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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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From Wikinews, the free news source, this is the Audio Wikinews Brief for Tuesday, July 21, 2009. I’m James Pain, and here are today’s current stories.

Black spot on Jupiter is impact site, says NASA[]

A black spot about the size of the Earth that appeared on the upper cloud surface of the planet Jupiter on July 19 has been confirmed to be the result of a massive object, probably a comet or asteroid, crashing into the planet, according to the results of infrared observations of the planet taken at NASA’s Mauna Kea Observatory. The spot, located near Jupiter’s south pole, was first reported by Anthony Wesley, an amateur astronomer from Murrumbateman, New South Wales, Australia who was observing the planet late on the 19th. Wesley called in a tip to NASA whose Jet Propulsion Laboratory began their own observations at the Infrared Telescope Facility. A team under Glenn Orton then confirmed Wesley’s original theory. Wesley’s tip was instrumental in securing the best possible observations. “We were extremely lucky to be seeing Jupiter at exactly the right time, the right hour, the right side of Jupiter to witness the event. We couldn’t have planned it better”, said Orton in a NASA press release. The object responsible for Jupiter’s new black spot was not detected prior to its impact.

Workers at England wind turbine plant stage occupation[]

About 30 workers at the Vestas wind turbine plant in Newport, Isle of Wight, England have occupied their factory in protest against the upcoming closure of the plant. The factory, the main site for the manufacture of turbines for wind power in the United Kingdom, is scheduled to close at the end of July, bringing with it the loss of 625 jobs. The workers, most of whom are not affiliated with any union, began their occupation around 7pm. Speaking via mobile phone from the factory, “Mark”, a worker in Vestas’s finishing shop who prefers not to give any last name for fear of management reprisals, called the atmosphere “really good.” “It’s all right, we’re getting a lot of support”, he said. Mark told Wikinews that the workers at Vestas have received messages of support from members of the SWP, the TUC, and Unite. Members of the Socialist Party are also taking part in the industrial action and the party has announced its support for the occupation. Mark closed by thanking the public for its support, saying “we’ve got to keep on doing this sort of work — it’s for all our futures”

20 years on: Sioux City, Iowa remembers crash landing that killed 111[]

Twenty years ago, on July 19, 1989, United Airlines Flight 232 crash landed in Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.. 111 of those on board were killed – but the actions of the crew helped save the other 185 flying on the DC-10. The airliner was a trijet, with one engine mounted in the tail. This engine had a cracked fan disc which went undetected by the airline despite inspections, and on that flight the component failed completely, shattering and sending debris flying. This debris damaged all three hydraulic systems that controlled the aircraft, leaving the jet without any conventional means of control. A ceremony was held in Sioux City to mark the anniversary. The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation resulted in new procedures for the way airlines inspect their aircraft in the U.S.

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Black spot on Jupiter is impact site, says NASA

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The bright white spot on bottom left of this infrared photo is the site of the impact
Image: NASA/JPL/Infrared Telescope Facility.

A black spot about the size of the Earth that appeared on the upper cloud surface of the planet Jupiter on July 19 has been confirmed to be the result of a massive object, probably a comet or asteroid, crashing into the planet, according to the results of infrared observations of the planet taken at NASA’s Mauna Kea Observatory.

The spot, located near Jupiter’s south pole, was first reported by Anthony Wesley, an amateur astronomer from Murrumbateman, New South Wales, Australia who was observing the planet late on the 19th Australia time, around 1330 on July 20 GMT. Wesley called in a tip to NASA, whose Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) began their own observations at the Infrared Telescope Facility. A team under Glenn Orton then confirmed Wesley’s original theory, citing similarities between the black, hot region in the atmosphere and the aftermath of the impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which broke into pieces and impacted Jupiter exactly 15 years previously — July 16 to July 22, 1994.

Wesley’s tip was instrumental in securing the best possible observations. “We were extremely lucky to be seeing Jupiter at exactly the right time, the right hour, the right side of Jupiter to witness the event. We couldn’t have planned it better”, said Orton in a NASA press release. Leigh Flecther, a postdoctoral fellow at JPL, called the observations “the most exciting observations I’ve seen in my five years of observing the outer planets!”

Wesley almost missed observing the spot. He told the Guardian, “I was imaging Jupiter until about midnight and seriously thought about packing up and going back to the house to watch the golf and the cricket. In the end I decided to just take a break and I went back to the house to watch Tom Watson almost make history. I came back down half an hour later and I could see this black mark had turned into view.”

Unlike Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, the object responsible for Jupiter’s new black spot was not detected prior to its impact.



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Workers at England wind turbine plant stage occupation

Workers at England wind turbine plant stage occupation

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A windfarm in Norfolk, England making use of Vestas turbines.
Image: Jon Blathwayt.

About 30 workers at the Vestas wind turbine plant in Newport, Isle of Wight, England have occupied their factory in protest against the upcoming closure of the plant. The factory, the main site for the manufacture of turbines for wind power in the United Kingdom, is scheduled to close at the end of July, bringing with it the loss of 625 jobs; Vestas is a major employer on the Isle of Wight, which has a population of around 140,000.

The workers, most of whom are not affiliated with any union, began their occupation around 7pm.

Speaking via mobile phone from the factory, “Mark”, a worker in Vestas’s finishing shop who prefers not to give any last name for fear of management reprisals, called the atmosphere “really good.” “It’s all right, we’re getting a lot of support”, he said.

Calling Vestas the “world leader” in the manufacture of wind turbines, Mark stated that the goal of the occupation as “asking the government to nationalise us” as “Vestas aren’t willing to keep our factory open”. The plant is being closed despite rising profits at the company, which is focusing on sales in China in response to lower demand in Northern Europe. According to a report by the Guardian, the low demand in the United Kingdom is the result of the long and unpredictable planning process associated with constructing wind farms in Britain.

Mark told Wikinews that the workers at Vestas have received messages of support from members of the SWP, the TUC, and Unite. Members of the Socialist Party are also taking part in the industrial action and the party has announced its support for the occupation. According to Mark, the Vestas workers were “inspired” to occupy the factory through contacts with occupation organisers from the Visteon plant in Belfast, where workers staged a weeks-long sit-in in April of this year. Mark said that the Visteon workers told the Vestas workers that an occupation “is something we should do to stand up for ourselves.”

Mark closed by thanking the public for its support, saying “we’ve got to keep on doing this sort of work — it’s for all our futures”



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