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Apollo Missons' Moon Shots in Panoramas

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This link lets you experience the moon just as the Apollo Missions' astronauts did -- almost as you were there -- with QuickTime panorama views. Less known is that during all the missions they made image sequences which with todays computer technics can be stitched together into 360 degrees interactive panoramas giving you the possibility to view the moon almost as you were there. Many of these panoramas have been published before, but in low resolution and displayed in small sizes. During the last year the original films have been rescanned in large resolution and the Apollo 11 images were released the week before the 35 year anniversary.

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Beagle 2 'should never have been built'

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New Scientist reports that Beagle 2, the British lander lost on Mars in 2003, should never have been built. That is the damning conclusion of the official investigation into the loss of the probe in a report that the UK government and the European Space Agency (ESA) attempted to hide. The probe was carried to Mars on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft and released towards the Red Planet in December 2003. It was never heard from again.

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Anniversary of Challenger explosion (1/28/1986)... Where were you back then?

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This /. poll reminds people that today is the anniversary from the Challenger's explosion from 1/28/1986. So sad. I was ten years old back in Pennsylvania, USA, if I remember correctly. I did not see this accident live on TV. I saw the recording on the local news. I wasn't crazy about space stuff back then compared to today, but yet it was sad. :( Columbia's accident is coming up very soon too. :(

So, where were you when it happened (e.g., wasn't born yet)?

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A video clip showing what NASA did last summer (2004).

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Compfused.com found a streaming QuickTime video (direct link for download -- 9 MB) showing what NASA did last summer in 2004.

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Funny Cartoons: Engineers in meetings with VIPs & Why Mars Rovers Got Power Boosts

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Tonight's Dilbert cartoon cracks me up. I know that feeling at work. :P [sighs]

Here is the reason why Mars Rovers got power boosts.

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The Grand List of Overused Science Fiction Clichés

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Be sure to read The Grand List of Overused Science Fiction Clichés if you read books and watch TV and movies related to science fiction.

Saw this on User Friendly as its link of the day.

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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Moon Lightning

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Moon Lightning shows the brilliant lighting displays that joined the first quarter Moon and stars of the constellation Scorpius in western skies. On August 22, 2004, the view looked across the Gulf of Mexico from Anna Maria Island, Florida, USA, a region that would experience even more stormy weather in the coming days. The alluring digital image is a time exposure, by chance capturing the details of a brief flash of lightning along with an overexposed Moon and dramatic cloud formations. In fact, the exposure is long enough to show the background stars as short streaks or trails. The bright yellowish star trail, just above and right of the lightning flash, is red giant star Antares.

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2 Satellite Photographs of Mars With the Rover Spirit

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This Yahoo! News article shows two satellite photographs showing two maps of Mars Exploration Rover. You can see the craters, the tracks, etc. They are interesting to look at.

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What to Eat on the Way to Mars

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This Wired News article say food scientists are working out ways to feed astronauts on a mission to Mars that will last years. Here is what it says:

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Star Wars vs. Star Trek in Five Minutes

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Star Wars vs. Star Trek in Five Minutes article defines itself:

"First, Star Wars vs. Star Trek normally means "could t' Empire kick t' Federation's @ss". If it's a question o' taste (ie- "do you like Star Wars more than Star Trek"), debate becomes impossible because t' answer be subjective. Anyway, once we agree that we're talkin' about military prowess, people like t' perform substitutions: instead o' Federation vs Empire, suddenly it's t' Borg vs t' Empire, or Species 8472 vs t' Empire, or t' Q vs t' Empire, or perhaps t' race that built t' Dyson Sphere vs t' Empire, because all o' them showed up at some time or other in Star Trek. But lest we forget, Star Trek be basically about t' Federation, remember? That's t' technology base. Subject changes be quiet admissions that t' Empire would wipe t' floor with t' main characters o' Star Trek, so you've got t' resort t' one-episode wonders (even if they're long-gone, or just as likely t' turn on t' Federation, or if they've been stymied by t' Federation in t' past, which would call their abilities into question)."

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Cool Photograph of the Day: Above the Eye of Hurricane Ivan From the Orbitting ISS.

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Astronomy Picture of the Day has an incredible shot of the eye of Hurricane Ivan from the orbitting International Space Station (ISS).

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