Diamond City Out; Diamond Planet In!

If you’re one of those dreaming to have a pair diamond earring or perhaps a a diamond studded necklace well wish more as these things would only be a very small part of the recently discovered diamond planet. You’re reading it right, it’s not a diamond house nor a diamond city but a diamond planet. Imagine that it is five times as big as earth and it is made of diamonds.

Time will come that mankind would be able to step on it. At least for now, it’s existence has been proven. A group of astronomers led by Matthew Bailes of the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne discovered a binary pulsar named PSR J1719-1438 at about 4,000 light years away from the constellation Serpens. It is a binary pulsar which means it has companion orbiting in its axis. There were already at least 22 pulsars discovered but it is the first one having companion that has a mass. The actually bigger than the mass of the gaseous Jupiter. It is primarily composed of Carbon in which we can also say Diamond.

It orbits at a distance of 600,000 km, making years on it just two hours long. This recent discovery is just giving our astronomers another reason to explore the outer space even more.

Discovery Lands at Kennedy Space Center

Space Shuttle Discovery lands at the shuttle landing facility, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
The long wait, cold weather, and even a 24-hour delay has ended when the Space Shuttle Discovery and seven astronauts aboard glided for a picture-perfect  landing in a Tuesday morning at Kennedy Space Center.

“What a great mission. We enjoyed it… We’re glad that the International Space Station is stocked up,”commander Alan Poindexter said.

The Discovery returned from a 15-day mission that included 7-tons of equipment along with it to the International Space Center.

The crew has been set to land on Monday but rain and very cloudy skies hindered them from doing so. Their homecoming was almost spoiled driving them to abort the landing attempt.But then when the clouds broke on a Tuesday morning, Discovery had the chance begin an hour long plunge that dropped its speed from 17,500 mph to 225 mph at touchdown on KSC’s runway 33.

The shuttle left across the America on its trip back to the Cape. It entered the continent near Vancouver, then flew over southeast across northeast Washington, Montana, central Wyoming, northeast Colorado, southwest Kansas and Oklahoma. It passed north of Little Rock, Ark.; over Oxford, Miss; near Montgomery, Ala.; south of Columbus, Ga. and, finally, over Florida east of Gainesville.

The crew,which marked the first time four women have been space in one time included pilot Jim Dutton and mission specialists Rick Mastracchio, Clay Anderson, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson and Naoko Yamazaki.

There are only three remaining shuttle flights before the space shuttle fleet’s retirement.

Space Shuttle Launch at the Kennedy Space Center

Space shuttle Discovery was launched early today, Monday, April 6, 2010 at 6:21 am at the Kennedy Space Center aboard its six-member astronaut crew headed by U.S. Navy Captain Alan Poindexter.

Dubbed as the “STS-131” mission, the astronauts will be on a 13-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS) to perform three spacewalks to deliver the multi-purpose logistics module containing science racks for use in the various labs throughout the space station.

According to NASA, the astronauts will also collect a Japanese science experiment thereby including mission specialist Naoko Yamakazi of the Japanese Space Agency in the space mission. In addition, they will also switch out a gyro assembly on part of the station’s truss structure.

“If you take a look at the spacewalks and the time of this mission, it’s an extremely packed mission,” says William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Space Operations of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

A lot of critics have expressed their disappointment to the Obama Administration for cancellation of the Constellation Program of NASA. The programs aims to develop a new rocket and space capsule to lift astronauts into orbit which would have seen astronauts return to the moon again by the year 2020.

Asian Unicorn Captured After 10 Years

The name of this rare animal is Soala. It is popularly known as Asian Unicorn. A sighting of this very rare animal has been made and animal experts claimed that it is the first after 10 long years. It was captured by villagers in Laos in August, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

After captivity, the Soala was brought by the villagers back to their village in Bolikhamxay province but sad to say, the animal died before the rescue arrived. “The death of this saola is unfortunate,” the Provincial Conservation Unit of Bolikhamxay province said in the IUCN statement. “But at least it confirms an area where it still occurs and the government will immediately move to strengthen conservation efforts there.” as what has been posted in CNN.

This animal is considered critically endangered and experts are saying that its number is fewer than a few hundred. this animals has been sighted in the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam but none has been captured yet. Few information has been gathered about this animal that’s why scientist saved the carcass of the recently captured one for further studies.

The animal resembles an African antelope and has two thorns. It has been believed to be the mythical Chinese unicorn but no evidences are found yet if his particular animal really existed in China before.

18th Century Ship Unearthed Underneath Ground Zero

Just recently, an 18th century ship was discovered buried under the grounds of the World Trade Center site. The workers was able to unearth a 32ft-long ship (9.8m) hull and it has been estimated that it was buried in the 18th century. Archaeologists believe the ship was used as a filler material to extend lower Manhattan into the Hudson River.

The ship was discovered Tuesday and Archeologist Molly McDonald is hoping that the ship would remain intact because the material seemed to be very fragile. “We’re mostly clearing it by hand because it’s kind of fragile,” said Ms McDonald.

Archaeologist Michael Pappalardo was also at the site with M. McDonald when the ship was discovered last Tuesday morning by workers building the new World Trade Center. They are recording every detail of it in as fast as they can before the wood begins to deteriorate because of exposure to the air.

There was also an anchor that was unearthed nearby but they not yet sure if it belongs to the ship.