Daily Archives: September 21, 2011

Headed Toward Jupiter (5)


SPACE WATCH

Atlas V Launch Preparation
NASA – At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift the fifth and final solid rocket booster into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. The booster will be attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann June 21, 2011

Atlas V Launch Preparation-2
At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift the fifth and final solid rocket booster into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. The booster will be attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann June 21, 2011

Atlas V Launch Preparation-3
At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers using an overhead crane lift the fifth and final solid rocket booster into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. The booster will be attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann June 21, 2011

Atlas V Launch Preparation-4
At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers prepare the fifth and final solid rocket booster for lifting into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. The booster will be lifted into position and attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann June 21, 2011

Atlas V Launch Preparation-5
At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers prepare the fifth and final solid rocket booster for lifting into the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. The booster will be lifted into position and attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann June 21, 2011

Atlas V Launch Preparation-6
At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, workers deliver the fifth and final solid rocket booster to the Vertical Integration Facility at Launch Complex 41. The booster will be lifted into position and attached to the United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster stage, already at the pad. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann June 21, 2011

Fed expected to take new action to lift economy

Associated Press – Most economists expect the Fed to announce a plan Wednesday to shift money in its $1.7 trillion portfolio out of short-term securities and into longer-term holdings.

The plan could lower Treasury yields further. Ultimately, it could reduce rates on mortgages and other consumer and business loans, too.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to advocate the move despite criticism from within the Fed and from Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates. more> http://is.gd/Vm3tP4 [VIDEO 5:20]

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UNIVAC: the troubled life of America’s first computer

By Matthew Lasar – On that night (November 4, 1952) they witnessed the birth of an even newer technology—a machine that could predict the election’s results. Sitting next to the desk of CBS Anchor Walter Cronkite was a mockup a huge gadget called a UNIVAC (UNIVersal Automatic Computer), which Cronkite explained would augur the contest. J. Presper Eckert, the UNIVAC’s inventor, stood next to the device and explained its workings. The woman who actually programmed the mainframe, Navy mathematician Grace Murray Hopper was nowhere to be seen; for days her team had input voting statistics from earlier elections, then wrote the code that would allow the calculator to extrapolate the contest based on previous races. more> http://is.gd/RG5zyj

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Former cybersecurity czar Clarke says smartphones, digital certificates create huge security problems

By Ellen Messmer/Richard Clarke – Is it just dumb luck that the power grids here haven’t been hit with a cyberattack like that?

We are having attacks here that go so far into penetrating the networks, but no attacks yet to take down the power systems. The only reason to get into the grid is for war. They’re getting set up so if they were called on to attack the power grid, they can. Today, no one has the motivation. I don’t know if I’d call an attack to disrupt and damage the power grid inevitable. We haven’t yet seen non-state actors, like terrorists, try.

Does the U.S. have good cyber intelligence?

I think we have very good cyber intelligence with one exception: The U.S. government is not well-informed on attacks done on U.S. companies. more> https://goo.gl/WjbD7H

Defunct NASA satellite to crash to Earth this week

SPACE WATCH
UPPER ATMOSPHERE RESEARCH SATELLITE (UARS) Update
NASA – NASA’s decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) fell back to Earth between 11:23 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 23 and 1:09 a.m. Sept. 24, 20 years and nine days after its launch on a 14-year mission that produced some of the first long-term records of chemicals in the atmosphere. more> http://is.gd/zJ5SX1

NASA – As of Sept. 16, 2011, the orbit of UARS was 140 mi by 155 mi (225 km by 250 km). Re-entry is expected Sept. 23, plus or minus a day. The re-entry of UARS is advancing because of a sharp increase in solar activity since the beginning of this week.

By Marcia Dunn – NASA scientists are doing their best to tell us where a plummeting six-ton satellite will fall later this week. It’s just that if they’re off a little bit, it could mean the difference between hitting Florida or landing on New York. Or, say, Iran or India.

The satellite will break into pieces, and scientists put the odds of it hitting someone at 1-in-3,200. As far as anyone knows, falling space debris has never injured anyone. Nor has significant property damage been reported. That’s because most of the planet is covered in water and there are vast regions of empty land. more> http://is.gd/spkzHT

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CONGRESS WATCH Camp to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction: Let’s Get to Work! YouTube [VIDEO 0:27] Obama Calls for Trimming Deficit With $1.5 Trillion in Taxes, Mike Dorning, Bloomberg BusinessWeek Third super committee meeting is on Rep. Dave Camp’s … Continue reading

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SENATE HEARING – Senate Judiciary Committee DATE: September 7, 2011 “Cybercrime: Updating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to Protect Cyberspace and Combat Emerging Threats” Witness List James A. Baker, Esq. Associate Deputy Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, … Continue reading

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