FROM Edward Krupp
NASA Takes to the Internet to Dispel Doomsday Prophesies Internet rumors have persuaded many Americans that the world will end two weeks from tomorrow—Friday the 21st of December. We’ll hear about NASA’s social media campaign to convince the public that’s wrong.
The Mars Mission: Made in LA At 10:31 Sunday evening, Pacific Standard Time, the Mars Laboratory called " Curiosity " will land on the Red Planet, after decelerating from 13,000 miles an hour in just seven minutes. We hear about some of the reasons for nail-biting at the Jet Propulsion Lab and Cal Tech in Pasadena.
Solar Eclipse of Venus It's a rare day for astronomers. The Transit of Venus occurs only twice every 120 years, but weather may be the problem for viewing today's rare event in the United States. Ed Krupp, Director of the Griffith Observatory and author Skywatchers, Shamans and Kings : Astronomy and the Archeology of Power, has more on what the event is and what it's meant to astronomers and to various cultures.
Venus and Jupiter Cozy Up After the Moon, the brightest objects in the night sky are the planets Jupiter and Venus. Every so often they appear close together and tonight promises one of the best so-called "conjunctions" for years in the Northern Hemisphere. Ed Krupp is Director of the Griffith Park Observatory.
Griffith Observatory Reopens The Griffith Observatory has been closed for five years. After a week of private advance showings it will open again to the public tomorrow. Admission to the observatory is still free, but reservations will be required for a while, and there's no parking at the top of the hill. There will be a charge for shuttle rides from Hollywood and Highland , the LA Zoo parking lot and the Botanical Gardens.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?