New Horizons Loses Contact with Earth on Final Approach to Pluto

On July 4th, for about an hour and twenty minutes, my heart stopped. This was the amount of time that New Horizons was quiet.  No contact, no data, nothing but the lonely black of space.  In this time, the craft did what it was programmed to do.  It transferred control to its backup computer, which told the main computer to enter safe mode and suspend all non-essential functions.  Then the backup computer attempted to re-establish contact with Earth, 5 Billion Kilometres away. Contact has been re-established with the craft and its backup computer has been transmitting telemetry data back to mission...

Motivation Monday: Satisfaction

“Dissatisfied people change the world” I have seen this quote in many different forms, though I couldn’t find any one person to attribute it to.  The idea behind it is very powerful; It means that those who are unhappy with their situation in life or with the state of the world will inevitably be driven to innovate and change it.  If it’s the former, it may drive someone to get a new job, break up with a significant other, or even move.  If the latter,  it may drive someone to become a social or political activist in order to create...