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Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk to be held August 3rd, 2017

 

First Thursday Art WalkClarksville, TN – Produced by The Downtown Clarksville Association, First Thursday Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour spanning a 5-block radius that combines visual art, live music, engaging events and more in the heart of Downtown Clarksville.

With 10+ venues, bars and businesses participating each month, the First Thursday Art Walk in Clarksville is the ultimate opportunity to savor and support local creative talent.

First Thursday Art Walk in downtown Clarksville

First Thursday Art Walk in downtown Clarksville

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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum August 2017 Exhibits and Activities

 

The Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is located in historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. Come explore an entire city block featuring large gallery spaces filled with fine art, science and history.

Some of the events in August at the Museum are: Earth from Space, Olen Bryant: In Loving Memory, Women Painting Women: In Earnest, The X Housewife Portraits by Kit Kite, and Ed Nash: Terrain.

Olen Bryant: In Loving Memory

Olen Bryant: In Loving Memory

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NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter data reveals some Mars Lakes older than others

 

Written by Guy Webster
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Lakes and snowmelt-fed streams on Mars formed much later than previously thought possible, according to new findings using data primarily from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The recently discovered lakes and streams appeared roughly a billion years after a well-documented, earlier era of wet conditions on ancient Mars. These results provide insight into the climate history of the Red Planet and suggest the surface conditions at this later time may also have been suitable for microbial life.

Valleys much younger than well-known ancient valley networks on Mars are evident near the informally named "Heart Lake" on Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU)

Valleys much younger than well-known ancient valley networks on Mars are evident near the informally named “Heart Lake” on Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU)

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NASA Dryden Celebrates 60th Anniversary of First Mach 2 Flight

 

Written by Peter Merlin
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationEdwards, CA – Sixty years ago, A. Scott Crossfield, a talented young engineering research pilot for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), became the first human to fly faster than twice the speed of sound in the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket in the skies over Edwards Air Force Base.

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center celebrated the 60th anniversary of the milestone November 20th during colloquium presentations by Dr. Richard P. Hallion, a research associate in aeronautics for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, former Edwards base historian and author of “On the Frontier,” NASA Dryden’s official history.

One of the three Douglas Skyrockets rockets upward during a research flight. (NASA)

One of the three Douglas Skyrockets rockets upward during a research flight. (NASA)

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NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter sees Water Channels below Mars’ surface

 

Written be Jia-Rui Cook and Guy Webster
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided images allowing scientists for the first time to create a 3-D reconstruction of ancient water channels below the Martian surface.

The spacecraft took numerous images during the past few years that showed channels attributed to catastrophic flooding in the last 500 million years. During this period, Mars had been otherwise considered cold and dry. These channels are essential to understanding the extent to which recent hydrologic activity prevailed during such arid conditions. They also help scientists determine whether the floods could have induced episodes of climate change.

This illustration schematically shows where the Shallow Radar instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detected flood channels that had been buried by lava flows in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars.

This illustration schematically shows where the Shallow Radar instrument on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detected flood channels that had been buried by lava flows in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars.

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Today is National Maritime Day

 

May 22nd is National Maritime Day, first declared so by Congress in 1933.

National Martime DayToday is National Maritime Day which honors the contributions of the American Merchant Marine, civilian men and women who have defended the freedom of the United States since 1775, and who collectively carried out the largest sealift the world has ever known during World War II. The day also acknowledges maritime industry’s contributions to the nation’s economic and national security.

Observance of National Maritime Day also honors the maritime industry and the benefits it brings Americans in terms of transportation, jobs, goods, and recreational opportunities. The Ingram Barge Company is but one of many Tennessee companies involved in the Martime Transportation Industry.

The MV Martha Denton heading up river past the entrance to the Clarksville Marina in Clarksville Tennessee.

The MV Martha Denton heading up river past the entrance to the Clarksville Marina in Clarksville Tennessee.

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Standing Stone State Park to Host National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship and Festival September 17th

 

29th Annual Event Draws Country’s Best Players to Tennessee 
 
Tennessee State ParksNashville, TN – Standing Stone State Park will host the National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship and Festival on Saturday, September 17th, drawing some of the country’s best players to Tennessee where they will match wit and skills in what is known as the world’s most challenging marble tournament.

In its 29th year, the event includes kids’ games, marble making, a swap meet, tournament play, demonstrations, live bluegrass music and food.

“The Rolley Hole is considered the Super Bowl of marbles,” said Shawn Hughes, park interpretive specialist and coordinator of the tournament.  “It’s one time a year that all the great marble shooters gather to become the stars of the show and battle for the elusive National Title. It’s been a great tool for the park because it’s something no one in the world has and we encourage everyone to join us.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Eight Tennessee Sites Added to the National Register of Historic Places

 

Tennessee GovernmentNashville, TN – The Tennessee Historical Commission has announced eight Tennessee sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.  The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. 

It is part of a nationwide program that coordinates and supports efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic resources.  The Tennessee Historical Commission administers the program in Tennessee. «Read the rest of this article»

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