First stuffed animal created in space

A dinosaur is floating around the International Space Station.  NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, a flight engineer orbiting the Earth since May, stitched together the olive green toy, the first stuffed animal created in space, in her spare time.  She made the toy giant lizard from the Velcro-like fabric that lines the Russian food containers found on the space station, and stuffed it with scraps from a used T-shirt.

 

Marty,

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British astronaut will tweet from space to inspire youth

Major Tim Peake (what a fitting name!), Britain's first astronaut, said he will tweet from space when he goes in 2015.

"I certainly will be tweeting from space, a large part of what I want to achieve on this mission is to try to inspire a generation and encourage them to continue to support space flight and microgravity research.", Peake says.

He'll have to be brief though since his messages will need to be limited to twitter's 140 characters :)


He also says that he plays the guitar, but will spare everyone from hearing it :)

"I do play the guitar – very badly", Peake jokes, "and I wouldn't inflict my singing on anyone."


We are looking forward to hearing Good News from outer space in 2015!


And that's what's good,

Jon

 

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Amateurs discover unique new planet PH1

Kian Jek and Robert Gagliano discovered PH1 while participating in the "Planet Hunter" program led by Yale University.  The program allows amateur astronomers team up with professional scientists to search for new discoveries with data collected from NASA's Kepler space telescope.  "Planet Hunters is a symbiotic project, pairing the discovery power of the people with follow-up by a team of astronomers," said Debra Fischerv, a Yale astronomy professor who helped launch the project.

PH1, the newly discovered planet is roughly 6.2 times the size of Earth.  What's amazing about it is that the planet has two suns!!!  On top of that, it is orbited by two more stars!  "This unique system might have been entirely missed if not for the sharp eyes of the public," said Fischerv.  Only six planets have ever been discovered to have two parent stars.  These types of planets are called "circumbinary planets".  None of the discoveries have ever had two additional stars!  These circumbinary planets were once only in science fiction, the most popular being the planet "Tatooine", Luke Skywalker's home in Star Wars.

"It's a great honor to be a Planet Hunter, citizen scientist, and work hand in hand with professional astronomers, making a real contribution to science," Gagliano said.

"It still continues to astonish me how we can detect, let alone glean so much information, about another planet thousands of light-years away just by studying the light from its parent star," Jek said.

Great job you two!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

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