The 9th Soul

9/11 Remembered: POV from space last September 11 2001

Posted in politics, security, technology by Fated Blue on September 9, 2011

Grabbed from this site

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It saddens me how religion and politics never help each other.

Remember 9/11 this Sunday at 8:46 AM; wherever you are.

Google closes LABS; NASA’s Atlantis ends 30-year “Shuttle Era”

Posted in internet news, science, technology by Fated Blue on July 21, 2011

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Sad news for anyone who has enjoyed a giddy thrill or two of playing with a freshly released app from Google Labs: Google has announced it’s closing down the labs and killing off many of the experimental products created therein, all in the name of increasing its focus on developing products that have obvious benefits to the company’s bottom line.

Google announced the news on its official blog, stating, “We’re prioritizing our product efforts. As part of that process, we’ve decided to wind down Google Labs. While we’ve learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we’re to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead.”

😦 I can’t do my random moments of fun anymore. It’s all about money, I tell you.

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Ferguson eased Atlantis onto the runway at 5:57 a.m. EDT (0957 GMT), ending a 5.2 million-mile (8.4 million-km) journey and closing a key chapter in human space flight history.

“Mission complete, Houston,” Ferguson radioed to Mission Control.

Astronaut Barry Wilmore from Mission Control answered back, “We’ll take this opportunity to congratulate you Atlantis, as well as the thousands of passionate individuals across this great space-faring nation who truly empowered this incredible spacecraft, which for three decades has inspired millions around the globe.”

Atlantis’ return from the 135th shuttle mission capped a 30-year program that made spaceflight appear routine, despite two fatal accidents that killed 14 astronauts and destroyed two of NASA’s five spaceships.

I’ll miss watching shuttles being launched into space. There’s nothing like watching something so big go very high with all the boosting and smoke and shit. I think this’ll be revived someday. Who knows? Maybe an underground group or some crazy billionaires-only club would want to see what the Earth looks like from the Moon.

NASA finds lots of water on moon

Posted in internet news, science, technology by Fated Blue on November 14, 2009

Found this when I saw my google homepage had a very weird design.

Google's moon-water design

From The AP.

Experts have long suspected there was water on the moon. Confirmation came from data churned up by two NASA spacecraft that intentionally slammed into a lunar crater last month.

“Indeed, yes, we found water. And we didn’t find just a little bit. We found a significant amount,” said Anthony Colaprete, lead scientist for the mission, holding up a white water bucket for emphasis.

The lunar crash kicked up at least 25 gallons and that’s only what scientists could see from the plumes of the impact, Colaprete said.

If leak fixed, shuttle flies tonight

Posted in science, technology by Fated Blue on March 15, 2009

NASA confident after faulty valve replaced

NASA aims to launch shuttle Discovery and seven astronauts tonight after a
fuel-loading operation that will prove conclusively whether the agency has fixed the gaseous hydrogen leak that forced a launch scrub Wednesday.

Discovery and its crew are scheduled to blast off from Kennedy Space Center at 7:43 p.m. — the middle of a 10-minute opportunity to put the spaceship on course for a rendezvous with the International Space Station.

The weather outlook is good. Forecasters say there is an 80 percent chance conditions will be acceptable for an on-time launch.

NASA officials are confident that the replacement of a suspect quick-disconnect valve and associated seals will fix a gaseous hydrogen leak in an area where a critical vent line connects to the shuttle’s 15-story external tank.

“If it doesn’t leak, we’re going to be perfectly safe to fly,” said NASA Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach. “We should be good to go.”

NASA is facing a launch deadline Tuesday. After that, the Discovery mission would be pushed back to at least April 7 so Russia can launch an already-scheduled station crew rotation mission that will involve a weeklong change-of-command at the outpost.

Tuesday is the last day NASA could launch Discovery and complete mission objectives before departing the station a day before the planned March 26 launch of the Expedition 19 crew and space tourist Charles Simonyi, who will be making a return trip to the outpost.

Simonyi, a billionaire who led the development of Microsoft Word and Excel software, flew a round trip to the station in April 2007 and is paying the Russian Federal Space Agency a reported $35 million to visit the outpost again.

NASA’s prime mission objective for the Discovery flight is the delivery and installation of a fourth and final set of massive American solar wings. A new distillation assembly for a system that turns urine into potable water also will be hauled up. Both are key to plans to double the size of resident crews to six in May.

NASA scrubbed a launch attempt Wednesday when a dangerous leak of gaseous hydrogen was detected at the end of a three-hour external tank propellant-loading operation.

The leak was traced to a 7-inch valve designed to vent excess gaseous hydrogen from the external tank. The excess is routed down a launch-pad line to a flare stack, where it is burned off.

NASA contractor technicians replaced the valve and two associated seals, but they ran into trouble reconnecting the gaseous hydrogen vent line to the tank. That put NASA about three to four hours behind schedule Saturday.

Leinbach said he expected the agency would be back on schedule early today. Engineers are scheduled to start filling Discovery’s external tank with a half-million gallons of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen at 10:28 a.m. today.

A launch today would lead to a docking at the station around 5 p.m. Tuesday. The shuttle crew would depart the outpost on March 25 and land at KSC on March 28.

IBEX begins its outer solar system mission

Posted in internet news, science, technology by Fated Blue on October 21, 2008

 The U.S. space agency’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer spacecraft was successfully launched from near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the spacecraft was deployed from an L-1011 aircraft about 125 miles from the atoll and then carried into orbit by a Pegasus XL rocket in the initial step toward becoming the first spacecraft to image and map interactions taking place in the outer solar system.

The spacecraft separated from the Pegasus rocket at 1:53 p.m. EDT Sunday, NASA said, and immediately began powering up components necessary to control onboard systems.

“After a 45-day orbit raising and spacecraft checkout period, the spacecraft will start its exciting science mission,” said mission manager Greg Frazier at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

“IBEX will build an image of the outer boundary of the solar system from impacts on the spacecraft by high-speed particles called energetic neutral atoms,” the space agency said, noting the region is important to study because it shields many of the dangerous cosmic rays that would flood the space around Earth.