Physicist; first American woman in space; author of seven science books for children; member of the space shuttle Challenger crew; member of the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology; director of the California Science Institute; inductee into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the California Hall of Fame, the Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Astronaut Hall of Fame; recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the von Braun Award, the Lindbergh Eagle, the NCAA’s Theodore Roosevelt Award, and the NASA Space Flight Medal (twice).
Here is some amazing high-speed film of the launch. Each of the five F-1 engines of the first stage, generated 1.5 million pounds-of-force; more thrust than the 3 Space Shuttle Main Enginescombined. It is still, the most powerful liquid-fueled rocket engine ever used.
The plane didn’t have the seatback console with which you can track your flight (or listen to Rumours over and over again; damn you, Delta – it’s not sufficient you transport me through the air across the continent in safety, I demand you entertain me while you do so!)
But using Flightaware, I believe this is the Wyoming Wind Energy Center, in Uinta. As of 2008, it was the largest wind-farm in the state. There are 80, 220-foot tall turbines, and the complex generates enough power for 43,000 homes.
Wyoming is an ideal place for serious wind-power generation - big spaces, not a lot of people.
Yesterday, my favorite planet, Neptune, completed it’s first complete orbit of the Sun, since its discovery in 1846. Its existence had actually been mathematically predicted, and in fact the planet had been observed many times before, including by Galileo, but it wasn’t receognized as a planet.
Netpune takes nearly 165 years to orbit the Sun. Although the fartherst planet from the Sun, it has the fastest winds in the solar system — over 1,300 mph. The planet radiates from internal sources, more than 2.6x the amount of heat it receives from the Sun
When the “ice giant” world was asked for comment about this auspicious event, it was heard to say,