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The Job Ain’t Finished Until The Paperwork’s Done

You know how work trips go. Do your business, save your receipts, and submit those expenses on a report for reimbursement. Why would astronaut biz be any different? Shooting up to the moon is just another day on the job, after all.

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Apollo 11

The Apollo 11 moon landing of 1969 was an instantly iconic moment in world history. So, it can be easy to forget that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were just fulfilling the duties of their job just like anyone on Earth — mundane tasks included.

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Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins

In July 2015, Aldrin reminded us of that fact when he tweeted a photo of a forgotten souvenir from the journey: his travel voucher. The image outlines the unique points of travel: Houston, Texas > Cape Canaveral, Florida > Moon > Pacific Ocean (USS Hornett) > Hawaii > Houston, Texas. The grand total for reimbursement? Just $33.31 (for a rental car). Not bad for a round-trip ticket to the lunar surface. Anyone's guess if Aldrin was reimbursed in a timely manner.

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In August 2015, Aldrin tweeted another photo of a fantastically ordinary piece of history from the trip, a customs form. All three of the Apollo 11 astronauts had to sign a customs form upon returning to Earth in Honolulu, Hawaii, on July 24, 1969. The document declared that the "cargo" they had brought back included "moon rock and moon dust samples." Also included on the form is a portion for "any other condition on board that may lead to the spread of disease." Answer: "TO BE DETERMINED."

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Oh, and in case you’re wondering, it wasn't all quite business as usual when the Apollo 11 astronauts came home from their multi-day jaunt on and around the moon. The three men were quarantined when they returned from the moon, just in case. And it wasn't just a short pit stop in the Mobile Quarantine Facility before heading back home, the astronauts were cooped up in there for 21 days. Hey, safety first, right?

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The crews of Apollo 11, 12 and 14 were all quarantined, Robert Frost, Instructor and Flight Controller at NASA explained,"[W]e didn't know that the Moon was sterile. We hadn't been there before, so how could we know? How could we know that there wasn't some form of life that could form and survive on a body like the Moon? How could we know that there weren't hibernating microorganisms in the lunar soil, just waiting to wake up and infect every living human, animal or plant on Earth?" said Frost. "To ensure we were taking safety seriously, we had to assume that there could be biological organisms in the samples returned and on the crew, their spacesuits and their vehicle, and we had to take reasonable measures to contain such life forms."

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Why Does The Earth Have Two North Poles?

Actually, there are two North Poles, and there are also two South Poles. The “true” physical poles are the “top” and “bottom” of the earth when the Equator is figured as its center. This is a fixed location.

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The other two poles are magnetic because the earth’s magnetism is caused by moving current of liquid iron in the core of the earth.

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Therefore, a compass needle lines up with earth’s magnetic field and points to Magnetic North and Magnetic South. It is a long walk between the magnetic poles and the “true” poles – and they wander.

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Magnetic north is in the waters off queen Elizabeth Islands in the far northern reaches of Canada, some 1,050 miles from the physical North Pole.

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Magnetic North Pole

At the other end of the world, the magnetic South Pole is in Victoria Land in Antarctica, over 1,650 miles from the earth’s physical South Pole.

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Strangely enough, these magnetic locations seem to change for short periods of time when the earth’s magnetic field is disturbed by flares on the sun.

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Wandering North Pole

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There is also Kozlowski, he's a pole also.


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There is also Kozlowski, he's a pole also.


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How Can You Survive An Avalanche And What Can You Do To Increase Your Odds?

Before you head for the mountains this coming winter, take a few minutes to educate yourself on the dangers posed by avalanches to snowmobilers, skiers, snow-boarders, hikers, et-al. Your loved ones will certainly appreciate it.

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For one thing, hope for a small avalanche (aka a sluff avalanche) instead of a big one … and don’t forget to wish for luck.

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A bona fide large avalanche can exert so much pressure that it snaps trees, rocks, and bones in its path, carrying enough snow to bury twenty football fields in ten feet of it.

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Large or small, you’d think an avalanche would kill about everybody it strikes, so the encouraging news is that one in three people caught in an avalanche actually survives. If you happen to find yourself in the path of falling snow, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances of survival. The right equipment is your first line of defense.

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A small shovel and a long probe can mean the difference between suffocating to death under several feet of packed snow and being seen and rescued. In mountainous areas, always carry a transceiver, turning it to transmitting mode so a partner can possibly locate your signal if you end up caught.

