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Van Allen, a longtime professor at the university, died from undisclosed causes. He was 91.
He designed numerous instruments carried aboard U.S. space probes beginning with the instrumentation and Geiger counters aboard Explorer 1. The satellite went into Earth orbit January 31, 1958 — four months after the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik I triggered unease about America’s scientific prowess.
The Explorer mission led to the discovery of a doughnut-shaped region of charged-particle radiation encircling the Earth, now called the Van Allen belts.
Wikipedia’s entry on James Van Allen.
And, because nobody is commenting today, here’s a monkey pulling a dog’s tail.
Building a small observatory is not all that hard. A simple roll-off roof design can be built in a few days with simple tools and materials easily available in your local building supply store. A dome is much more complicated but still can be done with more careful planning. Or you can buy a kit.
And, because I have nothing better to post at the moment, here’s a cat who keeps flushing a toilet.
This just confuses me.
While watching TV coverage of a pro-illegal immigration rally, we realized the salsa we had been consuming was at odds with our values. After a bit of research, we learned that most salsa was made outside the United State by companies that value profits over patriotism and who contribute to flood of illegal immigration by employing foreign workers and using foreign produce. We weren’t going to compromise our values, and sure as heck weren’t going to stop eating salsa, so we had to create an alternative. Thus, Minuteman Salsa – America’s Patriotic Salsa was born.
Foreign companies using foreign workers and foreign produce? Bastards! Is it safe to assume that this is a joke?