Endeavour Space Shuttle Launch Will Be Watched By Many

Aside from the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the launch of space shuttle Endeavour will be watched by a lot of people. On Friday, at 3:47 p.m. at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, Endeavour will embark on its final mission, and mark NASA’s second to last shuttle mission before the 30-year US space shuttle program ends.

On its last mission the Endeavour will carry an Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, spare parts, two communication antennas, and a high-pressure gas tank to the International Space Station.

Among the “guests of honor” who will watched the shuttle launch of Endeavour are Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and President Obama. Giffords, who is undergoing rehabilitation in Houston, flew to Florida to witness her husband, Mark Kelly, in the Endeavour’s shuttle launch. She was injured in a shooting incident in Tucson where 13 people were injured and 6 others killed.

Mark Kelly commands the NASA space shuttle Endeavour which is tasked to deliver to the space station, an Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. The spectrometer measures cosmic rays which could identify antimatter or dark matter. This will help scientists learn more about the universe. It will be the final mission of the Endeavour.

According to NASA shuttle test director Jeff Spaulding, Endeavour is ready and in “good shape” for its Friday launch. Although there will be isolated storms, the weather will get better by 11 pm, which would not cause major problems with the shuttle launch.

President Obama and his family will also watch the historic shuttle lift-off. Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey’s shows will devote time for the space shuttle Endeavour launch.

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Outrage over Muslim Actress for her Playboy Photos

Sila SahinSila Sahin is a German actress of Turkish descent best known for her role in the hit soap opera Good Times, Bad Times.

She is considered the model of how a Muslim woman should be in the modern world; until now.

Her naked photographs graced the cover and pages of the German edition of the famous men’s magazine, Playboy. She said her decision to pose nude is for “freedom” and that the photographs are a liberation from the restrictions for her childhood.

Unsurprisingly, this enraged her family and triggered condemnation from conservative Muslims. Angry and threatening messages have been posted on forums and websites. On a television interview, when asked what he would do if Sila were his daughter, a kebab shop owner said, “I would kill her. I really mean that. That doesn’t fit my culture.” The Islamic Community in Germany is even calling for a boycott on her.

The repercussions were expected and she is asking forgiveness from her family. Her mother has cut off all contact with her. “My mother is still angry. It will be even more difficult with my grandparents, my aunts and my uncles,” she said. Fortunately, she was able to talk to her father who is concerned about the backlash she faces from the Muslim community.

Sila said that her controversial move is a call to action to other Turkish women suffering in restrictive and abusive settings. “For years I subordinated myself to various societal constraints. The Playboy photo shoot was a total act of liberation.”

Valve Software Portal 2 is Here

Portal 2The wait is finally over. One of the most-awaited games of the year is now out on stores. Valve Software, the creator of the original Portal has released the sequel to their epic game and it’s now available for PCs, Xbox and PS3.

Portal 2 is a first-person adventure game of wits and carries with it the hilarious gameplay and brain-teasing puzzles of the first version.

As with the original, the player is still trapped in the abandoned Aperture Science laboratory and must find a way out by solving physics-inspired puzzles and teleporting using the portal gun.

GLaDOS, the diabolical super-computer mastermind, thought to have been killed in the first game, is back.

You won’t be alone this time, though. There is an expanded cast of characters including the friendly Wheatley.

The game retails at $54.99 for the console version while a downloadable copy is priced at $49.99.

Mac and PC users can purchase the game online and download it directly from Steam.