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first_imgInigo and Marion Jones in their garden at Crohamhurst, ca 1935. Source: By Item is held by John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.The property, which is on the market for offers in the mid $700,000s, was being marketed by Mark Emsden and Mark Stevens of Cube Real Estate as “Queensland’s historic weather observatory plus a four bedroom home”.“The building at the front is the original Weather Observatory, built in 1935, still containing numerous in-ground meteorological devices,” was how they listed it. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe Observatory as it stands today.“Heritage listed, you will own your own little slice of Queensland history, nationally recognised for long-range weather forecasting.”It harks back to a different era and is not a bad spot at all if you wish to look to the heavens, or even try to spot satellites passing in the night sky. A screenshot of the moment Expedition 59/Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko is lowered off the landing craft Tuesday midday QLD time. Source: NASA/YoutubeSo what kind of weather do modern day scientists and explorers like?According to Commander Kononenko: “As far as the weather is concerned, whenever you come back from space, we are happy to see any kind of weather”. MORE: The house with a hidden bunker The main house at 131 Crohamhurst Road, Crohamhurst, where Inigo Jones spent his final years of research.According to BOM, the rocket launch Tuesday would be a “significant advance in the world’s ability to forecast and monitor weather and climate”.The COSMIC-2 mission was expected to bring major benefits to Australia, including better storm forecasting, especially in warm, tropical areas near the equator, according to BOM chief data officer Dr Anthony Rea.“The Bureau’s technical experts will be working closely with our international partners to ensure the successful deployment of the COSMIC-2 satellites and monitoring them from the Bureau’s ground station in Middle Point, Northern Territory,” he said. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Darius Boyd’s big project revealed This SpaceX photo released by NASA shows SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket ready for launch on the pad at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Source: NASA/Kim Shiflett/NASA/AFP).A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket had the Australian Bureau of Meteorology on board at takeoff Tuesday afternoon, a far cry from reminders of our pioneering meteorology days which are now on sale.The Bureau of Meteorology, Australia tweeted the department’s collective excitement as staff counted down to launch of the rocket carrying four NASA Technology missions.“Everyone loves a @NASA space launch and BOM is on board the @SpaceX rocket scheduled to take off 4.30pm AEST today,” the Aussies tweeted.“The #COSMIC2 mission will deliver 6 new satellites, helping us better forecast storms & tropical cyclones.”The launch was a far cry from the pioneering days of weather forecasting in Queensland, when the likes of Queensland Government meteorologist Clement Lindley Wragge recruited schoolboy Inigo Owen Jones as assistant in 1888.center_img Former Lord Mayor to become auctioneer Space Station Expedition 59 landing saw the three-person crew sustain 4G forces for what the commander described as a “soft landing”. Source: NASA/YoutubeTuesday’s SpaceX launch was broadcast live from 4pm via http://nasa.gov/nasalive, and came just three or so hours after the Expedition 59 Soyuz returned to Earth successfully with a three-person crew off the International Space Station. NASA Flight Engineer Anne McClain is helped out of the landing craft Tuesday midday QLD time after 204 days in space. Source: NASA/YoutubeExpedition 59/Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos — who was on board with NASA Flight Engineer Anne McClain and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, saw a massive load of 4G though he told media it was “a soft landing”. Crohamhurst Observatory on its opening day, 1935. Source: By Unknown — (14 August 1935). “OBSERVATORY OPENED.”. The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 — 1954): 16. Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia. Retrieved on 24 July 2015.Farmers apparently loved Jones long-range weather forecasts, even if his colleagues didn’t — based off his studies of sunspot cycles — and he went on to run privately run Crohamhurst Observatory, located just an hour north of Brisbane.His observatory — which is directly west of Pelican Waters — has been transformed since the pre-war days when he set it up, with 131 Crohamhurst Road, Crohamhurst, now a 1.33 hectare site with five bedrooms. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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