Thursday, August 1, 2013

Korean Space Research... WOW!



NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and the president of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), Seung Jo Kim, met in Washington to discuss collaboration in aeronautics research and space exploration, including KARI's robotic lunar mission and NASA's asteroid initiative. This was the first meeting between Bolden and Kim.

"Our two agencies share a mutual interest in aeronautics research, and have identified opportunities for collaboration," said Bolden. "We also have partnered for several years in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group and are looking forward to continued discussions on potential cooperation in space exploration."

Bolden and Kim also discussed NASA's plans for a new asteroid initiative, previously announced in President Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget proposal. Kim welcomed the chance to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

NASA's asteroid initiative involves robotically capturing a small near-Earth asteroid and redirecting it safely to a stable lunar orbit where astronauts can explore it.

Capturing and redirecting an asteroid integrates the best of NASA's science, technology and human exploration capabilities and draws on the innovation of America's brightest scientists and engineers. The knowledge gained from the initiative will help us protect our planet, advance exploration capabilities and technologies for human spaceflight, and help us better utilize our space resources.

--From NASA Release 13-235, July 29, 2013

I don't understand what Korea can contribute to America's space endeavor. And I have found little regarding their value to NASA.

According to Wikipedia, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute is developing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, high-altitude airships, and a next-generation multi-purpose helicopter project. In addition, several satellites, including the KOMPSAT (also known as Arirang) Seriese, the COMS (Communication, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite), and the STSAT (Science and Technology Satellite), are developed, operated, or under development by KARI. On January 30, 2013, they launched a satellite into space from their own soil for the first time.


A couple of interesting little factoids pertaining to today's date caught my attention.

On this day, August 1, back in 2001, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore had a Ten Commandments monument installed in the judiciary building, leading to a lawsuit to have it removed and his own removal from office. Christians just can't seem to accept the simple but absolutely necessary principle of separation of Church and State. They are almost as stubborn about that as are Moslems.

Also, on this day, August 1 in 1988, Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh began broadcasting his nationally syndicated radio program. I am listening to him right now on radio station KNST in Tucson.


The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; "7" was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles.


Charles Joseph Whitman was an engineering student and former United States Marine. On the afternoon of August 1, 1966 he killed seventeen people and wounded thirty-two others in a mass shooting rampage located in and around the Tower of the University of Texas in Austin. Three people were shot and killed inside the university's tower and eleven others were murdered after Whitman fired at random from the 28th-floor observation deck of the Main Building.

Prior to the shootings at the University of Texas, Whitman had murdered both his wife and mother in Austin.

Whitman was shot and killed by Austin Police Officer Houston McCoy.



transcendent  (tran-sen'-dunt)
1. Surpassing others; preeminent or supreme.
2. Lying beyond the ordinary range of perception.
3. (Philosophy)
a. Transcending the Aristotelian categories.
b. In Kant's theory of knowledge, being beyond the limits of experience and hence unknowable.
4. Being above and independent of the material universe. Used of the Deity.

In religion transcendence refers to the aspect of God's nature and power which is wholly independent of (and removed from) the material universe. This is contrasted with immanence where God is fully present in the physical world and thus accessible to creatures in various ways. In religious experience transcendence is a state of being that has overcome the limitations of physical existence and by some definitions has also become independent of it. This is typically manifested in prayer, seance, meditation, psychedelics and paranormal "visions".



(born August 1, 1973)
Tempestt Bledsoe is an American actress. She is best known for her childhood role as Vanessa Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show.

Note: A few years ago, I saw Tempestt Bledsoe sitting outside her room on the VIP floor of the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World. She smiled at me as I walked by and gave me a little wave. A guy tends to remember little things like that.

(Aug. 1, 1942 - Aug. 9, 1995) 
Jerry Garcia was an American musician who was best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with the band the Grateful Dead.

Later in life, Garcia was sometimes ill because of his unstable weight, and in 1986 went into a diabetic coma that nearly cost him his life. Although his overall health improved somewhat after that, he also struggled with heroin and cocaine addictions, and was staying in a California drug rehabilitation facility when he died of a heart attack in August 1995

In 1987, ice cream manufacturer Ben & Jerry's came out with Cherry Garcia (my favorite ice cream flavor) which is named after the guitarist and consists of "cherry ice cream with cherries and fudge flakes"

(Aug. 1, 1933 - May 4, 2009)
Dom DeLuise was an American actor, comedian, film director, television producer, chef, and author. He was the father of actor, director, pianist, and writer Peter DeLuise, actor David DeLuise, and actor Michael DeLuise. He starred in a number of movies directed by Mel Brooks, in a series of films with career-long best friend Burt Reynolds, and as a voice actor in various animated films.

(Aug. 1, 1770 - Sept. 1, 1838)
William Clark was an American explorer, soldier, Indian agent, and territorial governor. A native of Virginia, he grew up in pre-statehood Kentucky before later settling in what became the state of Missouri. Clark was a planter and slaveholder.

Along with Meriwether Lewis, Clark led the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803 to 1806 across the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific Ocean, and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States. Afterward, he served as governor of the Missouri Territory. From 1822 until his death in 1838, he served as Superintendent of Indian Affairs.


Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.
--William S. Burroughs



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