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Hey, Getting Into Space Is Hard!

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Antares Is Given The Self Destruct Order

Antares Launch Failure

Like  a lot of people on the east coast we were outside in the backyard waiting to see Antares launch from nearby Wallops Island!

And like many we were shocked when there was a launch failure. We’ve become so used to NASA and their partners having success and making it look easy. So much so that when it was announced that the Control Center self destructed the rocket, people immediately began their criticism without even knowing what really happened.

The space shuttle failed catastrophically one out of every 50 launches (a statistical fact that held true for 25 years before the design was retired), but what really gets everyone’s blood boiling with this launch seems to be that this was a private sector launch? I don’t get that.
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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Thank You For Your Service!

A deep and heart-felt Thank You to all the Men and Women of our Armed Services, living and in spirit! Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

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Thank you to ALL our Animal Veterans

Thank you to ALL our Animal Veterans

This weekend is a reminder of the sacrifices that have been made for freedom. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union Soldiers. The south too had its day of Decoration, but the date of celebration varied through out each region of the nation.

On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30th date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971.

From The Beginning
From its origins, Decoration Day expanded with each passing year becoming more nationally recognized for all Veterans of the Armed Forces and from every war the United States has participated in. The practice grew again after World War II when Decoration Day slowly transitioned to Memorial Day and included any family member that had passed. It became a day of remembering relatives and decorating cemeteries, whither or not they were service men and women. Many suggest the sacrifices that all Americans made during WWI and WWII to support our troops deserved recognition as well. Thus the day of honoring those who made sacrifices and lived through the hardships of war were included in Memorial Events.

Today Memorial Day is seen as one of the two biggest Patriotic Days of the year in the United States. Coming second only to the 4th of July. Flags are placed on grave sites for those who paid the greatest price for our freedom and flowers are laid by those we have lost and remember with memories and love.

What ever your method of celebration and honor this weekend, when you see a soldier thank them for their service. Let them know you appreciate their sacrifice and support them here and over there and every where.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone. Please have a safe and relaxing extended weekend! And spend a few moments remembering what this weekend is really all about.

Thank you to the vets and their families for your service and your sacrifices. To those serving today, yesterday and tomorrow; you’re always in our thoughts and prayers!

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Happy Mother’s Day – 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

May you all have a great day, honoring the Mother that has supported you. Including Mother Earth.

~ My Heart And Soul ~

Thank you, Mom
For standing by me through thick and thin,
For not giving up on me when I didn’t win.
For your patience and never-ending support,
For caring when I would sell myself short.

I am grateful knowing…
You’re always there building up my courage,
sharing your wisdom that always encourage.
If I lose my way you help me get back on track,
If my heart breaks, you bring the laughter back.

Mom, Thank you
For your guidance and the love you’ve shown,
For giving me the confidence to stand on my own.
For bailing me out when I needed it the most,
For being there to celebrate and toast!

For all the sacrifices to back my dreams,
For all the help with my crazy schemes.
For the days and nights you held my hand,
There’s no better Mom than you, in any land.

By Springwolf 🐾 © 2014

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© 2014 Spyderwolf’s Galaxy. All Rights Reserved. Springwolf, D.D., Ph.D.

The Black Moon Of March

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The Second New Moon In A Month Is Called A “Black Moon”

The Second New Moon Of The Month

With every full moon, there’s also a New Moon which can also occur twice in a single month and that is also a rare event for Grandmother Moon. But she doesn’t seem to receive the same spectacular acknowledgement as her brighter sister the Blue Moon.

This month, March 2014; we will see two New Moons. The first occurred on March 1st and the second barely squeaks in on the 30th.

What’s her story and can you observe this special time of the year? Learn more about the Black Moon, her history, her energy, purpose and how you can mark the night of her arrival:  The Black Moon.

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© 2014 Spyderwolf’s Galaxy. All Rights Reserved. Springwolf, D.D., Ph.D.

Don’t Give Up

americanflagPlease Don’t Give Up!

Life may be cruel, life may be terrifying, but do not give up.

The American revolution, for example, the Americans were farmers, the British were well trained soldiers with lots of experience of battle. The farmers won. Why? They had hope. 

They both had allies. The Americans had the French. The British had the Germans. But while the British fought to control, the Americans fought for their lives and their freedom. The hope of something better.

Another example would be 9/11. That hurt the economy real bad and killed thousands. But we still stand. We have hope. Don’t give up. Continue. You can do it. If you cry, that is okay. It says your human.

Another example would be the Black death pandemic. Over an estimated 3.5 million people lost their lives. That outbreak of disease ravaged Europe between 1347 and 1351, taking a proportionately greater toll of life than any other known epidemic or war up to that time. But Europe is still there.

