Posts filed under “Science”
Shuttle ‘Atlantis’ Launches Into History: Was NASA Program Worth the Cost?
Daily Ticker – Fri, Jul 8, 2011
Piloted by Space Shuttle commander Chris Ferguson, Atlantis moves through a 360-degree rotation directly beneath the International Space Station. This rotation, known as the RBAR Pitch Maneuver (RPM), enables the occupants of the ISS to photograph Atlantis’ Thermal Protection System for engineers on the ground to check for any damage to the heat resistant tiles.
Randy Halverson writes: During the month of May, I shot Milky Way timelapse in central South Dakota, when I had the time, and the weather cooperated. The biggest challenge was cloudy nights and the wind. There were very few nights, when I could shoot, that were perfectly clear, and often the wind was blowing 25mph…Read More
Science is recognising humans as a geological force to be reckoned with ~~~ Source: The Anthropocene: A man-made world May 26th 2011 | http://www.economist.com/node/18741749
Latest space telescope picture combines images from multiple wavelengths to shed light on galaxy 11m light years from Earth. New Hubble space telescope image of Centaurus A, a relatively close neighbor of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Source: Hubble photograph of Centaurus A reveals bright jewel behind dust (The Guardian, June 19, 2011) Hubble photo…Read More
I was a little surprised about some of the pushback to the Oh, No, Not the End of the World (Again) column. Which made this column in New Scientist all the more delightful. It starts with pattern seeking: “Cognitively, there are several processes at work, starting with the fact that our brains are pattern-seeking belief…Read More
I am not what you call an organic gardener. As much as I like to get my hands dirty, plant things and watch them grow, I am not afraid to engage in the occasional bout of chemical warfare with some pests. However, before I break out Agent Orange, each year around late May/early June, I…Read More