Why the shuttle called Enterprise?

The space shuttle never came, but was instrumental in the development of NASA's space program. In 1976, he showed that he was able to fly in the atmosphere and land like an airplane, with test flights with two pilots on board.

His name was to be first constitution but in the wake of the "Star Trek", the audience made ​​a strong campaign and influencing the White House and finally put Enterprise. And so much so that when the ship left the facility, was received by both NASA officials, like the protagonists of the television series.

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Penultimate shuttle launch from NASA: Endeavour

The space shuttle Endeavour successfully departed from the shuttle 39-A Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States, in order to meet a space mission.
There are six astronauts who travel aboard the ship are three of them are the pilot Greg H. Johnson, Mike Fincke and Roberto Vittori. This is the twenty-fifth and final shuttle mission of the space.
The ship departed the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:56 GMT, for a 16-day mission, which will include four days of its astronauts working outside the complex which orbits about 385 miles from Earth.

(Source: RPP)

Satellite images from before and after the earthquake in Japan

Terra Modis satellite of NASA obtained the first images of northeast Japan after the terrible earthquake and tsunami that suffered by this country. These images obtained on March 12, 2011 at 10:30 am.

Water can apre4ciar black or dark blue, the shoreline is difficult, but a green line describes the bank and is the land of higher elevation that is above the water. The second image shows how extends to the inside of the flood.

These images were taken with infrared and visible light, estya combination increases the contrast between the murky water and land. The plant-covered land is green, while the snow-covered land is pale blue. The clouds are white and pale blue and cities are paved in gold.

The satellite detected a fire that burned near the coast north of Sendai and is marked with a red square is also surrounded by floods.

The second picture shows the sediment washed out to sea and black smoke near Sendai.

The true color image acquired photo-like a couple of hours later shows plumes of sediment washed into the sea along the coast and a plume of black smoke near Sendai. Both images are from the MODIS Rapid Response System, which provides pictures twice a day in Japan.

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