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NASA Memory Lane (37)


April 17, 1967.
November 20, 1969.

Astronauts Pay a Visit to Surveyor 3

NASA – On April 17, 1967, NASA’s Surveyor 3 spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on a mission to the lunar surface. A little more than two years after it landed on the moon with the goal of paving the way for a future human mission, the Surveyor 3 spacecraft got a visit from Apollo 12 Commander Charles Conrad Jr. and astronaut Alan L. Bean, who snapped this photo on November 20, 1969.

After Surveyor 1′s initial studies of the lunar surface in 1966, Surveyor 3 made further inroads into preparations for human missions to the moon. Using a surface sampler to study the lunar soil, Surveyor 3 conducted experiments to see how the lunar surface would fare against the weight of an Apollo lunar module. The moon lander, which was the second of the Surveyor series to make a soft landing on the moon, also gathered information on the lunar soil’s radar reflectivity and thermal properties in addition to transmitting more than 6,000 photographs of its surroundings.

The Apollo 12 Lunar Module, visible in the background at right, landed about 600 feet from Surveyor 3 in the Ocean of Storms. The television camera and several other pieces were taken from Surveyor 3 and brought back to Earth for scientific examination. Here, Conrad examines the Surveyor’s TV camera prior to detaching it. Astronaut Richard F. Gordon Jr. remained with the Apollo 12 Command and Service Modules (CSM) in lunar orbit while Conrad and Bean descended in the LM to explore the moon.

> Apollo 12 and Surveyor 3

> Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Looks at Apollo 12, Surveyor 3 Landing Sites

Ordinary Americans are powerless, but the US isn’t really an oligarchy


By Matt Phillips – If you were a betting person placing a wager on a political outcome, you’d pretty much always want to bet on the outcome that the affluent are in favor of.

The opinions of the affluent and business groups were a far better predictor of actual policy outcomes than the opinions of Americans with median incomes. more> http://goo.gl/Z4ZoBG

Broadcasters Don’t Own the Airwaves


By Barry Diller – An “antenna in the cloud” records broadcast signals and sends them to users over the Web for viewing then or later on various devices. This has made an old analog technology relevant again, available to customers for only $8 a month. It’s not a piracy trick, as broadcasters have alleged, but a genuine innovation that consumers should be able to choose.

Yet broadcasters claim Aereo is “stealing” their content.

Why is the industry pushing to punish those who wish to receive their television through airwaves, which are not owned by broadcasters? more> http://goo.gl/YFLIkv

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How to Save Ukraine


By Keith Darden – Inattention to Ukraine’s internal demons reflects a dangerous misreading of current events; the struggle between Russia and the West has been a catalyst, but not a cause.

The protagonists in this conflict are subnational regions.

The EU association process, and especially the protests, repression, and revolution that followed, activated very deep and long-standing divisions between them.

Unless Kiev deals with its regions and installs a more legitimate, decentralized government, Ukraine will not be won by the East or the West. It will be torn apart.

Kiev needs to transfer some very substantial powers, including those over education, language, law, and taxation, to the regions. more> http://goo.gl/N0fbWm

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The Role For The Business Press As Watchdog And Think Tank


By Paul Glader – News organizations could do a better job of labeling and explaining the difference between news and opinion. And news organizations should recognize their potential to expand their opinion and analysis role.

Employing more experts and producing new kinds of reporting and analysis is a smart way forward for news organizations. more> http://tinyurl.com/p7xpwoh