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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

DSim Begins Filming Mission Briefings. New Pictures of the USS Leo at Lakeview Academy. Sportsmanship at its Best. Space and Science Headlines. The Imaginarium

DSim Begins Filming Mission Briefings

DSim, the new name for the Discovery Space Center company, is changing the way crews receive their mission briefings.  

Brandon Wright is shown sitting in front of a green screen.  A computer generated background can be added putting Brandon anywhere in the universe.  Video mission briefings will replace the long time flight director briefings used at the Space Center for the pasts 23 years.  In your opinion, what are the advantages and disadvantages in using filmed mission briefings?  

Pictures of the USS Leo at Lakeview Academy in Saratoga 

Shores (A DSim Franchise)

The USS Leo is open for business.  It flies several student mission daily (for the students of Lakeview Academy) and will soon be advertising private missions for the general public.  

The Leo's Entrance Door
The Airlock takes you into the short hallway. Turn left, and you'll enter the Leo's Bridge

The Ceiling of the hallway leading to the Bridge.
The control room door is seen on the left.  The Airlock door, which takes you
into a small waiting room and then out into the school's gym, is on the right.
The entrance to the bridge is behind the photographer

The Leo's Bridge in normal light

The bridge at red alert

The stations have illuminated keyboards!

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An Example for Us All

Religion and politics could learn a lesson from this.

Space and Science Headlines

The Creation of a Black Hole Witnessed for the First Time

From Quarks to Quasars
Chances are, all of us know a little something about black holes. They are said to be the vacuum cleaners of the universe (the *very powerful* vacuum cleaners of the universe). They consume asteroids, stars, and entire solar systems. As such, they stand as a kind of sublime horror – the mind is drawn to, and simultaneously recoils from, the awesomeness of these vast cosmological structures. However, despite their grandeur, they are exceedingly difficult to study. But things are changing…

This week scientists saw a gamma ray burst that is more powerful than what many thought was theoretically possible. This event has been dubbed GRB 130427A, and researchers believe that they observed the collapse of a giant star and the birth of a black hole.  Read More

Cancer Meets it Nemesis
From NewScientist
"THE results are holding up very nicely." Cancer researcher Michel Sadelainis admirably understated about the success of a treatment developed in his lab at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
In March, he announced that five people with a type of blood cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) were in remission following treatment with genetically engineered immune cells from their own blood. One person's tumours disappeared in just eight days. Read More

Was an Exploding Star Responsible for the Red Crucifix of 
774 AD?

From Quarks to Quasars
All the way back in 774 AD, a mysterious red "crucifix" was discovered looming over the sky in Great Britain. Of course, this was over 1,000 years before the first camera or video recorder was invented, so the only evidence of its existence lies in old English manuscripts that charted the history of the Anglo-Saxons, a tribe that invaded (and eventually settled in) Britain in the early 5th century. Before now, its creation has been a long standing mystery for laypersons and scientists alike. Now, there is plethora of evidence that suggest that the eerie apparition was spawned from a undocumented supernova blast that littered the Earth's atmosphere with inexplicable traces of carbon-14 -- over 20 times the standard amount found on Earth at any given moment. Read More
Finding the New Earth
Join astronomers in a race to find a planet that can sustain life. Amid all the space in the universe, is there another world like ours? Astronomers studying a nearby star say they've found the first potentially habitable planet.

Astonishing Picture of Earth 

Compared to All its Water and Air

I've seen Earth compared to all its water before, but this image really gives you a perfect idea on how fragile our planet is by adding all the air in another sphere. The density of the air pictured here corresponds to its density at sea level (one atmosphere.)
Here's the high resolution image made by Globaïa's Félix Pharand-Deschênes, based on a concept by Adam Nieman for the 2002 Earth Summit in Johannesburg: Read More
The Imaginarium
The Ordinary made Extraordinary

Found at a nursing home

Several found scattered around a mall.
Ingenious business cards.

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