200px-Usine_AZF_Depuis_Pont_NeufIn France the Toulouse chemical factory explosion occurred  on September 21st 2001. It was heard over 80 kilometers (50 miles) away. The explosion was so great that it measured 3.4 on the Richter scale. It devastated the factory and the town as the explosion was equivalent to 20-40 tons of TNT. But the people rushed to their neighbors and helped each other through the aftermath, giving hope to each other that they would rebuild and survive.

In 1556 China the Shaanxi Earthquake shook the world. The catastrophic earthquake is also the deadliest earthquake on record, killing approximately 830,000 people. More than 97 counties in the provinces of Shaanxi, Shanxi, Henan, Gansu, Hebei, Shandong, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu and Anhui were affected on the quiet morning of January 23rd 1556. Most of the population in the area at the time lived in yaodongs, artificial caves in loess cliffs, many of which collapsed with catastrophic loss of life.

floodandexplosionfeauringfireThe Great East Japan Earthquake also known as the 2011 Tohoku earthquake occurred on Friday March 11 2011 off the coast of Japan. The epicentre approximately 70 kilometres (43 mi) east of the Oshika Peninsula. According to Wikipedia: It was the most powerful known earthquake ever to have hit Japan, and the fifth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900. What did more damage than the earthquake off shore, was the subsequent tsunami that devastated the coast line, including a nuclear power plant that is still affecting the local community today.

All these disasters have taken their toll on people. But those who maintained hope that they would survive, endure and over come brought their people and communities forward and are still sharing their gifts of hope today.

Now listen to this song by Nickelback – and Stand Together with Hope! (YouTube)

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The SpaceX Rocket

 

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk stands next to the company's Falcon 9 rocket, which blasted SpaceX's Dragon capsule into orbit in December 2010. Image by SpaceX

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk stands next to the company’s Falcon 9 rocket, which blasted SpaceX’s Dragon capsule into orbit in December 2010. Image by SpaceX

Announcement Due Out Monday From SpaceX

The fevered speculation about billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s mysterious “Hyperloop” transport system is about to come to an end. 

The visionary CEO behind electric-car firm Tesla and the private spaceflight company SpaceX has said he will unveil a Hyperloop design on Monday (Aug. 12).

Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, stands next to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket in the picture to the right.

Hyperloop is intended to be a passenger transport costing less than a plane ticket to ride. But don’t get too excited. Hyperloop, a solar powered vehicle is designed to take you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than 30 minutes. Which means the flight must reach speeds over 600mph.

Visit Space.com for more on the story: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/9jq2.

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If We Landed on Europa…

NASA Image: a false-color composite version combining violet, green and infrared images to enhance color differences in the predominantly water-ice crust of Europa. (Galileo Legacy Site)

NASA Image: a false-color composite version combining violet, green and infrared images to enhance color differences in the predominantly water-ice crust of Europa. (Galileo Legacy Site)

What Would We Want to Know?

HAL-9000: [message relayed from monolith] All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landing there. Use them together. Use them in peace. ~ 2010 Space Odyssey

NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft flew past Europa in1979. In the mid-to-late 1990s, NASA’s Galileo spacecraft made its close flyby. Most of what we know about this icy moon of Jupiter has come from these two NASA missions.

From images sent back to Earth, NASA has seen a fractured, ice-covered world with an ocean beneath its surface. But what if we could land on Europa for a more personal examination? What would we want to know? That’s the question from NASAs latest news release from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

A NASA-appointed science definition team set about answering that very question. Their consensus of questions was recently shared in Astrobiology Magazine.

“If one day humans send a robotic lander to the surface of Europa, we need to know what to look for and what tools it should carry,” said Robert Pappalardo, the study’s lead author, based at NASA’s JPL, Pasadena, Calif. 

JPL’s press release states: The paper was authored by scientists from a number of other NASA centers and universities, including the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.; University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Texas, Austin; and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The team found the most important questions clustered around composition: what makes up the reddish “freckles” and reddish cracks that stain the icy surface? What kind of chemistry is occurring there? Are there organic molecules, which are among the building blocks of life?

If they asked you, what would you want to know about this intriguing moon? This type of consensus paper is often the catalyst for developing new NASA missions. One day in the near future we maybe watching a new spacecraft launched to mimic the Mars Rover. Perhaps the “Europa Rover” can discover the answers about this cold icy moon. 

You can see more images from the JPL on their Photojournal website.
Or learn more about NASAs Solar System Exploration. You can view mission statements, read about the accomplishments, review images and discover great teaching tools for kids.

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