Sunday, 10 July 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 10-7-2016: Telstar, AGAIN!

Oh … 

Well … 

There’s a thing … 

I’ve a few days off!

OK, I’m not going to be doing much: bar laundry, writing, shopping … 

The usual, in other words.

But … ?

I’ve an interview on Wednesday: something I’m not sure I’ll get as the company I’m being interviewed by is noticeably closed mouthed, and picky.

I can hope … but can’t guarantee.

Still … here’s hoping … 


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: scoring five out of five in the process.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s themed questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) 10th July saw the launch of the original Telstar satellite.   In which year of the 1960s?
Q2) The satellite was launched by whom: NASA, AT&T or the GPO?
Q3) The satellite was owned by whom: NASA, AT&T or the GPO?
Q4) Telstar, itself, is roughly what shape: cube shaped, ovoid or spherical?
Q5) Geosynchronous orbits are ones where the satellite is stationary: over one place on Earth.   Was/is Telstar in a geosynchronous orbit?
Q6) Was Telstar in a circular, or elliptic, orbit?
Q7) Because of its orbit, Telstar could only send signals when it was over what: the Pacific, Atlantic or Arctic?
Q8) The satellite received control signals through an antenna at its top.   What shape was that antenna: mast-shaped, helical or horn-shaped?
Q9) Telstar’s signals were received by a US station in Maine, and a  French station in Pleumeur-Bodou.   Where was the UK’s receiving station?
Q10) Finally … is Telstar still in orbit?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord was named as Prime Minister: on 9th July, 1815.   Of where?
A1) France.
Q2) Bohemia was granted religious freedom, on 9th July, 1609: by Rudolf 2nd.   Rudolf was what: Tsar of Russia, Holy Roman Emperor or Ottoman Sultan?
Q3) Which country gained its independence from Sudan: on 9th July, 2011?
Q4) Early in the morning of 9th July, 1984, a historic church in York was hit by fire.   Which historic church?
Q5) Finally … 9th July, 2011, saw the death of Guitarist, Würzel.   Which hard rocking band had he been a member of?
A5) Motorhead.
I’ll leave you with this ambition …
“We estimate that 20 to 25 Telstars in a web of random orbits could provide telephone and television circuits to Europe, while 30 to 50 could eventually link all the countries of the world.”
Dr John R. Pierce, in an 1962 article for National Geographic.
And one inevitable tune … 

Have a nice day!

*        Glad to be able to help, Debbi!   (Oh, about The Web of Fear?   Episode 3’s a reconstruction: apparently, investigators found all five missing episodes in 2013.   But episode 3 went AWOL, before they could be shipped back to the BBC!)


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) 1962
Q3) AT&T
Q4) Spherical (it reminds me a bit of the Death Star, but cuter)
Q5) No
Q6) Elliptic
Q7) Atlantic
Q8) Horn-shaped
Q9) Goonhilly Downs in southwestern England
Q10) It seems Telstar 1 and 2 are still wandering around… Strange way to retire… Although at least it must be quiet up there.
Good luck indeed. One never knows what some of these companies might be looking for...

Debbi said...

I've been enjoying what I've seen so far. I just adore Jaime! :)

1. 1962
3. AT&T
4. spherical
5. no
6. elliptical
7. Atlantic
8. horn-shaped
9. Goonhilly Downs (what a British-sounding name! :))
10. yes