Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Delivers the Goods

SpaceX's launch of the Falcon 9 is successful! The space capsule is on it's way to deliver it goods to the International Space Station. The rocket took off during predawn hours at 3:44 A.M EDT. Thank goodness it did not disturb any one's sleep in East Orlando. Of course those who were of the privileged one hundred VIP's who attended the launch, well, that was another story.

It is good news all around. Now we have the hope that this will be the beginning of a successful mission as well since the next task is to achieve a perfect docking to the ISS. God be with them.

See some links from NASA, WESH TV, Yahoo, and SpaceX:

Yahoo is reporting the Dragon took off but WESH claims it is the Falcon 9. They are both right.

WESH TV has a video of the launch:

WESH TV launch of the Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX Falcon 9 delivers the goods through the Dragon capsule:

What does this mean for NASA? See answer below:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Space X

As many of you know, Space X is a new space exploration and navigation company that is trying to send a rocket up to the International Space Station where Expedition 31 is now manning the ISS. Actually, new is a misnomer since Space X has been launching rockets since 2012. If you go to the Space X website you can actually see videos and pictures of previous launches and rockets including demos of the Falcon and their Launch Manifest with scheduled flights and launches scheduled up to 2017.

On the International Space Station, one of the members of the crew is NASA Flight Specialist Joe Acaba who had commented that they were awaiting the arrival of the cargo from Space X to bring supplies and to attempt that docking which would be a first for Space X, etc. That launch was brushed just a minute before launching when there was a malfunction. News came out of Space X via NASA on Facebook that the next attempt will be Tuesday at three forty four in the morning!

Why the exclamation mark? Simple. Those of us who live in Central Florida like to get a good night's sleep but some things come with the territory. Oops I just remembered... it is not going to be a problem! It is when a shuttle lands that there is sonic boom. There shouldn't be a sonic boom since it is flying over and not landing. Of course there will still be some excitement if you live in the Titusville area since the launch will be a night one and seeing the flaming fuel streaking the sky is always a sight to behold.

God speed Space X and happy docking!

Okay, take off all you want! A link to Space X is as follows and get all the latest information.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Orzo as a Salad

It was delicious. Yesterday, I went to my friends' house to go swimming and then for a late lunch. We had an Orzo salad and Tortilla Española. It was the perfect balance, the tortilla had a little salt with the chorizo or Spanish sausage while the orzo had lots of spice and veggies. For the orzo salad, we boiled some Barilla orzo which had been seasoned with salt and extra virgin olive oil for about seven to eight minutes. Then we added cherry tomatoes cut in half, green and red peppers, slightly blanched carrots cut into small bits, and these green pepperon peppers. These last ones, though spicy were not extremely hot, and made for an added zest to the salad. We finished the salad with some olive oil and the salad was refreshing and delicious.

It was my first experience with orzo as the basis for a salad and I really enjoyed it. Running out to buy some.