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NASA’s twin Voyager Spacecraft helped improve Communications

 

Written by Andrew Good
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – As NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft were changing our understanding of the solar system, they also spurred a leap in spacecraft communications.

The mission’s impact is still visible in California’s Mojave Desert. There, at NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex, the arcs of antenna dishes peek out over craggy hilltops. Goldstone was the first place where the two Voyagers started to change the landscape. The farther they traveled, the bigger these dishes needed to be so they could send and receive radio waves necessary to track and communicate with the probes.

In order to "talk" with the distant Voyager spacecraft, NASA had to leap forward in space communication technology. In the image above, a 64-meter-wide antenna dish in Goldstone, Calif. is expanded to 70 meters. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

In order to “talk” with the distant Voyager spacecraft, NASA had to leap forward in space communication technology. In the image above, a 64-meter-wide antenna dish in Goldstone, Calif. is expanded to 70 meters. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope discovers Exoplanet with Stratosphere

 

Written by Elizabeth Landau
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on a planet outside our solar system, or exoplanet. A stratosphere is a layer of atmosphere in which temperature increases with higher altitudes.

“This result is exciting because it shows that a common trait of most of the atmospheres in our solar system — a warm stratosphere — also can be found in exoplanet atmospheres,” said Mark Marley, study co-author based at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. “We can now compare processes in exoplanet atmospheres with the same processes that happen under different sets of conditions in our own solar system.”

This artist's concept shows hot Jupiter WASP-121b, which presents the best evidence yet of a stratosphere on an exoplanet. (Engine House VFX, At-Bristol Science Centre, University of Exeter)

This artist’s concept shows hot Jupiter WASP-121b, which presents the best evidence yet of a stratosphere on an exoplanet. (Engine House VFX, At-Bristol Science Centre, University of Exeter)

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Dodging the Roadkill: Lane Splitting

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Lane splitting is a relatively new concept to me.  Since I’ve only been riding for 18 months, it’s not something I’ve ever done, but the concept is picking up steam across the country.

Lane splitting is riding a motorcycle between lanes or rows of slow moving or stopped traffic that’s moving in the same direction.  Sometimes called lane sharing, whitelining, filtering or stripe-riding, it allows bikers to save time and bypass traffic congestion.  It may also be safer for the biker than being stopped in congested traffic.

Now, I’ve avoided some traffic by passing on the shoulder, but at the moment, I haven’t had the “balls” to drive between cars and trucks that are backed up on the interstate.  It just never occurred to me to do that.  I don’t feel safe doing that.

Motorcycle Lane Splitting. (J&P Cycles)

Motorcycle Lane Splitting. (J&P Cycles)

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NASA’s Eclipse Balloon Project to simulate life’s ability to survive beyond Earth

 

Written by Andrew Good
NASA’ Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Steps forward in the search for life beyond Earth can be as simple as sending a balloon into the sky. In one of the most unique and extensive eclipse observation campaigns ever attempted, NASA is collaborating with student teams across the U.S. to do just that.

A larger initiative, NASA’s Eclipse Balloon Project, led by Angela Des Jardins of Montana State University, is sending more than 50 high-altitude balloons launched by student teams across the U.S. to livestream aerial footage of the August 21st, 2017, total solar eclipse from the edge of space to NASA’s website.

This picture of Montana was taken from the stratosphere (84,000 feet or 25,000 meters) during one of Montana Space Grant Consortium's high-altitude balloon tests on April 19, 2014. (Montana State University)

This picture of Montana was taken from the stratosphere (84,000 feet or 25,000 meters) during one of Montana Space Grant Consortium’s high-altitude balloon tests on April 19, 2014. (Montana State University)

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Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Prohibits Fireball Device From Operating In Tennessee

 

Decision Comes After Fatal Accident at the Ohio State Fair

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips has issued an order prohibiting all Fireball amusement devices, manufactured by KMG, from operating within the state. This is the device involved in a fatal accident Wednesday evening at the Ohio State Fair.

“After much consideration and thought, and with the safety of Tennesseans and visitors to our great state in mind, I have decided the Fireball amusement device should not operate here,” Commissioner Phillips explained.

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips

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Nashville Sounds has Three Players Join Pitching Coach Rick Rodriguez on PCL Squad

 

Nashville Sounds

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – Nashville Sounds infielder Renato Nuñez and right-handed pitchers Paul Blackburn and Chris Smith have been named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team as announced by the league today.

The 2017 Triple-A All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at 8:00pm CST. The Pacific Coast League All-Stars take on the International League All-Stars at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington. The game will be carried live on ALT 97.5 FM and televised on MLB Network.

Nashville Sounds Renato Nuñez, Paul Blackburn and Chris Smith selected for Pacific Coast League All-Star Team. (Nashville Sounds) «Read the rest of this article»

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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 12

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10th, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. This is Part 12 of a 12 Part report.

This includes a measure making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college; a new law rebuilding a safe and reliable transportation network, while reallocating revenues to maximize taxpayers’ return on that investment; and a bill which provides a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. 

Action in the General Assembly also included passage of a balanced budget which takes on no new debt, as well as legislation protecting the elderly, enhancing the state’s robust job growth, cracking down on crime, and boosting efforts as the fastest improving state in the nation in K-12 student achievement.  Following is a report on key legislation passed this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Nashville Sounds’ Chris Smith Named PCL Pitcher of the Week

 

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Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Pacific Coast League announced today that Nashville Sounds’ pitcher Chris Smith has been named PCL Pitcher of the Week for his performance from June 5th-11th.

Smith, 36, pitched six no-hit innings in the Sounds four-pitcher no-hitter against the Omaha Storm Chasers on June 7th. The right-hander issued two walks and struck out four in Nashville’s 4-0 win.

The no-hitter was the seventh in the 40-year history of Nashville Sounds Baseball, and first since Manny Parra tossed a perfect game against Round Rock Express on June 25th, 2007.

Nashville Sounds pitcher Chris Smith. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds pitcher Chris Smith. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds blow past Sacramento River Cats 9-3

 

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Nashville SoundsSacramento, CA – Daniel Gossett dealt and the offense mashed as the Sounds capped off their eight-game road trip with a 9-3 handling of the Sacramento River Cats.

Gossett (2-4, 3.89) was spectacular as he mowed through the River Cats (16-27) line up to the tune of eight shutout innings including retiring the final 14 batters he faced. He needed just 91 pitches to get through a career-high eight innings and struck out six River Cats along the way while yielding just four singles.

Everyone got in on the action for the Sounds (20-19) offensively. All nine batters recorded a base hit and came around to score.

Nashville Sounds pitcher Daniel Gossett Throws Career-High Eight Scoreless Innings. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds pitcher Daniel Gossett Throws Career-High Eight Scoreless Innings. (Nashville Sounds)

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My Two Cents: Nashville Predators Continue Historic Stanley Cup Run

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterClarksville, TN – They say the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to hoist.  Well, if you’re a Predators fan, you know this all too well.  We’re not there yet, but what a battle it’s been. 

This amazing team has rolled through Chicago and St. Louis and has taken the best shots that Anaheim has thrown at them.  Anaheim has turned this series into a gutter brawl.  Cheap shots, low blows and hits AFTER the whistle, but,  WE’RE STILL STANDING!  In fact, we lead the series, 3-2.   

Nashville Predators celebrate the victory against the Anaheim Ducks followng game five of the Western Conference Final of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators celebrate the victory against the Anaheim Ducks followng game five of the Western Conference Final of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

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