November 28, 2012

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NASA Plans Longest U.S. Spaceflight

Astronaut to spend year in space

NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency have selected two veteran astronauts to undertake a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station, the longest American spaceflight in history. If all goes according to plan, Scott Kelley and Mikhail Kornienk will launch aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the spring of 2015. Their time aboard the Station will be spent attempting to better understand how the human body adapts and reacts to the harsh conditions of outer space, measuring bone density, muscle mass, strength, and vision over time. The data will hopefully help NASA and its Russian counterpart better prepare for future missions to distant targets like Mars.



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Missy Franklin to Swim for High School

Sorry, everyone else

Attention, female high-school swimmers in the state of Colorado: you won’t be winning much this year. Seventeen-year-old Missy Franklin, four-time gold medalist at the London Summer Olympics, will compete for Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora this season. Franklin, who signed a letter of intent with the University of California earlier this month, is expected to participate in an abbreviated schedule, similar to what she swam last year: a dual meet, a league competition, and the state finals. "She's doing this because of her team, her school and the other girls who swim in high school," John Koslosky, the school’s athletic director, said. "And she wants to. They all want her there."

Via Denver Post


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Officials Investigate Grizzly Bear Shooting

Hunters say animal charged

Investigators are looking into the shooting death of a grizzly bear on Thanksgiving Day in Grand Teton National Park. An elk-hunting party says the grizzly, one of around 600 in Grand Teton and Yellowstone, charged before they shot it. “The individuals involved had permits to participate in the Elk Reduction Program in Wyoming hunt area 75.” an official park statement said. The death marks the 51st death of the endangered animal in the greater Yellowstone area this year. An elk carcass was found near the scene of the charge, which has led investigators to the conclusion that the bear was likely trying to protect its food cache. About one-third of annual grizzly bear deaths are related to hunting.

Via Los Angeles Times