Daily Archives: January 27, 2014

NASA Memory Lane (33)

Jan 2014.

NASA Center Renamed in Honor of Neil A. Armstrong

NASA – This photograph shows Neil Armstrong next to the X-15 rocket-powered aircraft after a research flight.

President Barack Obama has signed HR 667, the congressional resolution that redesignates NASA’s Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center, into law. The resolution also names Dryden’s Western Aeronautical Test Range as the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range.

Both Hugh Dryden and Neil Armstrong are aerospace pioneers whose contributions are historic to NASA and the nation as a whole. NASA is developing a timeline to implement the name change.

Neil A. Armstrong was born Aug. 5, 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He earned an aeronautical engineering degree from Purdue University and a master’s in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California. He was a naval aviator from 1949 to 1952. During the Korean War he flew 78 combat missions. In 1955 he joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), NASA’s predecessor, as a research pilot at Lewis Laboratory in Cleveland.

Armstrong later transferred to NACA’s High Speed Flight Research Station at Edwards AFB, Calif., later named NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. As a research project test pilot over the course of seven years at the center from 1955 through 1962, he was in the forefront of the development of many high-speed aircraft. He was one of only 12 pilots to fly the hypersonic X-15 as well as the first of 12 men to later walk on the moon. In all, he flew more than 200 different types of aircraft.

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Most Germans don’t buy their homes, they rent. Here’s why

By Matt Phillips – There’s another pretty simple reason Germans are less likely to own houses. The government doesn’t encourage it.

Unlike high-homeownership countries like Spain, Ireland and the US, Germany doesn’t let homeowners deduct mortgage-interest payments from their taxes. Without that deduction, the benefits of owning and renting are more evenly balanced.

But given the economic spasms suffered in house-crazy economies such as the United States, Spain and Ireland in recent years, the German approach to housing looks pretty good right now. And German people clearly like how their system of housing works. more> http://tinyurl.com/q9bskxe

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The Inside Story of Tor, the Best Internet Anonymity Tool the Government Ever Built

By Dune Lawrence – Tor provides privacy by separating identity from routing online.

In a normal session online, you’re browsing from your computer or a router that’s assigned its own IP address. Every request you send out carries that address, and information is returned there.

When you use Tor, instead of your chat message, or the URL you type going directly to its destination, it’s routed through Tor’s network of volunteer nodes, moving through at least three of them, before exiting the network and proceeding to the endpoint.

The website that receives it doesn’t know what your IP address is, nor does any point in the Tor circuit except for the entry relay.

For most users, a Tor session does not feel different from going on the Web with the Firefox browser. But all the winding through relays does slow things down. more>http://tinyurl.com/mc3e7e4

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What’s Behind the Emerging-Market Meltdown

Bloomberg – Emerging-market economies had a brutal week.

The problem is that two things are amplifying the adjustment of capital flows:

first, the dependence of global capital markets on the dollar, and hence on the policies of the U.S. Federal Reserve;

and second, policy mistakes in some of the most-watched developing economies.

As a result, the emerging markets are unduly sensitive to fluctuations — real or imagined — in U.S. monetary policy. more> http://tinyurl.com/mcs3dm8

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US CONGRESS – LEADER’S WEEKLY SCHEDULE Week of January 27th MONDAY, JANUARY 27TH 1) H.R. 2166 – Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Heck / Natural Resources Committee) 2) H.R. 1684 – Ranch A … Continue reading

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CONGRESS WATCH REED: DISABLED VETS WILL GET FULL PENSION UNDER HOUSE PLAN, US Congress REED AND LOCAL VETERANS GATHER TO TALK PRIORITIES, US Congress Congressman Reed discusses veterans issues in Chautauqua County, Dan Wells, twcnews.com REED AND LOCAL VETERANS GATHER … Continue reading

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CONGRESS WATCH The Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, alz.org Toomey’s Take: Fighting Alzheimer’s, US Senate Casey And Toomey Applaud Senate Judiciary Approval Of Mchugh, Smith To U.S. District Court For The Eastern District, US Senate The Wall Street … Continue reading

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CONGRESS WATCH Diverse crowd turns out to meet U.S. Sen. Paul, Marla Toncray, maysville-online.com Sen. Paul Honors the 2014 March for Life, US Senate Sen Rand Paul Appears on This Week with George Stephanopoulos – January 5, 2014, YouTube [VIDEO … Continue reading

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CONGRESS WATCH Time to end the ‘surveillance state’, Rep. Rush Holt, msnbc.com