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A nuclear-powered rover as big as a compact car is set to begin a nine-month journey to Mars this weekend to learn if the planet is or ever was suitable for life.
The launch of NASA’s $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory aboard an unmanned United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket is set for 10:02 a.m. EST (1502 GMT) on Saturday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, located just south of the Kennedy Space Center.A nuclear-powered rover as big as a compact car is set to begin a nine-month journey... more
Two years ago this month the Climategate scandal broke.
Now more devastating Climategate e-mails were released today. We’ve covered juicy ones in the posts listed below. More on the way. Read ‘em all. They validate EVERYTHING the skeptics have been saying. Viva les sceptiques!
■Jones says media, especially BBC, has alarmist bias
■Wigley knows why paleo-reconstructions are junk science
■Jones says 2-degree C limit ‘plucked out of thin air’
■Alarmists looked to ally with Goldman Sachs
■Climategate 2.0: Phil Jones complains about omnipresent deniers
■Ducking confrontation on ‘Great Global Warming Swindle’
■Alarmist introspection admits dishonesty on hockey stick
■Jones laments blogsites as allowing deniers to find one another/a>
■Systematic deletion of e-mails
■How Phil Jones misleads journalists
■Santer angry over not being able to silence skeptics
■Mann says true temp anomaly not known well
■Silence of the alarmists
■Wigley accuses ‘Mike’, other IPCC-ers of deception, dishonesty
■Spun science isn’t going to end well
■Department of Energy involved in hiding temperature data?
■Jones advises e-mail deletion to avoid FOIA
■Mann says Curry not helping ‘the cause’
■‘All models wrong’
■IPCC models not worth a darn
■Hulme hired to be the hand of God
■Praying for the ‘Day After Tomorrow’ to work
■Catholicism an ‘extreme’ religion?
■Mann a dead-ender
■Mann paper slammed by colleague as ‘pathetic’
■‘Hockey stick’ debunking confirmed
■Hide the dissent
■Feelings more important than truth
■Kjellén has a better name for global warming
■Jones bans dissent on extreme weather
■Medieval Warm Period tough to erase
■Mann said skeptics ‘losing’
■Climategate 2.0?Two years ago this month the Climategate scandal broke. Now more devastating... more
Images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show sand dunes and ripples moving across the surface of Mars at dozens of locations and shifting up to several yards. These observations reveal the planet's sandy surface is more dynamic than previously thought.
link:http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111121135658.htmImages from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show sand dunes and ripples moving... more
"Two U.S. government satellites have each experienced at least two separate instances of interference apparently consistent with cyber activities against their command and control systems... The techniques appear consistent with authoritative Chinese military writings..."
https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/18279-Malicious-Cyber-Activities-Directed-Against-US-Satellites.html"Two U.S. government satellites have each experienced at least two separate... more
NASA must continue to fund and execute challenging science missions to other worlds, or risk losing leadership in the field of planetary science, agency officials urged lawmakers today (Nov. 15).NASA must continue to fund and execute challenging science missions to other worlds,... more
A team of scientists has used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to observe a quasar accretion disc -- a brightly glowing disc of matter that is slowly being sucked into its galaxy's central black hole.
link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111104091652.htmA team of scientists has used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to observe a quasar... more
Genetic scientists identify one billion, three hundred sixty seven million creatures with genetic defect that makes them carcinogenic to earth that must be destroyed for our and the planet's safety. Humanitarians extremists call for immediate mutation cleansing across globeGenetic scientists identify one billion, three hundred sixty seven million creatures... more
If you think your electricity bill is a joke, get a load of this. The United States spends more than $20 billion per year on air conditioning for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. As NPR reports, that’s more than the entire operating budget for NASA.
News flash: the desert is hot.
This comes at a time when not only are Americans increasingly opposed to overseas military operations, but NASA’s 30-year-old space shuttle program has been retired due to, among other things, pricey bills.
And with the space shuttle program officially grounded, it looks like the only thing sky rocketing these days is the cost of keeping the troops cool.
