Sunday, 31 March 2013

Martian Landscape in Four Billion Pixels



March 29, 2013

It’s a massive image composited from several days of captures by the Mars Curiosity rover. The level of detail is astounding. You could spend days zooming around in there looking at martian rocks.

More - Link >>> http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/compound-eye/2013/03/29/a-martian-landscape-in-four-billion-pixels/?WT_mc_id=SA_DD_20130329 

Mars Gigapixel Panorama - Curiosity Rover: Martian Solar Days 136-149 (Special Note: As this is a huge image file, it may take a couple minutes to load, depending on the download capacity of your computer and Internet provider):
Link >>> http://www.360cities.net/image/mars-gigapixel-panorama-curiosity-solar-days-136-149#44.90,-9.24,42.5 

Sources: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory-California Institute of Technology, Scientific American Magazine.

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21st Century Goodyear Airships Being Built



File:Goodyear-blimp.jpg
The Spirit of Goodyear has a distinctive yellow stripe under the logo.
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Goodyear slowly pieces together its airship future

 

By Akron Beacon Journal

Published:
Saturday, March 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

SUFFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — It resembled a giant erector set, and the men working on it looked as happy as kids with a new toy at Christmas. 

But this was serious business, as the men at Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake hangar were literally building Goodyear's airship future: the first of three larger, faster airships that will replace the company's iconic blimp fleet. 

“We are just at the dawn” of a new airship era, Nancy Ray, Goodyear's director of global airship operations, said recently at the hangar.

The partnership between Goodyear and the German ZLT Zeppelin is a return to the roots of Goodyear's airship program. ZLT Zeppelin, which dates to 1995, is a reconstituted version of the German Zeppelin company that Goodyear worked with decades ago to bring rigid airship technology to America. 

That history has been hidden in plain sight for decades — the GZ in the current fleet of GZ-20A blimps stands for “Goodyear Zeppelin.” 

Goodyear has built and operated more than 300 lighter-than-air vehicles since 1917, including two large rigid airships, the USS Macon and the USS Akron, built for the Navy in the 1930s.


Sources: Akron Beacon Journal, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Mystery of Hindenburg Air Catastrophe Solved (2013 March 6):

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Saturday, 30 March 2013

NASA Wants $100 Million To Catch An Asteroid

By Frank Morring, Jr. morring@aviationweek.com

Source: AWIN First

Credit: Rick Sternbach/Keck Institute for Space Studies  
March 28, 2013

NASA’s fiscal 2014 budget request will include $100 million for a new mission to find a small asteroid, capture it with a robotic spacecraft and bring it into range of human explorers somewhere in the vicinity of the Moon.

Suggested last year by the Keck Institute for Space Studies at the California Institute of Technology, the idea has attracted favor at NASA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. President Obama’s goal of sending astronauts to a near-Earth asteroid by 2025 can’t be done with foreseeable civil-space spending, the thinking goes. But by moving an asteroid to cislunar space — a high lunar orbit or the second Earth-Moon Lagrangian Point (EML2), above the Moon’s far side — it is conceivable that technically the deadline could be met.

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One-Way Trip to Mars Offered by Dutch Company

PHOTO: Mars One colony

A Dutch start-up named Mars One is hoping to send a select group of brave astronauts on a one-way trip to the Red Planet in the year 2023 with the aim of establishing a permanent human colony.

If all proceeds as planned, Mars One would launch four astronauts on the interplanetary voyage in 2022, landing the team on the surface of Mars in 2023, after which they would begin constructing the colony. Every two years, a team of four additional astronauts would arrive to reinforce the existing colony.

Founded in 2010 by 36-year-old engineer Bas Lansdorp, Mars One says it has developed a road map and financing plan for the project, and that the mission is perfectly feasible. "Mars One has developed a precise, realistic plan based entirely upon existing technologies," the website says. "It is both economically and logically feasible, in motion through the integration of existing suppliers and experts in space exploration."

More - Link >>> http://abcnews.go.com/International/dutch-company-offering-trip-mars/story?id=18832412#.UVc-aVE_2YA

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Friday, 29 March 2013

Ancient Asteroid Caused Global Firestorm ?

New Evidence Ancient Asteroid Caused Global Firestorm On Earth

Mar. 27, 2013 — A new look at conditions after a Manhattan-sized asteroid slammed into a region of Mexico in the dinosaur days indicates the event could have triggered a global firestorm that would have burned every twig, bush and tree on Earth and led to the extinction of 80 percent of all Earth's species, says a new University of Colorado Boulder study.


