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Recently I posted about this guy still living with the "guilt" of thinking he did not do enough to stop the Space Shuttle Challenger launch from proceeding on that freezing morning that led to the shuttle's explosion.
Many many people posted and commented similarly to my readers that Mr Ebeling should carry no guilt for this tragedy. He did everything he should and could have. That guilt lay firmly further up the chain of then NASA management.
The good news is that Mr Ebeling has heard your feedback and finally laid aside his fears.
So please now enjoy the rest of your life Mr Ebeling, and rejoice in the amazing advances in space exploration that you helped make happen.

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Give Or Take A Day

It’s leap day, which means lovers of February get to enjoy it just a little bit longer. Fans of 2016 get an extra 24 hours as well, and it’s all due to a bit of astronomy.

A solar day (from noon to noon) and a solar year (from vernal equinox to vernal equinox) don’t evenly line up. It turns out that a year is 365.2421897 days long. If you had a calendar that was only 365 days, your seasons would gradually drift relative to your months. This was actually the case with the Julian calendar. For this reason the Gregorian calendar was adopted in the 1500s and 1700s.

The Gregorian calendar is similar to the Julian, but occasionally adds an extra day in February from time to time. The extra day is added in every year divisible by 4 with the exception of years divisible by 100 but not 400. So 2016 is a leap year, as was 2000, but 1900 wasn’t and 2100 won’t be. This makes an average year 365.2425, which is still a bit off from the actual year. However the drift is now only 1 day every 7,700 years, rather than the 1 day every 128 years that the Julian calendar had.

There have been proposes to tweak the calendar even further to improve its accuracy. William Herschel, for example, proposed that the year 4000 shouldn’t be a leap year, which would be an even better match to the actual year. Over even longer timescales a modified calendar isn’t particularly useful. That’s because the rotation of the Earth is gradually slowing down, so the days are getting longer, and the number of days in a year is gradually decreasing. Any correction spanning millennia would become obsolete before it could be used.

For now the Gregorian calendar will do, so every 4 years we get an extra day to celebrate our trip around the Sun.

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Feck...... RIP
you made me laugh, and laugh and laugh. 

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Just to confirm DrCrippen is now dead. 
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Hardly a single word on this... But.... Happy birthday Alan and one day the world will recognise what you did. 
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Join us to watch live views of the darkest known planet in our Universe! On June 27th, in a very special broadcast, Slooh and the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC), home of the largest telescope on Earth, will present the first ever live observation of a planet outside of our Solar System as it passes across the face of its home star. Exo-planet TrES-2b, nicknamed Dark Knight, will traverse its star and Slooh will capture the moment using one of the largest infrared telescopes in the world,  IAC’s Carlos Sánchez Telescope in the Canary Islands.

Start Time: Saturday, June 27th 
5:00PM PDT/8:00PM EDT/00:00 UTC (6/28)
Link: http://main.slooh.com/event/see-a-real-time-transit-of-an-inky-dark-exoplanet/

Dark Knight is the darkest exoplanet yet discovered, darker than coal or even black acrylic paint, reflecting just 1% of the light that falls on it. This innovative exoplanet extravaganza will be hosted by Slooh astronomers and exoplanet researchers including one of the world’s foremost experts on exo-planets, Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger, the newly appointed director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University. The special event is in honor of IAC’s 30th anniversary of their Mt.Teide Observatories, the ceremony for which will also be held on the 27th in the Canary Islands and be presided over by Felipe VI, the King of Spain, who will inaugurate Slooh’s telescopes. Mark your calendars to join us for this historic event.
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That's the end, good bye ingress it was great fun when it was fun. 
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20/06/2015
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Happy birthday stan 
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