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4 March 2011

A Wonderful Illustration of Just how Thin Our Atmosphere Is

We live in a very, very shallow layer of life giving air. It only takes the space shuttle 2 short minutes to get into space. The rest of the engine burn time is just for getting higher and going fast enough to reach orbit. Look at the video below taken from a camera on the solid rocket booster. It separates from the shuttle at 2 minutes into the flight. When …


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Glory Not To Be- It Crashes into the Pacific.

The failure of the Glory launch today is not just bad news. It’s a catastrophe for earth science; Especially American earth science. The failure of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, (OCO-on the same type of launch vehicle) and now this are going to set back critical research into the the Earth’s energy balance severely. I went over to REAL CLIMATE written by NASA Climate Scientist Gavin Schmidt and he has a …


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