Spacecraft running out of fuel after many years of successful service seems to be the theme the last week or so. First it was the Dawn spacecraft out in the asteroid belt and, now, it is the Kepler spacecraft built to search for alien worlds around distant stars. I captured the launch of Kepler aboard a Delta 2 rocket from a lonely cow pasture late at night way back in March 2009 as seen below: Read more about the mission’s […]
From the 1 November 2018 NASA press release: NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has gone silent, ending a historic mission that studied time capsules from the solar system’s earliest chapter. Dawn missed scheduled communications sessions with NASA’s Deep Space Network on Wednesday, Oct. 31, and Thursday, Nov. 1. After the flight team eliminated other possible causes for the missed communications, mission managers concluded that the spacecraft finally ran out of hydrazine, the fuel that enables the spacecraft to control its pointing. Dawn […]
A female Pileated Woodpecker seen hard at work foraging for insects by tearing the bark off the old oak trees in front of Audubon House. Her raucous pounding and all the debris falling to the ground were hard to miss, which made her easy to find. Dryocopus pileatus about to fly away.
A quick afternoon walk on the first truly cool day of Florida’s short, but desperately appreciated, Fall-WInter season found a lot of insect activity along Oslo Road where it cuts through the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. The insects were out and about appreciating the cool weather just as much as everyone else. White Peacock Butterfly Green Orchid Bee Green Orchid Bee Honey Bee Honey Bee Honey Bee Dragonfly Bumble Bee
Categories: Nature • Tags: Anartia jatrophae, Apis mellifera, Bombus impatiens, Bumble Bee, butterfly, Dragonfly, Euglossa dilemma, green orchid bee, Honey Bee, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, White Peacock
After much effort and dashing about, this Tricolored Heron splashes away gripping a little fish for a tiny meal at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. From the OspreyWatch project.