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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Large crowd showed up for the solar eclipse viewing party at George Izay Park 1111 West Olive Avenue Burbank August 21, 2017

Watching solar eclipse over Burbank

A bigger crowd than expected showed up at field #1 at George Izay Park to watch the historic solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. Hosted by the Joslyn Adult Center, the supply of eclipse viewing glasses went fast. Burbank City Council Member, Sharon Springer, was seen mingling in the gathering and offering to share her glasses. The eclipse viewing party began at 9 a.m. and from then on most eyes were searching the sky for the celestial spectacular. Young viewers got a kick out the sky show as well. Some... Read More →

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Actor/producer/writer Seth Green joins forces with NASA

You might need to give NASA some kudos for the comfortable high-tech seats in your ride. NASA has made great strides in long distance travel in space as well as here on Earth. NASA’s Technology Transfer Program is responsible for finding the widest possible applications for the agency’s research. “NASA technologies improve our everyday lives, including providing us with safer, cleaner modes of transportation, supporting millions of passengers and packages traveling by air and ground everyday with efficiencies, comfort and safety,” said Daniel Lockney, NASA’s Technology Transfer Program executive,... Read More →

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Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech - A saucer-shaped test vehicle designed to hold equipment for landing large payloads on Mars set to launch in June

NASA prepares to launch saucer-shaped aircraft

It looks like some alien flying saucer, but it did not come from outer space. NASA’s saucer-shaped test vehicle is the creation of experts at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in nearby La Cañada Flintridge. Scientists hope it will lead to future missions on Mars involving human exploration. The aircraft is called the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project. It’s designed for a number of functions including  “… the delivery of the supplies and materials needed for long-duration missions to the Red Planet.” Final assembly of the rocket-powered vehicle has just been completed at the ... Read More →

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Experts test special shield to protect cities from earthquakes

Putting a shield around a city to protect it from an earthquake, sounds like science fiction — but it’s something experts are seriously studying. A group of French scientists reportedly have made promising steps towards the development of a protective shield, which would clock a city from the most severe effects of a quake. During an experiment, the scientists created a shield by “using several five-meter-deep boreholes in the ground. When a quake hits, the holes redirect vibrations to a less-populated nearby area so they’ll do... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Mildred Lee, 91, watched Endeavour's journey end in the Southland on television while getting her hair done at Hair Production in Inglewood September 21, 2012

Endeavour flyovers: My reaction and that of a 91-year-old retiree

After a grand tour of the Golden State, Endeavour is spending its first night in the Southland. Yesterday, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft gave Endeavour a piggyback ride from Houston to Edwards Air Force Base in the high desert. Shortly after eight this morning, the modified Boeing 747 airliner took to the skies again with the proud orbiter mounted on its back. Endeavour flew over Sacramento, San Francisco and parts of the Bay Area before heading south. I knew it would fly over a number of Southland places like The Getty... Read More →

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Photo: NASA/SDO, AIA -- The transit of Venus across the face of the sun June 5, 2012

NASA: The transit of Venus 2012

NASA’s orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory got some fantastic images of that once-in-a-lifetime solar happening — the transit of Venus across the face of the sun June 5-6, 2012. NASA says this celestial wonder occurs “…  in pairs eight years apart that are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117.” More incredible photos of this heavenly event here.

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