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NASA’S OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft uses Earth’s Gravity to Slingshot toward Asteroid Bennu

 

Written by Nancy Neal Jones
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – NASA’s asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earth’s gravity on Friday to slingshot itself on a path toward the asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August.

At 12:52pm EDT on September 22nd, 2017 the OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security – Regolith Explorer) spacecraft came within 10,711 miles (17,237 km) of Antarctica, just south of Cape Horn, Chile, before following a route north over the Pacific Ocean.

This artist's concept shows the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft passing by Earth. (NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Arizona)

This artist’s concept shows the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft passing by Earth. (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Arizona)

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APSU Soccer beats Eastern Illinois 2-0

 

APSU Sports Information

APSU Soccer - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – With two second half goals, Austin Peay State University women’s soccer team won a defensive duel against Eastern Illinois Sunday at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field in Clarksville.

The first half was dominated by two strong defenses that only allowed five combined shots in the period.

Austin Peay Women's Soccer gets 2-0 win over Eastern Illinois Sunday at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Soccer gets 2-0 win over Eastern Illinois Sunday at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field. (APSU Sports Information)

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TWRA reminds Hunters of Importation Restrictions to help keep Tennessee Chronic Wasting Disease Free

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is reminding hunters, who travel beyond the state border, that they must be mindful of import restrictions before they return home. The restrictions are in an effort to keep chronic wasting disease (CWD) out of Tennessee.

The TWRA is concerned about hunters who pursue big game out of state in the cervid family, which includes white-tailed deer, elk, and moose. Currently, 24 states and two Canadian provinces are CWD positive.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants hunters to know the importance of importation restrictions.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants hunters to know the importance of importation restrictions.

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Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale to be held October 26th-28th, 2017

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County Public LibraryClarksville, TN – The annual Friends of the Library fall book sale will be held October 26th-28th, 2017 at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library.

On October 26th from 4:00pm-7:00pm, Friends of the Library members are welcome to enjoy the book sale. If you are not a member, you can become one at the door for $5.00.

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101st Airborne Division Lifeliners remember fallen with run, ceremony

 

Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Col. Stanley J. Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” 101st Abn. Div., led Lifeliners on a run, September 15th, 2017 in front of division headquarters, where boots symbolizing fallen Soldiers were on display.

As part of the Fort Campbell’s Military Survivor Appreciation Week, Lifeliners conducted a brigade remembrance run and ceremony, here.

Col. Stanley J. Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., and Sgt. Maj. Randy B. Gray, acting senior enlisted adviser for the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde., lead the brigade, Sept. 15, 2017, on a remembrance run on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After the run, Soldiers conducted a remembrance ceremony to commemorate the 63 fallen Soldiers of the brigade. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs Office)

Col. Stanley J. Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., and Sgt. Maj. Randy B. Gray, acting senior enlisted adviser for the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde., lead the brigade, Sept. 15, 2017, on a remembrance run on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After the run, Soldiers conducted a remembrance ceremony to commemorate the 63 fallen Soldiers of the brigade. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs Office)

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Proclaims Student Veterans Week

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder have announced September 24th-30th, 2017 as Student Veterans Week for their contributions to enrich campuses statewide.

In 1944, just weeks after the D-Day invasion, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, commonly known as the GI Bill which provides veterans with access to education, employment and housing opportunities. 

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Dear Mr. Truck Driver

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Don’t be misled by the title of this post. I’m not about to start “bashing” truck drivers.

First of all, I appreciate what you do. This country can’t do anything without you. You spend long hours behind the wheel, many days away from your family, and you get no respect.

You drive HUGE machines all over this country and have to deal with all the idiots out there. Trust me, I’m a biker, I know a thing or two about all the idiots out there.

When I started this journey, I quickly noticed that EVERYBODY on the road, and I mean, EVERYBODY, is distracted. The cell phone will kill us all.

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Origami inspires NASA Engineers to unique spacecraft designs

 

Written by Andrew Good
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – An ancient art form has taken on new shape at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Origami, the Japanese tradition of paper-folding, has inspired a number of unique spacecraft designs here. It’s little wonder that it fascinates NASA engineers: origami can seem deceptively simple, hiding complex math within its creases.

Besides aesthetic beauty, it addresses a persistent problem faced by JPL engineers: how do you pack the greatest amount of spacecraft into the smallest volume possible?

Some examples of origami designs at JPL. Engineers are exploring this ancient art form to create folding spacecraft. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Some examples of origami designs at JPL. Engineers are exploring this ancient art form to create folding spacecraft. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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APSU Football manhandles Murray State Racers, 27-7

 

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APSU FootballMurray, KY – In one of the most dominant defensive performance in Austin Peay State University football history, the Governors held rival Murray State to just 88 offensive yards en route to a 27-7 victory on Saturday afternoon at Roy Stewart Stadium.

The win was the first in Murray since 2007 and propelled the Govs to 1-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference for the first time since 2011.

Austin Peay Football takes down Murray State on the road Saturday night. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Football takes down Murray State on the road Saturday night. (APSU Sports Information)

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Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission says Beware Flood-Related Vehicle Scams

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – Consumers who are shopping for a new vehicle should be aware that flood-damaged cars and trucks from states ravaged by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will eventually surface in Tennessee.

In an effort to raise awareness, the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission, which is part of the Department of Commerce & Insurance’s Regulatory Boards division, is warning consumers to be alert for scammers who might disguise severely water-damaged vehicles as being perfectly good.

Consumers need to be on alert for scammers who might disguise severely water-damaged vehicles as being perfectly good.

Consumers need to be on alert for scammers who might disguise severely water-damaged vehicles as being perfectly good.

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