Many folks would like to see us back on the Moon and developing its resources.

Friday, May 16, 2008

NASA Phoenix Mission Set for Mars Landing on May 25

Closing in on Mars
05.16.08 -- Engineers are considering a maneuver that would nudge the
flight path of Phoenix toward a targeted landing spot 18 kilometers to
the northwest, with the goal of hitting the center of the certified
landing zone. A final decision on the trajectory maneuver will be made
Saturday afternoon, with execution at 9:00 pm PDT.
› Read more

› Schedule of landing events

› Landing blog (starts May 19)

› Landing Press Kit (3Mb)
[see web site for more links and more information - The lander is
scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet May 25.

Check out more items on the NASA web site home page.
More pictures and movies.
- LRK -

Phoenix Mission Overview
Mars is a cold desert planet with no liquid water on its surface. But
in the Martian arctic, water ice lurks just below ground level.
Discoveries made by the Mars Odyssey Orbiter in 2002 show large
amounts of subsurface water ice in the northern arctic plain. The
Phoenix lander targets this circumpolar region using a robotic arm to
dig through the protective top soil layer to the water ice below and
ultimately, to bring both soil and water ice to the lander platform
for sophisticated scientific analysis.

Thanks for looking up with me.
And follow the water, here or there.
- LRK -

Larry Kellogg
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Trying to figure out where the time goes. ---
We will need to be able to recycle water for long term duration
flights and for bases established on the Moon and Mars. - LRK -

Did you know NASA astronauts will recycle water in space?
Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: 3-5

Astronauts will not be able to carry enough water for long-duration flights.
They must be able to recycle the water they use for washing their
hands and brushing their teeth.
They must also recycle their sweat and urine.

Did you know NASA astronauts will recycle water in space?
Duration: 1 minute
> View QuickTime [6.25 MB]
We need to be doing the same here on Earth as water sources are fixed
if not limited and the population continues to grow. - LRK -
South Bay Water Recycling

3025 Tuers Rd.
San Jose, CA 95121
Phone: (408) 277-3671
Fax: (408) 227-7959

Proposed increases to the Municipal Water System's potable and
recycled water rates will be discussed at a public hearing on June 17,
2008 at 1:30 PM.

About the System
| Benefits of Recycled Water

South Bay Water Recycling (SBWR) consists of over 100 miles of pipe
serving the cities of Milpitas, Santa Clara and San José. During the
summer months, an average of 15 million gallons of recycled water are
produced and distributed to over 550 customers per day, preserving our
valuable drinking water for future generations.

Zoom in and view the System Map (PDF format, 1.23 MB)

Los Angeles plans to recycle sewage

May 17, 2008

LOS ANGELES: Faced with persistent drought and the threat of tighter
water supplies, Los Angeles plans to use recycled sewage to increase
drinking water supplies, joining a growing number of US cities
considering similar measures.

The Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, who opposed such a plan 10 years ago
over safety concerns, announced the proposal on Thursday as one of a
number of initiatives to put the city, the second largest in the US,
on a stricter water budget.

California is bracing for the possibility of the most severe water
shortages in decades, and Los Angeles's population is expected to grow
by 500,000 by 2030, forcing the city to examine new ways to meet

Many cities and towns across the US recycle sewage for industrial use
and landscaping. But the idea of using recycled waste water, which has
undergone filtering and chemical treatment, to replenish aquifers and
reservoirs has received attention lately because of technological
advances that, industry leaders say, can make the water purer than tap

San Diego and South Florida are considering it. Orange County in
California opened a $US481 million ($513 million) plant in January
without much public resistance.

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