To National Public Radio’s Morning Edition program, retired logistician Steven Anderson says that every inch of the way is costing Americans a pretty penny to keep the climate under control for men and women fighting abroad. "When you consider the cost to deliver the fuel to some of the most isolated places in the world — escorting, command and control, medevac support — when you throw all that infrastructure in, we're talking over $20 billion," he says. "You've got risks that are associated with moving the fuel almost every mile of the way."
It turns out that “every mile of the way” is more than one might expect, too. There are 800 miles of “improved goat trails” between Karachi (where fuel is initially dropped) to Afghanistan, a trip that costs over two weeks of travel.
Anderson adds that more than 1,000 troops have died while transporting fuel alone.
On top of that, Anderson says energy use could be cut by 92 percent in Iraq if the military switches to polyurethane foam insulation for tents, a switch that would also take around 11,000 gas-guzzling fuel trucks off the roads — or should I say goat trails?
"A simple policy signed by the secretary of defense — a one- or two-page memo, saying we will no longer build anything other than energy-efficient structures in Iraq and Afghanistan — would have a profound impact,” says Anderson. In the meantime, however, it doesn’t look like any generals are gung-ho on going green.
In comparison, that $20 billion annually is more than BP has paid to help repair damages from the Gulf oil spill, and even more than the G-8 pledged to help bring democracy to Egypt and Tunisia.
Maybe democracy isn’t the answer. Perhaps all the Middle East needs is a little central air?
http://rt.com/usa/news/air-conditioning-troops-nasa/If you think your electricity bill is a joke, get a load of this. The United States... more
Feds tighten belt by cutting agriculture reports
Worst California biker feud in decade erupted at Starbucks
Earth-observing satellite blasts offFeds tighten belt by cutting agriculture reports Worst California biker feud in... more
During the three-year trek of NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity from Victoria crater to Endeavour crater, rover planners captured a horizon photograph at the end of each drive. 309 images taken during the 13-mile journey appear in this video.During the three-year trek of NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity from Victoria crater... more
NASA's Kepler space telescope is finding lots and lots of extrasolar planets. But how many might support intelligent life? And, is there a "sweet spot" in the galaxy where SETI astronomers should aim their telescopes?
link:http://news.discovery.com/space/where-do-advanced-civilizations-hang-out-111003.htmlNASA's Kepler space telescope is finding lots and lots of extrasolar planets. But... more
NASA's Kepler spacecraft is one of the most powerful tools in the hunt for extrasolar planets. The Kepler team's computers are sifting through the data, but we at Planet Hunters are betting that there will be planets which can only be found via the remarkable human ability for pattern recognition.
This is a gamble, a bet if you will, on the ability of humans to beat machines just occasionally. It may be that no new planets are found or that computers have the job down to a fine art. And yet, it's just possible that you might be the first to know that a star somewhere out there in the Milky Way has a companion, just as our Sun does. Fancy giving it a try?
So far only two new planets that slipped through the computers grasps have been found by humans, but with more people taking part more and more will be discovered.
You can join the search at the link, follow a quick tutorial and get searchingNASA's Kepler spacecraft is one of the most powerful tools in the hunt for... more
IT'S as big as a bus and weighs six tonnes, but officials probably will never be able to pinpoint exactly where a massive NASA satellite plummeted to Earth.
link:http://www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/satellite-was-as-big-as-a-bus-weighed-six-tonnes-but-nasa-may-never-know-where-it-crashed/story-fn5fsgyc-1226146723161IT'S as big as a bus and weighs six tonnes, but officials probably will never be... more
Falling Satellite may be down by now, according to NASA. The agency is waiting for official confirmation from the US Strategic Command.
http://www.pinoyhalo.com/2011/09/24/falling-satellite-may-be-down/Falling Satellite may be down by now, according to NASA. The agency is waiting for... more
UARS Re-Enters Atmosphere, Final Location Uncertain
NASA’s Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite fell back to Earth between 11:23 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 23, and 1:09 a.m. EDT Sept. 24. The precise re-entry time and location are not yet known with certainty.
