First Pass of Echo 1 Satellite Over the Goldstone Tracking Station

By | 27 October 2016 - 22:21
This photograph shows the first pass of Echo 1, America’s first communications satellite, over the Goldstone Tracking Station managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, in the early morning of Aug. 12, 1960. The movement of the antenna, star trails, and Echo 1 (the long streak in the middle) are visible in this image. via NASA

Some News From My Facebook

By | 27 October 2016 - 20:17

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Considerazione molo personale. Certe femministe, sempre incazzate che non fanno altro che sbraitare 24/24 inneggiando solo a violenza e slogan vecchi e stantii, forse dovrebbero OGNI TANTO farsi una camomilla e riflettere sulle grandissime donne che senza troppe cazzate e con grandissimo impegno e sacrifici hanno cambiato IN MEGLIO il nostro mondo. Per tutti. E prendere esempio.

Forse, radersi o meno le gambe NON É proprio una priorità per la quale andare in piazza e fare scenate per le quali definirsi “femministe”

FORSE le cause veramente importanti sono altre: queste donne sono qui a dimostrare cosa significa essere donne ed avere il potere di cambiare il mondo, nonostante la società nelle quali sono vissute ed hanno lavorato.

Se ci sono riuscite loro senza troppe cazzate da “grrrrl” arrabbiate, magari ci si può riuscire anche oggi senza per forza scadere in imbarazzanti crolli di dignità.

Oggi, 27 Ottobre, è indispensabile ricordare:

– LISE MEITNER, (Vienna, 7 novembre 1878 – Cambridge, 27 ottobre 1968) è stata una fisica austriaca. Fra le sue opere spicca la spiegazione teorica della prima fissione nucleare, riuscita a Otto Hahn nel 1938

– MARGARET HUTCHINSON ROUSSEAU, (27 ottobre 1910-12 gennaio 2000) è stato un ingegnere chimico che ha progettato il primo impianto di produzione commerciale di penicillina. É stata anche la prima donna membro dell’American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

E la lista è ben lunga. Curioso che io la conosca ma le sedicenti femministe invece no. :D

Washington Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut on Space Station

By | 27 October 2016 - 18:35

Students will gather at National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington for an opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut currently living and working aboard the International Space Station. at noon EDT Thursday, Nov. 3. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

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Propeller Shadows on Saturn’s Rings

By | 27 October 2016 - 05:49
What created these unusually long shadows on Saturn’s rings? The dark shadows — visible near the middle of the image — extend opposite the Sun and, given their length, stem from objects having heights up to a few kilometers. The long shadows were unexpected given that the usual thickness of Saturn’s A and B rings is only about 10 meters. After considering the choppy but elongated shapes apparent near the B-ring edge, however, a leading theory has emerged that some kilometer-sized moonlets exist there that have enough gravity to create even larger vertical deflections of nearby small ring particles. The resulting ring waves are called propellers, named for how they appear individually. It is these coherent groups of smaller ring particles that are hypothesized to be casting the long shadows. The featured image was taken by the robotic Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn. The image was captured in 2009, near Saturn’s equinox, when sunlight streamed directly over the ring plane and caused the longest shadows to be cast. via NASA

Paw Paw Bends

By | 26 October 2016 - 18:31
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this image of the Potomac River and canal on September 27, 2016. The image shows the stretch between Hancock and Cumberland, Maryland—about 97 kilometers (60 miles) if you were to hike or bike along the towpath between these two towns. West Virginia is south of the river. via NASA

NASA Invites Media to Meet New Science Directorate Chief

By | 26 October 2016 - 17:00

Media are invited to meet Thomas Zurbuchen, recently named the associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, and ask questions in person or via phone during an informal brown bag lunch at noon EDT Monday, Oct. 31. The event will be held at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, Washington.

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Clouds Near Jupiters South Pole from Juno

By | 26 October 2016 - 05:10
What’s happening near the south pole of Jupiter? Recent images sent back by NASA’s robotic Juno spacecraft are showing an interesting conglomeration of swirling clouds and what appear to be white ovals. Juno arrived at Jupiter in July and is being placed into a wide, looping orbit that will bring it near the gas giant — and over its poles — about twice a month. The featured image is a composite taken by JunoCam and post-processed by a digitally savvy citizen scientist. White ovals have been observed elsewhere on Jupiter and are thought to be giant storm systems. They have been observed to last for years, while typically showing Category 5 wind speeds of around 350 kilometers per hour. Unlike Earthly cyclones and hurricanes where high winds circle regions of low pressure, white ovals on Jupiter show rotational directions indicating that they are anticylones — vortices centered on high pressure regions. Juno will continue to orbit Jupiter over thirty more times while recording optical, spectral, and gravitational data meant to help determine Jupiter’s structure and evolution. via NASA

Cygnus Spacecraft Attached to Space Station’s Unity Module

By | 25 October 2016 - 16:02
Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo craft (left) is seen from the Cupola module windows aboard the International Space Station on Oct. 23, 2016. The main robotic work station for controlling the Canadarm2 robotic arm is located inside the Cupola and was used to capture Cygnus upon its arrival. via NASA

CST-100 Starliner Manufacturing

By | 24 October 2016 - 17:02
An engineer guides the upper dome of a Boeing CST-100 Starliner as it is connected to the lower dome to complete the first hull of the Starliner’s Structural Test Article. The Starliner is one of two spacecraft in development in partnership with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program that will enable astronauts to fly to the International Space Station. via NASA

Cerro Tololo Trails

By | 23 October 2016 - 05:19
Early one moonlit evening car lights left a wandering trail along the road to the Chilean Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. Setting stars left the wandering trails in the sky. The serene view toward the mountainous horizon was captured in a telephoto timelapse image and video taken from nearby Cerro Pachon, home to Gemini South. Afforded by the mountaintop vantage point, the clear, long sight-line passes through layers of atmosphere. The changing atmospheric refraction shifts and distorts the otherwise steady apparent paths of the stars as they set. That effect also causes the distorted appearance of Sun and Moon as they rise or set near a distant horizon. via NASA

The Tulip in the Swan

By | 21 October 2016 - 05:03
Framing a bright emission region this telescopic view looks out along the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy toward the nebula rich constellation Cygnus the Swan. Popularly called the Tulip Nebula, the glowing cloud of interstellar gas and dust is also found in the 1959 catalog by astronomer Stewart Sharpless as Sh2-101. About 8,000 light-years distant and 70 light-years across the complex and beautiful nebula blossoms at the center of the composite image. Red, green, and blue hues map emission from ionized sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. Ultraviolet radiation from young, energetic stars at the edge of the Cygnus OB3 association, including O star HDE 227018, ionizes the atoms and powers the visible light emission from the Tulip Nebula. HDE 227018 is the bright star very near the blue arc at the center of the cosmic tulip. via NASA

NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Available for Interviews Before Space Station Launch

By | 20 October 2016 - 20:33

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson will be available for live satellite interviews from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, on Thursday, Oct. 27, before her launch to the International Space Station. She will answer questions about her upcoming mission aboard the world-class orbiting laboratory from 7-8 a.m. EDT.

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