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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Shahrukh and Aishwarya to act together

Shahrukh and Aishwarya to act together

After a long hiatus, Shahrukh Khan will again be seen sharing screen space with beautiful Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. They were last seen together during Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’ but after the fallout over starring in ‘Chalte Chalte’, Ash never worked with Shahrukh. Now that both the parties mend their relationship, they are eager to strengthen their professional relationship as well. With this aim, Shahrukh approached Ash for a cameo in his forthcoming film ‘RA 1’.

A close source said, “At a social get-together recently, Shah Rukh and Gauri were seen in the company of Abhi-Ash. Both the couples were bonding also had a long chat about movies and forthcoming projects. It was at this moment that Shah Rukh spoke about ‘RA 1.’”

Shah Rukh mentioned a scene to Aishwarya where she has to play herself in the film. It is a cameo. The scene is yet to be scripted, but so far it is about a character in the film that is Ash’s biggest fan and actually gets to meet her. Abhishek, who was listening, encouraged Ash to do it. It was a general conversation that night but one hopes it materialises. It would be great to see Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in a Shah Rukh starrer,” added the source.

However, director Anubhav Sinha denied the report, he quips, “Nothing of this sort has happened, nor has she been approached for it.”

Miffed Katrina Kaif : A special award category

a special award category for Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif has not yet learned to accept defeat. When she was beaten by Vidya Balan for the best actress award, she refused to performed at the event. She was to perform at the award ceremony but not live. Her dance number was to be recorded later just at the end of the ceremony. In order to convince miffed Katrina Kaif, a special award category be created for her.

Says a source, "When Katrina came to the venue, she learnt that Kareena Kapoor was getting the Best Actress award (Popular) for 3 Idiots. Although she was nominated for Best Actress for her performance in New York (Critics' Choice), Vidya beat her to it for Paa. It is learnt that she be miffed at being left out because, after all, she had the most hits in 2009."

Later the organizers (Morani Brothers) and the publishing house created a special award for Kat also she was presented with the award for the best entertainer of the year. Still Katrina did not seem convincing, she came just before the announcement of the award, took the trophy and left.

Mohommed Morani says, "I have no idea what happened. I was there to only coordinate Katrina's performance. Screen can best answer this question."


Sandeep Khosla of Screen says, "It's true we created an award for Katrina but this be decided by the Screen jury. We had a special award to Katrina her for the three hits -- New York, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, De Dana Dan -- that she had last year and the jury thought she deserved it. Katrina didn't insist or ask for any award. Nor did she throw any tantrums. She came and performed according to her commitment."

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

NASA's New Museum Grant Allies will make the Universe Accessible



Montage of our solar system. Image credit: NASA/JPL
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January 12, 2010

WASHINGTON -- Interactive museum exhibits about climate change, Earth science, and missions beyond Earth are among the projects NASA has selected to receive agency funding. Nine informal education providers from Alaska to New York will share $6.2 million in grants through NASA's Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums.

Participating organizations include museums, science centers, Challenger Centers and other institutions of informal education. Selected projects will partner with NASA's Museum Alliance, an Internet-based, nationwide network of more than 400 science centers, planetariums, museums, aquariums, zoos, observatory visitor centers, NASA visitor centers, nature centers and park visitor centers.

Projects in the program will engage learners of all ages as well as educators who work in formal or informal science education. The projects will provide NASA-inspired space, science, technology, engineering or mathematics educational opportunities, including planetarium shows and exhibits.

In conjunction with NASA's Museum Alliance, the grants focus on NASA-themed space exploration, aeronautics, space science, Earth science, microgravity or a combination of themes. Some projects will include partnerships with elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities.

The projects are located in Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Oregon and South Dakota. The nine grants have a maximum five-year period of performance and range in value from approximately $120,000 to $1.5 million. Selected projects work with the NASA Shared Service Center in Mississippi to complete the business review necessary before a NASA award is issued.

Proposals were selected through a merit-based, external peer-review process. NASA's Office of Education and mission directorates collaborated to solicit and review the grant applications. This integrated approach distinguishes NASA's investment in informal education. NASA received 67 proposals from 32 states and the District of Columbia.

Congress initially funded the Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums grants in 2008. The first group of projects began in fall 2009 in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Vermont and Washington. Congress has enacted funds to continue this program in 2010, and NASA anticipates selecting additional proposals to fund from those submitted in 2009.

For a list of selected organizations and projects descriptions, click on "Selected Proposals" and look for "Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums (CP4SMP)" or solicitation NNH09ZNE005N at: http://nspires.nasaprs.com .

For information about NASA's Education programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education .

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., leads the Museum Alliance. For information about the alliance, visit: http://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum .

For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov .