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NASA: Pieces of falling satellite may be down
From John Zarella, CNN
updated 2:00 AM EST, Sat September 24, 2011
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U.S. in falling satellite's strike zone
NASA is waiting for confirmation that satellite pieces are down
About 26 pieces, some weighing hundreds of pounds, are expected to survive reentry
It is not clear exactly where the pieces might have landed
U.S. in falling satellite's strike zone
FAA: Pilots watch for falling satellite
Miami (CNN) -- Pieces of a defunct satellite plummeting toward Earth may have come to rest, NASA said Saturday morning
NASA says "it's possible" that the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite "is down by now," according to the agency's Twitter page early Saturday. But the agency said it is seeking official confirmation with the United States Strategic Command.
About two dozen pieces of the satellite were expected to survive the crash through the Earth's atmosphere.
Late Friday night, NASA predicted satellite parts would pass "over Canada and Africa, as well as vast areas of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans."
"The risk to public safety is very remote," the space agency added.
It was not immediately clear where fallen pieces may have ended up.
About 26 pieces were expected to survive the descent. Those pieces, made of stainless steel, titanium and beryllium that won't burn, will range from about 10 pounds to hundreds of pounds, according to NASA.
Earlier, NASA said "there is a low probability" surviving debris will land in the United States, but on Saturday morning the space agency tweeted, "The U.S. is very safe from (the satellite) ... It's final orbit did not cross the United States."
Mark Matney of NASA's Orbital Debris team in Houston said there's no way to know exactly where the pieces will come down.
"Keep in mind, they won't be traveling at those high orbital velocities. As they hit the air, they tend to slow down. ... They're still traveling fast, a few tens to hundreds of miles per hour, but no longer those tremendous orbital velocities," he explained.
"Part of the problem is, the spacecraft is tumbling in unpredictable ways, and it is very difficult to very precisely pinpoint where it's coming down even right before the re-entry," Matney said.
Because water covers 70% of the Earth's surface, NASA has said that most -- if not all -- of the surviving debris will land in water. Even if pieces strike dry land, there's very little risk any of it will hit people.
However, in an abundance of caution, the Federal Aviation Administration released an advisory Thursday warning pilots about the falling satellite, calling it a potential hazard.
"It is critical that all pilots/flight crew members report any observed falling space debris to the appropriate (air traffic control) facility and include position, altitude, time and direction of debris observed," the FAA statement said.
The FAA said warnings of this sort typically are sent out to pilots concerning specific hazards they may encounter during flights such as air shows, rocket launches, kites and inoperable radio navigational aids.
NASA said space debris the size of the satellite's components re-enters the atmosphere about once a year. Harvard University astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell noted that the satellite is far from being the biggest space junk to come back.
"This is nothing like the old Skylab scare of the '70s, when you had a 70-ton space station crashing out of the sky. So, I agree with the folks in Houston. It's nothing to be worried about," McDowell said.
Pieces of Skylab came down in western Australia in 1979.
The only wild card McDowell sees is if somehow a chunk hits a populated area.
"If the thing happens to come down in a city, that would be bad. The chances of it causing extensive damage or injuring someone are much higher."
CNN's Mike Ahlers contributed to this report.
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As if there weren't enough things in this world to lose sleep over we now have to worry about satellites that have reached their expiration date falling on top of us while we worry about everything else that could potentially kill us. Of course the odds that it will actually fall on a human are extremely small but somehow thanks to the around the clock news coverage and a space agency that isn't really sure where the satellite is going to end up a lot of us are convinced that if we don't wake up every fifteen minutes tonight to look skyward in hopes that it lands on someone else it will definitely land on us. I for one am not going to really spend any time worrying, or at least any time more than I usually do about things I have no control over. Have a great weekend world and remember to duck!As if there weren't enough things in this world to lose sleep over we now have to... more
Tony D rewrites today's headlines so you don't have to read the news!
As Chicken Little would say, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling.” But in this case, it is a 6-ton dead bus-size UARS satellite. And of course, WHACKO-TV seems to be in the middle of everything that happens on this planet. Wolf Douglas takes his first caller on the new WHACKO-TV live studio phone. Sure looks like he has his hands full.As Chicken Little would say, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling.” But... more