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Had a great time at the 4th-annual St Petersburg Science Festival today! My favourite exhibit was by Draper Laboratories, who showed off the instrument they developed for last year’s LADEE mission.
The equipment shown here is a variant of the Ultravilolet Visible-light Spectrometer and optical telescope. The UVS on LADEE measured both Lunar dust and the Moon’s exosphere by Ultraviolet-Visible spectrography, which in turn helped researchers understand the composition of each. (These were then compared with data and visual measurements taken by Apollo astronauts back in the 1960’s and 1970’s.)
At the festival, the optical telescope was connected to the UVS instrument by a fibre-optic cable, which then projected the data points on a computer. It was really cool to see the instrument in action, as well as chat with one of the engineers involved in its creation.
While chatting, we also discovered we both attended the LADEE launch, her with Draper Labs and me with NASA.
As you can see by the first image, I was beyond excited to see a piece of LADEE in person, even if it wasn’t the actual flight article. The fact that it was a sibling to what actually flew on the spacecraft was enough to get me excited. LADEE is one of my favourite NASA missions, and I was quite sad to see the spacecraft’s mission end earlier this year when it was intentionally crashed into the Moon.
There is one scroll within the Dead Sea. Scrolls that contains a guide to a treasure. It is named the Copper Scroll and it lists 64 underground hiding places around Israel that contain treasure for safekeeping.
All alone now and all lost
In the bluest part of night
I am begging my branches
To keep fighting for the light.
I see the storm advancing
I stand away from the rest
I once was the tree the birds
Would call Home to hold their nests.
All lost now and all alone
Growing brave into the sky
Pretending the sounds of saws
Will always just pass me by.
-Tyler Knott Gregson-
I wore this to school today???/?yeah pretty cute but then after school when I was doing my chores my parents started calling me frauline and I was confused as to why but then I realized
you have achieved the universal human goal of looking like julie andrews
(Source: roselastrider, via geekophiliac)
Puppy Taken First Overall in Professional Fetch Draft
Last night’s Professional Fetch League draft opened with a bit of a surprise when Kansas City selected 2-month-old Riley, a puppy from California, with the number one overall pick.
"We think Riley has the natural talent to be a star in this league," said Kansas City Mud Hounds GM Billy Hannigan. "We’ll assign him to our development club in Wichita and hope to call him up mid-season."
Though there is no dispute over Riley talent — he’s quick off the blocks and has 25” vertical leap — he was considered a signability concern coming into the draft. The pup is strongly committed to Miss Marcy’s K9 Training Academy this fall and it was assumed he would fall to the fourth or fifth round.
"He’s a great pick," said one rival GM. "But [Kansas City] will have to pay a lot of kibble to buy him out of his commitment."
The draft’s first two rounds were held last night at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY and broadcast on ESPN. Round three through 10 will be held today and livestreamed on the PFL’s website.
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