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What Kills Great Leadership?

Guest post by Bill Treasurer: Leadership is a powerful thing, one that comes with a unique set of stresses, challenges, privileges, and responsibilities. Our leadership journeys begin starry-eyed and well-intentioned, but the path to leadership power is one that can lead even the best of us astray if we aren’t careful. “What kind of leader will I be?” is a useful question to ask oneself, but it ignores the central issue that snares most good leaders and squanders their potential to be t...
Tags: Leadership, Nasa, U S Department of Veterans Affairs, Dan McCarthy, Hubris, Giant Leap Consulting, Bill Treasurer, U S High Diving Team Bill

Super Blood Wolf Moon of 2019 Thrills Skywatchers with Stunning (and Red) Lunar Sight

NEW YORK --This past evening, a show-stopping celestial event -- the only total lunar eclipse of 2019 -- crossed the sky and likely captivated millions of skywatchers across the Americas and beyond, from above the Rocky Mountains to down beyond the Andes Mountains. At 10:33 p.m. EST (03:33 UTC) a visible shadow began to creep across the moon's face. As many people across the U.S. East Coast braved the chilly weather brought on by Winter Storm Yoshi to view the moon pass through the darkest ...
Tags: New York, Science, Boston, Nasa, Earth, United States, Alaska, New Jersey, Middle East, Argentina, South America, East Coast, Caribbean, Rocky Mountains, Andes Mountains, Brooklyn New York

Stunning photos show the super blood moon in all its glory

In the wise words of Yello, "Oooh yeah. The moon is beautiful."  Western hemisphere skywatchers enjoyed front row seats to a stunning celestial treat Sunday night as the only total lunar eclipse of 2019 arrived in its full glory. An eclipse of similar caliber is not due again until 2022.  "Visible for its entirety in North and South America, this eclipse is being referred to by some as a super blood moon," explains Lyle Tavernier, educational technology specialist at NASA's Jet Propulsion ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, South America, North, Ringo H W Chiu, Jim Lo Scalzo, David Ake, Lyle Tavernier, Virginia Mayo, Rich Pedroncelli AP REX Shutterstock


Gamma Cassiopeia is a busy star system. The main star is surrounding itself with a disk of gas and dust. The star is interacting with an invisible companion. And it’s building up to an impressive demise. Gamma Cass is the middle point of the letter M or W formed by the stars of Cassiopeia, which is high in the northern sky at nightfall. Gamma Cass is the most distant member of that pattern, at 550 light-years. The main star — the one visible to the eye alone — is between 15 and 20 times the mass...
Tags: Space, Nasa, NAVI, Damond Benningfield Keywords, Gamma Cass, Gamma Cassiopeia, Gamma Cas, Incidentally Gamma Cas, Virgil Ivan Grissom, StarsSupergiant StarsSupernova StarDate

Planet Nine may not exist, say scientists, after finding simpler explanation

When the mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ was first hypothesised in 2016 it was hailed as the solution to the strange orbits of far-flung icy objects and the unexplained tilt in the Solar System. The finding came 10 years after Pluto had been unceremoniously downgraded to ‘asteroid number 134340’ and led to hopes that our star system would soon be restored to nine worlds. Yet despite widespread searches by the most powerful telescopes, Planet Nine has never been spotted, and now astrophysicists have put...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Mike Brown, Cambridge University, Pluto, Neptune, Kuiper Belt, Caltech, California Institute of Technology Caltech, American University of Beirut, Antranik Sefilian, Caltech the California Institute of Technology, Jihad Touma, Sefilian, Konstanin Batygin

How to watch the Super Blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse this weekend

Sadly, the United States (and the rest of the continent) missed out on a lunar eclipse last summer, but we will get one more chance this weekend. On the evening of January 20th, the only total lunar eclipse of 2019 will light up the night sky across North and South America, as well as parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia. The eclipse is being referred to a variety of names, but the most ridiculous (and therefore best) has to be Super Blood Wolf Moon. "Super" refers to the fact that the Moon will b...
Tags: Asia, Science, Nasa, Earth, United States, Moon, South America, North, Europe Africa

