NOAA-19, The Latest and Last TIROS Weather Satellite Jet Propulsion Laboratory
This is the April Space Place article which did not appear in the last Observer. For 50 years, NASA has launched increasingly capable weather satellites of the TIROS type. The last of this series was launched in February and turned over to NOAA in April. Though the next series will have amazing capabilities, NOAA-19 can do many new things that will appear as options on the NOAA website. It is referred to in this article as the "Swiss Army Knife of weather satellites." Interesting read.
The History of Astronomy in Ancient Mesopotamia Scott Sackrider
NEKAAL member Scott Sackrider sends us this great article and photos from Iraq, where he is currently stationed. We anxiously await his return. But in the meantime, he has not forgotten about us, and we thank him for his service as well as his continued contributions to NEKAAL.