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The National Snow and Ice Data Center Web site here offers helpful instructions on how to react. Here are a few more hints:

If you don’t know, don’t go.

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When avalanches come to a stop and debris begins to pile up, the snow can set as hard as cement. Unless you are on the surface and your hands are free, it is almost impossible to dig yourself out. If you are fortunate enough to end up near the surface (or at least know which direction it is), try to stick out an arm or a leg so that rescuers can find you quickly.

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If you are in over your head (not near the surface), try to maintain an air pocket in front of your face using your hands and arms, punching into the snow.

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When an avalanche finally stops, you will have from one to three seconds before the snow sets. Many avalanche deaths are caused by suffocation, so creating an air space is one of the most critical things you can do.

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Also, take a deep breath to expand your chest and hold it; otherwise, you may not be able to breathe after the snow sets. To preserve air space, yell or make noise only when rescuers are near you. Snow is such a good insulator they probably will not hear you until they are practically on top of you.

Read and heed warning signs.

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Above all, do not panic. Keeping your breathing steady will help preserve your air space and extend your survival chances. If you remain calm, your body will be better able to conserve energy.


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Where In India Is Sikkim?

Until 1974, one of the world’s least-known countries was Sikkim, a princely state in the Himalaya Mountains, between Nepal. India, Bhutan, and the Tibet region of China.

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The area of Sikkim is just 2,745 square miles. But within this state, the climate ranges from arctic to temperate to tropical as a traveler journeys up or down the lofty Himalayas.

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The mountains in Sikkim are more than 22,000 feet high, and Sikkim borders on the third highest peak on earth, Kanchenjunga, which is more than 28,000 feet high! Did I mention it is a beautiful place?

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Settlers from Tibet gained control of the Sikkim region in the 17th century. The British seized Sikkim in the 19th century and made it part of their Indian Empire. When India gained its independence in 1947, Sikkim remained partly independent. But in 1974, Sikkim became a state of India, and this tiny country in the Himalayas ceased to exist as an independent land.

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Lady With The Lamp

Most people know of Florence Nightingale as "the lady with the lamp"; a famous nurse who tirelessly aided sick and wounded soldiers in the 1800s.

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But what most people don't know is that she wielded a much greater influence with her pen than with her candle. Florence Nightingale was a trailblazing statistician who used her knack for numbers and data visualization to literally save lives.

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As a child, Nightingale was thirsty for knowledge. Her father fueled that fire by guiding her education, leading her to read the great philosophers, engage in social and political discourse, and read and write five languages at a young age.

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In her late teens, she felt a "calling from God" to reduce human suffering, and decided she wanted to go into nursing. Despite her well-to-do family's belief that nursing was beneath her, she trained as a nurse and eventually became the superintendent at a London hospital. Within a year, she had improved nursing care, working conditions, and efficiency, and started setting her sights on training nurses instead.

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But in 1853, everything changed for Europe. The Turkish (and British-backed) Ottoman Empire declared war on Russia, triggering the start of the Crimean War.

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Soon, newspapers were reporting that the military hospitals were in shameful condition, with ineffective staff and inadequate supplies. Nightingale happened to be friends with Liz Herbert, the wife of British secretary of state Sidney Herbert, and wrote to her asking if Sidney would let her lead a private expedition to help out in the military hospitals. Coincidentally, Sidney was sending a letter at the same time asking Nightingale to do just that. Once the confusion had settled, Nightingale gathered a party of 38 women and arrived at the Barrack Hospital in Scutari in November 1854.

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Florence at Scutari

The conditions, as reported, were awful. The space was filthy, the overcrowding was terrible, and even basic supplies were hard to come by. What's worse, five days after she arrived, injured soldiers from two more battles arrived and completely overwhelmed the hospital. Nightingale got to work delegating, getting the rooms cleaned, laundry cleaned, and, most importantly, the patients cared for: she made sure that every patient was bathed, clothed, fed, and given psychological support.

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Henry, you are one interesting person. Thanks for making me think about subjects that I never would have on my own.


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Henry should be the official Pinecam Professor. :D

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TillerBee wrote:
Henry, you are one interesting person. Thanks for making me think about subjects that I never would have on my own.



You're quite welcomed, TillerBee. :)

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I agree with TillerBee. But I also want to know how Henry comes up with his daily fact ideas. I've noticed some of them are date driven, but others are so "what made him think about that today". Thanks Henry.


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