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Saturn's polar vortex, imaged by Cassini. Just spectacular. Thanks Cassini!
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The amount the U.S. military spends annually on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan: $20.2 billion, according to a former Pentagon official.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/25/137414737/among-the-costs-of-war-20b-in-air-conditioning

NASA 2012 budget: 17 billion dollars vs Americas 2012 military budget: betweem 1 trillion dollars and 1,4 trillion dollars

Via: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budget_of_NASA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_budget_of_the_United_States

More: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/50-years-50-giant-leaps-how-nasa-rocked-our-world-879377.html

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/ten-nasa-inventions.htm

+NASA 's annual publication, SPINOFF:
http://spinoff.nasa.gov/back_issues_archives.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_spin-off_technologies

Related post: http://goo.gl/Tj2Y3http://goo.gl/kY194 (must see)

#NASA   #society   #pennyfornasa  
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NASA's Curiosity rover took its first test stroll Wednesday Aug. 22, 2012, and beamed back pictures of its accomplishment in the form of track marks in the Martian soil. Careful inspection of the tracks reveals a unique, repeating pattern, which the rover can use as a visual reference to drive more accurately in barren terrain. The pattern is Morse code for JPL, the abbreviation for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., where the rover was designed and built, and the mission is managed.
To learn more: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/news/msl20120829f.html
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Dubai on a cloudy day

Amazing View from the skyscraper Burj Khalifa "828 m(2716.5ft)"  (163 floors)
 - in Dubai, UAE!!!
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#BAFact: The Sun is more massive than 80% of the stars in the Universe. It ain’t average.

I've seen a zillion articles about the Sun saying it's an average star. But it's not! In fact, by number, the vast teeming swarms of stars in the Universe are far smaller, cooler, and dimmer than the Sun. Only 10-20% of stars are bigger, brighter, and hotter. 

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/03/03/ten-things-you-dont-know-about-the-sun/?pid=22
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The Myth of Job Creators

This talk was controversial enough to offend wealthy attendees of TED. So TED decided not to publish it.

More info on the TED censorship here:
http://www.salon.com/2012/05/18/ted_even_more_elitist_than_we_thought/
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