3.2.1. Lift off!
NASA & JAXA launched the http://wapo.st/MyXEFeCore Observatory today:
NASA is lookingfor a rock. It’s got to be out there somewhere — a small asteroid circling the sun and passing close to Earth. It can’t be too big or too small. Something 20 to 30 feet in diameter would work. It can’t be spinning too rapidly, or tumbling knees over elbows. It can’t be a speed demon. And it shouldn’t be a heap of loose material, like a rubble pile.
The rock, if it can be found, would be the target for what NASA calls the Asteroid Redirect Mission. Almost out of nowhere it has emerged as a central element of NASA’s human spaceflight strategy for the next decade. Rarely has the agency proposed an idea so controversial among lawmakers, so fraught with technical and scientific uncertainties, and so hard to explain to ordinary people.
The Post’s Joel Achenbach writes about NASA’s uncertain future.
(Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)
Source: Washington Post
Royal wedding, Congresswoman Giffords shot, our failing economy and the end of the Shuttle program | Best of Post Video
To cap off our week highlighting the best work from the Post video team, we present you with the biggest stories of 2011. Here in the states, we dealt with a failing economy, a story that both Ben de la Cruz and Whitney Shefte found local angles on. NASA launched and successfully landed the final shuttle mission, which carried the husband of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who at the time was in critical condition from a gunshot would to her head. Just across the border in Mexico drug violence punctuated the news locally and nationally.
Of course, not all the big news was bad news, The Royal wedding was perhaps the biggest driver of traffic to washingtonpost.com this year, and a huge story on both sides of the Atlantic. But that’s not the only special wedding we covered—Evelio Contreras documented one local man’s (successful) goal of proposing to his wife through the Post’s own crossword puzzle.
In 2012 we’re hoping to continue bringing you these stories, telling them in unique visual ways.
The Northside YMCA in Tucson, Ariz., is a community nexus where the lives of four people involved in the mass shooting that critically injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords have intersected: 9 year old Christina Green, Judge John M. Roll, alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner and Gabrielle Giffords herself.
From the arrivals, to the ceremony and the balcony kiss, here is a recap of all the key moments from the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
A Renter’s Story: Andre Wallace is among the thousands of people searching for affordable housing in the District. (full project here)
African Americans in Prince George’s County, Md., grapple with how to get by as they face increasing unemployment and foreclosure.
Born out of a grand vision of space exploration after the Apollo moon missions, NASA’s manned space vehicle, Columbia, lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in 1981. The final flight of Atlantis will mark the end of the space shuttle era after 135 missions.
The Washington Post’s Nick Miroff and William Booth took a ride on what is now called the “Highway of Death” in Mexico. Several mass graves have been found near the road, each containing bodies of travelers shot or beaten to death by drug cartel members.
Corey Newman could not wait to get his hands on a Sunday Washington Post to ask Marlowe Epstein, “Will you marry me?” through a crossword puzzle.
This is some sweet video on The Atlantic of the earth from space. No matter who you are or what you like, the earth from above is always beautiful. It’s definitely making us “oooh and ahhhh” in the office on this rainy DC day.
This Is Probably as Close as You’ll Get to Being an Astronaut
October 27, 2011 | NASA’s spectacular time-lapse videos of Earth, as seen by astronauts on board the International Space Station
Source: The Atlantic