Category: Science

Arecibo Telescope in Trouble

The U.S. National Science Foundation is accepting proposals from anyone who wants to take over operations. By Associated Press and Danica Coto Jan 25, 2017  The future of one of the world’s largest single-dish radio telescopes is in question after the U.S. National Science Foundation announced Wednesday it was accepting proposals from those interested in assuming operations at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The announcement comes as the federal agency runs out of funds to support the observatory, which features a 1,000-foot-wide (305-meter-wide) dish used in part to search for gravitational waves and track asteroids that might be...

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Puerto Rico Touts New Plans For Giant Telescope

  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico plans to build a hotel and a planetarium as part of a $50 million project to attract more visitors to the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, officials said Tuesday. It is the first major announcement from the new managing consortium for the Arecibo Observatory, which fought budget cuts last year that could have forced its closure.The planetarium would be built within two years and the hotel within five years, Puerto Rico’s Metropolitan University said. The school helps run the observatory with California-based SRI International, a nonprofit research group, and the Universities...

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Scientists to explore Caribbean faults, volcanoes

  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The man whose research team discovered the Titanic shipwreck is now leading a mission to investigate major faults and underwater volcanoes in the northern and eastern Caribbean to collect information that could help manage natural disasters. Robert Ballard is overseeing 31 scientists who will set out Friday using remotely operated vehicles to explore the Septentrional and other faults and underwater formations around Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the eastern Caribbean islands of Dominica and Montserrat. The Septentrional fault lies along the border of the Caribbean and North American tectonic plates. “It’s...

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International Space Station

Expedition 31 begins with the Soyuz TMA-22 undocking in April 2012. Three new crew members will arrive shortly thereafter on Soyuz TMA-04M. Soyuz TMA-04M Crew: Joe Acaba, Gennady Padalka, Sergei Revin. Launch: May 14, 2012  ...

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Mission Update from Joe Acaba

The initial goal of approximately 2.5 years of training is finally coming to fruition. I am currently in Baikonur, Kazakhstan performing final preparations for my May 15 Soyuz launch to the International Space Station (ISS) where I will be spending 4 months living and working in space. My crew mates are cosmonauts Gennady Padalka, a veteran space flyer dating back to the Mir Space Station and Sergey Revin, a rookie. I am lucky to serve with these gentlemen, not only as colleagues but as friends. When we arrive, we will be greeted by American Astronaut Don Pettit, Dutch Astronaut...

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