links for 2009-07-21

  • "NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has returned its first imagery of the Apollo moon landing sites. The pictures show the Apollo missions' lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon's surface, as long shadows from a low sun angle make the modules' locations evident.

    The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, was able to image five of the six Apollo sites, with the remaining Apollo 12 site expected to be photographed in the coming weeks."

  • "A national survey of department chairs found that superior research compensates for "mediocre teaching" at 55 percent of Ph.D. granting institutions, compared to 34 percent of master's institutions and 17 percent of bachelor's institutions. A contrasting split is evident at bachelor's institutions -- although many of them do not claim that their faculty are committed to research. At 64 percent of bachelor's institutions, superior teaching would compensate for mediocre research, while that's the case for 38 percent of master's institutions and 14 percent of doctoral institutions."
  • "[Buzz Aldrin] also pushed for a mission to Mars: "The best way to honour and remember all those who were part of the Apollo programme is to follow in our footsteps; to boldly go again on a new mission of exploration." "
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