Don't Plan Your Next Vacation Until You Read This!
I never thought in a million years that in our lifetime we may see everyday people visit space just for fun. New Mexico Spaceport Authority is constructing the first spaceport, known as Spaceport America, which will allow tourists to visit space.
This $209 million project has recently completed its first phase of construction and they plan to be completed and ready to take tourists up by 2013.
I can't imagine how expensive it is going to be!
"Spaceport America" Photo by Alexander Stirn
Spaceport America nestled within the Jornada del Muerto in the eastern part of Sierra County, New Mexico. This is an aerial photograph taken from the USDA's NAIP 2011 release.
Going the Extra Mile to Learn
A Vimeo user by the name of Filmersblog started the coolest project in the Netherlands.
The goal of the project was to find one person of every age from 0-100 and record the person saying their age.
What a clever way to learn a language.
Filmersblog reported that the hardest age groups to find and interview were the youngest and the oldest.
That totally makes sense! It is not often when you see a 99 year old walking down the street.
Magic or Technology?
Technology has improved so much in the last few years that it is hard to think of something we can't do with it. Check out how Marco Tempest spreads a inspirational message about truth, lies, art, and emotion through the use of technology.
TED video podcasts rated this talk one of the best talks.
What do you think?
South Korea's Only Astronaut Talks About the Passing of Neil Armstrong
Back in 2008, Yi So-yeon spent 11 days in out space on a Russian flight to the International Space Station.
Yi is bright, young, and one of only about 530 human beings to ever be in space.
Neil Armstrong is obviously a huge hero of Yi's, even though she was born 10 years after he landed on the moon.
She said, "As a Korean, I cannot forget that he is a veteran of the Korean War." She continued, "As an astronaut, he is the greatest."
Neil flew about 78 combat missions when he was fighting for South Korea's freedom.
Many of these missions were extremely dangerous and it is pure luck that he survived the war to become one of the most famous men on the planet.
Unfortunately, Yi never had the chance to meet Neil in person. She said, "I dare dream to be like him, and I wish I can find a way to pay back all he gave me in any way, even though I will not be able to directly tell him.”
South Korean spaceflight participant So-yeon Yi jokes with Russian doctors in a helicopter after landing. Photo Credit: NASA
"Whoa, gravity" NASA astronaut/Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson, South Korean spaceflight participant So-yeon Yi and Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut/Soyuz commander Yuri Malenchenko, exit the airplane at Chkalovsky airport, Star City, after completing 192 days in space for Whitson and Malenchenko and 11 days in orbit for Yi. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Giant Web in a New Orleans Tree
I have no idea what kind of creatures are creating giant webs up in this tree.
The photographer seems to think it is some sort of caterpillar, maybe - maybe not.
If anyone knowns more about what this might be, please leave a comment and share the knowledge!
Hurricane Isaac "Caterpillars making tents in trees" Photo by Jim Hobbs
Baby Alligators, Cute and Tasty
I have seen plenty of alligators in my day, but I have not yet had the chance to hold a baby gator.
Did you know the mother protects her young for about a year before letting him or her off on their own?
Sadly, she is protecting them from other adult alligators, 50% of young alligators die from these predators.
Excuse me, Mr. Gator, you shouldn't eat your own kind!
"Baby Alligator" Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery, Covington LA Photo by JMStier
"Baby alligators among the waterlilies" Noxubee, MS Photo by slider5
"Baby Gator" Alligator Cove Airboat Ride into the Florida swamps Photo by Fullfast
"Little Alligators" Brazos Bend, TX Photo by Andy
"Baby Alligator" Photo by Lisa Binka
Meanwhile in Port Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island...
Chicago Students Will Have Recess This Year For the First Time in 30 Years!
Administrators have worked really hard over the past few decades to eliminate recess from the daily schedule of students while researchers have been busy proving that recess benefits students greatly.
The research proves that the less free time students have during the day, the less they pay attention to their studies.
The brain needs a break and kids need time to play and socialize. Chicago students having recess again is a huge win for students everywhere!
Photo by Peter Lee
This Friday Get Ready For The Blue Moon
Okay my friends, this friday is the day you've been waiting for.
A "Blue Moon" happens when there are two full moons in one month.
This is extremely rare, it hasn't happened since March 2010 and we won't see another one until July 2015.
So mark your calendars and try to do something that you can only do "once in a blue moon!"
"Harvest Moon" Photo by joiseyshowaa
Full Moon Over Earth as Seen From the International Space Station Photo by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center