Last Week’s Links

Okay, really late this week. No excuses. I can and will do better! I have a lot of posts that (I think) should be interesting in the hopper. Hopefully coming soon! For now here’s what’s been going on in space news. But, before we get into that, the really exciting news is that CERN found the Higgs!

Okay, I tricked you a bit with that link. Here’s a real article about it, and a good video about the discovery below.

Down to Earth

Sad news last weekend. NASA astronaut Alan Poindexter – commander of STS-131 – died in a jet ski accident. Clearly a great loss.

Here’s one of my ideas of paradise.

A beautiful shot of Venus and Jupiter at dawn. More early morning conjunctions can be enjoyed later this week.

The exhibit of Space Shuttle Enterprise in New York will officially open on July 19.

Last week was one year since the launch of STS-135, the last space shuttle mission. A plaque has been installed on the runway at KSC to commemorate “wheel stop” of the Space Shuttle Program.

Astronaut Stephen Robinson has left NASA.

Straying into the realm of politics, I think this essay on the current state of human spaceflight policy is worth a read.

Similarly, this contrary take on the “STEM crisis” in America is enlightening (via SciGuy).

On a more inspiring tract, Bill Nye tells us why we need our space (well, I find the video inspiring anyway).

Or, if you like, how about a 50th anniversary video for KSC?

In Orbit

The Houston Chronicle did a nice interview with Expedition 31 before they left ISS.

One of the last pictures of Expedition 31 last weekend before coming home.

Before undocking, Andre posted a nice tour of ISS. There is a bite-size 4 minute version and a monster 90 minute version.

Don Pettit shows us the emotional side of returning to Earth through poetry.

Looks like returning to Earth from ISS isn’t all glory. Multiple posts prove my point.

Around the Solar System

While everyone else was talking about how Curiosity will land on Mars in 30 days, Opportunity silently rolled passed 3000 Sols (Martian days) of her mission.

Out There

Jill Tarter may be retiring from her life of hunting aliens, but she’s not done promoting the idea of SETI. Here’s a good interview with her from the Washington Post.

 

July 9, 2012 10:07 pm

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