>In the NY Times today there were two top sidebar stories. The first talked about the mess in Illinois–with a succession of corrupt governors. With corruption on top, there has to be corruption on lower levels which perhaps even affects safety on the streets. I don’t know anyone who is planning a vacation or honeymoon to downtown Chicago, do you?
Beneath this story was a warning from the government to be very careful traveling to India–or anywhere abroad. I don’t know about you, but I’m expanding my “abroad” to the “near abroad” when it comes to safety. And that includes the entire state of Illinois. It’s too corrupt, and what’s in the water to make so many governors go bad?
I think we should have a special prosecutor in Congress. Not to take the place of the FBI here, but find out how we can make it safe to travel to the Windy City.
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BANGALORE, India – Five years after being formally approved and following a series of late delays, India’s first-ever planetary mission is on track to launch the morning of Oct. 22 Local Time, with arrival in lunar orbit scheduled to occur 17 days later.
Astronomers have long talked about a “habitable zone” around a star as being a confined and predictable region where temperatures were not to cold, not to hot, so that a planet could retain liquid water and therefore support life as we know it.
Strange Weather on Alien Planets Explained Mon Oct 20, 7:31 AM ET
Though scientists have yet to find alien life on distant exoplanets, much about those planets certainly seems alien — especially the weather.
The 13 commercial satellite-fleet operators active in the Middle East and North Africa showed a 73 percent fill rate on their 41 Ku-band satellites in mid-2008 when measured in booked megahertz compared to total megahertz of capacity, according to a mid-2008 survey of capacity taken from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by the London Satellite Exchange (LSE) and Euroconsult. The satellites were spread over 31 orbital slots.
American space tourist Richard Garriott is settling into life aboard the International Space Station and learning firsthand the lessons learned by his astronaut father.
NASA Hits Snag in Reviving Hubble Space Telescope Fri Oct 17, 5:45 PM ET
NASA’s attempt to revive the ailing Hubble Space Telescope has hit a snag, leaving the iconic observatory’s return to science observations in limbo until two new glitches can be solved, agency officials said Friday.
A new space observatory that aims to investigate the edge of the solar system is poised to launch Sunday.
PARIS — European Space Agency (ESA) governments tentatively have agreed to delay the launch of Europe’s first-ever Mars rover by a little more than two years, to 2016, as part of a broader effort to rein in project costs and seek deeper cooperation with NASA and the Russian space agency, European government officials said.
If there ever was a planet that has gotten a bad rap for its inability to be readily observed, it would have to be Mercury, known in some circles as the “elusive planet.”
Planetary scientists have long puzzled over why fast-moving rivers of air called jet streams flow eastward at the equator of Jupiter and Saturn, but go westward on Uranus and Neptune. Now a new simulation has begun unraveling that mystery by showing how turbulent thunderstorms create the jet streams.
Rocket-powered racers received the go-ahead this week from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to soar at over 20 venues across the United States.
New observations of Mars’ moon Phobos show the object is more like a pile of rubble than a single solid body.
NASA: Hubble Space Telescope’s Reboot Going Well Thu Oct 16, 4:45 PM ET
NASA’s long-distance effort to revive the ailing Hubble Space Telescope is going well, with the orbital observatory on track to resume science observations by week’s end, agency officials said Thursday.
In the hunt for extrasolar planets, a new find is shattering records left and right.
WASHINGTON — The Shenzhou 7 mission and spacewalk should serve as a reminder that China is building space capabilities that could surpass U.S. technological advances and boost China’s diplomatic and economic ties with its allies, a panel of experts said here Oct. 8.
WASHINGTON – U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law the NASA Authorization Act of 2008 (H.R. 6063), a policy bill that endorses U.S. plans to return to the Moon, sets budget targets for NASA programs and requires the agency to conduct an additional space shuttle flight to deliver a multibillion dollar science payload to the International Space Station.
New images taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed rare evidence of an impact crater in Mars’ north polar region.
Like Rodney Dangerfield, dust don’t get no respect. If you make a laundry list of the material contents of the cosmos, you’ll be sure to put stars, planets, gas clouds and dark matter on the ticket. But dust? Who cares about such tiny, sticky bits of carbon, silicon and other boring stuff?
Astrobiologists work at the cutting edge of scientific research, investigating the possibility of life elsewhere in our universe. They are, however, plagued by a single, potentially critical problem: a lack of samples. Studying alien organisms is naturally difficult when none have been discovered.
Phoenix Lander Survives Martian Dust Storm Wed Oct 15, 4:15 PM ET
NEW YORK – NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander weathered its first dust storm on the red planet this past weekend, though the dust did lower the lander’s solar power and put the brakes on some of its planned activities.
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