NASA celebrates 30th anniversary of first shuttle launch; announces new homes for retired shuttles

April 26th, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 

NASA celebrated the launch of the first space shuttle Tuesday at an event at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. On April 12, 1981, Space Shuttle Columbia lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center on STS-1, the first space shuttle mission.

NASA held a ceremony commemorating the date outside the hangar, known as Orbiter Processing Facility-1, for Space Shuttle Atlantis, which is being prepped for its final mission which will be STS-135, which will be the last Space Shuttle mission.

At the ceremony, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced the locations that would be given the three remaining Space Shuttle orbiters following the end of the Space Shuttle program. The prototype orbiter, Space Shuttle Enterprise would be relocated from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Washington Dulles International Airport to the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City.

Space Shuttle Discovery will take the place of Enterprise at the Udvar-Hazy Center. Discovery has already been retired following the completion of STS-133 last month, its 39th mission. Discovery is undergoing decommissioning and currently being prepped for display by removing toxic materials from the orbiter.

Space Shuttle Endeavour, which will launch on STS-134 at the end of the month on April 29, will be sent to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California following its retirement. Finally, Atlantis will go on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex following the orbiter’s last flight which launches June 28.

Columbia was lost tragically back on February 1, 2003 when it disintegrated during re-entry killing all seven astronauts aboard. Space Shuttle Challenger was lost when it exploded 73 seconds after liftoff back on January 28, 1986 killing all six aboard.

“We want to thank all of the locations that expressed an interest in one of these national treasures,” said Bolden to the gathered crowd which contained many KSC employees. “This was a very difficult decision, but one that was made with the American public in mind. In the end, these choices provide the greatest number of people with the best opportunity to share in the history and accomplishments of NASA’s remarkable Space Shuttle Program. These facilities we’ve chosen have a noteworthy legacy of preserving space artifacts and providing outstanding access to U.S. and international visitors.”

Over twenty locations looked to obtain one of the orbiters because of potential tourism booms from them.

Not all were pleased with the final choice of locations. U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Republican from Texas, issued a statement regarding the rejection of Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas as a location. “Like many Texans, I am disappointed with NASA’s decision to slight the Johnson Space Center as a permanent home for one of the Space Shuttle Orbiters. Houston has played a critical role throughout the life of the space shuttle, but it is clear political favors trumped common sense and fairness in the selection of the final locations for the orbiter fleet.”

Cornyn’s statement added, “There is no question Houston should have been selected as a final home for one of the orbiters—even Administrator Bolden stated as much. Today’s announcement is an affront to the thousands of dedicated men and women at Johnson Space Center, the greater Houston community and the State of Texas, and I’m deeply disappointed with the Administration’s misguided decision.” However, the JSC will recieve pilot and commander seats from the flight deck.

The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington was also proposed as another location for a shuttle, going so far as to build a new building to house an orbiter. In a statement, Governor of Washington Chris Gregoire said, “The Museum of Flight put a tremendous amount of effort into landing a retired shuttle in the Pacific Northwest. As the home of modern day air travel and the 747, which has gracefully transported shuttles for the last 30 years, Seattle would have been a perfect fit. While the Museum of Flight was in the top running, I’m disappointed that NASA did not choose them.

“However, the full fuselage trainer, that every astronaut including [former Museum of Flight CEO] Bonnie Dunbar has been trained on, will soon call the Museum of Flight home. The largest of the trainers, this addition will allow visitors to actually climb aboard the trainer and experience the hands-on training that astronauts get. Visitors will not be allowed in the other shuttles and this trainer is a true win for our dynamic museum. It will help inspire young people to the adventure of space and to the excitement of a career in science, technology, engineering and math.”

Other items include various shuttle simulators which will be given to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum of McMinnville, Oregon, and Texas A&M’s Aerospace Engineering Department. The nose cap assembly and crew compartment trainer for the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and orbital maneuvering system engines for the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.

NASA is also offering shuttle heat shield tiles to schools and universities that want to share technology and a piece of space history with their students.

The 30th anniversary of the first shuttle mission coincided with the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight when Yuri Gagarin lifted off aboard Vostok 1 into space.

Go Deep: Yoga Backbends

April 23rd, 2016

By Lucas Rockwood

Most yoga students HATE backbends, but desperately want to learn them. The truth is that most yoga teachers also HATE backbends, so often they dont teach them very well or very often.

My backbends used to be really patheticI mean REALLY pathetic.

I went to class every day, asked my teachers for tips, but not much was happening. In full wheel pose (urdhva danurasana), I could only get my head about an inch off the ground, and even that nearly killed me!

Sound familiar?

