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CRS 2 set to launch on Falcon 9 from CCAFS LC 40

Thursday, 28 February 2013

We're about to launch and we're happy to be here," said Mike Suffredini, NASA program manager for International Space Station at Johnson Space Center, as he kicked off the Falcon 9 prelaunch press conference. "Quite a bit of work has been done by the SpaceX and ISS teams to get here. We've spent a few weeks getting the station ready." 

Joel Tumbiolo, launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, reported that the weather still remains 80 percent favorable for the 10:10 a.m. EST liftoff. The only concern would be a slight chance of wind or cloud violations.

"Very excited to be back here. We're a launch company and we love to launch," said Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX. "We're prepared to fly." 

Tomorrow's launch coverage starts at 8:30 a.m. on NASA TV, www.nasa.gov/ntv and the NASA blog www.nasa.gov/spacex.

The mission is the second of 12 SpaceX flights contracted by NASA to resupply the International Space Station. It will mark the third trip by a Dragon capsule to the orbiting laboratory, following a demonstration flight in May 2012 and the first resupply mission in October 2012.

NEWS: Children’s access to internet may be limited in Azerbaijan

 23 February 2013 12:50

Baku. Kamala Guliyeva – APA. The access of children to internet may be limited in Azerbaijan, chairman of the Azerbaijani Parliaments' Social Policy Committee Hadi Rajabli toldAPA.

He said the relevant draft law will be likely developed by Azerbaijani Parliament. Currently the experiences of countries all over the world in this regard are being studied.

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ARTICLES: Parenting in a social media age: 'This is part of raising children now'

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Vine, Pinterest and FaceTime – those are just a few of the online platforms children are using to stay connected to friends. With each new social media connection, experts say it’s crucial for parents to be vigilant about monitoring their children’s online activity.

Tammy Finch works as a psychologist at Cary Academy and teaches parents how to navigate the digital age. She says parents need to be the guardrails on the superhighway of online information.

“You've got to let your kid ping around a little bit in between the guardrails so that they can learn from their mistakes,” she said.

Kalyse Connor, 12, learned from her mistake after she began collecting random followers online who shared her love of the movie, “The Hunger Games.” Her mother, Angela Connor, intervened and asked if she knew any of the people she was communicating with on Instagram.

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EVENTS: 10th Roma Festival "Golden Wheel"

The 10th Roma Festival "Golden Wheel" will take place in Skopje, Macedonia in April 2013.


The festival is dedicated to the production about the Roma population worldwide. All video production (documentaries and TV films) produced by Roma or non-Roma producers are eligible for applying.


The deadline for submitting films is March 30th, 2013.



B. Regulations for the 10th Roma Film Festival “Golden Wheel” - 2013


1.    General Festival screening and playing requirements


Ø    Documentaries and TV films treating Roma issues that have been or haven't been screened or broadcasted before on other festivals

Ø     It is strongly recommended that the programs are not longer that 30 minutes

Ø     Videos can only be shown either if they have English commentary and / or English dialogues, or if the original version is subtitled in English

Ø   "Golden Wheel" festival accepts the following screening formants: DV CAM PAL, Mini DVCAM PAL, SVHS PAL, VHS PAL and DVD-s.

Ø     There is no limit for the number of submitted programs - every producer, production house or TV station can submit as many programs as they think is appropriate

Ø     Once submitted documentary cannot be redrawn.



2.     How to enter your program


Ø    "Golden Wheel" festival must receive the tape/CD for film’s screening/playing, completed and signed entry form with a VHS preview cassette (PAL)/CD as soon as possible. We will highly appreciate if you enter your programs as early as possible

Ø     The preview tape/CD as well as the tape/CD for screening/playing has to have English voice-over and/or dialogue and/or subtitles

Ø     The following information must also be provided at the time of entry:

·         English script of the program

·         A title- list of the languages (Roma, Macedonian and English)

·         A biography of the director(s)

·         A filmography of the director

·         Short history of the production house

·         Promotional materials (photographs, posters etc)

·         Dialogue list in English

·         If you want to enter two or more programs at the festival, make a copy of the entry form for

        each one of them

3.     Selection of the programs


The "Golden Wheel" festival management selects the programs that will enter in the program section. Priority may be given to films that meet the criteria which are suggested in the General information item.

