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Thanksgiving Safety Video

It is a YouTube clip that reinforces the importance of cooking safety during Thanksgiving. Instructive message with Jase Robertson and Uncle Si from Duck Commander family and popular “Duck Dynasty” television program. They teamed up with State Farm Insurance to reinforce the importance of turkey fryer and cooking safety this holiday season.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving,

State Farm® Turkey Fryer Safety: Hang On A Minute with Si & Jase Robertson

NASA’s LADEE moon mission

Observers up and down the U.S. East coast got a spectacular light show Friday night as NASA’s LADEE moon mission rocketed into space from Virginia aboard a Minotaur 5 rocket. We present photos of the launch submitted from readers and imagery captured by remote cameras near the launch pad.



Sustainability Tip: Show the Trees Some Love


About a billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. That’s the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas. No matter what Hallmark’s been telling you, there is nothing sweet about the trees eliminated and carbon emissions produced by this yearly outpouring of “love,” so opt for organic potted plants, flowers and maybe even herbs. These will last much longer and can be planted in the spring.

Google street view at KSC

Want a tour of KSC?
Don’t have a badge to get on premises?

You can now do it from your computer!!

Google Street View Project is now up and running.  Enjoy this.  Wait until you see the views on these links!

Atlantis Orbiter
The Atlantis Orbiter conducted the final flight of the Space Shuttle program on July 8th, 2011

Endeavour Orbiter
The Endeavour Orbiter awaiting decommissioning in the Vertical Assembly Building

Kennedy Space Center Firing Room #4
One of the four locations used to support launch operations for the shuttle program

Top of Launch pad 39A
View from the top of launch pad where many shuttle launches took place, overlooking Space Center

Base of launch pad 39A
The giant ‘rainbirds’ pump 300,000 gallons of water in 41 seconds during Shuttle launches

Apollo/Saturn V Center
A giant Saturn V rocket is on display in addition to dozens of artifacts from the Apollo missions

Apollo 14 command module
Took astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell to the moon on February 5th, 1971


RBSP, Atlas V Await Launch on Pad 41

RBSP, Atlas V Await Launch on Pad 41

The rollout of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes spacecraft began on schedule at 8 a.m. EDT, reaching the pad at Space Launch Complex-41 at 8:35 a.m. Preparations are beginning to fuel the rocket’s first stage with about 25,000 gallons of RP-1, a highly refined kerosene. The fueling operation is scheduled to begin at noon and takes 45 minutes to complete.

The launch weather forecast has improved to only a 30 percent chance of not meeting the weather criteria for liftoff at 4:07 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Scattered clouds are forecast, with a temperature at launch time near 78 degrees and a light southwest wind. Tropical Storm Isaac will not be a factor if launch occurs on Friday or Saturday.

To learn more about the RBSP mission, visit or find out the latest news via NASA’s RBSP social media sites at, and

Atlas V – RBSP

Featured E-book Collection in Support of 9/11 Anniversary

From Work:
In support of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, ebrary, is offering open access to a collection of relevant e-books through the month of September. We hope that this collection provides a valuable resource to anyone seeking to learn or understand more about this tragic event or reflect on its world impact. To access the collection, go to

Space Shuttle Discovery Ends STS-133 Mission at KSC

Space Shuttle Discovery's Final Landing.

Space shuttle Discovery touched down on Runway 15 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) just before noon today, completing the 13-day STS-133 mission to the International Space Station. Main gear touchdown was at 11:57:17 a.m., followed by nose gear touchdown at 11:57:28, and wheelstop at 11:58:14 a.m.

Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe, and Mission Specialists Nicole Stott, Michael Barratt, Alvin Drew and Steve Bowen delivered the Permanent Multipurpose Module, packed with supplies and critical spare parts, as well as Robonaut 2, the dexterous humanoid astronaut helper, to the orbiting outpost.

STS-133 was the 39th and final flight for Discovery, which has spent 365 days in space, orbited Earth 5,830 times and traveled 148,221,675 miles.

Web Portal Explains All About Energy

The U. S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) maintains a Web portal that talks about energy topics in plain language. “Energy Explained” includes topics such as where gasoline comes from, what determines the price of electricity, how much renewable energy the United States uses and much more. The site allows easy navigation among six major energy topics: what is energy, use of energy, energy and the environment, nonrenewable energy sources, renewable sources and secondary energy sources. Visit the site today at and learn more about something that touches us in many ways every day.

Save Energy in the New Year

The New Year for many Americans brings with it a tradition of making resolutions for a better future. Taking new strides in energy conservation could well be one of them. Whether you are looking for energy conservation opportunities for your home or apartment or designing a new energy-efficient home, the U.S. Department of Energy has a site that can help you with your efforts. Check out the following link for more information on saving energy and money in the New Year at

Does Mexico have Illegal Immigrants?

Does Mexico have Illegal Immigrants?

That was the thought that came to mind after washing a container of blackberries I purchased from the store and finding a black hair in it. At first I jokely thought “hey, it’s a hair from an illegal mexican”. However examining the container it said Product of Mexico. So nope, not an illegal mexican.

Then I started to wonder; Mexico is a capitalistic country, and like any capitalistic society, it’s bent on reducing costs as much as possible by laboring on the backs of the poor. What if there was another country (poorer than Mexico) that had illegal immigrants migrating to Mexico?

Would it be possible that the carton of blackberries I purchase in the United States, that was produced in Mexico, had been picked by people from somewhere like Honduras?

I guess that’s globalization for you.

And a scary thought: What food processing laws would they abide by?