Monday, August 31, 2009

STS-128 Discovery Mission

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With seven astronauts and a host of experiments and equipment on board, space shuttle Discovery completed a flawless ascent into orbit Friday night to begin a two-day chase of the International Space Station. With Commander Rick "C.J. " Sturckow at the controls, the shuttle lifted off on-time at 11:59 p.m. EDT from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew will rendezvous and dock with the station Sunday and the crew will begin transferring equipment to the outpost during the 13-day mission.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Victor Borg

Victor Borge, born Børge Rosenbaum, was a great entertainer, a humorist and world-class pianist. Known as the Great Dane and the Clown Prince of Denmark.

He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 3rd of January 1909, and educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. In the 30'ies he became one of Denmark's greatest musician, staring out as a classical pianist, but soon developing his very own style of music and humor.

In 1940 he moved to America, and even though he didn't speak any English at all, he soon managed to translate his jokes for the American audience, and he had his first perfomance in the States in 1941 at Bing Crosby's radio show.

Victor Borge became American Citizen in 1948, and got his own show "Comedy in Music" a few years later.

In 1993 he recieved a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Victor borge died on the 23rd of December 2000 in his home in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.

Friday, August 14, 2009

STS 128 Crew News Conference

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Einstein's Equation of Life and Death

In the summer of 1939 Albert Einstein was on holiday in a small resort town on the tip of Long Island. His peaceful summer, however, was about to be shattered by a visit from an old friend and colleague from his years in Berlin. The visitor was the physicist Leo Szilard. He had come to tell Einstein that he feared the Nazis could soon be in possession of a terrible new weapon and that something had to be done.

Szilard believed that recent scientific breakthroughs meant it was now possible to convert mass into energy. And that this could be used to make a bomb. If this were to happen, it would be a terrible realisation of the law of nature Einstein had discovered some 34 years earlier.

September 1905 was Einstein's 'miracle year'. While working as a patents clerk in the Swiss capital Berne Einstein submitted a three-page supplement to his special theory of relativity, published earlier that year. In those pages he derived the most famous equation of all time; e=mc²energy is equal to mass multiplied by the speed of light squared.

STS-128 Discovery Mission

Space shuttle Discovery will carry the Leonardo supply module to the International Space Station during STS-128, along with a new crew member for the station, Nicole Stott. Commanded by veteran astronaut Rick "C.J." Sturckow, the mission is targeted to liftoff Aug. 25 to deliver refrigerator-sized racks full of equipment, including the COLBERT treadmill, an exercise device named after comedian Stephen Colbert. Stott will take the place of Tim Kopra, who moved into the station during STS-127. Pilot Kevin Ford and Mission Specialists Patrick Forrester, Jose Hernandez, John "Danny" Olivas and Sweden's Christer Fuglesang round out the crew.

Tony Ceccacci, STS-128 Lead Shuttle Flight Director and Heather Rarick, STS-128 Lead ISS Flight Director discuss the STS-128 mission, which is scheduled to launch later this month.

John Shannon, Space Shuttle Program Manager and Kirk Shireman, ISS Deputy Program Manager talk about the Space Shuttle program.

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 20 Flight Engineer Tim Kopra, a native of Austin, Texas, discussed life and work on the orbital complex with students gathered at the Bob Bullock Texas State Museum in the state capital during an in-flight educational event on Aug. 12, 2009.

Andrea Bocelli

Documentary about Andrea Bocelli, from childhood to international star. This documentary gives you information from how he became blind to how he became a Doctor of Law and how he got the passion for music that he has. He is an international star known around the world by the sound of his magnificent voice that will forever be appreciated and loved by many generations to come.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Pyramid - The Last Secret

STS-128 TCDT Crew Arrival

STS-128 (ISS assembly flight 17A) is the next space shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS). It is expected to use Space Shuttle Discovery, and is planned for launch No Earlier Than (NET) August 25, 2009. The primary payload will be the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo. The mission is scheduled to include three spacewalks to remove and replace a materials processing experiment outside ESA's Columbus module, and to return an empty ammonia tank assembly.

STS-128: Discovery "rollover"

Reagan Fires Striking Air Traffic Controllers Aug 5, 1981


On this day in 1981, President Ronald Reagan fired more than 11,000 air traffic controllers who ignored his order to return to work. The sweeping mass firing of federal employees slowed commercial air travel, but it did not cripple the system as the strikers had forecast.

Two days earlier, nearly 13,000 controllers walked out after talks with the Federal Aviation Administration collapsed. As a result, some 7,000 flights across the country were canceled on that day at the peak of the summer travel season.

Robert Poli, president of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, sought an across-the-board annual wage increase of $10,000 for the controllers, whose pay ranged from $20,462 to $49,229 per year. He also sought a reduction of their five-day, 40-hour workweek to a four-day, 32-hour workweek. The FAA made a $40 million counteroffer, far short of the $770 million package that the union sought.

Reagan branded the strike illegal. He threatened to fire any controller who failed to return to work within 48 hours. Federal judges levied fines of $1 million per day against the union.

In 1955, Congress made such strikes punishable by fines or a one-year jail term — a law the Supreme Court upheld in 1971.

To the chagrin of the strikers, the FAA’s contingency plans worked. Some 3,000 supervisors joined 2,000 nonstriking controllers and 900 military controllers in manning airport towers. Before long, about 80 percent of flights were operating normally. Air freight remained virtually unaffected.

In carrying out his threat, Reagan also imposed a lifetime ban on rehiring the strikers. In October 1981, the Federal Labor Relations Authority decertified PATCO.