Sci-Fi Sundays: Analog, December 1962

2019 started off with a rather interesting tweet from Elon Musk. He was showing off the "Starship test flight rocket" from SpaceX. This thing evokes a strong bit of imagery that has been so deeply integrated into our culture through science fiction for so many years that it just feels... right. Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019 ...
Tags: Post, Science Fiction, Texas, News, Nasa, Illustration, Big Bird, Sci Fi, Retro, Venus, Cape Cod, Scan, Mariner, Schoenherr, Schelling, Thor Delta

New US Spy Satellite Launches on Secret Mission at Last After Delays

The United States has another classified eye in the sky. The NROL-71 spy satellite streaked to orbit today (Jan. 19) atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket, which lifted off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 2:10 p.m. EST (11:10 a.m. local California time; 1910 GMT). NROL-71 will be operated by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which is in charge of the country's fleet of spy satellites. NRO missions are generally classified, and this one is...
Tags: Science, California, Nasa, Earth, United States, Delta Iv Heavy, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Soviet Union, NROL, U S Department of Defense, Mike Wall, Facebook Originally, United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy, United Launch Alliance ULA Delta IV Heavy, Karl Tate, U S National Reconnaissance Office NRO

Nasa to work with China's space agency on Chang'e-4 lunar research

Nasa has announced it is collaborating with its Chinese counterpart on a  lunar mission, amid US warnings against sharing technology with the country.  The US space agency has been in discussions with the China National Space  Administration (CNSA) to collaborate on lunar landing research after  gaining approval from Congress.  The collaboration requires Nasa to navigate a strict legal framework in the  US aimed at preventing a technology transfer to China and comes during a  period of strained ...
Tags: Science, Congress, China, US, Nasa, Austria, United Nations, Cctv, Donald Trump, Huawei, Chang, Wu Weiren, Chinese State Media, China National Space Administration CNSA, AP NASA, Wu Yanhua

In a lost lake 3,500 feet under the Antarctic Ice, scientists just found the carcasses of tiny creatures

Scientists have drilled 3,556 feet into the Antarctic ice to reach Lake Mercer — a subglacial lake that, until now, had only been seen with ice-penetrating radar. After drilling the hole, scientists pulled up mud, water samples, and a 5.5-foot-long ice core to study.  An analysis of the mud revealed the presence of algae, as well as the carcasses of tiny crustaceans and tardigrades. Information about Antarctica's subglacial water system helps experts understand the continent's climate history ...
Tags: Virginia, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Antarctica, Victoria, Jupiter, Europa, Antarctic, Montana State University, Skidmore, Lake Mercer, John Priscu, McMurdo Ice Station, Priscu, Ross Virginia

Watch the moon get pounded by 1 billion years' worth of big asteroids in a 1-minute animation

Asteroid impacts on Earth are hidden by erosion, but the moon keeps a pristine record of them. Researchers dated 111 larger craters on the moon to reconstruct Earth's impact history over the past 1 billion years. The team discovered that larger asteroid strikes were 2.6 times more common in the latter 300 million years of that time period. An animation illustrates the impact data with light and sound. The moon has been hiding a big secret about Earth in plain sight. Evidence of ancient aster...
Tags: Trends, Nasa, Earth, Don, Bottke, William Bottke, Southwest Research Institute, LRO

How Long Is a Day on Saturn? Scientists Finally Solve a Lingering Mystery

Set your timers for 10 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds -- scientists have finally figured out how long a day lasts on Saturn, cracking a lingering mystery about the ringed gas giant. That's according to newly published research that uses data gathered by NASA's Cassini mission before the spacecraft's destruction in September 2017. The new calculation shaves several minutes off previous estimates for a Saturn day, which scientists have been making for decades based on data from the ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Saturn, Cassini, University of California Santa Cruz, Meghan Bartels, Saturn Cassini, Linda Spilker, Facebook Original, Christopher Mankovich, Mankovich, Cassini Mission Ends

