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  • TelStar Day, July 10, 2014  
    It Is TELSTAR DAY!!!!!
    July 10, 1962. This date marks the launch of Telstar 1, the first communications satellite capable of relaying television signals from Europe to North America!
    Yes on this VERY day long ago our childhood TELSTAR I was launched.... and so was my fascination with Sat Com-
    For those of you Non-space science folk this is sure to be a memory though ... and a great song by Joe Meek of UK but a hit indeed for the VENTURES (Surf music buddies can add to this )
    John R. Pierce of Bell Labs fame was the father of TELSTAR, and later in my life to become a great friend and of mine and a friend to the SMECC museum project. In addition A.C. Dickieson, the project manager for TELSTAR, ended up retiring in Sun City here and I got to know him as well. Add to that James Early who did device development for the Telstar Project another great mind and a great friend...
  • Celebrates 10th Anniversary
    There are now more than 200 million pages in, and the annual page views top 34 million, a 45-fold increase from the earliest days. The founding idea was to provide a comprehensive gateway to federal science information for those who might not know exactly where to find it. The interagency effort would raise scientific and technical literacy, serve as a foundation for future discoveries, and foster greater understanding of the public’s return on investment from the government’s science and technology efforts.

    “From its inception, has been a model of collaboration, transparency and open government,” said Alliance co-chair Annie Simpson of the U.S. Geological Survey. “Back in 2002, was touted as a wonderful ‘potluck picnic’ of science agencies pooling their efforts so citizens could find the science information they need.
  • The Mars rover Curiosity is scheduled to land in the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 6.
    Other relevant links include:
    1. Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror
    2. Amazing Movie of Mars Curiosity HD
    (Just keep in mind that despite the cool sounds effects, there is no sound in space until the vehicle hits the Martian atmosphere!)
    3.What sets Curiosity apart from other Mars Rovers?
  • Reuters Science News
    Global news summaries about latest science events, policies and findings from news wires and media outlets.
  • ScienceWatch
    Tracks trends and performance in global scientific research since 1989 and includes interview, competitive intelligence, data and rankings, special topics.
  • The USA Science & engineering Festival
    The USA Science & Engineering Festival returns to Washington, D.C.'s Walter E. Washington Convention Center April 28-29. Admission is free to the event, which will include more than 2,000 hands-on activities and 150 performances, including appearances by Bill Nye the Science Guy and Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters. (619) 398-6360; BonoWitz
  • 2013: Year of International Statistics
  • The Ig Nobel Prize Winners
    For achievements that make people laugh then think! Announced every September prior to the real Nobel prizes.

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