Wednesday, January 18, 2017

X-37B Due to Break Longest Time in Space Record

The U.S. Air Force's mysterious X-37B space plane has now spent 600 days in Earth orbit on the vessel's latest mission, and is nearing a program record for longest time spent in space.

The robotic X-37B lifted off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 20, 2015, kicking off the program's fourth space mission (which is known as Orbital Test Vehicle-4, or OTV-4).

If the uncrewed spacecraft spends 74 more days aloft, it will break the duration record set during OTV-3, which touched down in October 2014.

But it's unclear how long OTV-4 will last, or just what the X-37B is doing as it circles Earth; most details about the space plane's missions and payloads are classified.

This infographic depicts the B Orbital Test Vehicle is an unmanned space test vehicle for the USAF. See how the unmanned space drone works here.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

RIP Eugene Cernan

U.S. Navy Captain Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died Monday, Jan. 16,

Previous to the final Apollo mission, Cernan piloted the Gemini 9 mission with Commander Thomas P. Stafford on a three-day flight in June 1966. Cernan logged more than two hours outside the orbiting capsule.

In May 1969, he was the lunar module pilot of Apollo 10, the first comprehensive lunar-orbital qualification and verification test of the lunar lander. The mission flew the lunar module to within eight nautical miles of the moon's surface.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

The moon is very old, it turns out

It would appear that the moon is very old, it turns out.

A new analysis of lunar rocks brought to Earth by Apollo astronauts suggests that the moon formed 4.51 billion years ago — just 60 million years after the solar system itself took shape.

Some studies have come up with similar estimates, while others have argued for a younger moon that coalesced 150 million to 200 million years after the solar system was born. The new findings are published in the journal Science Advances.

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Podcast 478

I start this week with a story from David Scholes called Other Side the I mistakenly call Reincarnation, it's good no matter what the case.

From the blog, it would seem that Germany's fusion reactor works!  David has a story collection available on Amazon. Pluto has structures similar to ice pressure ridges but on a truly vast scale. 

Finally I play David's Urban Pacifiers, which is a really great short tale.

podcast 478

Friday, January 06, 2017

Some of Nimoy's Stage Credits

Listner Phil really knows his theater.  I asked him what he knew about Nimoy and stage and he
sent me back a "did you know" list:

Here are just a few stage shows that Leonard Niemoy was in and parts he played.

Musical Theatre
Melody Top Theatre Milwaukee, WI (Regional Theatre)
Camelot - Arthur (1973)
Fiddler on the Roof - Tevye (1974)
My Fair Lady - Henry Higgins (1976)
Oliver - Fagin (1972 - 1973)
The King and I - The King (1974)

Atlanta Theatre Guild, Atlanta, GA (1955)
A Streetcar Named Desire - Stanley Kowalsky
University of Alabama Town and Civic Center Clark Memoiral Theater
Cat on A Hot Tin Roof - Brick
Town and Gown Repertory Theatre - Birmingham, AL. (1959)
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest - Randle Patrick McMurphy
Little Theatre on the Square - Sullivan, IL. (1974)
The Fourposter - Michael (1975)