In case of a program being selected, the festival will notify the applicant, director, producer and distributor of the film.

In case of a program not being officially selected and the applicant / director / producer / distributor of the film is interested to broadcast it on TV BTR, it shall be additionally arranged with the organizer.


4.     Authorization


After official selection of the programs the "Golden Wheel" festival has the right to:

Ø     Use three minutes from the program for broadcasting purposes on local, national or international television on the Golden Wheel festival web sites or in theatres

Ø  After ending the festival, the organizer will also keep the right for one screening and plus one rerun screening of the arrived and selected programs in the program's scheme of TV BTR National. By this it is understood that the organizer and the participant are obliged to sign mutual agreement. In one word, we are informing you that your programs will be broadcasted on our TV channel. 

Ø     Use the publicity material of any kind to promote the festival

Ø    Keep the sent tape / CD for non-circulating reference and educational purposes in its archive and preparation of a catalogue of all programs send to the festival


5.     Transport of festival programs


Before April 2013 the Festival must have received the screening/playing copy of the program. In case "Golden Wheel" festival wants to use the program for a press screening/playing the sender will be contacted prior to this date.

Ø    The transport of the tape / CD has to be via DHL, Fedex or any other fast mail delivery service, because of safety reasons

Ø     A pro- forma invoice must accompany the tape / CDs, stating the name of the sender, the title of the program, its size, length, and weather it is in color or black-and-white

Ø   Statement confirming non-commercial content and the return address must accompany the cassettes/CDs

Ø     The costs of transport to Macedonia are the responsibility of the applicant  

Ø     The festival will not return the received cassettes/CDs



6.     Invitations


Ø     All invitations will be sent via e-mail

Ø     Anyone who wants to visit the festival is obligated to fill out an accreditation form up on arrival. Accreditation forms are to be obtained from the festival office.


7.     Jury


Ø     An international jury, consisted of experts in the TV and movie business, as well as distinguished representatives from all cultural spheres of Roma and non-Roma nationality, will single out the best programs of the nominated programs

Ø    The number of the jury members and the members themselves are nominated by the Festival management

Ø     The official festival jury is entirely independent and free in selecting the winning program

Ø     The jury's decision is final



8.      Awards


o       Golden Wheel Grand prix

            Golden Wheel for best documentary

o       Golden Wheel for best director

o       Golden Wheel for best scenario

o       Golden Wheel for best photography

o       Golden Wheel for best debut

o       Golden Wheel for best music

o       Golden Wheel for film dedicated to the Roma Decade



Contact information


Entries, preview tapes / CDs and documentation materials, as well as all correspondence should be addressed to:


TV BTR Nacional


376 Street, No.108,

1000 Skopje, Macedonia

tel./fax: + 389 2 3216 000

e-mail: tvbtr@tvbtr.com.mk  (for  “Golden Wheel - 2013 ” film festival)


ISRO launches

Monday, 25 February 2013

What did they launch from India today details are here.

NEWS: Majid Media Award appoints ambassadors

Staff Reporter / 25 February 2013

The organising committee of the Majid Bin Mohammed Youth Media Award has appointed 16 student ambassadors with the intent of promoting student participation in this year’s sixth edition of the award.

A preliminary meeting took place between the student ambassadors and the organising committee held at the private office of Shaikh Majid bin 
Mohammed bin Rashid 
Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, where students learned about their responsibilities as ambassadors, along with their role in communicating the award’s objectives among students on university and college campuses.

A total of 16 student ambassadors were selected.

