Saturday, September 14, 2013

To Boldly Go . . .


NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. The 36-year-old probe is currently about 12 billion miles (19 billion kilometers) from our sun. Voyager 1 was launched in 1977. The spacecraft flew by Jupiter and Saturn.

Scientists do not know when Voyager 1 will reach the undisturbed part of interstellar space where there is no influence from our sun. Voyager mission controllers still talk to or receive data from Voyager 1 every day, though the emitted signals are currently very dim, at about 23 watts -- the power of a refrigerator light bulb. By the time the signals get to Earth, they are a fraction of a billion-billionth of a watt.

New and unexpected data indicate Voyager 1 has been traveling for about one year through plasma, or ionized gas, present in the space between stars. Voyager is in a transitional region immediately outside the solar bubble. A report on the analysis of this new data, an effort led by Don Gurnett and the plasma wave science team at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, is published in Thursday's edition of the journal Science.

From NASA RELEASE 13-280
September 12, 2013

For information regarding NASA/s Voyager

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered the largest known population of globular star clusters, an estimated 160,000, swarming like bees inside the crowded core of the giant grouping of galaxies known as Abell 1689.

Peering deep inside the heart of Abell 1689, Hubble detected the visible-light glow of 10,000 globular clusters, some as dim as 29th magnitude, which is 1 one-billionth the faintness of the dimmest star that can be seen with the naked eye. Based on that number, Blakeslee's team estimated that more than 160,000 globular clusters are huddled within a diameter of 2.4 million light-years.



'Dreamt' and 'undreamt' are the only English words that end in the letters "mt."



On this day Sept. 14 in 1964, writer John Steinbeck was presented the U.S. Medal of Freedom. Steinbeck had already received numerous other honors and awards for his writing, including the 1962 Nobel Prize and a 1939 Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath.

His first novel, Tortilla Flat, about the comic antics of several rootless drifters who share a house in California, was published in 1935. The novel became a financial success.

Steinbeck's next works, In Dubious Battle and Of Mice and Men, were both successful, and in 1938 his masterpiece The Grapes of Wrath was published.

After World War II, Steinbeck's work became more sentimental in such novels as Cannery Row and The Pearl.



Between or among the stars


Nigel John Dermot "Sam" Neill
(born 14 September 1947)
Sam Neill is a British actor who first achieved leading roles in films such as Omen III: The Final Conflict and Dead Calm and on television in Reilly, Ace of Spies. He won a broad international audience in 1993 for his roles as Alisdair Stewart in The Piano and Dr. Alan Grant in the blockbuster Jurassic Park, a role he reprised in 2001's Jurassic Park III. Neill also had notable roles in Merlin, The Hunt for Red October, and The Tudors.

Davenie Johanna "Joey" Heatherton
(born September 14, 1944)
Joey Heatherton is an American actress, dancer, and singer. She made multiple appearances on 1960s television shows such as The Andy Williams Show, The Hollywood Palace, The Ed Sullivan Show, and This Is Tom Jones. In 1964, she appeared on The Tonight Show. During that era, she also appeared in Bob Hope's USO troupe between 1965 and 1977, entertaining the GIs with her singing, dancing and provocative outfits.

Throughout the 1960s, Heatherton interspersed her variety show appearances with dramatic turns in three theatrical films and on numerous episodes of series such as Route 66, Mr. Novak, The Virginian, Channing, Arrest and Trial, The Nurses, and Breaking Point. Heatherton also appeared in the movies Twilight of Honor (1963), Where Love Has Gone, (1964) and My Blood Runs Cold (1965),

Walter Marvin Koenig
(born September 14, 1936)
Walter Koenig is an American actor, writer, teacher and director, known for his roles as Pavel Chekov in Star Trek and Alfred Bester in Babylon 5. He wrote the script for the 2008 science fiction legal thriller Inalienable.

Faith Ford
(born September 14, 1964)
 Faith Ford is an American television and film actress, known for having played the roles of Corky Sherwood on Murphy Brown and Hope Fairfield-Shanowski on Hope & Faith.


"The Earth is just too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in."
--Robert Heinlein


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