A plane on the Hudson

What does it take to become a pilot ?

A lot of nerve. And also, you need to be good at Maths.

On January 15, 2009, a commercial flight had to “land” on the Hudson River, right in the middle of New York, just a few minutes after taking off from La Guardia Airport.

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The plane had crossed the trajectory of a flock of birds, and it appears that the two engines went down. The pilot, Chesley B. Sullenberger, nicknamed “Sully”, and his first officer, Jeffrey Skiles, managed to take the plane and its 154 passengers, crew members included, safely to the ground. This type of “landing” was the first of its kind.

Real video of the event :

News report :

 

Maybe you were too young to remember this incredible accident, but Clint Eastwood, the famous American actor and film director, wants you to think again about this extraordinary story. So he made a movie about it !

Sully is being released today in the USA, and it will be released on November 30 in France. You can watch the trailer for now.

 

If you want to know more about this story, you can read this excellent article :  http://nymag.com/news/features/53788/

Bad surprise !

Last night at 22:22 GMT (2:22 a.m. in Reunion), the Cygnus spacecraft exploded shortly after launching. It was heading to the International Space Station, carrying food supplies and material (5,000 pounds / 2,268 kilograms)  to the scientists who have been up there for a while.

Of course, this is a great loss, and an expensive one (the spacecraft and the rocket cost more than 200 million $). The ISS team won’t be starving though, they still have a lot of food on board.

Video of the launch :

 

More on the unmanned Cygnus spaceship : 

http://www.space.com/20526-antares-rocket-cygnus-spacecraft-explained.html

http://www.spaceflight101.com/cygnus-spacecraft-information.html

Sourcehttp://www.livescience.com/48505-private-orbital-sciences-rocket-explosion.html

Painting in a National Park…

Painting in a National Park is fine, just as long as you’re not doing it on a rock or a mountain… A 21-years-old painter from New-York went on a trip to a series of National Parks (Yosemite, Crater Lake…) across 5 states, and she painted portraits in each park. She even took pictures and sent them to her Instagram account.

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She was probably proud of herself. She has deleted her account now, but her pictures were copied and published by unimpressed internet users, who also reported her to authorities.

She is facing charges up to 5000 $ and a year in prison for vandalism.

Source : http://blog.sfgate.com/

Obama cares

On Friday 24th, President Barack Obama hugged a nurse who had contracted the Ebola virus. She had been treated and has survived the famous deadly disease that has killed thousands in Western Africa. Her dog is alive too. She never got the disease, but she was quarantined, just in case… In Spain, a nurse had been infected too, and her dog was put down by the authorities, before it was even tested for the virus.

Obama cares

The nurse was received at the White House, in the Oval Office. Of course, there were journalists and photographers around… This was an opportunity to communicate about Ebola not being a serious threat to the USA. Because it is being handled very seriously. And because the USA have all the means needed to isolate and treat patients.

Sourcehttp://www.slate.com

A female python gave birth without any prior male intervention

In Louisville, Kentucky, a female Python laid eggs two years ago. Among those, six were successfully incubated. Zookeepers initially thought that the female had had an encounter with a male python before she was taken in captivity. Since then, genetic analyses of the shedding skins of the mother and her offspring have revealed that she is the only parent to those babies. A phenomenon called parthenogenesis, which is quite rare, particularly with those big snakes.

Sourcehttp://www.washingtonpost.com