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RESEARCH: Children and parents: Media use and attitudes in the nations - 2012 Metrics Bulletin (UK)

Sunday, 24 February 2013

This purpose of this bulletin: Children and parents: Media use and attitudes 2012 is to provide a single home for a number of key media metrics relating to parents and children in
England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as across the UK. It is designed to be a reference document for our stakeholders.

It provides data on:
  • Media access and consumption among 5-15 year olds in each of the four nations and across the UK, including: access to and use of the internet on a range of devices including tablets and mobile phones as well as PCs/laptops/netbooks; mobile phone ownership; TV watching on devices other than a TV set; and hours spent using the internet, gaming and watching TV per week.
  • The prevalence of social networking profiles among 5-15 year olds in each of the four nations, and online confidence among 8-11 year olds in each of the four nations.
  • Which regularly-used device children aged 5-15 in each of the four nations would miss the most if it was taken away.
  • The proportion of parents of 5-15 year olds in each of the four nations who are: concerned about content on TV, on the internet, on mobile phones and in games; have rules about their children’s use of TV, the internet, mobile phones and gaming; have parental controls set on the TV, PC/laptop/netbook; child’s mobile phone and gaming device used by their child; and who have talked to their child about staying safe online.
  • Attitudes towards their child’s internet use, among parents of 5-15 year olds in each of the four nations.

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OPPORTUNITIES: Contest for young photographers open [Russia]

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Russian professional and amateur photographers ages 18 to 35 can participate in this contest.
The Russian Union of Art Photographers, in collaboration with The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, launches its annual photo contest, Young Russian Photographers 2013.

Applicants may submit photo projects, reports or stories (three to six photos), united by a general theme.
Participation for members and alternate members of The Russian Union of Art Photographers is free. The entry fee for other participants is RUB400 (about US$13) for one project, RUB700 (about US$23) for two projects and RUB900 (about US$30) for three projects.

Ten winners will be awarded scholarships for young authors in the field of culture and art in the amount of RUB36,000 (about US$1,200) each.

The deadline is April 15.

For more information (in Russian), click here.

NEWS: Gambia: Unique Fm Radio, UNICEF Sponsor YMP Radio Programme

The Unique FM Radio Station and UNICEF support a weekly radio programme run by a dynamic group of children and young people spearheaded by Young People in the Media (YPM).

The show, "YPM Hour," is part of a six-month initiative that provides young people the opportunity to reach out to others like themselves, via the airwaves. The programme is produced by youths between the ages of 12-17 years. The project is being implemented with financial and technical support from UNICEF and YPM.The Radio programme is being broadcasted once every week.

Adama Lee Bah, the president of YPM and one of the programme presenters, said that the radio show is the quickest, easiestand most honest way to build a communication bridge amongst themselves as young people and the wider society. She expressed profound gratitude and appreciation to UNICEF and Unique FM Radio for their pro active and unwavering support to her organisation since its inception.

"It was a totally new experience for me. I have never before carried out an interview," said 14-year-old Marie Jeng, aYPM member and a student of St Theresa Upper Basic School. She said that one of her subjects was on early marriage, noting that she has to speak in one of the local languages for the larger audience to understand. "I think that this experience will be very useful for me in the future, regardless of what profession I ultimately choose," Jeng added

Abdou Jatta, UNICEF Speak Africa Youth spokesperson for Gambia and studio coordinator for the YPM hour, revealed that before these young people could not write scripts, conduct interviews and even make a live broadcast.

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Go Antares..

Friday, 22 February 2013

NASA commercial partner Orbital Sciences of Dulles, Va., successfully conducted an engine test of its Antares rocket Friday, Feb. 22, from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Va.


Thursday, 21 February 2013

The last shuttle at home at KSC..read on

The $100 million Atlantis exhibit at Kennedy Space Center will open June 29 and simply be called Space Shuttle Atlantis, officials said today.
A new logo that is both "patriotic and monumental" also was unveiled.
The logo is has a black background and orange lettering. The "A" in the word Atlantis is a shuttle orbiter silhouette.

