Posts made in June, 2007

Random Thought 4

Posted By on Jun 16, 2007

Do not try to navigate by the stars while walking some place that moles live. Locate the direction. Locate the mole hole. Only walk after doing both. We have moles. Lots of moles. And a bunch of trees blocking the southern horizon. Clearly a telescope pier on the roof is called for. When we redo the roof in the (fall?) we’ll add roof access. The roof is higher than all the trees 🙂

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One of the things that NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency have each proven over and over again is that astro/cosmonauts are the best construction workers in and off this world. In my mind, there is only one reason for us to send people into space for non-commercial purposes is to build or repair things. These belief leaves me with very mixed emotions right now. I am incredibly proud folks currently orbiting the Earth. These ten...

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Carnival of Space #7

Posted By on Jun 14, 2007

It’s that time of the week again – Carnival time! The following is a selection of Space Science reports from all around the Internet. As you read through the following entries, I hope you will find some new content from new voices who will join your daily read list. To learn more about the Space Carnival, check out this site. From the Inner Mind to Outer Space ponders is “Romantic” Astronomy Dead? He asks, does...

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Eris Gets Mass Up-sizing

Posted By on Jun 13, 2007

This week astronomer Mike Brown and graduate student Emily Schaller released new results showing the Kuiper Belt object Eris is 27% more massive then Pluto (which is a few more percentage points more massive than was previously known. Neither object is a planet. (image credit: NASA) Here are the stats. Pluto Eris Mass 13.0×10^21 kg 16.6×10^21 kg Radius 1195 km 1200 km Semi-Major Axis 39.5 AU 67.7 AU For those of you who...

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Shuttle wing hit?

Posted By on Jun 12, 2007

I have to admit that I’m a msnbc junky. It is a stupid guilty pleasure of a news source that let’s me know both what matters (War updates) and what doesn’t (Paris, anyone?). Just flicked over and there and found a “Breaking News” headline and story stating that Space Shuttle Atlantis wing sensors indicate that the leading edge of the left edge was stuck my something. No idea what this means. Astronauts...

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