New Horizons – Then Or Never

New Horizons probe sent to Pluto

When the Pluto Kuiper Express mission was cancelled in 2000, there seemed to be no hope for exploring the far planet (as Pluto was then classified). And that meant no good hope for a long, long time. Many planetary scientists and Pluto fans reacted in dismay, especially as it seemed to be a case of […]

Murdoc doesn’t get the love for this guy

Neil DeGrasse Tyson comedian

Had to wait in line to renew a Passport allowing me to visit members of my own species across artificially conceived borders. — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 5, 2015 What a dumbass. UPDATE: Or maybe Murdoc is just missing the point that he’s a comedian pretending to be a scientist and that many others […]

Friday Linkzookery – 17 Jul 2015

Murdoc Online

It’s been a long time since Murdoc’s shared any Linkzookery. That’s his bad. Here’s a bit of the good stuff, though.

Weapons: M4A2, Russia Suffers Sixth Military Aircraft Crash in Six Weeks, US Air Force Launches New GPS Satellite, Japan Buys Five Ospreys in Boeing’s First Export Deal…and many more…

Red Turrets on the USS Arizona (BB-39)?

USS Arizona (BB-39) with red turrets at Pearl Harbor

Murdoc came across this at some point but never linked. New USS Arizona model shows blue paint scheme Craftsman Don Preul, determined to create the world’s most accurate representation of the warship, conferred with Park Service historian Dan Martinez on the proper colors. Research was difficult because most of the ship’s records had been destroyed […]

DDG-1000s delaying Arleigh Burkes

USS Zumwalt DDG-1000 at Bath Iron Works

Delays in Zumwalt Destroyer Program Hamper Production of DDG-51s at Bath Iron Works Delays in the first two Zumwalt-class DDG-1000 destroyers are part of the reason that construction on DDG-51s is lagging behind schedule: Several sources told USNI News that due to myriad reasons — including the size of the yard, the composition of the […]

Amphibious bridging across the river Elbe

U.S. Army Soldiers, assigned to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and German soldiers move M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles during combined river crossing operations at the river Elbe using German army M3 amphibious bridging vehicles during Exercise Heidesturm Shock near Storkau, Germany, June 6, 2015.
 
U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger

U.S. Army Soldiers, assigned to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and German soldiers move M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles during combined river crossing operations at the river Elbe using German army M3 amphibious bridging vehicles during Exercise Heidesturm Shock near Storkau, Germany, June 6, 2015.

USS Ranger makes her final arrival

Decommissioned Forrestal-class aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV 61) is towed away from Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton. The Ranger is being towed to Brownsville, Texas, for dismantling. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andre T. Richard/ Released)

USS Ranger arrives at Port of Brownsville The vessel is the second ship to be dismantled at the Rio Grande Valley’s International Shipbreaking Ltd., the first being the USS Constellation. The Ranger was towed to the Port of Brownsville from the Navy’s inactive ships maintenance facility in Bremerton, Wash. Forrestal and Saratoga have also been […]