Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lenticular Cloud

Lenticular cloud are one of the perks of living near the mountains. These clouds look like contact lenses that over over the mountains.  This morning we had a nice purple and orange sunrise with lenticular clouds scattered over all some of the mountain peaks. 

A classmate took this picture this morning...

Here are some time-lapse videos from the camera at the University of Utah and the Neil Armstrong Academy. The lenticular clouds are the stationary clouds. They kind of wiggle around a little.

Looking west, from the Neil Armstrong Academy:

Looking south, from the University of Utah:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

Orion's First Flight

You may have heard of Orion, NASA's new spacecraft that will take astronauts beyond low-earth orbit again. Yesterday's launch was delayed due to wind and some malfunctioning valves, but the flight today was a success.
The test flight flew around the earth twice, up to 3,600 miles above earth, and up to 22,000 miles per hour. This is the furthest any capsule designed to transport humans this has flown since the last time man walked on the moon, almost 50 years ago. 

Just how far away is 3,600 miles? We'll in comparison with the distance to the moon it isn't that far...
Orion's first flight was 4 hours long. It takes 3 days to get to the moon. Mars is even further way (obviously). Yeah, they didn't top off the fuel tank in those rockets engines for this test run. ATK, a Utah company, is building the heavy lift rocket system for future missions to the moon and beyond!