A new CU-Boulder study shows that an asteroid believed to have smacked Earth some 66 million years ago likely caused a global firestorm that led to extensive plant and animal extinctions. (Credit: Illustration courtesy NASA/JPL)
Led by Douglas Robertson of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, or CIRES, the team used models that show the collision would have vaporized huge amounts of rock that were then blown high above Earth's atmosphere. The re-entering ejected material would have heated the upper atmosphere enough to glow red for several hours at roughly 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit -- about the temperature of an oven broiler element -- killing every living thing not sheltered underground or underwater.

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1st Meteorite From Mercury Found ?

Green Meteorite May Be from Mercury, a First

Date: 28 March 2013 Time: 03:19 PM ET
Possible Mercury Meteorite
This green meteorite that landed in Morocco in 2012 could be from Mercury.
CREDIT: Stefan Ralew/sr-meteorites.de


Scientists may have discovered the first meteorite from Mercury.

The green rock found in Morocco last year may be the first known visitor from the solar system's innermost planet, according to meteorite scientist Anthony Irving, who unveiled the new findings this month at the 44th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas. The study suggests that a space rock called NWA 7325 came from Mercury, and not an asteroid or Mars.

NWA 7325 is actually a group of 35 meteorite samples discovered in 2012 in Morocco. They are ancient, with Irving and his team dating the rocks to an age of about 4.56 billion years.

More - Link >>> http://www.space.com/20426-mercury-meteorite-discovery-messenger.html

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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Centennial: Science Research @ Mellon Institute

























James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Mellon Institute, in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, celebrates it's 100th anniversary this year.


By Kim Leonard

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Updated 21 hours ago


Major companies such as Dow Corning and Union Carbide can trace their histories to discoveries at the Mellon Institute for Industrial Research in the Oakland Civic Center of Pittsburgh.

Brothers Andrew W. and Richard B. Mellon created the center in March 1913, at a time when most companies didn't have their own research labs. The investors envisioned a center where businesses could pay scientists to work on new ideas. 

Products ranging from antifreeze and synthetic rubber to casings that allow hot dogs to be mass produced were developed early in the institute's history, and the bouncy toy Silly Putty was an accidental discovery.

Later, corporations built their own centers such as Bell Laboratories in New Jersey and Dupont Central Research in Delaware, which had their heydays in the 1960s and 1970s, he said. Mellon Institute merged with Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1967 to form Carnegie Mellon University.

The Institute's eight-story, neo-classical building, built at a cost of $10 million, opened in May of 1937, two and one-half years before the 1939 October 24 dedication of the three-floor, art-deco building of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, built at a cost of $1.07 million.

 

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Collision Course? A Comet Heads for Mars

March 27, 2013: Over the years, the spacefaring nations of Earth have sent dozens of probes and rovers to explore Mars.  Today there are three active satellites circling the red planet while two rovers, Opportunity and Curiosity, wheel across the red sands below.  Mars is dry, barren, and apparently lifeless.

Soon, those assets could find themselves exploring a very different kind of world.
"There is a small but non-negligible chance that Comet 2013 A1 will strike Mars next year in October of 2014," says Don Yeomans of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program at JPL.  "Current solutions put the odds of impact at 1 in 2000."

Mars Comet (Splash)
In a new ScienceCast video, experts discuss what might happen if Comet 2013 A1 hits Mars.

More - Link >>> http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/26mar_marscomet/

Source: NASA Science News.

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Could a Comet Hit Mars in 2014? (2013 March 2):

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Space Shuttle Enterprise Added to U.S. Historic Registry

by Robert Z. Pearlman, collectSPACE.com Editor

Date: 26 March 2013 Time: 10:22 AM ET
Collectspace
Space Shuttle Enterprise
NASA's space shuttle Enterprise, seen here during a test flight in 1977, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in March 2013.
CREDIT: NASA
The Enterprise, NASA's original prototype space shuttle, is now more than just a historic spacecraft. It is a historic place, too.

Located at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, the test orbiter has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, becoming the first of NASA's retired space shuttles to receive the distinction.

"We are extremely proud to be the home of the space shuttle Enterprise," Susan Marenoff-Zausner, president of the Intrepid, said in a statement. "It is an honor to receive this distinction from the National Park Service."


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Mercury Craters Named for Authors & Poets


\MESSENGER

Image of the Planet Mercury.
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MESSENGER Mission News
March 26, 2013


The International Astronomical Union (IAU) — the arbiter of planetary and satellite nomenclature since its inception in 1919 — recently approved a proposal from the MESSENGER Science Team to assign names to nine impact craters on Mercury. In keeping with the established naming theme for craters on Mercury, all of the newly designated features are named after famous deceased artists, musicians, or authors or other contributors to the humanities.

The newly named craters include for the following authors and poets:

L'Engle, for Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007), an American writer best known for young-adult fiction, particularly the award-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels: A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. Her works reflect both her Christian faith and her strong interest in modern science.

