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Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’
By Ben Fong-Torres It’s short shrift time. I have a life that’s ripe (and slightly wrinkled) for blogs and tweeting; for facebooking and updating. I’m just no good at it. My last column here on AsianConnections was about the memorial in late July for my sister Shirley. My last posting on the authors’ site, Redroom, was about a radio promo tour I did (20 stops, all on the phone in my home office) for my Eagles book. On my own home page, the last thing was about hanging with...

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Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Nepal/Chinese border region

Posted by AC Team on Sunday, 02 January 2005

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Nepal/Chinese border region: This is a nice overview, using the 50mm lens. The snow-capped Himalayas are readily visible. Note the interesting contrast. In the foreground, is the Indian border, with the Bramaputra river just out of view. the valley is covered in a thick smog layer. This layer however, does not extend up into mountainous Nepal. Beyond the Himalayas, lies China. Several lakes are visible, thanks to the clean air in this sparsely populated area.

This is a nice overview, using the 50mm lens. The snow-capped Himalayas are readily visible. Note the interesting contrast. In the foreground, is the Indian border, with the Bramaputra river just out of view. the valley is covered in a thick smog layer. This layer however, does not extend up into mountainous Nepal. Beyond the Himalayas, lies China. Several lakes are visible, thanks to the clean air in this sparsely populated area.

Chi Lien Mountains South Africa Salamat Basin in Chad Mozambique Corrientes, Argentina Dec. 10, 2004 Blog Malaysia Patagonian Glaciers Bolivia

Click here for AsianConnections' exclusive interview with Leroy while in training at Star City, Russia.

Information on the crew's activities aboard ISS, future launch dates, as well as Station sighting opportunities from anywhere on the Earth, is available on the Internet at:
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Chi Lien Mountains

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 01 January 2005

Astroanut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Chi Lien Mountains: Just behind Ching Hai Hu lie the Chi Lien mountains. Behind this range is located the Chinese launch center, near Jiuquan. I have not yet found the launch site to photograph, but I know where it is now and will try in the future. This photo was taken with a 400mm lens, as one can see from the detail.

Just behind Ching Hai Hu lie the Chi Lien mountains. Behind this range is located the Chinese launch center, near Jiuquan. I have not yet found the launch site to photograph, but I know where it is now and will try in the future. This photo was taken with a 400mm lens, as one can see from the detail.

South Africa Salamat Basin in Chad Mozambique Corrientes, Argentina Dec. 10, 2004 Blog Malaysia Patagonian Glaciers Bolivia

Click here for AsianConnections' exclusive interview with Leroy while in training at Star City, Russia.

Information on the crew's activities aboard ISS, future launch dates, as well as Station sighting opportunities from anywhere on the Earth, is available on the Internet at:
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-South Africa

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 29 December 2004

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-South Africa: It was a beautiful day in South Africa and I used a 50mm lens to get a good overview of the area. This was another chance shot. I opened the cover and this was the view that filled the window! Days like this, where the weather is so clear, are few and far between.

It was a beautiful day in South Africa and I used a 50mm lens to get a good overview of the area. Days like this, where the weather is so clear, are few and far between. This was another chance shot. I opened the cover and this was the view that filled the window!

Salamat Basin in Chad Mozambique Corrientes, Argentina Dec. 10, 2004 Blog Malaysia Patagonian Glaciers Bolivia

Click here for AsianConnections' exclusive interview with Leroy while in training at Star City, Russia.

Information on the crew's activities aboard ISS, future launch dates, as well as Station sighting opportunities from anywhere on the Earth, is available on the Internet at:
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Salamat Basin in Chad

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 28 December 2004

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Salamat Basin in Chad: This is one of my favorite shots. I used a 400mm lens and caught this piece of the Salamat Basin in Chad. The different colors of the sand form an interesting contrast to the rock structures. The tops of the rock look as if they have been sanded down to the same height, while the sides are rough and jagged. There is something very appealing about this one.

This is one of my favorite shots. I used a 400mm lens and caught this piece of the Salamat Basin in Chad. The different colors of the sand form an interesting contrast to the rock structures. The tops of the rock look as if they have been sanded down to the same height, while the sides are rough and jagged. There is something very appealing about this one.

Our orbit does not currently take us over Southeast Asia during daylight, so I have not been able to observe or photograph the devastation. Sounds awful.

Mozambique Corrientes, Argentina Dec. 10, 2004 Blog Malaysia Patagonian Glaciers Bolivia

Click here for AsianConnections' exclusive interview with Leroy while in training at Star City, Russia.

Information on the crew's activities aboard ISS, future launch dates, as well as Station sighting opportunities from anywhere on the Earth, is available on the Internet at:
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-live on NASA TV on Dec. 29

Posted by AC Team on Sunday, 26 December 2004

On Wednesday, Dec. 29, live on NASA TV, starting at 11:45 a.m. EST, Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov and I are hosting a press conference from the International Space Station.

Hi Lia

Thanks. We are glad the Progress made it on board.

On Wednesday, Dec. 29, live on NASA TV, starting at 11:45 a.m. EST, my crewmate Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov and I are hosting a press conference from the International Space Station.

We'll be unloading our shipment of supplies from the Russian Progress cargo spacecraft, which arrived Christmas night.

Since mid-October, we've been living on the Station conducting science experiments, maintaining operating systems and are prepping for spacewalks scheduled for January and March.

Tune into our news conference which will be telestreamed live on the Internet at: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

NASA TV is available via the Web and satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

Corrientes, Argentina Dec. 10, 2004 Blog Malaysia Patagonian Glaciers Bolivia

U.S. Astronaut Leroy Chiao's blog and all NASA updates at AsianConnections.com are monitored by AC Editor Lia Chang