Sunday Sunrise – 14th October 2012 … “Bobbler”

Snapshot of stories

Los Angeles residents have been turning out to watch the US space shuttle Endeavour as it inches through the city on a giant trolley, bound for a museum.  The spacecraft that once reached 17,000mph (28,160km/h) is trundling down the city’s famously low-level boulevards at a stately 2mph.  “It’s pretty neat to see a spaceship in the street,” a spectator told local TV.  Endeavour began its 12-mile, two-day journey on Friday and is due to end up at the California Science Center.  The 75-ton spacecraft entered service in 1992, making 25 trips, logging 123m miles and circling the globe almost 4,700 times.  Replacing Challenger, which was destroyed in an accident in 1986 that killed seven astronauts, Endeavour was the baby of the shuttle fleet.  NASA took its shuttles out of service last year in order to focus on destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, such as asteroids and Mars.

It was expected to be just another lump of dull basalt, but the first rock examined up close by Nasa’s Mars rover proved to be a little more interesting.  The pyramidal object, nicknamed “Jake Matijevic” after a recently deceased mission engineer, had a composition not seen on the planet before.  Scientists have likened it to some unusual but well known rocks on Earth.  These form from relatively water-rich magmas that have cooled slowly at raised pressures, said Edward Stolper.  “[The rock is] widespread on Earth, on oceanic islands such as Hawaii, and St Helena, and the Azores; and also in rift zones like the Rio Grande and so forth. So, again, it’s not common, but it’s very well known,” the mission co-investigator from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, told reporters.  The Curiosity rover examined Jake Matijevic three weeks ago. At the time, the dark rock was not anticipated to have high science value; it was merely an early opportunity to use the robot’s survey instruments in unison.

Songs Played Today

Coldplay – Hurts Like Heaven
P45 – Top Floor
Magic Numbers – Forever Lost
Hard-Fi – Living For The Weekend
Travis – Sing
Rihanna – Diamonds
Lovin’ Spoonful – Do You Believe In Magic?
Lily Allen – The Fear
Lulu – Shout     (especially for Kelly)
Adele – Skyfall
REM – Leaving New York
Modovar – Clearly
Jennifer Lopez – On The Floor
Eternal ft. Bebe Winans – I Wanna Be The Only One
Linkin Park ft Jay Z – Numb Encore
Rajiv ft. Mr Arch – Catch Me If You Can
Meat Loaf – Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself
Train ft. Ashley Monroe – Bruises
Queen – Seven Seas Of Rhye

80s Hour

January, February – Barbara Dickson
Blondie – The Tide Is High
Leo Sayer – More Than I Can Say
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Generation X – Dancing With Myself
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong
KLF – 3am Eternal
Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hanging On
Magazine – A Song From Under The Floorboards
Status Quo – In The Army Now
Pet Shop Boys – I Want A Lover / Love Comes Quickly

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