Tuesday, January 7, 2014

NASA Television



NASA Television will provide live coverage of the Wednesday Jan. 8 launch of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus cargo spacecraft mission to resupply the International Space Station. The Antares rocket carrying Cygnus will lift off at 1:32 p.m. EST from the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia.

Cygnus will carry 2,780 pounds of supplies to the space station, including vital science experiments that will expand the research capabilities of the Expedition 38 crew members aboard the orbiting laboratory. The cargo also includes crew provisions, spare parts, science experiment hardware and 23 student experiments that will involve more than 10,000 students on the ground. These experiments will involve life sciences topics ranging from amoeba reproduction to bone calcium to salamanders.

The spacecraft will arrive at the space station Sunday, January 12. Astronauts Michael Hopkins of NASA and Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will capture the resupply vehicle with the station's robotic arm and install it on the Earth-facing port of the station's Harmony module.


Did You Know . . .?

Dogs poop in alignment with Earth's magnetic field.
--Scientific Study 


On this day in 1901 the confessed Colorado cannibal Alfred Packer was released from prison on parole after serving 18 years.

In November 1873, Packer left Bingham Canyon, Utah, to lead a party of 21 men bound for the gold fields near Breckenridge, Colorado. The winter of 1873-74 was unusually harsh. Two months later, Packer arrived alone at the Los Pinos Indian Agency, looking surprisingly fit for a man who had just completed an arduous winter trek through the Rockies. He claimed that all six men had made camp alive, but lost and starving, they were too weak to go on. Packer said he only resorted to cannibalism after several more days, when it was his only means of survival.

A jury convicted him of manslaughter. He remained imprisoned in the Canon City penitentiary until 1901 when the Denver Post published a series of articles and editorials questioning his guilt.

Eventually, the state freed Packer on parole. Packer lived quietly in and around Littleton, Colorado, maintaining his innocence until the day he died in 1907.



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Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
--Robert A. Heinlein



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