Deep Impact



Cities fall but they are rebuilt. — Deep Impact

Lockheed’s NASA is showing off its latest weapon, reports Engadget. Designed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, this latest system would consist of six missile-like interceptor vehicles, each carrying with them a 1.2-megaton B83 nuclear warhead.

That, says NASA, should be enough to deflect the Apophis asteroid that’s expected to pass within the orbit of the Earth and the Moon in April of 2029.

Separately, BAE Systems will develop and test components of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Multiple Kill Vehicle under a two-year contract from Lockheed.

The atomic bomb named “Little Boy” was dropped on Hiroshima by the Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 bomber, at 8:15 in the morning of August 6, 1945 – 62 years ago.

Here’s how it was depicted by an American newsreel.

Perhaps “the most influential magazine article in the history of journalism” was John Hersey’s Hiroshima, which traced the experiences of six residents who survived the blast of August 6, 1945 that killed 100,000 people. An e-book is available.

Columbia Journalism Review has the Top 100 Stories of the Century as does the Newseum.

And here’s another story, appropo of nothing — but totally gripping — on NPR’s All Things Considered today; Stuck and Suicidal in a Post-Katrina Trailer Park (audio & photos).

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