WHY ARE BACKBENDS SO HARD?

Backbends shouldnt really be called backbends, but instead full body bends because they involved so much more than just your back.

All on its own, your spine has a pretty impressive range of motion, but in order to do a deep backbend, all the muscles and connective tissues that support your spine need to be long and limber.

WHY CANT I BACKBEND DEEPLY?

There are a dozen reasons, honestly, but since I love simplicity, lets focus on the two big areas where people often get stuck: the tops of the legs and the shoulders.

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The poses below are super powerful, intense, and potentially dangerous. Read carefully and practice consciously.

HANG MAN (a.k.a whoa!)

This is the simplest, most-powerful shoulder opening stretch Ive ever found. Follow the instructions below carefully.

1 Lie on your belly on the floor

2 Wiggle over to a wall

3 Put the crown of your head against the wall (still lying on your belly)

4 From here, DO NOT move your body forward or backward

5 Reach your hands high up onto the wall (you chest will lift up)

6 Spread your hands apart like Down Dog, drop your head, relax

7 If you dont feel anything, give it a minute!

8 If your hands slip down the wall, walk them up again and relax

9 Stay here for 2-5 minutes TOTALLY RELAXED

Note: DO NOT move closer or further away from the wall doing so stretches a different part of your body.

RECLINING HERO (a.k.a. supta vajrasana)

Everyone I know who has an impressive backbend swears by this posture. Be safe, but if possible, hold this one for a LONG time.

1 Kneel on the floor

2 Knees together, feet apart, sit your bum down between your heals

3 If its too intense at this point, bring your feet together and sit on your heals (skip remaining steps)

4 If your bum is on the floor comfortably, lean back

5 Elbows first, lower your back and head to the floor

6 Grab opposite elbows over your head

7 Relax totally for 2-5 minutes

Looks like this: http://tinyurl.com/yqkzpk

Note: If its too intense to lie back and practice it sitting upright. When you lie back, if your knees start screaming, back off and take it slow! People hurt their knees in this pose every day, so dont be a cowboy. Take it slow and take it easy.

Please send any questions or comments to: questions@yogabodynuturals.com

About the Author: Lucas Rockwood is a yoga teacher, vegan chef, nutritional coach, and the founder of YOGABODY Naturals, an all-natural nutritional supplement company dedicated to education, outreach, and wellness. For more information, visit:

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5-year old American girl dies after visiting the dentist

April 23rd, 2016

Friday, September 29, 2006 

Diamond Brownridge, a 5-year old girl from Chicago, Illinois, has died after a visit to the dentist. Children’s Memorial Hospital officials say that the girl was rushed to the hospital when she never woke up after being sedated for a dental procedure. She had been in a coma, on life support, since being admitted to the hospital early in the weekend.

“She passed very peacefully and beautifully,” said the hospital in a statement that the family issued.

Ommettress Travis, the mother of the girl, was asked not to remain inside the room while dentists were operating on the girl to repair two cavities and to have at least two caps replaced. Travis says after thirty minutes she was asked to come back in and found Brownridge not breathing, in the dentist chair.

Hicham Riba, a specialist and professional in anesthesia, who was also licensed, was the dentist in charge of the procedure.

“My family and I are so sad. May God bless Diamond and her family. Every time you have a tragedy like this, you pray more. I don’t think I will ever go back to a normal life after an experience like this,” Riba said in a statement on Wednesday, September 28.

According to the family, the girl had been given at least a triple dose of medicine that sedated her. Those drugs include: nitrous oxide gas, a single dose of an “oral agent” and an IV.

A judge has ordered that all equipment and materials used during the operation be protected and examined. The girl’s medical records have also been ordered to be examined.

There is no word on whether or not any charges will be filed against Riba or any of the dentist’s staff.

Comments:Red Shirts cause state of emergency in Thai capital

April 23rd, 2016

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in thailand is excellent

Rest assured folks, there is no cabal.

Especially not one based in Thailand.

We lived in BKK for 3 years. If these uneducated folk would just let this brilliant, caring PM run the country and realize Thaksin robbed them blind……maybe BKK could get on with bringing in tourists and making money.

Maybe. Two things that went off in my head when I was writing this was that the protesters were mostly made up of poor uneducated farmers and the PM is an “Oxford taught economist”. Just some thoughts.

Ah, well, …

Thaksin is the one the Redshirts support – he did things like a 10 baht/month healthcare scheme for the poor. But, at the same time, he used his position as PM to rob the country blind.

He’s now a fugitive hopping around the world to countries that won’t lock him up. If he went into Thailand he’d be slung in the Bangkok Hilton. He was kicked out of the UK when his diplomatic passport was revoked.

