01 maio 2017

Approach above Sunset


There it is! The Cygnus supply ship was a welcome sight to the astronauts on the International Space Station just over a week ago. Launched three days before on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft approached the International Space Station above the backdrop of a picturesque planet Earth. The Sun was setting off the image to the upper left, illuminating clouds well below the approaching vehicle. The robotic Cygnus spacecraft was captured first on camera and later with the space station's Canadarm2 by ESA's Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet and NASA's Expedition-51 Commander Peggy Whitson. Commander Whitson, a biochemist, has now set a new American record for the most total days in space. Besides essentials, the Cygnus carried equipment to bolster over 200 science experiments being conducted on the football-field sized Earth-orbiting outpost.

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The Morbid Tale of the Two Georges

Every year, the National Hockey League in North America awards the Vezina Trophy for the top goalie of the year. It was first given to George Hainesworth. He had just finished his first season, 1926 to 1927, with the Montreal Canadiens and is still remembered as one of the best hockey goalies of all time. In fact, Hainesworth won the Vezina Trophy not just once but three times between 1926 and 1929. Ironically George Hainesworth had signed with the Canadiens to replace Georges Vezina, who died of tuberculosis in 1926.

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Czar Alexander III commissioned the first Fabergé egg in 1885,...



Czar Alexander III commissioned the first Fabergé egg in 1885, as an Easter present for his beloved wife, Czarina Maria Fedorovna. It is known as the Hen Egg. Crafted with gold, the white enamel shell opens to reveal a yellow-gold yolk, which also opens to reveal a multicolored golden hen, which contains a diamond and a tiny ruby pendant. The empress loved her gift, so much so that Alexander commissioned another egg the next year. Fabergé ended up producing amazing eggs every year except 1904 and 1905, until 1917.

After the Russian Revolution, the Hen Egg was sold abroad, first to England then the United States, before being bought by a Russian and returned in the late 1970s to its original home country. You can see it on display at the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg

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Clouds ‘Roll’ Over Pacific Atolls


Areas near the equator are frequently cloudy, obscuring the view of Earth’s surface from space. April 7, 2017, was no different. On that day, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of clouds over the Gilbert Islands.

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