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What’s Up: May 2014

Take a tour of what’s up in the night sky for the month of May, 2014.

The Unstable West Antarctic Ice Sheet: A Primer | NASA

The least you need to know about the Amundsen Sea and adjacent West Antarctic Ice Sheet:

The Unstable West Antarctic Ice Sheet: A Primer | NASA.

Statistically Representative Debate On Climate Change

Statistically Representative Debate On Climate Change

For a great laugh – watch John Oliver’s “Statistically Representative Debate On Climate Change”

Climate Change: HOPE It’s Human Influenced

“Years of Living Dangerously” is airing starting this weekend on Showtime; regardless of what is often said by talking heads, the fact remains that this is CONSENSUS science; those that claim it’s not human caused had better hope it is – at least that means we can change and begin reversing it. Check out the trailer – give the series a watch and make up your own mind.

http://www.sho.com/sho/years-of-living-dangerously/home

GOCE: End Of A Mission

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The ESA satellite, Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer, (GOCE), has reached the end of it’s natural life and will be de-orbiting sometime in the next few days. The ESA currently does not have a projection as to where the satellite will reenter Earth’s atmosphere at this time however, as the de-orbit progresses, they will post approximate location(s).

More about GOCE and it’s amazing mission:

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/GOCE/GOCE_completes_its_mission

An Astronaut’s Guide To Life

Today, I received my copy of Col. Chris Hadfield’s book, “An Astronaut’s Guide To Life”. I’ve been posting the short YouTube videos of the same name thinking “cute”. I now realize they are part of one of the most brilliant stealth marketing campaigns EVER…watch here and have a good chuckle.

Deep Space Comes One Step Closer

The first deep space craft for the United States, Orion, has powered up for the first time, in preparation for it’s first test launch scheduled for fall of 2014.

Orion is a new type of craft designed to move both both crew and cargo further into space than any human has ever been before paving the way for human exploration of Mars and asteroid research.  

Although this initial test launch, EFT-1, will be from a Delta IV Heavy, NASA has in development, an all new rocket, Space Launch System, that will be the workhorse of the new program scheduled to begin in 2017 with Exploration Mission-1.

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For more about Orion:

 http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/#.UnAdvRb_niY

 

Image credit: Lockheed Martin

Sites we like: Monday Edition

Sites we like: Monday Edition

Missing your shark fix now that Shark Week is in the rear view mirror?  Check out OCSEARCH!  OCSEARCH tags and releases Great White Sharks to further research into this little understood creature. Follow their live posts and track individual sharks!     http://www.ocearch.org/#Home

It’s Like ‘Gravity’ only it’s real….

It’s Like ‘Gravity’ only it’s real….

Using actual space images, this short film, set to the theme of the current hit film, ‘Gravity’ is all the more stunning because it’s real. 

Check out HiRise!

While we wait out the Government shutdown, it’s time to acknowledge a few great sites!

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, HiRISE, is a camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter built by Ball Aerospace at the direction of the University of Arizona to provide a detailed view of the surface of Mars.  The images produced by HiRISE are stunning and well worth taking a look.

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