Ok… technically it’s last week in science, but it’s still pretty cool stuff!
The New Horizons flyby has already happened, but we won’t be getting all the data for quite some time. It will take about 16 months for all the data to make the three billion mile trip back to Earth! We could cut that time down a bit (only 3 months) if New Horizons had exclusive use of NASA’s deep space network, but there are many probes that use it.
The New York Times has put together a collection of all it’s science articles called “The Summer of Science.” Click the image below of Pluto to check it out!
Today at 7:49 a.m. Nasa’s New Horizon’s probe will make its closest approach to Pluto! This is a HUGE deal as the New Horizons mission launched way back in Jan. 2006 and we are learning more and more about the mysterious dwarf planet!
Nasa TV will start coverage at 7:30. Click the link to watch it!
Even Google is celebrating it with a very fitting google doodle!
My second cousin has started up her own blog about animals. She’s also running a campaign to help save some Cheetahs. Click below if you want to check it out!
Originally posted on Amazing Animals:
We can’t let the fastest land animal die out! A few bucks will save the world! If not, the cheetahs’ prey, gazelles and other plant eaters, will take over!!!!!
Please think about donating money to our National Geographic campaign to build a boma, a fence that keeps big cats out of African farmers’ cattle. When big cats get into farmers’ cattle, they often kill the big cats. This way we’re keeping big cats safe and helping the farmers, too.
I hope everyone’s having an awesome 4th of July. Here’s another cool science gem I found online:
“The chemistry of 4th July fireworks.
Sodium produces yellow/gold colors. Barium creates green, copper compounds produce blue, strontium salts give you red and titanium metals give you silver coloured sparks.
Other commonly used chemicals are carbon which provides the fuel, oxidizers which produce oxygen for burning, magnesium which increases the overall brilliance and brightness, antimony that gives you a “glitter” effect and calcium which deepens the colors.”