KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— A search-and-rescue plane spotted suspected fragments of a missing Malaysian airliner in the first potential breakthrough in the investigation of what happened to the flight after it disappeared early Saturday morning.
The fragments were believed to be a composite inner door and a piece of the plane’s tail, Vietnam’s ministry of information and communication said on its website. The objects were located about 50 miles south-southwest of Tho Chu island.
“Never have I seen an aircraft losing control and losing all communication.”
– Mark Martin of aviation consultancy Martin Consulting
Officials released a photograph of one fragment floating in the water. Malaysia Airlines said it had received no confirmation regarding the suspected debris.
The mystery over what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, baffled investigators and airline officials for much of the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »
For Wired Science, Betsy Mason wires: The video above was taken by a satellite, from space. It has enough resolution to watch individual cars move down the road and identify specific planes at the Beijing airport.
“What’s exciting now is being able to put the video directly on a map,” said Mapbox CEO Eric Gunderson. “They’re an awesome data source, and we have an awesome API that can digest that data.”
– Mapbox CEO Eric Gunderson
The footage is from Skybox Imaging, a company that has just started offering customers 90-second video of any point on Earth from its SkySat-1 satellite, upping the ability to monitor what’s going on down here on Earth from space.
Where’s the Best Place to Watch The Movie ‘Gravity’?
IN OUTER SPACE
The current proposed defense budget from the Obama administration would mothball the US fleets of venerable A-10 close air support (CAS) aircraft and the even more venerable U2 spyplanes (of Francis Gary Powers fame).
Miltech fans like me become attached to quirky planes like these, whose specialized missions lead to extreme designs (in the case of the A-10, basically a flying tank, and for the U2, an elegant jet-powered sailplane). Both aircraft have survived multiple attempts to kill them in the past, and both have proven their worth over and over again in surprising ways. Like the ancient B-52, that has been reborn over and over again to carry out missions it was never conceived for, these two aircraft have proven the value of a design that does one thing very well but isn’t all things to all people for all missions. Hated by the bean-counters and mega-defense contractors because they are such sturdy hedgehogs of the air, these old soldiers stand their ground in one corner of “mission space” against all comers. In this they are the opposite of what Defense Secretary Hagel says will replace the A-10, the gold-plated Swiss-Army-Knife F-35, which tries to do everything for everyone everywhere and, in doing so, does nothing extremely well.
Both the Warthog and the Dragon Lady have very vocal fans in and out of Congress. Time will tell whether they finally fall to the dreams of the budgeteers and bloated defense contractors.
Just kidding. It’s our Vintage Space Illustration of the day. Looks like good living quarters, yeah? I wonder it has a Hi Fi…
Dreams Of Space: “2001: A Space Odyssey” Howard Johnsons Children’s Menu (1968)
…as Atlantis and Hubble slowly drifted apart in 2009
Show-Off Asteroid’s Celestial Smack-Down: Record-Breaking Meteorite Crash on Moon Sparks Brightest Lunar Explosion EverPosted: February 26, 2014
“At that moment I realized that I had seen a very rare and extraordinary event”
Video footage of the record-breaking meteorite strike on the moon, which occurred on Sept. 11, 2013 and was unveiled today (Feb. 24), shows a long flash that was almost as bright as the North Star Polaris. That means the boulder-sized meteorite’s lunar crash could have been visible to anyone on Earth who happened to be staring up at the moon at 8:07 p.m. GMT, weather permitting.
“At that moment I realized that I had seen a very rare and extraordinary event,” Jose Madiedo, a professor at the University of Huelva, said in a statement. Madiedo witnessed the collision using two moon-watching telescopes in the south of Spain that are part of the Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System, or MIDAS observatory.
Originally posted on Variety:
“Gravity” won for sound mixing in a live-action pic while “Frozen” was honored for mixing in an animated film.
Another project with enough awards to fill several mantels, HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra,” added another statuette to its collection, taking the award for mixing in a TV movie or mini-series.
“Game of Thrones: The Rains of Castamere” won the award for hourlong skein and “Modern Family: Goodnight Gracie” won in the half-hour category. ”History of the Eagles, Part 1″ won for non-fiction TV.