US Launching Secret Spy Satellite Today! Here's How to Watch Live

The United States plans to launch a hush-hush spy satellite Saturday (Jan. 19), and you can watch the liftoff live. The NROL-71 spacecraft is scheduled to launch atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 2:05 p.m. EST (1905 GMT; 11:05 a.m. local California time). You can watch it live here at, courtesy of ULA, or directly via the launch provider. The webcast will be brief; ULA is expected to cut off the live feed afte...
Tags: Science, California, US, Nasa, United States, Delta Iv Heavy, United Launch Alliance, Vandenberg Air Force Base, NROL, U S National Reconnaissance Office, Mike Wall, Facebook Originally, United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy, VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE California, United Launch Alliance ULA Delta IV Heavy, Karl Tate

Asteroid Strikes 'Increase Threefold Over Last 300 Million Years,' Survey Finds

According to a survey of asteroid craters at least 6.2 miles wide, the number of asteroids slamming into Earth has nearly tripled since the dinosaurs first roamed. "Researchers worked out the rate of asteroid strikes on the moon and the Earth and found that in the past 290 million years the number of collisions had increased dramatically," reports The Guardian. "Before that time, the planet suffered an asteroid strike about once every 3 million years, but since then the rate has risen to once ne...
Tags: Nasa, Earth

A 'super blood wolf moon' this weekend will be the last total lunar eclipse until 2021 — here's how to catch it

A total lunar eclipse will occur on Sunday, January 20.  This "super blood wolf moon" gets its name because the eclipse will occur when the moon is full (called a wolf moon in January) and closer to Earth than normal (a super-moon). The Earth's shadow will make it appear reddish. The lunar eclipse is slated to last one hour and two minutes. On Sunday, January 20, the Earth will pass between the sun and moon, block light from the sun and casting a shadow on the moon. This is a total lunar ecli...
Tags: Europe, Africa, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, US east coast, Earth Total, North America South America Greenland Iceland

Miseries mount as shutdown drags on

The partial government shutdown that shuttered NASA continues with no end in sight. The U.S. space program sits idle, the vast majority of its workforce sent home. Space science and exploration projects are disrupted. Paychecks are absent. And an unsettling realization has dawned on hundreds of thousands of public employees and contractors affected by the shutdown: this time is different.
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NASA and China collaborate on Moon mission

The space agencies of the United States and China are in touch and coordinating efforts on Moon exploration, NASA said Friday as it navigates a strict legal framework aimed at preventing technology transfer to China. "With the required approval from Congress, NASA has been in discussions with China to explore the possibility of observing a signature of the landing plume of their lunar lander, Chang'e 4, using our @NASAMoon spacecraft's instrument," NASA's associate administrator for the science...
Tags: Science, China, Nasa, United States, Congress Nasa, Chang, Thomas Zurbuchen, Zurbuchen

50 moments from 1969 that shaped entertainment and pop culture

It was the last year of the ’60s, and the last year for Boris Karloff, Judy Garland and the Beatles, too. But it was also the first year for Led Zeppelin, Jennifer Aniston, “Easy Rider” and Jay-Z, too. John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent part of it in bed in public. The Doors’ Jim Morrison spent part of it in jail. Moviegoers spent time watching “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” while at home they watched a brand-new show called “The Brady Bunch” about a brand-new kind of blended family, the youn...
Tags: Facebook, Music, TV, New York, Hollywood, London, Beyonce, Matthew Mcconaughey, Jack Nicholson, Congress, Abc, California, Jay Z, La, Stanford, White House

Space toilets: How astronauts boldly go where few have gone before

When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at ...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Biology, Nasa, Innovation, Sanitation, Human body, Rocket Science, Ask an astronomer

NASA asteroid probe OSIRIS-REx photographed the Earth & Moon from 71 million miles away

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe is tasked with the mission of obtaining a sample of 101955 Bennu, a carbonaceous near-Earth asteroid. Discovered in September 1999, Bennu has a 1-in-2,700 chance of hitting Earth at some point. But, if it does, it’ll happen long after we’re all gone at some point between 2175 and 2199. OSIRIS-REx arrived at […] The post NASA asteroid probe OSIRIS-REx photographed the Earth & Moon from 71 million miles away appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, News, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Bennu, Moon Photography, OSIRIX-REx

