Our second week of Rising Stars was as exciting as the first week.
The weather cooperated all week and Friday’s launchings were almost perfect.
The Mansfield News Journal came out and took photos this week. Click here for the link.
I would like to thank Greg Timberlake, Dean of Business, Industry, and Technology Division, Jim Hull, Dean of Health Sciences Division, and Lynn Damberger, Assistant Professor of Digital Media, for their presentations to the Rising Stars.
And a special thanks to everyone who worked so hard this year to make Rising Stars another success:
Crystal Escalera – Director of Rising Stars
Keith Strickler -Alternative Energy Teacher
Gary Wood – Physics Teacher
Rick Karsmizki – Robot Teacher
Brian Baldridge – Robot Teacher
Pat Storms – Volunteer
And most of all…thank you, Linda Nicol, for your unswerving attention to detail. Without your help Rising Stars would not have made it off the ground this year!
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Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury has passed away at age 91. His most famous S.F. work was Fahrenheit 451 which was also produced as a movie. I far as I’m concerned, Mr. Bradbury was the last of a generation. He ranks in the the top 4 Sci-Fi writers of the 20 Century along with Sir Arthur C. Clarke, The “Dean of Sci-Fi”Robert A. Heinlein and Mr. Robotics – Isaac Asimov.
Although most well known for his book burning future in Fahrenheit 451, my favorite Bradbury inspired movie was “The Illustrated Man” starring Rod Stiger. Some of the other films produced from Mr. Bradbury fiction include “Something Wicked This Way Comes”, “It Came From Outer Space” (1953), and the made for TV mini-series “The Martian Chronicles”, starring Rock Hudson.
He will be missed.
Scientific American has an interesting article on the psychological differences between dogs and wolves.
History.com has an interesting article on the super solar storm that occurred in 1859. It was named the “Carrington Event ” after the amateur astronomer that observed the sunspots, the flares that erupted, their earthly results and tied it all together.
This is a beautiful time-lapse video of the Earth from the ISS set to the music “Walking on Air”.
Despite the fact that the 2nd flight was announced as a failure in August of 2011 DARPA engineers feel the flight was a success based on the fact that aerodynamic knowledge gained from the first flight allowed the craft to successfully recover from a roll caused by a shock wave that was 100 times more powerful than design parameters.
Read the DARPA release here.
In other space news, here are some amazing photos of the earth taken by the ISS’s new “Nightpod” camera. Take a close look at the Aurora photo on the left. I swear that looks like a cloaked Klington cruiser in the upper left.