royal Aircraft Establishment.   The Royal Aircraft Establishment is in which aeronautical area?
Q6) It’s named after a character in a play by William Shakespeare.   Which play?
Q7) The satellite is in a low Earth orbit.   This means it’s at least how high up: 160 kilometres, 200 km or 240 km?
Q8) Roughly how long does Prospero take to complete one orbit: 102, 103 or 104 minutes?
Q9) Prospero was officially turned off in which year of the 1990s?
Q10) Finally … Prospero’s signal was last publicly heard on the TV show, ‘Coast’: in which year?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers: which saw Old Peculiar regular, Olga, scoring ten out of ten …
Q1) The Metre was redefined, on the 21st October, 1983: at the General Conference on Weights and Measures.   It was defined as being the distance travelled in 1/299,792,458 of a what: second, minute or hour?
Q2) The distance travelled by what?
Q3) Up until then, the metre had been defined as 1, 650, 763.73 wavelengths of the emission spectrum of an atom of which gas: Argon, Krypton or Xenon?
Q4) That definition replaced the original one.   The original defined the metre as 1/10, 000, 000th of the distance from the Equator: to where?
Q5) Which letter is usually used as the symbol for the metre?
Q6) Spell ‘metre’ … in American English.
Q7) What DOES a metre measure: length, time or speed?
Q8) What name is given to 1/1000 of a metre: one decimetre, centimetre or millimetre?
Q9) One measure of liquid is defined as 1/1000th of a cubic metre.   What name is given to that measure: a pint, litre or fathom?
Q10) Finally … How many metres are there, in a kilometre?
A1) Second.
A2) Light.
A3) Krypton.
A4) The North Pole.
A5) m.   (A lower case m, I should stress.   An capital M is used for ‘Mega’: in other words, it’s used to show a thousand of something, whether that’s metres, grams, or bytes.)
A6) Meter.
A7) Length.
A8) Millimetre.
A9) A litre.
A10) 1000.
Have a good week, folks … 

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1 comment:

Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) 1971
Q2) Black Arrow
Q3) Paraffin
Q4) Australia
Q5) RAE Farnborough
Q6) The Tempest
Q7) At least 160
Q8) I found 103.36 (so is that 104 or 103?)
Q9) 1996
Q10) 2004
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