I Never Imagined by Bill Nye

August 5, 2010 § 2 Comments

Thank you Bill Nye the Science Guy. It is so hard to speak out against America’s heroes but lately they are talking as if they are bucking futnucks. I know it all comes down to money. They have “friends” who are heavily “invested” in the Constellation program. All their blustering about people losing jobs is just their way of saying “we are losing money”.

While Bill Nye does not bring up the money issue in his commentary (he is to classy for that), he does point out that NASA has not ended its manned space exploration program.

“I never imagined, not for a moment, that I would so strongly disagree with two of the world’s heroes, John Glenn and Neil Armstrong. As of this writing, these astronauts are opposed to key aspects of NASA’s new plan for space exploration. They, along with a few others, believe that the U.S. is ending its human (manned) space exploration. I cannot help but ask, have these opponents read the same documents that I have? Are we all talking about the same NASA?” Read full the full article

via Featured Commentary I Never Imagined by Bill Nye | SpaceNews.com.

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Is There a New Physics Waiting to be Discovered?

August 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Spacecraft Flyby MysteryDo you remember the scene in Star Trek where they did the sling shot around the sun to pick up enough speed to go back in time. Well, this is not what they are talking about. It just made me think of that. I thought I would share a geek moment with you.

“Experts are intrigued by the fact that while the acceleration is tiny and has no significant effect on NASA missions, it holds great interest because no explanation based on conventional physics and understanding has been found. The effect is so persistent that it could indicate some physics not considered in previous attempts to explain the motions of bodies in the universe.

In 1998, for example, NASA’s NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft had its speed boosted by an additional 13.5 millimetres per second. There are many examples of this, but no explanation – which raises the tantalizing possibility that it could be a sign that a whole new branch of physics is waiting to be discovered.” Read the full story

via “The Spacecraft Flyby Mystery” – Is Dark Matter the Culprit or is There a New Physics Waiting to be Discovered?.

Oh Cool, Super Bubbles!

July 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Taratula Nebula “The enormous stars in the [Tarantula]nebula are producing intense radiation and searing winds of multimillion-degree gas that carve out gigantic bubbles in the surrounding cooler gas and dust. Other massive stars have raced through their evolution and exploded catastrophically as supernovae, expanding these bubbles into X-ray-brightened superbubbles.” Read full story

via Image of the Day: Ghost Bubbles of the Tarantula Nebula.

Can you help save the world sitting on you ass?

July 17, 2010 § 6 Comments

Ways YOU can help save the world from home without getting off your ass.

You may say “People should get off their ass to help!” My response is: Unfortunately, not all of us can. Whether they be physical, financial, social or just plain weird sometimes circumstances make us feel useless and trapped. Helping others is the best way to feel better about your own life. All of the examples I have listed below are free, easy, fun, educational and cool. You will soon forget started doing it to help others. In fact by doing these things you are really helping yourself.

  • Join Zooniverse :
    • Explore the Moon in unprecedented detail using images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
    • Help astronomers figure out how galaxies form and evolve by classifying their shape. Now with added Hubble galaxies.Help spot explosions on the Sun and track them across space to Earth. Your work will give astronauts an early warning if dangerous solar radiation is headed their way.Help us to catch an exploding star – astronomers are ready to follow-up on your best candidates at telescopes around the world.
    • How do galaxies merge? Help us find out by visiting Galaxy Zoo Mergers – Explore, Enhance, Evaluate.
  • Join World Community Grid– Donate the power of your computer when it is turned on, but is idle, to projects that benefit humanity! They provide the secure software and system that does it all for free, and you become part of a community that is helping to change the world. Once you install the software, you will be participating in World Community Grid. It’s that simple!
  • Once you have the software installed for Wold Community Grid, you can attach to other projects like: LHC@home is a volunteer computing program which enables you to contribute idle time on your computer to help physicists develop and exploit particle accelerators, such as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and SETI@home is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data.
  • TIP: You can run SETI@home and LHC@home on the World Community Grid Platform but not vice versa. So sign up for Wold Community Grid first.

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Coolest new Free toy from NASA

July 1, 2010 § 2 Comments

Eyes on the Earth Is a 3D plug-in from NASA, JPL and California Institute of Technology. It provides Real Time tracking of NASA satellites and the 3D maps that they generate! I have been looking for an easier way of seeing this information for months. I cannot express my excitement. There is even a game. Go now and check it out.  Happy Happy! Joy Joy!

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