Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Icy Mountains of Pluto

  Some compressed images are starting to arrive from Pluto.  This photo shows an area of mountains, probably composed of water ice.  Surprisingly unmarked by impact craters, the features must be fairly young, possibly less than 100 million years old.  They may … Continue reading

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New Horizons has communicated with mission control

All systems normal after flying within 7800 miles of Pluto; first images to be released tomorrow afternoon.  New Horizons is about three billion miles away from earth, and it took nine and a half years to get there (even radio … Continue reading

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Pluto, July 11

This image is the last look at Pluto’s Charon-facing hemisphere. with some intriguing hints of features that may be impact craters and ridges.  Unfortunately, there won’t be any higher resolution images collected.  As it passes Pluto on Tuesday, New Horizons … Continue reading

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Rise in cloud computing starts to cut revenue for IT outsourcing companies

Sean McLain, writing in the Wall Street Journal, describes how the shift to cloud computing is dramatically reducing the number of IT support staff needed to maintain and customize servers and software, and the result is a big drop in hiring of outsourced … Continue reading

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Pluto, July 8

(from NASA and JHAPL’s latest update)

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Seven days until New Horizons reaches Pluto

  Alien base.  That’s my prediction.  Stay tuned.

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Sigh of relief: Cargo mission launches successfully toward ISS

Leading up to yesterday, the two most recent (and three of the last seven) missions to the International Space Station had failed.  Needless to say, concerns were building about the ability to keep the ISS supplied.  Fortunately, Friday’s launch of a Progress cargo … Continue reading

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