Sunday, June 26, 2011


Newly-discovered asteroid 2011 MD will pass only 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) above Earth's surface on Monday June 27 at about 1:00 p.m. EDT (1700 UT). NASA analysts say there is no chance the space rock will strike Earth. Nevertheless, the encounter is so close that Earth's gravity will sharply alter the asteroid's trajectory.
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

ARRL field day this weekend for ham radio

A 24-hour worldwide contest will take place this weekend Jun 25 -26, as ham radio operators take to the air in the American Radio Relay League's annual field day. The goal is to contact as many other ham radio users around the world within a 24-hour period beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday and ending at 11 a.m. Sunday.

"We will set up radio transmitting and receiving equipment at the Milan City Park," said Delbert Felix, Precedent of the local Ripley County radio club. "We will be able to test our skills in operating radio communication equipment in situations where electrical power is limited or unavailable and using makeshift antennas.

"This type of exercise, along with operators' dedication to public service, allows them to step in and help emergency officials, hospitals, clinics, schools and relief organizations when disaster strikes." The public is invited to stop by the East shelter at the Milan Indiana Park.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Lizzie Borden - did she do it ?

Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.

The trial was held June 19, 1893

Camp Atterbury by Lee Thompson

Among my first memories as a little kid was being on Camp Atterbury to pick my dad up when he returned from Japan. Today, after a nice lunch at an Italian restaurant in Columbus, we worked a USO shift at the same base and then saw 275 troops off on their deployment to Afghanistan. We three old guys who were with the USO made somewhat of a representation for the fathers of these kids. Not a bad way to spend Fathers' Day. One elderly bald 6'6" NCO told me that this was his fourth deployment. Wow! Remember Winston Churchill's statement, "Never have so few done so much for so many."
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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk is a medium-sized hawk native to the North American continent and found from Canada to Mexico. As in many birds of prey, the male is smaller than the female. The birds found east of the Mississippi River tend to be larger on average than the birds found to the west.
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Monday, June 13, 2011


After more than 30 years, it appears the venerable Pioneer 10 spacecraft has sent its last signal to Earth. Pioneer's last, very weak signal was received on 23 January 2003. NASA engineers report that Pioneer 10's radioisotope power source has decayed, and it may not have enough power to send additional transmissions to Earth. NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN) did not detect a signal during the last contact attempt on 7 February 2003. The previous three contacts, including the 23 January signal, were very faint, with no telemetry received. The last time a Pioneer 10 contact returned telemetry data was 27 April 2002. NASA has no additional contact attempts planned for Pioneer 10.
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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Friendship, Indiana June 11th

"We call it the shoot"
The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association holds two major shooting events each year at the Walter Cline Range in Friendship, Indiana. The annual Spring National Shoot is held in mid-June and the ational Championship Shoot is held in mid-September.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Saturday, June 04, 2011

D-Day June 6, 1944

World War II: Battle of Normandy begins. D-Day, code named Operation Overlord, commences with the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Memorial Day Photos

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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Charles Rolls Pioneer aviator

Rolls was also a pioneer aviator and initially, balloonist,[5] making over 170 balloon ascents. He was a founding member of the Royal Aero Club in 1903 and was the second person in Britain to be licensed to fly by it.[6] In 1903 he also won the Gordon Bennett Gold Medal for the longest single flight time.

By 1907 Rolls' interest turned increasingly to flying, and he tried unsuccessfully to persuade Royce to design an aero engine. In 1909 he bought one of six Wright Flyer aircraft built by Short Brothers under licence from the Wright Brothers, and made more than 200 flights. On 2 June 1910, he became the first man to make a non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by plane,[5] taking 95 minutes – faster than Blériot. For this feat, which included the first East-bound crossing of the English Channel, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Aero Club.[7] There is a statue to commemorate the flight in the town square at Monmouth and at Dover.