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2015 National Memorial Day Concert Sunday Night on PBS

 

An American Tradition Honoring Our Service Members
Live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol

PBSWashington, D.C. – Tune in Sunday, May 24th, on PBS from 7:00pm to 8:30pm CT for the 2015 National Memorial Day Concert, featuring Nick Fradiani, Gloria Estefan, General Colin L. Powell (Ret.), Laurence Fishburne, Esai Morales, Tessanne Chin, Stefanie Scott, Jason Dolley, Laura Benanti, Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson, Jack Everly and more.

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NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) data used to find Bright Distant Galaxy

 

Written by Whitney Clavin
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).

The galaxy is the most luminous galaxy found to date and belongs to a new class of objects recently discovered by WISE — extremely luminous infrared galaxies, or ELIRGs.

“We are looking at a very intense phase of galaxy evolution,” said Chao-Wei Tsai of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, lead author of a new report appearing in the May 22nd issue of The Astrophysical Journal. “This dazzling light may be from the main growth spurt of the galaxy’s black hole.”

This artist's concept depicts the current record holder for the most luminous galaxy in the universe. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This artist’s concept depicts the current record holder for the most luminous galaxy in the universe. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Congressman Marsha Blackburn Calls on IRS to Investigate Clinton Foundation

 

Joined by 51 House colleagues in letter to Commissioner Koskinen asking for review of Foundation’s tax-exempt status

U.S. CongressWashington, DC – Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was joined by 51 of her House colleagues today in sending a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen requesting a review of the Clinton Foundation’s tax-exempt status. The letter requests that the IRS respond within 30 days.

“As I’ve traveled through my district and talked to constituents, many people have asked about the widely reported improprieties concerning the Clinton Foundation. That’s why I decided to send a letter to Commissioner Koskinen asking the IRS to conduct a review of the Clinton Foundation’s tax-exempt status,” Congressman Marsha Blackburn said.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Family, remember David “Bubba” Johnson at National Police Week

 

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - MCSOWashington, D.C. – A group of Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies and a Clarksville Police officer sat around the dinner table during National Police Week last week. They first exchanged stories about Deputy David “Bubba” Johnson, but they soon found themselves discussing the devastating night they lost him.

On January 12th, 2014, Johnson was killed in a crash where his car left the roadway.

They all remember responding to the crash, unable to believe that they had lost one of their own. Some couldn’t finish their stories as tears welled up in their eyes and their voices broke.

Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson presents Jennifer Johnson with a badge given to the family by the National Sheriff's Association. (MCSO)

Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson presents Jennifer Johnson with a badge given to the family by the National Sheriff’s Association. (MCSO)

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Clarksville remembers fallen Officers during Police Memorial Day Ceremony

 

Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville, TN – A crowd of about seventy people gathered at Clarksville Police Headquarters this morning to observe Police Memorial Day and to honor the lives of those gave all for their community.

Clarksville Police Chief Al Ansley thanked those who attended and read a letter from a citizen thanking local officers for their courage and protection. He reminded the audience of the many officers who have already been killed this year and how they received so much less coverage and attention than those rare officers who are accused of misconduct.

Fallen Officers remembered at Clarksville Police Memorial Day Ceremony.

Fallen Officers remembered at Clarksville Police Memorial Day Ceremony.

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NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity completes Martian Marathon in 11 years

 

Written by Dr. Tony Phillips
Science at NASA

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – On Earth, the fastest runners can finish a marathon in hours. On Mars it takes about 11 years.

On Tuesday, March 24th 2015, NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity completed its first Red Planet marathon– 26.219 miles – with a finish time of roughly 11 years and two months.

“This mission isn’t about setting distance records; it’s about making scientific discoveries,” says Steve Squyres, Opportunity principal investigator at Cornell University. “Still, running a marathon on Mars feels pretty cool.”

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NASA experiments show Dark Material on Jupiter’s moon Europa likely Sea Salt

 

Written by Preston Dyches
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA laboratory experiments suggest the dark material coating some geological features of Jupiter’s moon Europa is likely sea salt from a subsurface ocean, discolored by exposure to radiation.

The presence of sea salt on Europa’s surface suggests the ocean is interacting with its rocky seafloor — an important consideration in determining whether the icy moon could support life.

The study is accepted for publication in the journal Geophysical Research Letters and is available online.

The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa looms large in this reprocessed color view, made from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute)

The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa looms large in this reprocessed color view, made from images taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute)

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NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft detects Auroras around Mars

 

Written by Tony Phillips
Science at NASA

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – One day, when humans go to Mars, they might find that, occasionally, the Red Planet has green skies.

In late December 2014, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft detected evidence of widespread auroras in Mars’s northern hemisphere. The “Christmas Lights,” as researchers called them, circled the globe and descended so close to the Martian equator that, if the lights had occurred on Earth, they would have been over places like Florida and Texas.

“It really is amazing,” says Nick Schneider who leads MAVEN’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument team at the University of Colorado. “Auroras on Mars appear to be more wide ranging than we ever imagined.”

A map of MAVEN's Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) auroral detections in December 2014 overlaid on Mars’ surface. The map shows that the aurora was widespread in the northern hemisphere, not tied to any geographic location. The aurora was detected in all observations during a 5-day period. (University of Colorado)

A map of MAVEN’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) auroral detections in December 2014 overlaid on Mars’ surface. The map shows that the aurora was widespread in the northern hemisphere, not tied to any geographic location. The aurora was detected in all observations during a 5-day period. (University of Colorado)

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Clarksville Police Department hosts 5k Run/Walk for C.O.P.S.

 

Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Police Department hosted a 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, May 9th at the Clarksville Police Department Headquarters located at 135 Commerce Street. The entry fee was $25.00 and included a t-shirt. Kids 10 & under was $10.00 (did not include a shirt).

“I wanted to hold a community participation event,” stated CPD Captain Scott Thornton. “It will be timed with a digital clock, but it’s more about the community coming out and competing with the police in an event together.”

The start of the Clarksville Police Department's 1st annual 5k Run/Walk for C.O.P.S.

The start of the Clarksville Police Department’s 1st annual 5k Run/Walk for C.O.P.S.

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover captures image of Sunset on Mars

 

Written by Guy Webster
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – The sun dips to a Martian horizon in a blue-tinged sky in images sent home to Earth this week from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover.

Curiosity used its Mast Camera (Mastcam) to record the sunset during an evening of skywatching on April 15th, 2015.

The imaging was done between dust storms, but some dust remained suspended high in the atmosphere. The sunset observations help researchers assess the vertical distribution of dust in the atmosphere.

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded this view of the sun setting at the close of the mission's 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15th, 2015), from the rover's location in Gale Crater. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover recorded this view of the sun setting at the close of the mission’s 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15th, 2015), from the rover’s location in Gale Crater. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

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