From Florida Today

Solar weather from the ISS

The bottom two black spots on the sun, known as sunspots, appeared quickly over the course of Feb. 19-20, 2013. These two sunspots are part of the same system and are over six Earths across. This image combines images from two instruments on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO): the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI), which takes pictures in visible light that show sunspots and the Advanced Imaging Assembly (AIA), which took an image in the 304 Angstrom wavelength showing the lower atmosphere of the sun, which is colorized in red. Credit:NASA/SDO/AIA/HMI/Goddard Space Flight Center

As magnetic fields on the sun rearrange and realign, dark spots known as sunspots can appear on its surface. Over the course of Feb. 19-20, 2013, scientists watched a giant sunspot form in under 48 hours. It has grown to over six Earth diameters across but its full extent is hard to judge since the spot lies on a sphere not a flat disk.

The spot quickly evolved into what's called a delta region, in which the lighter areas around the sunspot, the penumbra, exhibit magnetic fields that point in the opposite direction of those fields in the center, dark area. This is a fairly unstable configuration that scientists know can lead to eruptions of radiation on the sun called solar flares.

The lessons we learned at Air and Space in DC yesterday as part two of the Nasa Social.
Looks like a big flare is coming soon...

2012 Wipe watch this one

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Go Antares..

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility will be the site for a rocket engine test Friday.
The window for the test of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket engine is 6 to 9 p.m., a NASA news release said. The roughly 30-second test will be visible and audible for those in and around Wallops Island.
No live webcast or formal public viewing is planned.
A demonstration flight of the Antares engine to the International Space Station is planned for later this year, the release said.  


The world’s first space tourist, Dennis Tito is planning to launch a manned mission to Mars in January 2018 on a round-trip journey lasting 501 days.
Tito, who paid about $20 million to visit the International Space Station in 2001, has founded a new nonprofit company called the Inspiration Mars Foundation. The manned mission is intended to “generate new knowledge, experience and momentum for the next great era of space exploration,”according to a press briefing posted by NASA Watch, a website dedicated to space news, on Feb. 20.
The company will hold a press conference on Feb. 27 to provide details of the mission and answer any questions, of which there are numerous. In particular, how the mission intends to keep its participants safe and healthy during the journey will be a key issue.
In attendance at the conference will be Taber MacCallum and Jane Poynter of the Paragon Space Development Corporation, which creates life-support systems for space and other environments. MacCullum and Poynter were members of the Biosphere-2 project that attempted to build a completely isolated environment inside a giant structure in the 1990s (an experiment that had mixed success). The briefing also mentions Jonathan Clark, a medical researcher at the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, who will probably address the dangers from potentially lethal radiation to humans in deep space.

Looking back at the Earth from the moon

Monday, 18 February 2013

Space food..watch this lesson

The SF metor

Friday, 15 February 2013

Everybody gets a metor..read on

On a day that had a lot of people talking about meteorites and asteroids, a fireball of some sort was seen steaking across the Bay Area skies.
The fireball was seen just after 8 p.m.
There are reports into the newsroom from people as far north as Fairfield and as far south as Gilroy. It was also seen in Sacramento.
It was bluish in color and appeared to be heading straight to the ground, according to one viewer in Santa Clara. 
It comes on the same night a 150-foot-wide asteroid was due to come within 17,200 miles of Earth. It was not immediately clear if the fireball had any connection to the asteroid.
It also happened about 24 hours after a huge meteorite fell from the skies over Russia's Chelyabinsk region, resulting in a powerful blast that injured nearly 1,000 people and shattered windows across the area.
Chelyabinsk health chief Marina Moskvicheva told the Russian news agency Interfax that 985 people in her city asked for medical help and 43 were hospitalized.
Many of the injuries were reportedly from broken windows as a result of a sonic boom that followed the initial impact of the meteorite.

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