December 2, 2013 |
Welcome to the lunar club, China. A rocket carrying a moon rover blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, southwestern China at 1:30 a.m. local time Monday (9:30 a.m. Sunday Pacific time). The mission, called Chang'e 3, will be the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the moon since 1976, when the Soviet Union sent up a sample-collecting mission called Luna 24. Chang'e 3 follows two other Chinese lunar missions: Orbiter Chang'e 1 launched in 2007 to take a map of the entire lunar surface, and Chang'e 2 blasted off in 2010 to check out the moon before traveling to other points of interest in space.
December 1, 2013 |
BEIJING--In hopes of ensuring that the next man on the moon is Chinese, Beijing launched a rocket carrying a buggy-like vehicle that is expected to roam and explore the moon's surface for three months. The Long March rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at 1:30 a.m. Monday, Beijing time (9:30 a.m. PST Sunday), the official Xinhua news agency reported. If all goes as planned, a landing vehicle and the roving vehicle will touch down on the moon's surface in about two weeks.
November 5, 2013 |
Can we blame James Blunt for establishing that super-earnest British folkies can rule the mainstream pop charts? His treacly, inescapable 2004 single "You're Beautiful" earned huge sales and abject loathing from critics. His latest, "Moon Landing," is his sort-of attempt to get back to flintier, personal songwriting. He does manage to out-Mumford and out-Sheeran his countrymen on the rustic single "Bonfire Heart" (ironically, co-written with super-pop penman Ryan Tedder). Whether you want to hear James Blunt plowing that field is a conversation between you and your god. "Heart to Heart" has some upbeat sock-hop fun. But James Blunt titling a song "Always Hate Me?"
November 2, 2013 |
There's a solar eclipse coming Sunday morning, and you can watch it live, right here. Beginning at 3:45 a.m. PST, the online observatory Slooh.com will stream the solar eclipse live from a remote part of the Kenyan countryside. The broadcast will last for 3 1/2 hours, ending at 7:15 a.m. and will also include live feeds from telescopes in Gabon, Africa, and the Canary Islands. You'll find it playing in the video box above. Why do you need to watch the total eclipse online? Because unless you live along a very narrow band of land on the African continent, it won't be visible from where you live.
October 23, 2013 |
Using a laser, NASA has beamed data between the moon and Earth -- 239,000 miles -- at a record-shattering rate. The download rate that got NASA scientists so excited was 622 megabits per second. We asked an expert to break it down. "This download rate is six times faster than the most recent state-of-the-art radio system from the moon," Don Cornwell, manager of the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration told The Times by email on Wednesday. PHOTOS: ISS crews and images from space Up to this point, NASA has used radio frequency communication.
October 19, 2013 |
"The right ring finger. ... No, THE LEFT RING FINGER!" It's minutes before sunrise at Westchester's Kerlan-Jobe sports medicine clinic and Johnny Knoxville has very nearly, accidentally, authorized orthopedic surgery on the wrong hand. His uninjured hand. A clinic administrator taking down Knoxville's information shakes her head in disbelief. Within the hour, the co-creator and breakout star of MTV's cultishly beloved series "Jackass" - and a trio of spinoff movies that have a combined gross of more than $335 million - will be under general anesthesia and no longer able to rectify any self-inflicted finger fiascoes.
October 18, 2013 |
On Friday evening, the moon will pass through the hazy outer shadow of the Earth, and if you look carefully, you may be able to see the minor celestial show. The event is called a penumbral eclipse, and, to be fair, it is not especially dramatic. The outer shadow of the Earth known as the penumbra is not dark enough to fully obscure the moon; instead it will just sort of darken it a bit. PHOTOS: Moons of the solar system Here in Southern California, your window of opportunity to witness the minor lunar eclipse will be fairly short.
October 17, 2013 |
Nobody celebrates fall like Half Moon Bay, Calif., a.k.a. the World Pumpkin Capital. On Saturday and Sunday it hosts its annual (now in its 43rd year) Art & Pumpkin Festival , featuring a display of Volkswagen-size champion pumpkins, the Great Pumpkin Parade (noon Saturday) with grand marshal J.T. Snow, a San Francisco Giant fan favorite; live music; a Haunted House; a new zip line; 5k and 10k Pumpkin Runs and more than 3,000 tons of pumpkins waiting to be picked from patches around town. You can also get your fill of the orange orb with a number of pumpkin-flavored treats (new this year -- warm pretzels with a pumpkin sauce and pumpkin seeds)
October 16, 2013 |
Soleil Moon Frye is having a baby boy, news that she shared with the ladies of "The View" and the gab fest's viewership on Wednesday. The "Punky Brewster" star, who is already mother to two girls, Jagger Joseph Blue, 5½, and Poet Sienna Rose, 8, is 5½ months along. She and husband Jason Goldberg are expecting their little mister in mid-February. Frye announced she was pregnant on the "Today" show in August in conjunction with promoting her children's app Moonfrye and OWN series "Home Made Simple.
October 7, 2013 |
In a fish-eat-fish ocean filled with sharks and other fierce swimmers, how has the delicate jellyfish survived - and thrived - through hundreds of millions of years of evolutionary culling? A team of biologists and engineers says it has discovered the "jelly's" secret: They're incredibly efficient swimmers. Jellyfish don't look like they're built for speed. Less than 1% of their body mass is devoted to muscle, compared with more than 50% in fish. But they're competent predators - and perhaps even too successful.