Science in the News this Weekend

Mt. Redoubt ash plume.  Phot Credit:  Tricia Joy Sadler/AVO

Mt. Redoubt ash plume. Photo Credit: Tricia Joy Sadler/AVO

First, Mt. Redoubt continued to erupt several times on Saturday, March 28, sending volcanic ash to Anchorage, 100 miles to the northeast.  The ash plume was 45,000 to 50,000 feet high on Saturday.  After the first eruption, there was also strong seismic activity.  The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport shut down due to the ash, but reopened on Sunday and is expected to be fully operational on Tuesday.  On Sunday, Mt. Redoubt did not erupt, but it did have low-level tremors.   For more information, see the Associated Press article here.

Discovery Landing on Saturday.  Photo Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Discovery Landing on Saturday. Photo Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Second, the Space Shuttle Discovery landed in Florida on Saturday, ending its 13 day mission to the International Space Station (ISS).   Discovery brought Dr. Sandra Magnus back to Earth after four months in space at the International Space Station.  She was replaced aboard the ISS by Koichi Wakata, a Japanese astronaut, who arrived via Discovery. Additionally, a Russian Soyuz capsule with an American tourist on board has docked safely at the International Space Station just a few days after Discovery’s departure.  For more information, see here.

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One Comment on “Science in the News this Weekend”

  1. Kamal kaushal tiwary Says:

    First off all i would like to congrates everybody and the captain of the ship for the success tour.all the team should invent satellite which emit beam and this beam when disturbed then their is possibility of something focus on it find out something new

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