- Forty years ago yesterday, an oxygen tank exploded on board the Apollo 13 service module, threatening the lives of three astronauts and beginning a saga that saw one of the greatest achievements of U.S. space exploration. In honor of this anniversary, Universe Today is running a multi-part story called "13 Things That Saved Apollo 13". Five installments have been posted so far; go to the Universe Today main page or follow their Twitter feed to find the newest installments, or just search for tag "Apollo 13".
- While you are following timelines of historical events, why not follow the Cascades Volcano Observatory website as it remembers the 30th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens; you can read what happened today 30 years ago through May 18. The eruption of Mount St. Helens is one of the earliest news events I remember; I was 6 years old at the time.
- Universe Today also has a nice story on "Mitch's Mystery Star" that prominently features a couple of my friends and colleagues who pitched in to help explain a very odd-looking spectrum of a star (which ends up being a white dwarf).
- If you still need more reading material, make your way over to Starry Critters for this week's Carnival of Space, a weekly compendium of interesting astronomy stories floating around the blogosphere.
- Need a good outing for a rainy April day? If you live near an IMAX theater, go see their new Hubble 3D movie. I've heard it's great, and I intend to go as soon as I can get to an IMAX theater. See the most recent Hubble repair mission in 3D, and also some of Hubble's best pictures (with 3D effects artificially added to Hubble's 2D images).
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Odds and Ends, April edition
I'm literally sitting in a fog at the observatory, so I have lots of time to think up some amazing new blog post. Instead, I'm working on a wish list for funding and tracking down equipment troubles. So, here are some links to keep you busy reading for some time.