Alver, for Betti Alver (1906-1989), an Estonian writer who rose to prominence in the 1930s, toward the end of Estonian independence and on the eve of World War II. She published her first novel, Mistress in the Wind, in 1927. She also wrote several short stories, poetry, and translations.

Donelaitis, for Kristijonas Donelaitis (1714-1780), a Lutheran pastor who was considered one of the greatest Lithuanian poets. He is best known for The Seasons, considered the first classic Lithuanian poem. It depicts the everyday life of Lithuanian peasants. His other works include six fables and a tale in verse.

Flaiano, for Ennio Flaiano (1910-1972), an Italian screenwriter, playwright, novelist, journalist, and drama critic especially noted for his social satires. He became a leading figure of the Italian motion-picture industry after World War II, collaborating with writer Tullio Pinelli on the early films of writer and director Federico Fellini.

Lovecraft, for Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937), an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century. He popularized "cosmic horror," the notion that some concepts, entities, or experiences are barely comprehensible to human minds, and those who delve into such topics risk their sanity.

Petofi, for Sandor Petofi (1823-1849), a Hungarian poet and liberal revolutionary. He wrote the Nemzeti dal (National Poem), which is said to have inspired the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 that grew into a war for independence from the Austrian Empire.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Invisibility Cloak for Microwave Light

Harry Potter-Like Invisibility Cloak Works (in a Lab)

Date: 25 March 2013 Time: 08:35 PM ET
Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak
Physicists have created a real-life prototype of an invisibility cloak akin to the one featured in the "Harry Potter" books and films.
CREDIT: Warner Brothers

A miniature version of Harry Potter's invisibility cloak now exists, though it works only in microwave light, and not visible light, so far.

Still, it's a nifty trick, and the physicists who've created the new cloak say it's a step closer to realizing the kind of invisibility cloak that could hide a person in broad daylight.

The invention is made of a new kind of material called a metascreen, created from strips of copper tape attached to a flexible polycarbonate film. The copper strips are only 66 micrometers (66 millionths of a meter) thick, while the polycarbonate film is 100 micrometers thick, and the two are combined in a diagonal fishnet pattern.

The creation is a departure from previous attempts to create invisibility cloaks, which have aimed to bend light rays around an object so that they don't scatter, or reflect off it.

More - Link >>> http://www.livescience.com/28171-invisibility-cloak-physics-light.html

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NASA: Moon, Asteroids Share History

A Shared Bombardment History Scientists have now discovered that studying meteorites from the giant asteroid Vesta helps them understand the event known as the "lunar cataclysm," when a repositioning of the gas giant planets destabilized a portion of the asteroid belt and triggered a solar-system-wide bombardment. Image credit: NASA/GSFC/ASU/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

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PASADENA, Calif. - NASA and international researchers have discovered that Earth's moon has more in common than previously thought with large asteroids roaming our solar system.

Scientists from NASA's Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) in Moffett Field, Calif., discovered that the same population of high-speed projectiles that impacted our lunar neighbor four billion years ago, also hit the giant asteroid Vesta and perhaps other large asteroids.

The research unveils an unexpected link between Vesta and the moon, and provides new means for studying the early bombardment history of terrestrial planets. The findings are published in the March issue of Nature Geoscience.

More - Link >>> http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-114&cid=release_2013-114

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Monday, 25 March 2013

NASA: Preferred Smartphone for Space Travel

This Is How NASA Prepares Smartphones For Space Travel

















 Nexus S smartphone preferred by NASA.
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NASA has been using smartphones in space for a couple years at this point.

But you can't just take any old smartphone aboard the space shuttle. As with any object that leaves Earth's atmosphere, you have to be selective and picky.

NASA revealed the process it uses to get a smartphone ready for space travel, reports Ars Technica.

More - Link 1 >>> http://finance.yahoo.com/news/nasa-prepares-smartphones-space-travel-133200602.html

Link 2  >>> http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/03/how-nasa-got-an-android-handset-ready-to-go-into-space/

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After Computer Glitch: Mars Curiosity Rover Returns to Work

Mars Curiosity rover gets back to sending snapshots


NASA / JPL-Caltech / Marco Di Lorenzo / Ken Kremer
The Curiosity rover's instrument-laden robotic arm is front and center in this mosaic view captured by the Mars rover's NavCam system and assembled by Marco Di Lorenzo and Ken Kremer. The colorized black-and-white imagery was captured on March 23. Click on the image to see the full panorama.


After a week of down time due to a computer glitch, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover is once again sending back pictures of its rocky Red Planet locale at Yellowknife Bay. In this fresh panorama, the rover looks as if it's sticking its drill-equipped robotic arm right in your face.