Asteroid To Fly By Earth Wednesday Is a Natural

Orbital diagram depicts the trajectory of asteroid 2010 AL30 during its flyby of Earth in the early morning hours of Jan. 13.

Orbital diagram depicts the trajectory of asteroid 2010 AL30 during its flyby of Earth in the early morning hours of Jan. 13. Image credit: NASA/JPL

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January 12, 2010

Asteroid 2010 AL30, discovered by the LINEAR survey of MIT's Lincoln Laboratories on Jan. 10, will make a close approach to the Earth's surface to within 76,000 miles on Jan. 13 at 12:46 pm Greenwich time (7:46 am EST, 4:46 am PST). Because its orbital period is nearly identical to the Earth's one year period, some have suggested it may be a manmade rocket stage in orbit about the sun. However, this object's orbit reaches the orbit of Venus at its closest point to the sun and nearly out to the orbit of Mars at its furthest point, crossing the Earth's orbit at a very steep angle. This makes it very unlikely that 2010 AL30 is a rocket stage. Furthermore, trajectory extrapolations show that this object cannot be associated with any recent launch and it has not made any close approaches to the Earth since well before the Space Age began.

It seems more likely that this is a near-Earth asteroid about 10-15 meters in size, one of approximately 2 million such objects in near-Earth space. One would expect a near-Earth asteroid of this size to pass within the moon's distance about once every week on average. The asteroid does not pose a risk, in fact, stony asteroids under 25 meters in diameter would be expected to burn up in our atmosphere, causing little or no ground damage.


NASA's New Museum Grant Allies Will Make the Universe Accessible to Families From Alaska to Florida

WASHINGTON -- Interactive museum exhibits about climate change, Earth science, and missions beyond Earth are among the projects NASA has selected to receive agency funding. Nine informal education providers from Alaska to New York will share $6.2 million in grants through NASA's Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums.

Participating organizations include museums, science centers, Challenger Centers and other institutions of informal education. Selected projects will partner with NASA's Museum Alliance, an Internet-based, nationwide network of more than 400 science centers, planetariums, museums, aquariums, zoos, observatory visitor centers, NASA visitor centers, nature centers and park visitor centers.

Projects in the program will engage learners of all ages as well as educators who work in formal or informal science education. The projects will provide NASA-inspired space, science, technology, engineering or mathematics educational opportunities, including planetarium shows and exhibits.

In conjunction with NASA's Museum Alliance, the grants focus on NASA-themed space exploration, aeronautics, space science, Earth science, microgravity or a combination of themes. Some projects will include partnerships with elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities.

The projects are located in Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Oregon and South Dakota. The nine grants have a maximum five-year period of performance and range in value from approximately $120,000 to $1.5 million. Selected projects work with the NASA Shared Service Center in Mississippi to complete the business review necessary before a NASA award is issued.

Proposals were selected through a merit-based, external peer-review process. NASA's Office of Education and mission directorates collaborated to solicit and review the grant applications. This integrated approach distinguishes NASA's investment in informal education. NASA received 67 proposals from 32 states and the District of Columbia.

Congress initially funded the Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums grants in 2008. The first group of projects began in fall 2009 in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Vermont and Washington. Congress has enacted funds to continue this program in 2010, and NASA anticipates selecting additional proposals to fund from those submitted in 2009.

For a list of selected organizations and projects descriptions, click on "Selected Proposals" and look for "Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums (CP4SMP)" or solicitation NNH09ZNE005N at:

http://nspires.nasaprs.com


For information about NASA's Education programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/education


NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., leads the Museum Alliance. For information about the alliance, visit:

http://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum


For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

Meet the Next International Space Station Crew: NASA Holds Briefing and One-On-One Media Interviews on Jan. 21

HOUSTON -- NASA will hold a briefing for journalists with the next set of residents of the International Space Station at 1 p.m. CST Thursday, Jan. 21, from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The briefings will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's Web site. Questions also will be taken from participating NASA locations.


The briefing participants are:
- Expedition 23 Flight Engineer and NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson
- Expedition 23 Flight Engineer and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov
- Expedition 23 Flight Engineer and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko

Following the briefing, the crew members will be available for individual round-robin interviews, in person or by phone. There also will be a photo opportunity. To participate in the interviews, reporters should contact the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111, by 4 p.m. CST, Wednesday, Jan. 20. U.S. and foreign nationals planning to attend the news briefing must contact the Johnson newsroom by 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, to arrange credentials.

On April 2, Skvortsov, Kornienko, and Caldwell Dyson will launch to the station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. They will dock to the space station on April 4, joining Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who arrived on the station in December as part of Expedition 22.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedules, and downlink information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv


For the latest information about Expedition 23 and its crew, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station