Daily Archives: September 13, 2011

Space Shuttle Update (43)

                                                                                                                                        
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The Brightness of the Sun
NASA – The bright sun, a portion of the International Space Station and Earth’s horizon are featured in this image photographed during the STS-134 mission’s fourth spacewalk in May 2011. The image was taken using a fish-eye lens attached to an electronic still camera.

Landing Practice Before Launch
At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson and Pilot Doug Hurley prepare for take off from Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility to practice touch-and-go landings in a Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA).

Ferguson and Hurley will practice landings as part of standard procedure before space shuttle Atlantis’ launch to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Cory Huston July 5, 2011

Astronauts Depart for Crew Quarters
The STS-135 crew depart the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Astronaut Crew Quarters in Kennedy’s Operations and Checkout Building.

From left are Pilot Doug Hurley, Mission Specialist Sandy Magnus, Commander Chris Ferguson and Mission Specialist Rex Walheim.

The STS-135 astronauts arrived at Kennedy about 2:30 p.m. EDT on July 4 for final preparations for Atlantis’ STS-135 and final mission. Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley July 4, 2011

Independence Day Crew Arrival
On the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the STS-135 crew wave an American flag that commemorates the U.S. Independence Day holiday.

From left are Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim.

The astronauts arrived at Kennedy at about 2:30 p.m. EDT on July 4 for final preparations for space shuttle Atlantis’ final mission to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley July 4, 2011

135 Crew Land at Kennedy
STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson and Mission Specialist Sandy Magnus have touched down in a T-38 jet on the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, closely followed by Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialist Rex Walheim.

The STS-135 astronauts arrived at Kennedy at about 2:30 p.m. EDT for final preparations for space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-135 mission to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann July 4, 2011

135 Crew Flies to Kennedy for Launch
High above NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the STS-135 crew members get ready to land two T-38 jets at the Shuttle Landing Facility.

The astronauts arrived at Kennedy at about 2:30 p.m. EDT on July 4 for final launch preparations.

Atlantis is scheduled to lift off 11:26 a.m. EDT on July 8 to deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts to the space station. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett July 4, 2011

World Facing ‘Crisis of Capitalism’

illustrationBy Patrick Allen – “The private sector has no choice but to deleverage, exacerbating the economic impact of the loss of past growth drivers. Untimely financial attrition in the public sector, therefore, is going to add to the economic predicament,” said George Magnus, a senior economic advisor at UBS.

“We have lost the housing, financial services and credit creation growth drivers and been left with excessive levels of personal and government debt to unwind, a dysfunctional financial system, and weak labor markets,” said Magnus. more> http://twurl.nl/kxfuzk

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Rep. Frank looks to overhaul the Fed

By Peter Schroeder – Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee is setting his sights on the five seats on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) occupied by regional presidents of Federal Reserve Banks.

Frank argued in a lengthy statement that since the regional presidents are the only ones who are not required to be nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, it allows for a “self-perpetuating group of private citizens” to place a significant thumb on the scale of monetary policy. more> http://twurl.nl/xf836i

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Can scientists look at next year’s climate?

R&D Mag – Is it possible to make valid climate predictions that go beyond weeks, months, even a year? University of California, Los Angeles atmospheric scientists report they have now made long-term climate forecasts that are among the best ever—predicting climate up to 16 months in advance, nearly twice the length of time previously achieved by climate scientists.

Forecasts of climate are much more general than short-term weather forecasts; they do not predict precise temperatures in specific cities, but they still may have major implications for agriculture, industry, and the economy, says Michael Ghil, a distinguished professor of climate dynamics in the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. more> http://goo.gl/mhJQp4

THOMAS Top Ten – compiled on Sep 11 2011

Congress watchLibrary of Congress –

  1. H.R. 1249 [112th]
    Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
  2. H.R. 4646 [111th]
    Debt Free America Act
  3. H.R. 1351 [112th]
    United States Postal Service Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011
  4. S. 365 [112th]
    Budget Control Act of 2011
  5. H.R. 2161 [112th]
    IDEA Act of 2011
  6. H.R. 2832 [112th]
    To extend the Generalized System of Preferences, and for other purposes
  7. H.R. 3590 [111th]
    Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  8. H.R. 17 [111th]
    Citizens’ Self-Defense Act of 2009
  9. H.R. 1473 [112th]
    Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
  10. H.R. 3162 [107th]
    Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001

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