"That drill is hungry, looking for something tasty to eat, and 'you' (loaded with water and organics) are it," jokes scientist-writer Ken Kremer, who collaborated with Italian colleague Marco Di Lorenzo to assemble the panorama.

Curiosity's percussive drill played a key role in the science team's most recently reported breakthrough: the finding that powder drilled out of a Martian rock contained the chemical traces of a life-friendly environment that existed on Mars billions of years ago. The team's chemical analysis of the powder indicated that the minerals were probably formed in the presence of drinkable water.

More - Link >>> http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/23/17431884-mars-curiosity-rover-gets-back-to-sending-snapshots?lite

Source: NBC News.

Related Blog Posts ---

Curiosity Rover Laser: Mystery of Mars Rock Coatings (2013 March 22):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/03/curiosity-rover-laser-mystery-of-mars.html

 

Mars Rover: Water-bearing Minerals in Rocks Found  (2013 March 19):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/03/mars-rover-water-bearing-minerals-in.html

 

NASA: Primitive Life on Ancient Mars Possible (2013 March 12):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/03/nasa-primitive-life-on-ancient-mars.html

 

Curiosity Rover Drills into Mars  (2013 Feb. 10):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/02/curiosity-rover-drills-into-mars.html

 

Ancient Mars Streambed Found by Curiosity Rover (2012 Sept. 27):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2012/09/ancient-mars-streambed-found-by.html


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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Sequestration: NASA Cuts Public Education & Outreach


NASA Internal Memo: Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration


Posted Friday, March 22, 2013

Effective immediately, all education and public outreach activities should be suspended, pending further review. In terms of scope, this includes all public engagement and outreach events, programs, activities, and products developed and implemented by Headquarters, Mission Directorates, and Centers across the Agency, including all education and public outreach efforts conducted by programs and projects.

The scope encompasses, but is not limited to:

- Programs, events, and workshops.
- Permanent and traveling exhibits, signage, and other materials.
- Speeches, presentations, and appearances, with the exception of technical presentations by researchers at scientific and technical symposia.
- Video and multimedia products in development (and renewal of existing products).
- Web and social media sites in development (excludes operational sites).
- External and internal publications, with the exception of Scientific and Technical Information as defined by NPD 2200.1B.
- Any other activity whose goal is to reach out to external and internal stakeholders and the public concerning NASA, its programs, and activities.


More - Link >>> http://spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=43632 

Sources: SpaceRef.com , NASAWatch.com .

Related Blog Posts ---

How Sequestration Could Hit NASA Projects (2013 Feb. 25):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-sequestration-could-hit-nasa.html


Sequestration: NASA to Lose $1.5 Billion (2012 Sept. 16):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2012/09/sequestration-nasa-to-lose-15-billion.html


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Space Artifacts Auction: Buzz Aldrin Not Participating

Buzz Aldrin Refutes Space Sale, Is Keeping Moon Memorabilia

Date: 24 March 2013 Time: 10:41 AM ET
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Buzz Aldrin says he is not personally selling an Apollo 11 lunar ascent checklist in a March 25, 2013, Bonhams space auction in New York.
This Apollo 11 lunar ascent procedure sheet is being sold by Bonhams New York City on March 25, 2013, but not on astronaut Buzz Aldrin's behalf.
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A New York auction house is set to sell more than 300 space artifacts on Monday (March 25), including original documents that were flown to the moon and used to carry out the first manned lunar landing.

But contrary to recent headlines prompted by Bonhams' upcoming "Space History Sale," the Apollo 11 moonwalker,whose lunar-traveled checklists and flight plans are being offered,  is not the one doing the selling.

"I am not offering any items for sale from my current collection of Apollo 11 articles in the Bonhams auction," astronaut Buzz Aldrin said in statement provided to collectSPACE.com. "The Apollo 11 items being auctioned on Monday are being resold from auctions that took place in 2007 or earlier at the instigation of my ex-wife and her daughter who acted as my attorney and business manager."

Buzz Aldrin, who with the late Neil Armstrong walked on the moon's Sea of Tranquility in 1969, was divorced from his wife of 24 years, Lois Driggs Cannon Aldrin, in December. The 83-year-old astronaut cited "irreconcilable differences" as to the reason for the separation.

The artifacts now being resold include flight plan pages, a checklist card and the procedure sheets that were used by Aldrin and Armstrong to lift off from the moon's surface.

More - Link >>> http://www.space.com/20364-buzz-aldrin-apollo-11-auction.html

Sources: CollectSpace.com , Space.com .

Related Blog Post ---

Rare Mars Meteorite Up For Auction Oct. 14 (2012 Oct. 14):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2012/10/rare-mars-meteorite-up-for-auction-oct.html

 

Auction: 125 Meteorites incl. Moon Rock (2012 Sept. 27):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2012/09/auction-moon-rock-125-meteorites.html


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