Waves in Saturn's rings give precise measurement of planet's rotation rate

Saturn's distinctive rings were observed in unprecedented detail by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, and scientists have now used those observations to probe the interior of the giant planet and obtain the first precise determination of its rotation rate. The length of a day on Saturn, according to their calculations, is 10 hours 33 minutes and 38 seconds.
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Saturn's rings are younger than the planet itself

Saturn's rings are younger than scientists thought and appeared within the last 10 to 100 million years, according to research published Thursday based on findings from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The sixth planet from the Sun formed about 4.5 billion years ago, along with the rest of the planets in our solar system, and spent the bulk of its existence without the characteristic rings it is known for today. Astronomers have long believed the rings could be young, and perhaps formed by collision...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Cassini

Saturn's Rings Could Have Formed During the Dinosaur Age, New Analysis Suggests

Saturn’s rings might have formed relatively recently—like, in the past hundred million years or so—according to new research.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Physics, Saturn, Cassini, Saturns Rings

Hubble Space Telescope team hits ‘reset’ to get balky camera back to doing science

NASA says the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 is back to doing science observations, a week after it went dark due to a telemetry glitch. Basically, engineers hit the reset button to clear up the telemetry problem. After going through tests and calibration, the camera completed its first science observations just after noon ET (9 a.m. PT) today, NASA said in a status update. Hubble’s three other main instruments — the Advanced Camera for Surveys, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Hubble Space Telescope

Earth was probably purple billions of years ago, says NASA

Our blue-green Earth might have actually been a different color, thanks to this molecule.
Tags: Science, News, Nasa, Earth

A scrappy competitor to SpaceX and Blue Origin just secured a crucial and historic launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida

Relativity Space is a startup focused on 3D-printed rockets that was founded by former SpaceX and Blue Origin engineers The company has secured a launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Called Launch Complex 16, it's a historic location where missiles and Space Race hardware were once tested. The US Air Force awarded Relativity Space a contract for the site, saying they "were impressed" by the company's team and technologies. Relativity Space seeks to prove that its first r...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Mississippi, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, Lockheed Martin, Air Force, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Usaf

The speed of light is torturously slow, and these 3 simple animations by a scientist at NASA prove it

The speed of light in a vacuum is about 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second). A scientist at NASA animated how long it takes light to travel around Earth, as well as between the planet, its moon, and Mars. The physics animations show just how fast (and slow) the speed limit of the universe can be. A series of new animations by a NASA scientist show just how zippy — and also torturously slow — the speed of light can be. Light-speed is the fastest that any material object ca...
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Dreaming of Mars, the startup Relativity Space gets its first launch site on Earth

3D-printing the first rocket on Mars. That’s the goal Tim Ellis and Jordan Noone set for themselves when they founded Los Angeles-based Relativity Space in 2015. At the time they were working from a WeWork in Seattle, during the darkest winter in Seattle history, where Ellis was wrapping up a stint at Blue Origin . The two had met in college at USC in their jet propulsion lab. Noone had gone on to take a job at SpaceX and Ellis at Blue Origin, but the two remained in touch and had an idea f...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Mississippi, California, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, United States, 3d Printing, Transport, Sun

This space object flips like an hourglass in video captured by NASA

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent back several new images capturing Ultima Thule's rotation, the farthest object we've ever studied in our solar system.            [Author: Buzz60]
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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spotted fresh rainfall on Saturn’s moon Titan

NASA's Cassini orbiter has been dead for well over a year now, but its incredible discoveries continue to trickle in as researchers pore over data and images it collected while it was active. Consequently, studies focused on the orbiter's findings continue to crop up on a regular basis, such as a recent study from University of Idaho in Moscow doctoral student Rajani Dhingra, who, along with her colleagues, found evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan...
Tags: News, Nasa, Moscow, Saturn, Cassini, University of Idaho, Dhingra, Rajani Dhingra