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Shuttle Enterprise To Fly Over New York City April 23
2012-04-17 04:05:15

NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with space shuttle Enterprise mounted atop will fly at a relatively low altitude over various parts of the New York City metropolitan area on Monday, April 23. The Federal Aviation Administration is coordinating the flight, which is scheduled to occur between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. EDT. The exact route and timing of the flight depend on weather and operational constraints, including the on-time delivery of space shuttle Discovery to the...

Discovery Flyover of DC Scheduled for April 17
2012-04-10 03:50:01

NASA's retired Space Shuttle Discovery will be flying over portions of Washington D.C. on the morning of April 17 as it travels en route to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where it will be displayed, the American space agency announced on Monday. The flight is scheduled to occur between 10am and 11am local time and will involve a modified Boeing 747 known as a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with the shuttle mounted on top of it, NASA and Space.com's Robert Z. Pearlman said....

Image 1 - Researchers Find Evidence That Pythons Are Eating Bird Eggs
2012-04-07 04:52:03

Burmese pythons, which have already been observed attacking birds in the Florida Everglades, have now been seen eating those birds' eggs directly from the nest, according to new research from the Smithsonian Institution. According to Jennifer Welsh of LiveScience, the study, which has been published in the March issue of the journal Reptiles & Amphibians: Conservation and Natural History, details three cases in which the Smithsonian researchers discovered eggs inside of the pythons,...

2012-03-11 06:52:36

NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will invite 30 of their social media followers to the first "NASA Social" on April 19 to welcome space shuttle Discovery to the national collection. Registration opens at noon EDT Thursday, March 15, and closes at noon Friday, March 16. Thirty participants will be selected randomly from online registrations. For more information on NASA Social and to register, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/social A NASA Social is an event for people...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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