Category: Science

PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE

“The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is a New York tradition that celebrates the contributions of the Puerto Rican people to the history of New York City and the United States. The National Puerto Rican Day Parade started in 1995; which continued the traditionof the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City which began in 1958.  The parade features floats, singing, dancing and marching.  Last year there were over 100 thousand marchers and 3 million spectators along the parade route. WHEN & WHERE 2009 National Puerto Rican Day Parade Sunday, June 14, 2009 – starts at 11:00 am Along Fifth Avenue (from 44th Street to 86th...

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Arecibo Observatory

Hidden by the surrounding mountains along the North-Western area of Puerto Rico, lies the Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory. It was built in 1960, and is funded yearly by a $7.5 Million grant from the National Science Foundation. These funds are managed by Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The “Dish” can be seen from a jumbo jet 33,000 feet in the air, but a map is needed to find its entrance on ground. Scientists from all over the world have visited there. In fact, because of the work that was done at the facility by two American astronomers, in 1993...

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Calling All Amateur Astronomers: Help Comb Arecibo Data for Gems

Einstein@Home is one of the world’s largest public computing projects, with more than 200,000 people donating time on their own computers to mine gravitational wave data for the tell-tale signs of pulsars. Now, Einstein@Home will begin searching Arecibo radio data to find binary systems consisting of the most extreme objects in the universe: a spinning neutron star orbiting another neutron star or a black hole. And the project needs even more public participation. Today, Bruce Allen, director of the Einstein@Home project, and Jim Cordes, of Cornell University, announced that the Einstein@Home project is beginning to analyze data taken by the PALFA Consortium at the Arecibo Observatory in...

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Space Shuttle

According to NASA the earliest the space shuttle will be able to launch will be March 17, at 7:45 pm. This mission is scheduled to carry the first Puerto Rican Astronaut into space and the International space station.  This mission was delayed last month due to leaky valves in the engine area (which provide the shuttle hydrogen fuel) to keep them pressurized...

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NASA Update

NASA delays the launch of the shuttle for the fourth time on Friday, due to cracked valves the three valves are located in the shuttle engine compartment and route gaseous hydrogen into the fuel tank to keep it pressurized properly..  This will also delay the flight of the first Puerto Rican Astronaut.  NASA hopes to be able to launch the space shuttle by mid- March.  If they are unable to launch by then the shuttle will have to wait until April to...

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