Yeah, Absit seems a much nicer guy.

That should be quite an obvious fact. Those protesters are actually paid to protest. They’re given free transportation, those red t-shirts, plus cash. If they weren’t paid, would they be out there in the streets behaving like hooligans? I don’t think many would.

5-year old American girl dies after visiting the dentist

April 15th, 2016

Friday, September 29, 2006 

Diamond Brownridge, a 5-year old girl from Chicago, Illinois, has died after a visit to the dentist. Children’s Memorial Hospital officials say that the girl was rushed to the hospital when she never woke up after being sedated for a dental procedure. She had been in a coma, on life support, since being admitted to the hospital early in the weekend.

“She passed very peacefully and beautifully,” said the hospital in a statement that the family issued.

Ommettress Travis, the mother of the girl, was asked not to remain inside the room while dentists were operating on the girl to repair two cavities and to have at least two caps replaced. Travis says after thirty minutes she was asked to come back in and found Brownridge not breathing, in the dentist chair.

Hicham Riba, a specialist and professional in anesthesia, who was also licensed, was the dentist in charge of the procedure.

“My family and I are so sad. May God bless Diamond and her family. Every time you have a tragedy like this, you pray more. I don’t think I will ever go back to a normal life after an experience like this,” Riba said in a statement on Wednesday, September 28.

According to the family, the girl had been given at least a triple dose of medicine that sedated her. Those drugs include: nitrous oxide gas, a single dose of an “oral agent” and an IV.

A judge has ordered that all equipment and materials used during the operation be protected and examined. The girl’s medical records have also been ordered to be examined.

There is no word on whether or not any charges will be filed against Riba or any of the dentist’s staff.

When You Are Comparing Things, Then You Use Than

April 14th, 2016

By Laurie Dart

What? I know it can be confusing – figuring out when to use than instead of then. In fact, there are many confusing words in the English language. Some sound the same, but are spelled differently and mean different things. Some don’t sound the same, are spelled the same but mean something different. Mastering the English language is a challenge. Don’t worry about mastering the language, just make sure you’re using the right words when you’re writing and you’ll be fine.

So, when do you use then instead of than? The general rule is that ‘than’ is used when you are doing a comparison. This yard is bigger than that one. That flower is prettier than yours.

Then has numerous meanings. It can indicate a point of time – I will be ready then. It can mean next or afterward – I will go to the bank then the store. It can also mean in addition, also, on top of that – She told me to leave, and then that I owed her money. Finally, then can also mean in that case or therefore – If you want to ride, then you’ll have to put on your seat belt.

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Than is only used in comparisons. If you’re not comparing something, you have to use then. What could be easier than that explanation?

Another word that gives people problems is their, there, or they’re. “There” is a location –

The baby is over there. “Their” is possessive – I went to their house. “They’re” is “they are” – They’re watching us. The trick to using the right word is to slow down and think about why you’re using the word. Are you trying to demonstrate a location, indicate a possession or form a contraction? Remember to check trouble words like this during the proofreading process.

‘You’re’ and ‘your’ are often confused as well. ‘Your’ is possessive while ‘you’re’ means you are. You’re wearing your shirt inside out. The same rule applies to ‘it’s’ and ‘its’ – ‘its’ is possessive and ‘it’s’ represents it is. It’s important to use the safety features developed by its manufacturer.

Many of these words are misused primarily because as writers and proofreaders, we are in too big of a hurry. If we slow down and think about the words we are using as we write, chances are we won’t have many corrections to make during the proofreading process. In addition, slow down while proofreading to ensure a thorough and complete job. Read your piece backwards and you’re sure to pick up misused as well as misspelled words.

Oh and lastly, irregardless is not a word. Always use regardless. Take care in choosing your words and you’ll be writing wisely.

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April 14th, 2016

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in thailand is excellent

Rest assured folks, there is no cabal.

Especially not one based in Thailand.

We lived in BKK for 3 years. If these uneducated folk would just let this brilliant, caring PM run the country and realize Thaksin robbed them blind……maybe BKK could get on with bringing in tourists and making money.

Maybe. Two things that went off in my head when I was writing this was that the protesters were mostly made up of poor uneducated farmers and the PM is an “Oxford taught economist”. Just some thoughts.

Ah, well, …

Thaksin is the one the Redshirts support – he did things like a 10 baht/month healthcare scheme for the poor. But, at the same time, he used his position as PM to rob the country blind.

He’s now a fugitive hopping around the world to countries that won’t lock him up. If he went into Thailand he’d be slung in the Bangkok Hilton. He was kicked out of the UK when his diplomatic passport was revoked.

Yeah, Absit seems a much nicer guy.

