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July 23, 2012 |
In the early days of the space program, astronauts were ex-Marines, Air Force officers and hot-shot pilots. Sally Ride got there a little differently: She answered a want ad. In the late 1970s, NASA decided that, in addition to pilots, it needed some astronauts with more training in the sciences. More than 8,300 applied for a position, and she was one of only 35 chosen. Why, she later said, was a "complete mystery. " Ride went on to become the first American woman sent into space, the youngest American sent into space and the first woman to make two trips.
June 7, 2008 |
Brian May, lead guitarist for Queen and the author of the stadium anthem "We Will Rock You," was awarded his PhD this year in astrophysics from Imperial College London. Now his first book, "Bang! The Complete History of the Universe," written with astronomer Sir Patrick Moore and astrophysicist Chris Lintott, is being released in the U.S.
August 25, 2007 |
LONDON -- Guitarist and songwriter Brian May has completed his doctorate in astrophysics -- three decades after he put academia on hold to form the rock group Queen. The rocker was awarded his his PhD this week by London's Imperial College and said submitting his thesis, "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud," to supervisors was as nerve-racking as any stadium gig. "I'm feeling rather joyful. I cannot tell you how much of a weight off the mind it is," May said.
March 3, 2001 |
Pehong Chen, founder and chief executive of BroadVision, will donate $15 million to Stanford University to establish an institute for the study of particle astrophysics and cosmology, the school said Thursday. Researchers at the Pehong and Adele Chen Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology Institute will explore such questions as: What powered the Big Bang? What is the role of dark matter? What are the dynamics of black holes, neutron stars and other cosmic objects?
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December 28, 2000 |
"We know they're not Klingons." Way back in 1997, that was one of the few things Caltech astrophysicist Shri Kulkarni could say with confidence about the stupendous bursts of gamma rays picked up by newly launched satellites.
September 13, 2000 |
Astronomers peering into an explosive nearby galaxy with the eagle-eyed Chandra X-ray Observatory announced Tuesday that they have confirmed the discovery of an entirely new class of black hole--a "mid-sized" version. The finding could explain the formation of certain types of black holes, some of the strangest and most compelling objects that reside at the cores of most galaxies. That explanation, in turn, could eventually explain how all galaxies, including our own, came to be.