Maryland (AP) — A medium-sized solar flare has erupted from the sun in
an impressive display captured by NASA cameras. Scientists say that the
event won’t have a significant impact on Earth.
says the flare peaked Tuesday and created a large cloud that appeared
to cover almost half the surface of the sun. Images were recorded by the
orbiting satellite called the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
news release says solar energy released by the event should deliver a
“glancing blow” to Earth’s magnetic field on Wednesday or Thursday.
it’s not expected to cause a major impact. The U.S. National Weather
Service is predicting minor effects on satellites and weak impacts on
some power grids.
Unique shots of space station and shuttle released
(AP) — NASA has released unprecedented glamour photos of a space
shuttle linked to the International Space Station taken from a departing
astronaut Paolo Nespoli (NES’-po-lee) took the photos two weeks ago
from inside a Russian Soyuz capsule soon after he left the space station
for the trip back to Earth. The space station and attached shuttle
Endeavour rotated for the photo shoot while the capsule hovered 200
miles above Earth.
Soyuz capsule had never headed for home while a shuttle was parked at
the space station, providing a rare opportunity for the photo session.
At the time, Endeavour was on the next-to-last shuttle mission.
The shuttle fleet is retiring after one last flight next month with a load of supplies for the station.
SOURCE: The Associated Press