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tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6633940777526327846.post-141230291876588554: What Shuttle Should Have Been: NASA's October 1977 Space Shuttle Flight Manifest
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3 Jul 2015, 01:31 UTC <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-94a1kWzug44/VZV-vV_ppfI/AAAAAAAAX34/60YOxkGsb7Q/s1600/Star_Trek_cast_and_Space_Shuttle_Enterprise.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-94a1kWzug44/VZV-vV_ppfI/AAAAAAAAX34/60YOxkGsb7Q/s640/Star_Trek_cast_and_Space_Shuttle_Enterprise.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Fact and fiction blend at the rollout of the Space Shuttle Orbiter <i>Enterprise</i>. Space agency officials present include NASA Administrator James Fletcher (in gray suit at left speaking with DeForest Kelley) and STS Operations Director Chester Lee (in light brown suit at right between Gene Roddenberry and Walter Koenig). Image credit: NASA</td></tr></tbody></table>Soon after President Richard Nixon gave his blessing to the Space Shuttle Program on 5 January 1972, NASA scheduled its first orbital flight for 1977, then for March 1978. By early 1975, the date had slipped to March 1979. Funding shortfalls were to blame, as were the daunting engineering challenges of developing the world’s first reusable orbital spaceship based on 1970s technology. The schedule slip was actually worse than NASA let on: as early as 31 January 1975, an internal NASA document (marked "sensitive") gave a “90% probability date” for the first Shuttle launch of December 1979.<br /><br />In October 1977, Chester Lee, director of Space Transportation System (STS) Operations at NASA Headquarters, distributed the first edition of the STS Flight Assignment Baseline, a launch schedule ...
http://feeds.feedburner.com/4dac81d1-1418-938b-c9a6-d00fcfdb6043: Event Horizon Telescope Will Probe Spacetime's Mysteries
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2 Jul 2015, 21:25 UTC
tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6762481015010870446.post-1870738835386440360: Observing the Birth of a Planet
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2 Jul 2015, 19:58 UTC <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9mzakfXzS9Q/VZWXSAfLiII/AAAAAAAAvzk/eg66TqDOGsU/s1600/image.imageformat.lightbox.761991159.png" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="The formation of a giant gas planet (right) near the star HD 100546 (left) is not yet complete, allowing astronomers to observe the process. (Artist’s impression: ESO / L. Calçada)" border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9mzakfXzS9Q/VZWXSAfLiII/AAAAAAAAvzk/eg66TqDOGsU/s640/image.imageformat.lightbox.761991159.png" title="The formation of a giant gas planet (right) near the star HD 100546 (left) is not yet complete, allowing astronomers to observe the process. (Artist’s impression: ESO / L. Calçada)" width="640" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><div style="text-align: justify;">Astronomers at ETH Zurich have confirmed the existence of a young giant gas planet still embedded in the midst of the disk of gas and dust surrounding its parent star. For the first time, scientists are able to directly study the formation of a planet at a very early stage. Observing time at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on Paranal Mountain is a very precious commodity – and yet the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile spent an entire night with a high-resolution infrared camera pointed at a single object in the night sky. The data collected by the Naco optics instrument enabled an international team headed by ETH Zurich’s Sascha Quanz to confirm its earlier ...
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2 Jul 2015, 17:24 UTC

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