Today's post is short and sweet because I want to reserve your time for only a couple of things.
1. Today's News and Views, to keep you updated.
2. A video I believe is a must see.
I begin with the must see video. BBC produced a series of documentaries called "Filthy Cities".
Tonight I present "Filthy Cities: Medieval London". Prepare for being grossed out on what life was really like in old London. Watching this video will make you very grateful for modern engineering, technology and science. I can't imagine how anyone could survive those living conditions endured by millions and millions of people in times past.
Please find a time where you can devote an hour to this fascinating trip to medieval London. It will be time well spent.
News and Views
SpaceX made further progress on its Grasshopper rocket program on
December 17. In a 29-second flight, the 10-story tall Grasshopper rocket
(a Falcon 9 first stage with Merlin engine) made a 40 meter flight up,
then hovered, and then landed safely in the upright position! Watch the cool video on Parabolic Arc's website here:
CBC/Canada has a good article on the docking of Soyuz TMA-07M at the
ISS. Crewmember Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut, will become the
Expedition 35 commander in March:
CollectSace published a nice article about the end of the GRAIL mission
over the Moon. The twin satellites Ebb and Flow made a planned crash
into the lunar surface on December 17. Information about their incredible mission here
A new LANDSAT satellite is on its way to the Vandenberg AFB in
California for an upcoming flight. The LANDSAT 5
satellite will be decommissioned in a few more months. Read On