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09-07-2013, 12:50 PM
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Science (Fiction) Curation @ National Air & Space museum

http://blog.nasm.si.edu/restoration/...ip-enterprise/

Interesting look at the curation of the (original) Star Trek USS Enterprise in the National Air & Space museum.

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I could see the launch, it was pretty cool.

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NASAVoyager 12:46pm via Twitter for Mac I'm @NASAVoyager, now in #interstellar space. Ask me anything! Today Sept 12 3pm PT, 6pm ET, 2200 UTC ***********/r/IAmA/


http://www.nasa.gov/press/2013/septe...ger-spacecraft

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2013/septe...rstellar-space

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http://news.discovery.com/space/spac...mkcpgn=rssnws1

Headline: Space frog sacrifices for LADEE launch

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0912112728.htm

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered the largest known population of globular star clusters, an estimated 160,000, swarming like bees inside the crowded core of the giant grouping of galaxies Abell 1689. By comparison, our Milky Way galaxy hosts about 150 such clusters.

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NOVA: Ground Zero Supertower (Season 41, episode 1)

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/gr...upertower.html

Interesting look at the technology used to make a "safer" replacement World Trade Center 1 tower (super concrete, design), and the Ground Zero memorial and museum (with many architectural items from the debris of WTC North and South towers to be displayed).

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Thanks very much for the links LadyStanley! Some great reading in there, especially about the Saturn storm simulations. It's incredible to think we're unwrapping mysteries on the scale of something like that.

I'm not sure if anyone here has tried astrophotography, but I've heard from a few how much of a ***** it is. It makes me appreciate that these pictures were taken over 120 years ago



I'm sure you can guess which planets they are. The shot of Jupiter is from 1879, and Saturn from 1885. What intrigues me the most is how much more prominent the great red spot is. I'm not sure how long the exposures were, which would explain the width but not the height of the storm. The white band across the center of Saturn is also interesting. It's likely an imaging artifact, but Saturn has been known to play host to some particularly nasty storms.

In 2011, a storm appeared on Saturn that would grow to over 300,000km long and 15,000km wide (that's wider than earth!). It wrapped itself around the entire planet and had winds of 500 km/h at the head. To give some perspective, hurricane Katrina's winds were 225km/h on landfall. These are some gnarly forces we're talking about here.




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http://www.nasa.gov/content/ladee-pr...ver-1-complete

Perigee maneuver 1 complete

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NASA preparing to launch 3-D printer to ISS (make your own part rather than wait for one to be shipped up)

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http://news.discovery.com/space/astr...mkcpgn=rssnws1
Moon "dancing" with Mercury, Venus and Saturn this week.

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NOVA: Superstorm Aftermath S41/E02

Watching NOVA episode on Superstorm Sandy aftermath.

And looking at the potential of future surges impacting "normal" life.

One thing that strikes me, having lived through the 1989 Loma Prieta quake (which impacted credit card processing nation wide as the processing centers were located in San Francisco), is that so many infrastructures did not have (enough) protection from the water.

Will we have to become like the Netherlands and build massive dikes/levies to keep the water out? But with what cost? Enough to compensate for lack of coastal views?

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spotsandflares 10:28pm via Web 2 M class solar flares from region 1865. E-W magnetic inversion line still intact.. #suninfo #rsgb #hamr #solar #dx pic.twitter.com/JIebAlH82s

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NASA preparing to launch 3-D printer to ISS (make your own part rather than wait for one to be shipped up)
One step closer to the replicator.

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http://news.discovery.com/space/alie...mkcpgn=rssnws1

Earth's hellish twin sister planet discovered

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Fully zoomable picture of the Andromeda Galaxy.

http://anela.mtk.nao.ac.jp/michitaro/hsc-map/

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http://www.keckobservatory.org/recen...habitable_zone

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What's up for November, from your favorite Rocket Scientists:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwP1UVCH6ck

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http://in.news.yahoo.com/signs-water...210932232.html

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected water in the atmospheres of five planets beyond our solar system, two recent studies reveal.

The five exoplanets with hints of water are all scorching-hot, Jupiter-size worlds that are unlikely to host life as we know it. But finding water in their atmospheres still marks a step forward in the search for distant planets that may be capable of supporting alien life, researchers said.

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I REALLY don't like the term : supporting alien life.
Huh, no. Not alien.

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I REALLY don't like the term : supporting alien life.
Huh, no. Not alien.
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I wish there was more interest in studying Europa. I'd love to play some hockey there before I die.

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I wish there was more interest in studying Europa. I'd love to play some hockey there before I die.
Surface gravity of around 1/8th of Earth's

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Surface gravity of around 1/8th of Earth's

can you imagine
NHL 13 came close.


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Astronomers find evidence Milky Way grew 'inside out'

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CAMBRIDGE, England, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- European astronomers say new evidence suggests the Milky Way may have formed from the inside out, expanding out from the center.

New observations using a European Southern Observatory telescope in Chile suggests older stars inside the Solar Circle -- the orbit of our sun around the center of the Milky Way, which takes roughly 250 million years to complete -- are far more likely to have high levels of magnesium, suggesting this area contained more stars that "lived fast and died young" in the past.

Tracking the amount of chemical elements in a star other than hydrogen and helium -- the two elements comprising most stars -- allows a determination of how rapidly different parts of the Milky Way were formed, the astronomers said.
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2014...0551390262227/

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