Kennedy Space Center, FL--April 12, 2001 is a night to
celebrate a conjunction of space exploration anniversaries on this date--1961
saw the single-orbit flight of Yuri Gagarin around the Earth by the Soviet Union
as the first tentative human step into space; 1981 marked the first flight of
the Space Shuttle, the only current U.S. manned launch system and space vehicle.
To celebrate Yuri's Night, space enthusiasts are getting ready to party in 64 cities in 29 countries. To find out if there is an event near you,check out www.yurisnight.com.
NASA is leading the way in observing the first Shuttle flight piloted by John Young and Robert Crippen. NASA centers across the country are holding press events to highlight their contributions to the Shuttle program and review the development of the launch system. A good place to start to learn more about the anniversary events and the Space Shuttle in general is at the Kennedy Space Center site: www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/events/sts1.htm. Party on!
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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