Hubble Images a Dusty Galaxy, Home to an Exploding Star



The galaxy pictured here is NGC 4424, located in the constellation of Virgo. It is not visible with the naked eye but has been captured here with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Although it may not be obvious from this image, NGC 4424 is in fact a spiral galaxy. In this image it is seen more or less edge on, but from above, you would be able to see the arms of the galaxy wrapping around its center to give the characteristic spiral form.

In 2012, astronomers observed a supernova in NGC 4424 — a violent explosion marking the end of a star’s life. During a supernova explosion, a single star can often outshine an entire galaxy. However, the supernova in NGC 4424, dubbed SN 2012cg, cannot be seen here as the image was taken ten years prior to the explosion. Along the central region of the galaxy, clouds of dust block the light from distant stars and create dark patches.

To the left of NGC 4424 there are two bright objects in the frame. The brightest is another, smaller galaxy known as LEDA 213994 and the object closer to NGC 4424 is an anonymous star in our Milky Way.

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Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Gilles Chapdelaine

Glenda (was 14S – South Indian Ocean)


NASA’s Terra satellite captured a visible image of Glenda on Feb. 27 that revealed the bulk of storm’s clouds pushed southeast of the center.
Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

NASA’s Terra Satellite Sees Tropical Cyclone Glenda Stretching Out

NASA’s Terra satellite revealed that Tropical Cyclone Glenda was being stretched out by wind shear on Feb. 27.

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Bell Helicopter’s Aeronautical Accessories Brand Expands Line of Bell 429 and Bell 407 Product Offerings


Fort Worth, TX (February 27, 2015) Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today its Aeronautical AccessoriesTM brand has been issued new Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for multiple aftermarket product offerings for the Bell 429 and a portable crane for the Bell 407.

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Rockwell Collins to produce SATCOM terminals for Iridium CertusSM broadband

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New voice and data service enabled by Iridium NEXT satellite constellation

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Feb. 27, 2015) – Rockwell Collins has entered into an agreement with Iridium Communications Inc. to be a value-added manufacturer (VAM) for Iridium CertusSM broadband terminals. As a VAM, Rockwell Collins will design and manufacture the terminals, which will enable users to utilize Iridium Certus, the voice and data service enabled by the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation.

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Toll Group Signs for Eight AW139s

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The aircraft will perform EMS operations in New South Wales

Deliveries to start later this year and be completed early 2016
Order confirms extraordinary success of the AW139 in Australia with 24 units ordered in the last 12 months

Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland and Australia’s Toll Group are pleased to announce the purchase of eight AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters. The aircraft will be operated to perform Emergency Medical Service (EMS) missions in the Southern Region of New South Wales from newly constructed bases in Bankstown (Sydney), Orange, Wollongong and from the existing base in Canberra as part of the newly established Helicopter Retrieval Network in New South Wales. The contract was signed today during the Australian International Air Show at Avalon, southwest of Melbourne.

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NASA Administrator Remembers Leonard Nimoy



The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the passing of Leonard Nimoy:

“Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to multiple generations of engineers, scientists, astronauts, and other space explorers. As Mr. Spock, he made science and technology important to the story, while never failing to show, by example, that it is the people around us who matter most.

“NASA was fortunate to have him as a friend and a colleague. He was much more than the Science Officer for the USS Enterprise. Leonard was a talented actor, director, philanthropist, and a gracious man dedicated to art in many forms.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the legions of Star Trek fans around the world.”

The Shuttle Enterprise

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In 1976, NASA’s space shuttle Enterprise rolled out of the Palmdale manufacturing facilities and was greeted by NASA officials and cast members from the ‘Star Trek’ television series.

From left to right they are: NASA Administrator Dr. James D. Fletcher; DeForest Kelley, who portrayed Dr. “Bones” McCoy on the series; George Takei (Mr. Sulu); James Doohan (Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott); Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura); Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock); series creator Gene Roddenberry; U.S. Rep. Don Fuqua (D.-Fla.); and, Walter Koenig (Ensign Pavel Chekov).

NASA is mourning the passing today, Feb. 27, 2015, of actor Leonard Nimoy, most famous for his role as Star Trek’s Vulcan science officer Mr. Spock. The sci-fi classic served as an inspiration for many at NASA over the years, and Nimoy joined other cast members at special NASA events and worked to promote NASA missions, as in this 2007 video he narrated before the launch of the Dawn mission to the asteroid belt. Nimoy also was there for the 1976 rollout of the shuttle Enterprise, named for the show’s iconic spacecraft.

Image Credit: NASA

Davie lays keel for LNG fueled ferry; Michigan shipyard faces $242,940 in OSHA fines


Davie lays keel for LNG fueled ferry
February 27, 2015—Chantier Davie Canada Inc. held a keel-laying ceremony at its Lévis, Québec, shipyard to mark the beginning of the hull assembly for the MV Armand-Imbeau II. The vessel is the first of two dual-fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) RoPax passenger ferries being built for Société des Traversiers du Québec (STQ). The MV Armand-Imbeau II is scheduled to be delivered by the shipbuilder in Fall 2015 followed by its sister ship, the MV Jos-Deschênes II, four months later. They will be the first LNG fueled ferries to be built in North America.

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Betrayal, Conspiracy and the EU


The Three Dummies Hoping to retain power for their cartel

The General Election is 10 weeks away, and our campaign is steaming ahead. We were quoted in yesterday’s Daily Express condemning the EU for forcing the owners of golf buggies, mobility scooters and ride-on lawnmowers to take out full motor insurance, even though some of those vehicles are only intended to be used on private land.

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Become an Exhibitor at Tugs & Barges 2015 | Seattle, WA


A Market of Opportunities

It’s a dynamic time for the tug, towboat and barge market. The price of oil is half of what it was a year ago. Regulatory pressures are impacting the way vessels have to be designed, built and operated, and how crews are trained. New technologies such as next generation diesel engines, hybrid propulsion, and Liquefied Natural Gas as a fuel are being introduced and explored.

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