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 Andre...

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