Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Space Shuttle @ YouTube

After three decades of space service, NASA's oldest and most traveled shuttle, Discovery, began its new life as a museum relic with one final takeoff. Discovery departed Florida's Kennedy Space Center at daybreak Tuesday aboard a modified jumbo jet bound for Washington, where it will become a Smithsonian exhibit
First flightSTS-41-D
August 30, 1984 – September 5, 1984
Last flightSTS-133
February 24, 2011 – March 9, 2011
Number of missions39
Time spent in space365 days, 22 hours, 39 minutes, 29 seconds
Distance travelled148,221,675 mi (238,539,663 km)[3]
Satellites deployed31 (including Hubble Space Telescope)
Mir dockings1[3]
ISS dockings13[3]

Dirty computing 'clouds'

Apple, Amazon clouds have been dirty, Greenpeace reports - The Washington Post:

Greenpeace says that “If the cloud were a country, it would have the fifth largest electricity demand in the world,” 
based on the fact that in 2007, the combined electricity demand of the cloud was approximately 623bn kWh. The cloud apparently beats out India, Germany, and Canada as far as energy demand goes.


More Online Education...

Coursera Plans to Announce University Partners for Online Classes -

$16M VC investment

Besides Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, where the venture has already been offering courses, the university partners include the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton.