Last Thursday I watched a live demonstration of the magic that only NASA is capable of as it launched into orbit its latest project, a solar observatory known as the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS).
The fascinating live video showed a Pegasus rocket containing IRIS being air launched from a special missions L-1011 and successfully delivering the payload to its 400 mile high polar orbit.
IRIS will study the lower atmosphere of the Sun providing data to help solve certain unexplained phenomena. Of particular interest is how solar matter moves up through this relatively cool (6000 Degrees) region, and how it is energized as it rises to the million plus degrees of the Suns upper atmosphere and eventually driving the solar wind.
Considering that the Sun is critical to continued life here on Earth, you might think that this event would create at least SOME media interest but I guess that lacking any element of political scandal or sexual perversion it does not rate as mainstream news. If, according to the current media, good news is no news, maybe what many of us really need is a new no-news outlet?
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