Scientific Discovery

SpaceX Dragon splash lands west of Baja California, Mexico

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(Best Syndication News) – SpaceX completed their initial mission contracted by NASA with the first commercial cargo delivery flight to the space station. The SpaceX Dragon successfully splash-landed a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico, in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, October 28, 2012.

On October 7, 2012 the SpaceX Dragon was sent to the International Space Station to deliver goods as well as to take items back to Earth. Now that the Dragon capsule has successfully landed in the Pacific Ocean, it will be moved by boat to a port near Los Angeles. Some items will be delivered to NASA while the space craft is in Los Angeles, before the capsule returns to SpaceX's test facility in McGregor, Texas. Once there, the remaining contents of the capsule will be unloaded.

Ozone hole in Antarctic Shrinks

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(Best Syndication News) - The size of the ozone hole was the second smallest it has been in the last 20 years. Satellite data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicates the Antarctic ozone hole was approximately 8.2 million square miles on September 22, 2012. The average size of the hole in 2012 was 6.9 million square miles.

Comparatively, the largest recording of the ozone hole was on September 6, 2000, when it measured 11.5 million square miles. Scientists believe that the ozone hole is shrinking because of warmer temperatures in the area.

SpaceX launches first Commercial ISS Cargo Mission for NASA

The SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon capsule lift off Oct. 7. Photo credit: NASA

(Best Syndication News) - The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft has been successfully launched today carrying-out a cargo mission for NASA and SpaceX. This is the first flight using SpaceX as a commercial service to deliver items to and from the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA.

Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, is based out of Hawthorne, California. SpaceX’s launch of Dragon is the first Commercial Resupply Services mission, or CRS-1, for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Dragon capsule was launched from a Falcon 9 rocket at 8:35 pm EDT on Sunday, October 7, 2012. The rocket had nine engines that lit the sky as it took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. There were no problems at lift-off.

Space Shuttle Endeavour flight to LAX rescheduled to arrive on September 21

747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft carrying a space shuttle - credit Nasa.gov

(Best Syndication News) - The NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour will be arriving in Los Angeles this week. There was an announcement made today rescheduling the flight day to carry the Endeavor to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The flight was rescheduled for Wednesday, September 19 from September 18, due to an undesirable weather forecast along the way. The 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) will carry the Endeavor on top of it and it should arrive in Los Angeles on Friday, September 21, 2012.

The decision to reschedule was made by NASA and the California Science Center. The flight path between Houston, Texas and Florida has been unfavorable this week.

Wind Turbine Model demonstrates the potential for ample amounts of Clean Energy

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from the Stanford University School of Engineering and the University of Delaware developed a wind model to determine if there is enough wind to power the world’s electricity needs in 2030.

The study results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford and Cristina Archer, an associate professor of geography and physical ocean science and engineering at the University of Delaware.

The study involved a three-dimensional atmosphere-ocean-land computer model known as GATOR-GCMOM. Jacobson and Archer adapted this computer model to compute the maximum wind power potential worldwide. In this calculation they took into account the wind reduction caused by the turbines. The turbine model assumed that they could be installed at any location without any limitations set.

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