Thursday, December 20, 2012
Several Arlington venues are hosting End of the World parties.
Don’t make any rash decisions: Experts say 12/21/12 is going to be just another typical winter solstice. Killer solar flares aren’t expected. Another planet isn’t on a collision course with ours. And the Mayan “long count calendar” ending on this date has no real significance — they had to end it somewhere! But just in case: Several Arlington hot spots are hosting End of the World parties. Spider Kelly's gets under way at 9 p.m. Friday. The Front Page Arlington is starting a bit earlier, at 7:30 p.m. What is All the Fuss About? A number of theories and predictions call for Earth’s demise on Dec. 21, 2012: What are the Experts Saying? The intrigue created by multiple end-of-the-world predictions has made some scholars and even NASA stand up…
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The National Hurricane Center has released its predictions for the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling for a "near normal" 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. Robert Detrick, a marine geophysicist and the assistant administrator of NOAA's research office, said forecasters anticipate nine to 15 named storms this year. Four to eight of those storms will likely become hurricanes with top winds of 74 mph. As many as three of those hurricanes could become major events with top winds of 111 mph. These predictions are based on temperatures, wind shear and other factors, Detrick said. The formation of El Niño in late summer or early fall could shift these predictions to the lower end of the range, he said. Two storms have already been named before the official start on the Atlantic …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
NASA is looking to trade in shuttles for an Apollo-like space exploration vehicle with a $38 billion price tag.
With Discovery safely on the ground at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center and retired after 28-years, the question is: What will NASA do next? According to NASA, they are designing and building a new space vehicle that will have the capabilities to send people into space to explore the solar system. The goal is to develop a vehicle that will one day land humans on Mars, according to NASA. The new space exploration vehicle, “Orion,” will be able to carry astronauts into space for 21-day missions, according to NASA. The new space vehicle would cost about $38 billion and only fly twice within the next 10-years, the Los Angeles Times reported in 2011. The L.A. Times also reported the multi-billion dollar price tag would also pay for a new …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Air traffic sat still as Discovery made four flyovers at Reagan.
Heather Manoogian and her four daughters joined hundreds of others from the Washington area to get a glimpse of the Space Shuttle Discovery. The shuttle will now call the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center home since it was retired. As the shuttle appeared from behind some nearby trees, Manoogian’s daughters yelled, “There it is!” “We’ve always wanted to see the shuttle take off and never made it,” said Manoogian of Damascus, Md. “This was a chance of a lifetime.” Air traffic at Ronald Reagan National Airport sat still on the ground as the Boeing 747 transport plane carried the shuttle for four flyovers. People who couldn’t make there way into the parking lot at Gravelly Point Park parked along the roadways to get pictures of the shuttle. …
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Welcome Discovery Festival Event Schedule
Monday, April 16, 2012
Flight will occur between 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Arlington residents have a chance to catch a glimpse of the space shuttle Discovery on Tuesday as it flies over the Potomac toward Dulles. The shuttle will be mounted atop NASA's 747 shuttle carrier aircraft and will fly approximately 1,500 feet above various parts of the Washington metropolitan area. The flight is in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration and is scheduled to occur between 10 and 11 a.m. The flight timing and exact path will depend on the weather and operation constraints, according to NASA. However, NASA staff expect the aircraft to fly over landmarks including the National Mall, Reagan National Airport, Old Town Alexandria and National Harbor. It will land at Dulles International Airport. NASA suggests …