Good overview of the novels and current NASA thinking. Warning: some spoilers.
I am reaching the end of "Red Mars", wondering if anyone has done a map overlay for Google Earth's new Mars feature that follows the travels in the novel. Along the way I found this.
Arduino compatible with ARM processor.
Mission specialist Stott and her six crewmates will deliver 33,000 pounds of equipment to the Space Station, including science and storage racks, a freezer to store research samples, and a sleeping compartment. Stott and fellow astronaut John Olivas will conduct a spacewalk during which they will remove an empty ammonia tank from the Space Station and gather materials from various experiments for return to Earth on Discovery. As a flight engineer, she'll live and work aboard the ISS for three months, catching a ride home in November on Space Shuttle Atlantis.
And she is going to blog about it.
Study says that while American students are taught science and some math, technology and engineering are being slighted.
They've been busy for 10 years, and they are all here.
Simple hardware, takes a bit of hacking. I may return to this.
Guatemala - His vehicle was shot at by masked attackers with AK-47's. Photo shows at least 20 bullet holes in the windows.
Hey, why not?
Interesting to see where my interests lie on the roller coaster.
This fall's project with the girls?
I have to revisit my Arduino projects. This guy has a great Arduino/Xbee hack going. Think I'll follow his progress.
That is, an infestation that is affecting production, in 10 municipalities.
From Memo Akten.
Interesting blog post, via Karen Bassie.
Four remote cameras at the same time.
From the Google Sketchup list, an email from Steve Meier that includes links and tips for taking a Sketchup model and unfolding it, either to print the designs or to create papercraft models. His email is below (click More).
View the videos by Crash, kram242 and AnyAirRc of them using SketchUp
to create 3D models of aircraft, then unfolding the model to have flat parts to print as patterns to cut out the actually flying RC model airplane.
Must have Sketchup Scripts/Plugins - these are used in the above videos.
Examples: jf_unfoldtool.rb, progressbar.rb, weld.rb, repair_broken_lines.rb, Slicer3.rb
Converting your SketchUp plan to PDF video tutorial by 3DMON on Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:16 pm
SketchUp screenshots of F6F Hellcat and FW-190 unfolded, ready to print.
This thread is "Using google Sketchup for modeling... With practical examples". It explains how to import a 3-view, create the SketchUp drawing, and how to print it out to scale.
Export your SketchUp model as a Google Earth .KMZ file. Pepakura Designer v3 will open that. Then just click the Unfold button. Unregistered Pepakura Designer has "Save" disabled, but you can print the patterns using a PDF virtual printer (CutePDF, PrimoPDF, et al).
Search for "Papercraft SketchUp Unfold" and you will find many tutorials on how to unfold models. You will be able to print 1:1 scale patterns to the PDF file. You can add graphics to your bike by opening the PDF in Inkscape (free).
INAH has created an excellent tour of two Maya sites using 360 degree panoramas (possibly QTVR?) to let you look around the sites. It also takes you into the tomb of Pakal, which visitors are not allowed to peer into any more.
Yes, that gets you the satellite kit and the launch to orbit. Wow.
A flyby of the moon might be followed by more distant trips to so-called Lagrange points, first to the location where the gravity of the Moon and the Earth gravity cancel each other out, then to where the gravity of the Earth and Sun cancel out. There could also be visits to asteroids or flybys of Mars leading to landings on one or both of the low-gravity moons of Deimos and Phobos.
This approach, Dr. Crawley said, would provide "the most steady cadence of steady improvement."