SS Meteor is the sole surviving ship of the unconventional "whaleback" design. The design, created by Scottish captain Alexander McDougall (1845-1923), enabled her to carry a maximum amount of cargo with a minimum of draft. Whalebacks were also called "pig boats", among other names, due to their appearance. The Meteor was built in 1896 in Superior, Wisconsin and, with a number of modifications,...
The Syrian Air Force was still small and its first jets, a single squadron of Gloster Meteor F.8s, were its only jets. Twelve had been ordered from Britain, with two Meteor T.7 trainers, back in January 1950. This first order was delayed by a Middle East arms embargo which came into force in October 1951, but the Meteor F.8s were finally delivered between December 3, 1952, and March 9, 1953, in...
Forty kilometers north of Pretoria lies a ring of hills a kilometer in diameter and 100 meters high. These hills are the walls of an impact crater left by an asteroid which hit there some 200 000 years ago. The Tswaing crater is similar in size to the well-known Barringer meteor crater in Arizona. The crater walls at Tswaing were originally about twice as high as they are today.
The RT-70 is part of a U.S. House of Representatives initiative to employ the Russian space surveillance system in the search for asteroids which may potentially be Earth impactors. While the project must still be approved by the Russian Ministry of Defense, it has been endorsed by the head of the Russian Federal Space Agency.
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