McCandless Orbits in Jetpack
NASA – On Feb. 12, 1984, astronaut Bruce McCandless, ventured further away from the confines and safety of his ship than any previous astronaut had ever been. This space first was made possible by a nitrogen jet propelled backpack, previously known at NASA as the Manned Manuevering Unit or MMU.
After a series of test maneuvers inside and above Challenger’s payload bay, McCandless went “free-flying” to a distance of 320 feet away from the Orbiter. This stunning orbital panorama view shows McCandless out there amongst the black and blue of Earth and space.
By Alex Hawkes – Italy was dragged deeper into Europe’s debt crisis on Monday as its borrowing costs soared to their highest level since the euro was created.The yield, or interest rate, on 10-year Italian bonds leapt to 6.66% on Monday, as Silvio Berlusconi‘s government prepared for a key vote on the country’s public finances on Tuesday.
“The current feeling is that Italy is too large to bail out with the current mechanisms in place, should Greek-like turmoil spread to Italy,” warned Peter O’Flanagan of Clear Currency. more> http://tinyurl.com/c3swr7j
By Alexander Wolfe – The “e-volo,” an electric-powered multicopter, took its first test flight in Germany last month. So called because it has 16 rotors, the 176-pound machine is powered by lithium-ion batteries. more> http://tinyurl.com/bqjjg4y
World’s first manned flight with an electric multicopter
By Steve Tracton – A major sunspot is presently emerging on the surface of the solar disk facing Earth.
The area is called Region 1339 and is being referred to as a “benevolent monster.” 8.3 times bigger than Earth, it generated a solar flare which shot out a burst of charged particles yesterday but – this time – was not aimed at Earth. more> http://tinyurl.com/3aw8yre
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