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CAPjournal 15 Now Available | IAU July 29, 2014

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CAPjournal 15 Now Available | IAU.

I haven’t had the chance to look through it (and since my office is moving next week, I don’t know when I will), but this is usually really useful.

BLOG: What Inspires You? – JPL Education – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory July 28, 2014

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BLOG: What Inspires You? – JPL Education – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

It’s been 44 years since Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon. Those few footsteps were an inspiration for a generation. Today, there’s  a whole new generation of scientists and engineers. So, leading up to the 45th anniversary,  NASA wants to know:

What are you #InspiredBy?

For John July 26, 2014

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Because something spoken by a Klingon seems appropriate, as well as the sentiment of continuing those who have already gone on to the Undiscov’d country (though the sentient of doing so out of fear doesn’t fit at all…)

To die—to sleep,
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to: 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there's the rub:
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause—there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th'oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of dispriz'd love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th'unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovere'd country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Full text of Hamlet, Act III scene 1

NameExoWorlds: An IAU Worldwide Contest to Name Exoplanets and their Host Stars | Press Releases | IAU July 10, 2014

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NameExoWorlds: An IAU Worldwide Contest to Name Exoplanets and their Host Stars | Press Releases | IAU.

You wanted some input into naming all those new planets, now you’ve got it. The IAU set up  www.NameExoWorlds.org  to help collect suggestions and vote on the winners. Participation is free, so visit as often as you want!

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