With the recent rash of security vulnerabilities in web browser plugins, here is a good tool to check to make sure you have the latest and greatest versions of the major plugins - Java, Flash, Adobe Reader, Quicktime, Silverlight, and maybe others. Not a bad time to check, because on top of the recent issues with Java, there's another serious issue with Flash that surfaced today.
Another launch NASA Social / Tweetup opportunity! Any NASA Social event is worth attending, but for me, there's nothing quite as magical as watching a launch as NASA's guest. All they ask is that you share what you learn with your circles. And, you will see amazing things and learn more than you can imagine. Apply now!
If you're a G+ user, I'm guessing that there is also a good chance that you are a Google Chrome user, or that you've at least installed it on your system. If you are and you're running on Windows, today would be a good day to apply the latest patches (check out "About Google Chrome" under the wrench icon).
Live from mission control: the Mars Curiosity rover is about 2 hours from landing. Watch live on NASA TV: http://www.nasa.gov/mars The Mars Science Laboratory is the most ambitious, complex mission in the history of robotic space exploration. On August 5/6, 2012, the mission will set down a large, mobile laboratory - the dune buggy-sized Curiosity rover - using a new form of precision landing technology that makes many of Mars' most intriguing regions viable destinations for the first time.
While getting into a NASA Social / NASA Tweetup event can be a long shot since a lot of folks apply (and even fewer spots are available this time), these are simply incredible, life-changing events! And even more so when there is a launch involved. This one will be a chance to see history in the making, as SpaceX continues developing a revolutionary rocket and spacecraft that may be flying astronauts to the International Space Station in a few years. Consider applying if you can be there!
This unprecedented view of the space shuttle Atlantis, appearing like a bean sprout against clouds and city lights, on its way home, was photographed by the Expedition 28 crew of the International Space Station. Airglow over Earth can be seen in the background.