Archive for the 'Space' Category

‘Cosmic rays’ may have caused Qantas jet’s plunge

• November, 2009

‘Cosmic rays’ may have caused Qantas jet’s plunge ANDREW HEASLEY AND ARI SHARP November 18, 2009 Cosmic rays are being considered by air safety investigators as a possible cause of a Qantas plane plunging twice in quick succession on its way from Singapore to Perth in October last year. Air safety investigators this morning brought down their second interim report into the flight QF72 incident, which left one flight attendant and 11 passengers with serious injuries, finding that an equipment glitch with one of three

Artificial ionosphere creates bullseye in the sky

• November, 2009

HAARP: Artificial ionosphere creates bullseye in the sky Naomi Lubick Auroral experiments make glowing plasma patch An experiment that fires powerful radio waves into the sky has created a patch of ‘artificial ionosphere’, mimicking the uppermost portion of Earth’s atmosphere. The research has not only caused glowing dots to appear around these patches — it could also provide a new way to bounce radio signals around the globe.

El Niño Will Be Returning for 2009 – 2010 Winter Season

• October, 2009

El Niño Will Be Returning for 2009 – 2010 Winter Season El Niño is Back The full name of an El Niño is El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). It is more commonly referred to as just El Niño to make it simple. Scientist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced on July 9, 2009 that El Niño will be returning for the winter season of 2009-2010. Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that the sea surface temperature climbed to 1.0 degree

Mysterious Tubular Clouds Defy Explanation

• October, 2009

Mysterious Tubular Clouds Defy Explanation By Betsy Mason August 24, 2009 These long, crazy-looking clouds can grow to be 600 miles long and can move at up to 35 miles per hour, causing problems for aircraft even on windless days. Known as Morning Glory clouds, they appear every fall over Burketown, Queensland, Australia, a remote town with fewer than 200 residents. A small number of pilots and tourists travel there each year in hopes of “cloud surfing” with the mysterious phenomenon. Similar tubular shaped clouds

China weather “magic” conjures blue sky for parade

• October, 2009

China weather “magic” conjures blue sky for parade BEIJING (Reuters) China’s air force deployed a “magic-like” range of chemicals and technology to clear Beijing’s smoggy air for a grand parade marking the 60th anniversary of Communist China. Chemists and officials worked for weeks on the country’s most ambitious ever attempt at weather modification, with air force technicians fanning out across the region to help teams operate complex equipment, the official Xinhua agency said. The evening before the parade chemicals were fired into the hazy skies,

Airplane Built To Launch Spaceships Flies

• September, 2009

Airplane Built To Launch Spaceships Flies: Todd Richmond, Associated Press, July 28, 2009 Hundreds of earthlings turned their faces to the sky Monday to see an airplane built to launch a ship into space, watching the gleaming white craft soar overhead. The twin-fuselage craft named WhiteKnightTwo, looking like two planes connected at the wing tips, circled the runway several times before touching down at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Air Venture annual gathering. It was the first glimpse the public had of the plane, which was