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Hello, Pale Blue Dot
Greetings, and welcome to Day 4 of Plugged In! On behalf of myself, Melissa, Scott, and Robynne, welcome to this shiny new blog of ours. There are so many things to discuss, but to get started, I want explain to you what this blog means to me and what I hope to get out of it.Growing up, one of my favorite shows was a program called "Connections" on PBS...
Next Generation: We Want a Spaceship, Not a Freight Truck
CAPE CANAVERAL -- I took this picture last night, and I don’t like it very much.
Let’s set aside discussions of artistic merit and admit that it’s a pretty dreary view of the last functioning space shuttle perched on its launch pad...
The pros & cons of Amazon Mechanical Turk for scientific surveys
The days of making a scientific inference about the human psyche from the results of a questionnaire given to 50 undergraduates are over. The online labor market facilitated by Amazon Mechanical Turk, founded in 2005 (three centuries after the infamous Turkish automaton that could play chess was invented), is now being used to wide effect for scientific inquiry...
Notes from the Ground: A Visit to the Launch Pad
Atlantis Launch Notes: July 7, 6:00 P.M.KENNEDY SPACE CENTER—At T-11 hours and holding all day (as usual, a planned halt). Just got back from the launch pad—and just in time, seems lightning hit within a third of a mile from the shuttle...
Threat of James Webb Space Telescope Cancellation Rattles Astronomy Community
As NASA prepares to wrap up its shuttle program, leaving open questions about what comes next for U.S. human spaceflight, the next big thing in NASA's astronomy program has been dealt a blow...
Wrinkles Rankle Graphene
The 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics raised the profile of graphene—a super strong one-atom thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal pattern with countless potential commercial applications...
Shifting Stigmas: The Act of Crying in Public
Jimmy Dugan firmly established that there’s no crying in baseball. But what about in public? In New York City, at some point or another you’re going to encounter a crying person—in fact, you could even be the crier.A few weeks ago, I boarded the subway for a short trip uptown...
Notes from the Ground: One Day to Go to Final Shuttle Launch
Atlantis Launch Notes: July 7, 9:00 A.M.KENNEDY SPACE CENTER—As of now, NASA's final space shuttle launch is still on for Friday at 11:26 A.M. Eastern time, but a gathering storm bearing down on Florida's Space Coast remains a major concern.While waiting on a go/no-go decision from the mission managers yesterday afternoon, I decided to take a little field trip thrown by the people at SpaceX, the builders of the Falcon rocket and Dragon capsule, slated to carry cargo—and later up to seven crew members—to the International Space Station (ISS).Interviews and tours for the press brought me face to face with the Dragon capsule, which, at least in appearance, recalls both Apollo and the new Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle...
Technogenic Disasters: A Deadly New Normal for the Media
Some go to school to become journalists. Others hit the road with a notebook, camera and insatiable curiosity, while others have a shocking moment of awareness of the complexity of the human condition and want to document it...
Truckin' Up to Low Earth Orbit, Part 3: The Shuttle Gives Science a Boost
This is the third of a three-part series that looks back at the 30-year history of the U.S. space shuttle program. Before the 1986 Challenger disaster made safety paramount and new constraints had been established, the shuttle could carry fueled upper-stage rockets to launch space probes, which embarked for planetary destinations...
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