The phenomenon of solar flares is nothing new. We are already well aware of the 11 year solar cycle that sees this fiery cosmic show ebb and flow and this has been going on for millions of years now.
Currently, we are heading towards another solar maximum; a period that sees a spike up in the solar flare and sunspot activity. And NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has just captured what it dubs as a graceful solar eruption.
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Saturn V SA-506, the space vehicle for the first lunar landing mission, is rolled out of the Vehicle Assembly Building and down the 3.5-mile crawlerway to Launch Complex 39-A. Photo: NASA
Space pioneers, super villains, and delusional architects, get your checkbooks ready. NASA is putting its Mobile Launcher Platforms up for sale, and if you’ve got the cash and a business case, you can snag one of three 4,115-ton space shuttle platforms. But you won’t be able to drive it home.
Built in 1967, the trio of MLPs were designed for the Apollo and Saturn programs, and then modified in the ’70s to support the Space Shuttle. The platforms stand 25 feet tall and measure 160 by 135 feet, with an unladen weight of 8,230,000 pounds. Add on an unfueled Shuttle, and it tops 11 million pounds.
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This collection of outer-world shots will give you a whole different perspective on life.
With the discovery of the Higgs-Boson particle unravelling so much of what was thought to be concrete in particle physics, one can only direct their attention upwards, into space, and think of what this means in terms of the universe. If just one type of particle can change the world as we know it, do we even have a chance of understanding all of the unknown? Is there even a point to NASA?
Forbes reports “Alter-G G-Trainer’s unique treadmill system allows people to train and recover by reducing their effective body weight via positive air pressure.