NASA scientists were intrigued when they came across an amateur photographer’s shots taken 20 miles above the earth’s surface.
“A guy phoned up who worked for NASA who was interested in how we took the pictures. He wanted to know how the hell we did it.”
They assumed he used a homemade rocket to capture the images, but he did it with a balloon and a inexpensive Nikon digital camera using readily available hardware parts. NASA admitted that running a similar project would have cost millions of tax payer dollars.
Does this give you yet another clue that the government can not do anything right? Some guy in his garage with a few dollars produces the same quality space images as this government agency does for billions. Via Backcountry
After passage in the state Senate yesterday by a vote of 22-8, the Arizona Firearms Freedom Act now heads to the desk of Gov. Jan Brewer, where it is expected to be signed. House Bill 2307 would exempt any personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition made in Arizona and kept in Arizona from federal regulation as of Oct. 1. The Arizona Republic and Tenth Amendment Center.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the largest male African Rock Python ever found in Florida was nabbed in the Everglades this past January. The 14-foot, 140-pound reptile was found in Bird Drive Basin in West Miami-Dade County. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. See more photos here.
Thanks to New York City’s gun laws, a Brooklyn couple and their son have been arrested for keeping a collection of hunting guns left to them by a late grandfather and uncle. Thomas and Kathleen Siano, and their son, Vincent, have been charged with criminal possession of weapons. “They were heirlooms. He put them up in the attic because he didn’t know what else to do with them,” said Siano’s tenant, Michael Poole. NY Daily News and Gothamist.
A new Montana State University study has found what elk hunters have espoused for years: that the presence of wolves alone adversely impacts elk populations through decreased calf numbers. Ecology professor Scott Creel and his associates concluded that wolves made elk more vigilant and skittish, affecting pregnancy and calf numbers in the elk herds—indicating that wolves affect elk populations far beyond direct kills. Spokane Spokesman-Review.
A knife-wielding vegetarian who claimed he wanted “to save young girls from beef” was arrested last week for slicing containers of meat and scattering them on the floor at a central Indiana supermarket. Police in Edinburgh, Ind., charged Anthony Coffman, 28, with criminal mischief and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. WETV Indianapolis and Fox.
Wolves killed 202 sheep in Montana last year—almost double the number killed in 2008—and 97 cattle, up from 77 a year earlier. As a result, the Montana Livestock Loss Reduction and Mitigation Board compensated livestock operations in 21 of the state’s 56 counties, paying $142,000 for a record 369 animal losses to wolves. The Great Falls Tribune.
MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. (AP) — A California man was rescued Monday from Mount Shasta, but his climbing partner remained missing and was believed to be trapped near the summit, where stormy conditions restricted search operations. Mark Thomas called 911 Sunday to report that he and his friend were near the top of the 14,162-foot mountain and needed help. The 26-year-old told authorities his friend was disoriented and appeared to have altitude sickness. Read more
The S&W Model 12 was manufactured from 1953 until 1986. The gun was originally designed to compete with Colt for Air Force and other military contracts, with model numbers running from 12-1 to 12-4. These revolvers had a frame that was 0.08” thinner than their steel counterparts. The 4” Model 12 weighs in at just 19 oz. Read more
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — At a time when the economy has shaken big-time sports from the PGA to the NFL, the low-key pastime of fishing has enjoyed a quiet resurgence. A pair of recent studies indicate that families have been turning to fishing, which can be as simple as standing on the shore with a rod and reel, as a good way to spend time together without wrecking the household budget. Read more
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian villagers are hunting a giant python that killed a 13-year-old boy a week ago on Sumatra island. Police Chief Capt. Joshua Tampubolon said Monday that the 23-feet-long (7-meter-long) python was believed to be hiding in waterway tunnels built by a textile company for its industrial waste. Read more
NEW YORK (AP) — A wily coyote evaded New York City police for two days before being nabbed in a parking garage. It was the fourth coyote sighting in Manhattan this year. Read more
If it happens it will also destroy wildlife habitat. NEWCASTLE, Wyo. (AP) — Grasshopper infestations have taken on mythic tones here on the arid prairie of northeastern Wyoming – they blanket highways, eat T-shirts off clotheslines and devour nearly every scrap of vegetation on ranches and farms. Read more
Marlin Firearms Co., a Connecticut gun manufacturer founded in 1870, has announced it will close its North Haven plant in mid-2011 and lay off 265 employees. Amid much speculation, Freedom Group, Inc., which owns the company, has indicated that the manufacturing of Marlin Firearms will be moved to another location at Trail Boss our Prayers are with the employees and families who are losing their jobs and we thank them for providing products that have brought many so much enjoyment. The Hartford Courant.
Nighttime bandits are covering trees with knitted sleeves in New Jersey. The clandestine Salty Knitters meet up late in the evening and tag tress with their wares. I expect this kind of behavior in Salt Lake where teenagers regularly meet to knit hats since they don’t drink beer, but it’s a surprise in Jersey. At least my head won’t hurt so bad if I hit one of these trees without a helmet. Via Back Country
Duluth angler Paul Kosmatka is fortunate to have survived being swept into a frigid Lake Superior while fishing the mouth of the Lester River last week. But before he was rescued, he lost his grip on his prized Orvis fly rod. When Craig Juntti snagged the expensive rig the next day, he decided to track down its owner. “I looked it up on the Internet and this rod goes for $795,” Juntti said. “After what he went through, he deserves to have it back.” The Duluth News-Tribune.
On a voice vote Thursday, the Arizona House of Representatives approved a measure to make Arizona the third state in the nation (after Vermont and Alaska) to allow adults to carry concealed guns without permits. Identical legislation already has been approved by the Senate, which leaves only a final roll call by each chamber before it heads to Gov. Jan Brewer. Arizona Republic.
After linking the story about the big crappie caught by an Alabama angler earlier this week, we felt obligated to treat readers to this impressive 4-pound, 5-ounce white crappie caught by Southern Illinois angler Mike Zimmer March 15. “It was unbelievable,” Zimmer told Rod Kloeckner of the Belleville News-Democrat. “Crappie fisherman know just how big something like this is.” The fish was just two ounces shy of the Illinois state record.
A new iPhone and iPod mobile touch application may be used to score big game animals using the Boone and Crockett, Pope and Young or Safari Club International scoring methods. Trophy Score allows hunters to score typical and non-typical elk, whitetail and mule deer, as well as bear, moose, antelope, caribou and more. Press release.
Florida angler and paraplegic Michael Terranova, 50, survived three hours in rough waters with a companion March 13 after their 17-foot boat capsized during a tournament on Florida’s Choctawhatchee Bay. Terranova said the incident didn’t faze his love of fishing or being on the water. “I feel like I’m 100 percent in the water. I can’t get around on land, but out in the water I get out there and I go.” Panama City News Herald.
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