Posts Tagged ‘NASA’

Hidden Figures


(Guardian Books) – Margot Lee Shetterly:

Before a computer became an inanimate object, and before Mission Control landed in Houston; before Sputnik changed the course of history, and before the NACA became NASA; before the supreme court case Brown v Board of Education of Topeka established that separate was in fact not equal, and before the poetry of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech rang out over the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Langley’s West Computers were helping America dominate aeronautics, space research and computer technology, carving out a place for themselves as female mathematicians who were also black, black mathematicians who were also female. For a group of bright and ambitious African American women, diligently prepared for a mathematical career and eager for a crack at the big leagues, Hampton, Virginia, must have felt like the centre of the universe. …

theguardian 2017/feb/05 hidden-figures

Margot Lee Shetterly: Hidden Figures


Neil Armstrong Talks About The First Moon Walk


(Krulwich Wonders) – Robert Krulwich:

How come they walked such a modest distance? Less than a hundred yards from their lander? ……

Video of Cassini’s Hyperion flyby


(Discover Magazine::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

It’s very interesting to see how the motion of the moon and spacecraft combine as the latter sweeps past the former. ……

It’s not an arsenic-based life form


(ScienceBlogs::Pharyngula) – PZ Myers:

Life on earth uses six elements heavily in its chemistry: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulfur, also known as CHNOPS ……

Rosie Redfield: Arsenic-associated bacteria (NASA’s claims)

Hard to port! Eject Goose, eject!


(Discover Magazine::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles patroled the launch area as the Space Shuttle Atlantis roared into space on its final flight in May. Check out the shadow of the plume! …

A little weekend Saturn awesomeness


(Discover Magazine::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

It shows the big round moon Rhea, the lumpy small moon Janus, and a lovely view of the foreshortened rings. Both moons were on the far side of the rings, well over 1 million kilometers away, when Cassini took this shot. …

Hubble Picture of the Week


(Discover Magazine::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has taken… let’s see… <counting on fingers>… carry the two… about a gazillion pictures of the sky. … The folks at the European Space Agency side of Hubble Central have created a new feature: the Hubble Picture of the Week. …

Wikipedia: Hickson Compact Group

SDO: The Extreme Ultraviolet Sun


(Astronomy Picture of the Day) – This wild-looking portrait of the nearest star to planet Earth was made on March 30th by the recently launched Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). …

Statement on U.S. President’s Proposal for NASA


(The Planetary Society) – President Obama has charted a course that could launch the United States on a new path to historic “firsts” in space — first astronauts to travel beyond the Moon, first astronauts to touch down on an asteroid, first astronauts to reach a Lagrange point, first astronauts to reach Mars. …

Louis D. Friedman: Back from the President’s Space Conference

Kenneth Chang: Obama Vows Renewed Space Program

IC 342 – Hiding out behind the Milky Way


(ScienceDaily)A leggy cosmic creature comes out of hiding in a new infrared view from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The spiral beauty, called IC 342 and sometimes the “hidden galaxy,” is shrouded behind our own galaxy, the Milky Way. …