September 21, 2003
IT MUST BE lonely out there, by Jupiter. For nearly eight years now, a plucky little spaceship that weighs no more than a small car has been doing its rounds in the lee of the largest planet. It took the craft six years before that just to get out there. Fourteen years of service altogether -- longer than a lot of Chevrolets manage -- without a tune-up, a valve job or even a refueling. Today it ends, as Galileo streaks toward a fiery death in the Jovian atmosphere, at a sprightly 108,000 miles an hour.
By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | September 29, 1996
Like father, like son.Despite the cliche, this is the first time Robert and Bo Foxworth, father and son actors, have seen it in action.Sitting in Center Stage's sunny rehearsal hall, the Foxworths are discussing what it's like to perform together in Bertolt Brecht's "Galileo" -- their first joint acting effort. And it doesn't take Galileo's telescope to pick up on the family resemblance.Both have reddish-brown beards, although Robert's is a full beard, shaded with gray, and Bo's is a goatee.
By Los Angeles Times | August 21, 1991
PASADENA, Calif. -- The latest attempt to free the stuck antenna on the Jupiter-bound Galileo spacecraft has failed, placing the $1.4 billion mission in dire jeopardy.Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory here had hoped to use the coldness of space to chill and shrink part of the antenna, thus freeing three stuck ribs, but by yesterday it had become clear that the strategy has not worked."It's a disappointment," said project manager William O'Neil, but he said that the technique will be tried again in December when Galileo will be even farther from the sun -- and thus colder -- than it is now.The $3.7 million gold-plated antenna is designed to open like an inverted umbrella, and it must be fully opened for Galileo to send back the thousands of photographs and reams of scientific data it is to collect during a two-year tour of Jupiter and its moons beginning in 1995.
December 9, 1995
IT TOOK 52 minutes for signals traveling at the speed of light from Galileo's probe of the planet Jupiter to reach NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California this week. But processing the signals took longer than expected, and the unexpected 10-minute delay before scientists knew they had the data in hand produced what was surely the most agonizing wait in a long and often frustrating attempt to peer into the huge and mysterious planet at the outer reaches of the solar system.Despite obstacles, Galileo had accomplished the core of its $1.3 billion mission -- dropping the probe into the stormy, gaseous atmosphere of Jupiter and putting itself in orbit around the planet, where it will stay for almost two years.
By ROCH KUBATKO | August 29, 2006
Did you know that Orioles radio play-by-play man Joe Angel was the quarterback at Galileo (Calif.) High, where he used to hand off to a running back named O.J. Simpson? Angel inherited a 12-game losing streak, which reached 21 before Galileo won a game. Maybe it took Angel that long to figure out he just needed to hand the ball to Simpson. Speaking of Orioles broadcasters, Buck Martinez was part of Toronto's No. 1 Web gem on ESPN. In 1985, Martinez's leg was broken and ankle dislocated on a home plate collision with the Seattle Mariners' Phil Bradley.
July 24, 1994
Astronomers watched in fascination this past week as pieces of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 slammed into Jupiter with the force of a million H-bombs, producing shock waves and sonic booms that rippled outward after each impact, creating new features visible from Earth in the atmosphere of the solar system's largest planet. Observations of these spectacular events promise a rich harvest of important scientific information.There is evidence the comet fragments have significantly perturbed large regions of Jupiter's atmosphere.
February 13, 1997
Today in history: Feb. 13In 1542, the fifth wife of England's King Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, was executed for adultery.In 1633, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition.In 1635, the oldest public school in the United States, the Boston Public Latin School, was founded.In 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP, was founded in New York.In 1935, a jury in Flemington, N.J., found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-death of the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh.
By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Sun Staff Writer | July 21, 1994
Astronomers around the world were waiting for the third "shoe" to drop today as the last of a trio of comet fragments headed for splashdown in the same area of Jupiter.Reports reaching the Goddard Space Flight Center this morning said that the first -- fragment Q2 of comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 -- struck on schedule about 3:45 p.m. yesterday.Fragment Q2 was accompanied by a fragile companion, Q1, which fell nearby, making a barely discernible mark on the Jovian cloud tops. Scientists today dubbed it a "Q-let."
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2011
Earle Havens can almost hear their voices. Each time Havens steps inside the George Peabody Library, he senses the muted exclamations, the murmured back-and-forth of a conversation that's been going on now for more than two millennia. In one corner, there's a treatise from the third century B.C. in which Aristarchus of Samos estimated the distances between the sun, moon and earth. Across the room is an extremely rare unbound volume of Copernicus' "Revolution of the Celestial Spheres," in which the 15th-century astronomer advanced the then-heretical notion that the Earth was not the center of the universe.
What is it about evolution? Over the centuries, there have been many scientific findings that have differed from religious beliefs, causing all sorts of controversy. But evidence accumulated and the faithful came around, agreeing with near-unanimity that the Earth revolved around the sun and not vice versa, or that people with mental illnesses were not possessed by demons. That has not happened with evolution. Though in the century and a half since the publication of The Origin of Species virtually every biologist has concluded that Darwin got it essentially right, many still refuse to agree.
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