Computer Virus Infection at JAXA

1. Possible leaked information
As the computer was used by an employee who is involved in the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV, a cargo transporter to the International Space Station,) the following information was potentially compromised.


  • Stored mail addresses
  • Specification and operation information of the HTV
  • System log-in information accessed from the computer



So, in Aug 2011 it already had a "virus" on it, which was removed. And now a new "virus" on the same computer?
Coincidence? I think not.

ISS pass photos and animated GIF

The ISS passed overhead tonight at around 20:35 CET. Clear skies, so I tried to take some pictures.
Here are the rough images, I hope to improve them over time. Shot with D700 on tripod with 24-120mm F3.5-5.6 AF-S VR lens and 3 second exposure on ISO3200 for each image. Lots of light pollution. Orion is clearly visible in the bottom of the image. Note to self: next time, use lower ISO.

And here is a composite of the above images:

And a smaller animated GIF, please click to see the animation (loading can take a bit of time, it's 1.4MB):