Ride the Space Shuttle into space, on the outside of the booster no less

If you are a space enthusiast, this is well worth 400 seconds of your time for the unique perspective it offers…like strapping a HERO Go Pro camera to a booster and getting it back. Advertisements

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Here is a chilling story of how the best engineering and design can go horribly wrong in the face of test after test. Wayne Hale relays this story about how Space Shuttle Discovery was nearly lost after a complete redesign and safety overhaul. Highly recommended – Anthony

NASA checking TERRA/AQUA satellite observations against citizen observer ground reports

S.D. Maley writes of an interesting and somewhat surprising NASA program trying to fill in observation gaps where satellites are getting cloud cover wrong: NASA is in the process [1] of checking two satellites [2] against ground observer reports. Student groups seem to be the primary focus, but adults can participate via: http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/SCOOL/Rover/ The Database…

Sudan hit by Apollo Asteroid

Posted by Dee Norris A recently discovered Apollo Asteroid, 2008 TC3, exploded over Sudan at about 1046 EDT on October 7, 2008. 2008 TC3 was discovered on Monday by an observer at the Mt Lemmon Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. 2008 TC3 is notable in that it is the first Asteroid of its size that was…

One more thing to worry about

While we are all recovering from the news of the terrible fate that awaits us as outlined recently in Bali, astronomers have, for the first time, witnessed a super-massive black hole hitting a nearby galaxy with a “death-star-like” beam of energy. The story also has a video with simulations, pictures, and explanations. “The ‘death star galaxy,’…