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NASA’s first GRACE Satellite finishes Construction, Launch set for December

 

Written by Alan Buis
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Construction is now complete on the first of the two satellites for NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission, planned for launch in the December 2017/January 2018 timeframe.

The satellite, built by Airbus Defence and Space at its manufacturing facility in Friedrichshafen, Germany, will spend the next several months undergoing testing at the IABG test center in Ottobrunn, near Munich. The second GRACE-FO satellite will be ready for testing in the near future.

Artist's rendering of the twin satellites that will compose NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Artist’s rendering of the twin satellites that will compose NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Veterans Day’s Beginnings

 

U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsWashington, D.C. – The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28th, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France officially ended World War I, also known as “The Great War”.

However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11th, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58am, on November 11th, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58am, on November 11th, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

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Former APSU Quarterback Jake Ryan has big year overseas with Geneva Seahawks

 

Written by Corey Adams
APSU Sports Information

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – On July 7th last summer, things were quiet here in the United States – just your typical Thursday afternoon. But overseas surrounding a diamond-shaped area in the streets of Geneva, Switzerland, it was a frenzy. It was the day France shocked the soccer world by advancing to the UEFA Euro 2016 final following a 2-0 upset over Germany.

Geneva borders France to the east side, and the locals celebrated the victory for hours, horns honking as each vehicle drove by the crowd of people. Among the gathering was an Austin Peay alum, standing in awe by the abnormality in front of him.

Austin Peay quarterback Jake Ryan completed 40 of 61 passes for 375 yards and 2 touchdowns against Jacksonville State on November 11th, 2012. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay quarterback Jake Ryan completed 40 of 61 passes for 375 yards and 2 touchdowns against Jacksonville State on November 11th, 2012. (APSU Sports Information)

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Angels of the Battlefield event honors Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Medic

 

Written by Laura Boyd
BACH Public Affairs

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – A Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Soldier was one of 13 medics honored at nearby Valor Hall Tuesday during the 7th Annual Armed Services YMCA Angels of the Battlefield event featuring decorated Army veteran, Noah Galloway, as keynote speaker.

Medics save lives on the battlefield and are often referred to as “Doc” by their peers. Sgt. 1st Class Robert Ernest Minor was no exception to this worthy title.

Minor was the team sergeant in charge of training and leading medics at Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan from May 2010 to May 2011.

Noah Galloway, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, speaks during the 7th annual Angels of the Battlefield at Valor Hall in Hopkinsville, Ky., Sept. 13, 2016. Galloway said his life was saved by combat medics in 2005 after his patrol was hit with an improvised explosive device. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Noah Galloway, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, speaks during the 7th annual Angels of the Battlefield at Valor Hall in Hopkinsville, Ky., Sept. 13, 2016. Galloway said his life was saved by combat medics in 2005 after his patrol was hit with an improvised explosive device. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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NASA’s WISE Explorer and Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope discover infrared/gamma ray connection to Blazars

 

Written by Elizabeth Landau
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Astronomers studying distant galaxies powered by monster black holes have uncovered an unexpected link between two very different wavelengths of the light they emit, the mid-infrared and gamma rays.

The discovery, which was accomplished by comparing data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, has enabled the researchers to uncover dozens of new blazar candidates.

Black-hole-powered galaxies called blazars are the most common sources detected by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. (M. Weiss/CfA)

Black-hole-powered galaxies called blazars are the most common sources detected by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. (M. Weiss/CfA)

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NASA’s Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope looks for Dark Matter

 

Written by Francis Reddy
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – Dark matter, the mysterious substance that constitutes most of the material universe, remains as elusive as ever. Although experiments on the ground and in space have yet to find a trace of dark matter, the results are helping scientists rule out some of the many theoretical possibilities.

Three studies published earlier this year, using six or more years of data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, have broadened the mission’s dark matter hunt using some novel approaches.

The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), at center, is the second-largest satellite galaxy orbiting our own. This image superimposes a photograph of the SMC with one half of a model of its dark matter (right of center). Lighter colors indicate greater density and show a strong concentration toward the galaxy's center. Ninety-five percent of the dark matter is contained within a circle tracing the outer edge of the model shown. (Dark matter, R. Caputo et al. 2016; background, Axel Mellinger, Central Michigan University)

The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), at center, is the second-largest satellite galaxy orbiting our own. This image superimposes a photograph of the SMC with one half of a model of its dark matter (right of center). Lighter colors indicate greater density and show a strong concentration toward the galaxy’s center. Ninety-five percent of the dark matter is contained within a circle tracing the outer edge of the model shown. (Dark matter, R. Caputo et al. 2016; background, Axel Mellinger, Central Michigan University)

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Tennessee Ranks Number One in Nation for Foreign Direct Investment Job Creation in 2015

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – Tennessee was ranked the top state in the nation for job creation resulting from foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2015, according to the recently released 2016 IBM Global Location Trends report.

The annual report from the IBM Institute for Business Value measured the number of jobs created or committed by foreign-owned companies in each state during the 2015 calendar year.

Second time in three years Tennessee tops IBM Global Location Trends report.

Second time in three years Tennessee tops IBM Global Location Trends report.

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Former APSU Soccer star Tatiana Ariza to reprise her role with Colombian National Team in Rio

 

APSU Sports Information

APSU Soccer - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Former Austin Peay State University soccer standout Tatiana Ariza will once again represent her native Colombia at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, August 3rd-20th, in Brazil.

Ariza was one of 18 players chosen Thursday to represent Las Cafeteras (The Coffee Growers), beginning August 3rd against France in Belo Horizonte. Colombia also is scheduled to face New Zealand (August 6th) and the United States (August 9th) in the first stage of Group G.

Former Austin Peay Soccer player Tatiana Ariza. (Michael Rios-Clarksville Sports Network)

Former Austin Peay Soccer player Tatiana Ariza. (Michael Rios-Clarksville Sports Network)

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Active Duty K9 Titan Passes Away

 

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - MCSOClarksville, TN – Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office beloved German Shepard K9 Titan passed way Sunday night from complications from gastric dilatation volvulus surgery.

Titan has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2014. He was born in Herzebrock-Clarholz, Germany on September 30th, 2011. Before arriving in the United States in 2013, he received his Schutzhund title.

German Shepard K9 Titan

German Shepard K9 Titan

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Rabbi provides Passover services to CJFLCC-OIR service members

 

Written by Sgt. Katie Eggers
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – Passover is one of the most celebrated Jewish holidays. It is an eight-day celebration that starts with a Seder meal commemorating the biblical story of when the Angel of Death passed over the homes of Israelites, sparing their first-born children and ultimately emancipating them from slavery in ancient Egypt.

From April 28th to April 30th, Jewish service members and civilian contractors deployed in support of Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve celebrated Passover services and Seder meals provided by a rabbi at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Iraq.

Sgt. Jason Nesman, the Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve chaplain operations noncommissioned officer, Master Sgt. Fredrick D. Murphy, CJFLCC-OIR master chaplain assistant, Maj. Andrew Schulman, a rabbi with the 7th Mission Support Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Lt. Col. David A. Bowlus, CJFLCC-OIR chaplain, celebrate a traditional Seder meal at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Baghdad April 30, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers)

Sgt. Jason Nesman, the Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve chaplain operations noncommissioned officer, Master Sgt. Fredrick D. Murphy, CJFLCC-OIR master chaplain assistant, Maj. Andrew Schulman, a rabbi with the 7th Mission Support Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Lt. Col. David A. Bowlus, CJFLCC-OIR chaplain, celebrate a traditional Seder meal at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Baghdad April 30, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers)

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