That should be quite an obvious fact. Those protesters are actually paid to protest. They’re given free transportation, those red t-shirts, plus cash. If they weren’t paid, would they be out there in the streets behaving like hooligans? I don’t think many would.

Facebook hired PR firm to discredit Google, reveals leaked correspondence

April 13th, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2011 

Facebook hired a public relations firm to systematically discredit Google by paying two journalists to plant negative pieces in U.S. newspapers, leaked correspondence discloses. The new revelations are likely to increase tension between the two companies, which are already fierce rivals.

The social network has confirmed the validity of the leaked emails, seen by Wikinews, which suggest executives at the social networking giant hired Burson-Marsteller, a high profile PR and communications firm, to discredit Social Circle, a rival website run by Google. Burson-Marsteller then recruited two journalists — Jim Goldman and John Mercurio — to push editors at The Washington Post and USA Today to publish editorials criticising Social Circle over its privacy settings. The story was exposed after Burson-Marsteller approached a blogger to publish the propaganda, but the blogger posted the correspondence online.

Burson-Marsteller has been forced to apologize for taking on Facebook as a client, admitting the orders to discredit Google violated company policy. “The assignment on those terms should have been declined,” a spokesperson said. The revelations are likely to be incredibly damaging for the firm, who have represented a number of controversial clients in the past. Facebook, however, said the allegations against Google were valid, insisting there were genuine privacy concerns with Social Circle. Google has declined to comment on the issue.

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in thailand is excellent

Rest assured folks, there is no cabal.

Especially not one based in Thailand.

We lived in BKK for 3 years. If these uneducated folk would just let this brilliant, caring PM run the country and realize Thaksin robbed them blind……maybe BKK could get on with bringing in tourists and making money.

Maybe. Two things that went off in my head when I was writing this was that the protesters were mostly made up of poor uneducated farmers and the PM is an “Oxford taught economist”. Just some thoughts.

Ah, well, …

Thaksin is the one the Redshirts support – he did things like a 10 baht/month healthcare scheme for the poor. But, at the same time, he used his position as PM to rob the country blind.

He’s now a fugitive hopping around the world to countries that won’t lock him up. If he went into Thailand he’d be slung in the Bangkok Hilton. He was kicked out of the UK when his diplomatic passport was revoked.

Yeah, Absit seems a much nicer guy.

That should be quite an obvious fact. Those protesters are actually paid to protest. They’re given free transportation, those red t-shirts, plus cash. If they weren’t paid, would they be out there in the streets behaving like hooligans? I don’t think many would.

History Of Hybrid Cars

April 12th, 2016

Submitted by: James Gunaseelan

Considering all the excitement of hybrid energy vehicles, HEVs, the first such vehicle was actually developed by the Greeks for use in their warships. It was a sailing vessel that included oars for use when the wind wasn t favorable to moving the ship. In more recent times, the history of hybrid power encompasses the moped and electric bicycles that used either gas or electric motors coupled with muscle power to move the vehicles. However, in modern times, the history of hybrid cars didn t begin until around 1905.

Although the concept of combining an electric motor with a gasoline engine dates back to 1905, the abundance of oil and the more powerful gasoline engines put the idea in storage. During the oil shortages of the 1970s the history of hybrid cars received a boost as the United States started looking for ways to save gasoline. As oil again became more plentiful, the idea was shelved once more. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Toyota looked at the $3 per gallon price of gasoline in Japan and got serious about developing a true hybrid energy vehicle, unveiling the Prius in Japan in 1995. Its aggressive approach to development of the Prius made it the first production vehicle to hit the market in 1997 and within three years secured its place in the history of hybrid cars with over 50,000 units sold.

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In 2000, Toyota had sold 12,500 hybrids in Japan and another 6,500 to overseas markets and by 2005 sold another 49,000 in Japan with an additional 145,000 to its overseas markets. Hitting sales approaching 200,000 units in the 10 short years of its technological breakthrough, the history of hybrid cars began to speed up with the development of HEVs in larger wheel-based vehicles, trucks and buses.

Saving money of gasoline as well as offering less of an environmental impact became the selling points during the history of hybrid cars and as people began to realize they were not losing as much power as they initially believed, the popularity of hybrid vehicles began to grow. With cars with many of the popular options available on larger cars such as power windows and door locks, air conditioning and without the need to plug the car into an outlet to recharge its batteries, hybrid vehicle sales went ballistic. While the Toyota Prius may be listed as the first production hybrid vehicle and has a permanent place in the history of hybrid cars, it is by no means the end of technological advances. As more companies continue their work on hybrid energy vehicles, more offerings are on the drawing board as well as on their way to production.

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