Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

Gabrielle Giffords to be at the Final Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour

April 27, 2011

Arizona Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in the head on January 8, 2011 and has been in recovery ever since.  She has recovered at an unprecedented rate and is expected to be at the final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavor in Cape Canaveral, Florida which her husband, Mark Kelly, is commanding, on Friday.  Giffords is said to be slowly regaining her speech, and she can even walk short distances.  Despite sustaining an injury that is typically fatal in most cases, doctors are amazed at how well she is doing in this short time span.

Dr. Dong Kim explained that there is no medical reason that would stop her from traveling safely to Florida to be at the final launch with her husband.  The flight will last fourteen days and takes off at 3:47 PM on Friday, April 29, 2011.  It will be NASA’s 134th mission and the Endeavor’s 25th and final flight.  After the Endeavor safely returns to Earth, it will be put on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.  Giffords is said to be perfectly fine with her husband taking off on this flight.  Mark Kelly said he wouldn’t be going without her consent; however, her speedy recovery reassures him that she will be fine.

Update: The scheduled April 29 flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour, which was “scuttled after a heater in one of the ship’s hydraulic power generators failed”, was duly rescheduled.  On May 16, 2011, at 8:56AM EDT, Endeavour took off for NASA’s penultimate shuttle flight.

Watch the maiden voyage of Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-49, which took place on May 7, 1992.

National Geographic has posted a small sample of photos featuring the shuttle, each one breathtaking in their own right.

Space Shuttle Pictures: 12 Endeavour Images to Remember

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Southwest Airlines Mishap

April 6, 2011

On Saturday, April 2nd, 2011, Southwest Airlines had an emergency landing at a military base in Arizona with one of their 79 aircrafts.  A hole ripped through the jet’s fuselage.  Following the incident, 300 other Southwest flights were canceled so that all aircrafts could be inspected.  The FBI ruled it a “mechanical failure,” not an act of terror or foul play.  How the hole appeared still remains unknown, but Southwest and Boeing engineers are inspecting the aircraft to try to determine the cause.

Following a tear in its airplane's fuselage minutes after takeoff, Southwest Airlines canceled flights so that its aircrafts could be inspected.Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported, but a passenger described a flight attendant and passenger passing out during the incident, hitting their heads against the seats in front of them.  Brenda Reese said that Flight 812 had just left Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport bound for Sacramento, California, when a “gunshot-like” sound woke her up.  Oxygen masks dropped from beneath the over head compartments for the passengers and flight attendants as the plane lost altitude.  A passenger quickly texted his wife: “Plane going down. Love you,” but a few minutes later she heard from her husband that the plane landed safely on the ground.

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Spring Break 2011: Family Plans vs. College Plans

February 18, 2011

Spring break is a time that everyone can enjoy with friends and family, especially after going to work or school for 2-3 months straight after the New Year.  Throughout the years, I have had lots of fun with my family during break.  We’ve been to many places throughout California for spring break, such as Sea World, Santa Barbara, Hearst Castle, Solvang, the state’s beaches, and the neighboring state of Arizona.  My mom, sisters, and I all love to take trips together.  A majority of my fondest childhood memories are created from these trips.  Taking road trips with your family to fun places is a great way to spend spring break and welcome the summer.  Keep in mind a few things when planning a spring break getaway for you and your family: plan ahead and search months in advance for cheaper deals on plane tickets and hotel rooms when they are easiest to come by; find packaged deals that include hotels, rental cars, and theme parks; and map out where you will be going if you have multiple destinations, since you may very well find extra roadside attractions along the way.  Saving money while having fun is always great in any economy!

Spring break is a time that everyone can enjoy with friends and family, especially after going to work or school for 2-3 months after the New Year.  How do Spring Break plans differ for families and college students?  Taylor Pancake investigates.Once you are older and in college, your spring break plans become a time to blow off steam before big tests as well as a way to celebrate making it through the semester.  Most college students head to the beach for spring break with their friends and other college students.  Panama City Beach in Florida has a huge event for college students hosted by MTV.  Over half a million students attend this event.  Students can rent out condos or hotel rooms for the duration of their stay.  There are many activities you can enjoy while you are there, such as the never-ending beach parties, volleyball tournaments, scuba diving, outrageous contests, performances by music artists, and night clubs.  Panama City Beach is home to Club La Vela and Spinnaker, two of the biggest clubs in the country.  Of course, legal age limits are enforced when it comes to drinking alcohol.  Flocking to the beach communities of Florida has become a college tradition of sorts in recent years.  It is something students can look forward to during the second semester of the school year.  Other spring break-related events like this one take place all over the country, not all of which are hosted by MTV.  If you attend, make sure to be safe!

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Gabrielle Giffords: Her Recovery

January 26, 2011

On January 8, 2011, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in Casas Adobes, Arizona.  The shooting took place during her first “Congress on Your Corner” gathering of the year.  Gabrielle was quickly rushed to the University Medical Center at Tucson.  On her way there, she was conscious and able to respond to commands.  Upon arriving at the hospital, she was put into surgery where part of her skull was removed to reduce swelling and to avoid further damage to the brain.  The bullet crossed through her head and exited, which was actually a good sign because most of the bullet’s energy was expended in its trajectory.

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is on the road to recovery following the January 8, 2011 shooting.Mark Kelly, Giffords’ husband, flew from Houston to Tucson with their kids to see his wife as soon as he heard the news.  Gabrielle Giffords was placed in a medically induced coma to allow her brain to rest.  When she was awakened periodically, she was able to signal with her hands and move both arms.  She cannot speak, however, since she is on a ventilator.  On January 12th, she opened her eyes for the first time.  Giffords started some simple physical therapy, such as sitting up with the assistance of hospital staff and moving her legs on command.  On January 15th, a tracheotomy was performed on Giffords’ throat to replace the ventilator with a smaller one to help with independent breathing.  Doctors believe she will recover, although her recovery may take from several months to over one year.

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