Monday, December 24, 2012
The North American Aerospace Defense Command has a website that now offers a Santa tracker mobile app to follow the jolly man's magical flight.
Monday, December 24, 2012
They sent him their wish lists, sat on his lap, and left cookies and milk for his arrival. Now the only thing left for children—from Grosse Pointe and around the world—to do is track Santa's progress as he delivers gifts around the world on Christmas Eve. Thanks to the folks behind the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, families worldwide can now follow Santa's Christmas journey in real time. The tradition started in 1955 after an advertisement for Sears Roebuck & Co. misprinted a telephone number for a special "Santa hotline." Instead of reaching Kris Kringle, the number put kids through to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Commander-in-Chief’s operations, according to a description on the NORAD Tracks …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tori Wuthrich will spend a week at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Far out. That’s the news for University Liggett student Tori Wuthrich, who will spend a week this summer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Wuthrich, a Grosse Pointe Woods resident, will be one of 80 girls nationwide to take part in STEM, a program where students will work alongside female NASA engineers and interns to design a mission to Mars. Wuthrich applied for the program after hearing about it from teachers Kim Galea and Andrea Champagne. Wuthrich applied and was accepted into the first part of the program, which included assignments in math and space exploration. She was then accepted into the second part of the program at the Johnson Space Center based on her performance in the first part. “I thought that even if I wasn’t …
Friday, July 8, 2011
Four astronauts lift-off aboard Atlantis from the Kennedy Space Center on the final mission for the space shuttle program.
Space shuttle Atlantis rocketed off the launch pad Friday at the Kennedy Space Center and into space for the historic final mission for the program. The flight, which had been threatened by inclement weather leading up to the launch, lifted off nearly three minutes after its scheduled launch time. NASA held the countdown at T-31 seconds to confirm the refueling arm had fully retracted from the external fuel tank–which led to confusion among the thousands gathered at the media site–before the countdown resumed. With an estimated one million people watching along Florida’s Space Coast, which included hundreds of men and women from around the world viewing the launch as part of a NASA Tweetup, the three man and one woman crew lifted off from …