March 31, 2011
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis blew up Dustin Keller in Week 1 as if the Jets tight end was another puny planet in the path of his rocket-powered raven ride through outer space. Lewis' huge hit stood the test of time, as voters on ESPN's SportsNation recently voted it as the best hit of the 2010 NFL season. Lewis' hit on Keller received more than 55 percent of the 2,754 votes. Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain's takedown of Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola was a distant second, and Bears wideout Earl Bennett laying out a punter was third.
August 19, 2010
For a family event that involves baseball, outer space, parades (and is free), head out to Williamsport, Pa., this weekend to watch the 2010 Little League World Series, which has been hosted by the small Pennsylvania town as it has been since 1947. "Carl E. Stotz saw his nephews playing baseball and thought it would be nice if they had a team and a league to play on competitively," said Erin Kriner, a spokeswoman for the event, which begins Friday and continues throughout next week.
March 10, 2010
L eadership in Outer Space and on Earth For the first time, a U.S. president has canceled the main future human spaceflight program, leaving NASA without a direction, soon without a vehicle to fly people in space, and with its role as world space leader in doubt. How did we get into this predicament, and is there a path toward regaining the kind of space eminence Americans have taken for granted? As an unapologetic space cadet, I'm appalled by Washington's chaotic leadership and judgment over several decades.
August 20, 2009
THURSDAY RIFFTRAX LIVE: "PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE": Mystery Science Theater 3000's stars (Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett) sound off on what has been called the worst movie ever made, Ed Wood's 1959 sci-fi "Plan 9 From Outer Space." The event is broadcast live at 8 p.m. from Nashville, Tenn., to one of four area theaters: AMC Owings Mills 17, Bel Air Cinema 14, AMC Columbia Mall 14 and Snowden Square. Tickets are $12.50. Go to ncm.com/Fathom. ANNUAL ANNAPOLIS ART WALK: See what contributions Annapolis is making to the visual arts world as you explore several galleries and watch demonstrations.
October 22, 2007
Looking for an out-of-this-world conversation starter for your den? A hefty chunk of space debris made a brief stop in Owings Mills yesterday on its way to New York to be auctioned to the highest bidder. Professional meteorite hunter Steve Arnold brought his 1,400-pound find to Direct Dimensions, an Owings Mills-based 3-D imaging company, to gather precise measurements of its mottled exterior. The meteorite - a chunk of interplanetary debris that falls to the earth's surface - is an "oriented pallasite," composed of iron and olivine, a semiprecious gemstone known as peridot.
July 31, 2007
On July 24, the Associated Press announced, "A spacewalking astronaut, Clayton C. Anderson, discarded a camera mounting and an ammonia tank weighing more than half a ton at the International Space Station. The outdated equipment ... joined more than 9,000 pieces of orbital debris already being tracked from Earth." Space debris poses a huge problem for our future - a problem that could be made much worse by U.S. plans to introduce weapons into space. A piece of debris in low Earth orbit travels at 17,000 miles per hour.