Sat May 19, 2012

How To Watch The Solar Eclipse

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 9:19 am



If you're in the Western United States tomorrow afternoon, you're in for a show.

DEE FRIESEN: The disc of the sun will be a ring. The moon will be inside the sun. There will be a ring of light around the moon, and they sometimes call it a ring of fire.

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Fri May 18, 2012
The Two-Way

In Historic Space Mission, Launch Is Only The First Test

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 11:43 am

SpaceX rocket Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral in Florida was scheduled to launch Saturday morning, but aborted just before liftoff.
Roberto Gonzalez Getty Images

Moments after ignition, a privately funded spacecraft aborted its liftoff, delaying its mission to the International Space Station.

SpaceX's unmanned rocket had a one-second window to take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Saturday morning, and the failed launch means the next opportunity won't be until early Tuesday morning.

The founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, had been tweeting from the company's California headquarters leading up to the scheduled launch time of 4:55 a.m. ET.

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Fri May 18, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Let The Real Space Age Begin

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 5:14 pm

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket stands ready for launch at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
John Raoux AP

It was almost one year ago that the space shuttle Atlantis rose into the sky on a pillar of flame for the last time. The shuttle program ended forever with that mission. American astronauts were left to hitch rides on Russian space capsules, and American kids were left with no tangible direction forward for their dreams of a high-tech, space-happy future.

Tomorrow morning, the unmanned Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral so that supplies can reach the space station.

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Fri May 18, 2012
The Two-Way

The 'Ring Of Fire': A Spectacular Solar Eclipse Is Coming This Sunday

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 2:10 pm

An annular solar eclipse is seen over Myanmar on Jan. 15, 2010 as the moon crossed the sun's path, blocking everything but a narrow, blazing rim of light.
Khin Maung Win AP

You lucky West Coast folks! A stunning solar eclipse will occur late Sunday afternoon, and people in the western U.S. will get the best views. Live on the East Coast? It's already going to be dark, so the only way we'll get to experience this is via webcam.

The event starts about 5:30 PM Pacific time and the maximum effect will occur about 6:30 PM, according to NASA.

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Fri May 18, 2012

NASA, SpaceX Aim To Launch Private Era In Orbit

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 2:49 pm

NASA and SpaceX partnered closely to make the mission to the International Space Station possible. Above, the SpaceX control room.

A private spaceship owned by a company called SpaceX is scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida early Saturday morning.

If all goes well, the unmanned capsule will rocket up on a mission to deliver food and other supplies to the International Space Station, becoming the first commercial spacecraft to visit the outpost.

The highly anticipated mission could mark the beginning of what some say could be a new era in spaceflight, with private companies operating taxi services that could start taking people to orbit in just a few years.

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