Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Women who Power NASA’s New Horizons Mission to Pluto

Women make up approximately 25 percent of the New Horizons flyby team. The female team members were photographed at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory on July 11, 2015, just three days before the spacecraft’s closest approach to Pluto.

Kneeling from left to right: Amy Shira Teitel, Cindy Conrad, Sarah Hamilton, Allisa Earle, Leslie Young, Melissa Jones, Katie Bechtold, Becca Sepan, Kelsi Singer, Amanda Zangari, Coralie Jackman, Helen Hart. Standing, from left to right: Fran Bagenal, Ann Harch, Jillian Redfern, Tiffany Finley, Heather Elliot, Nicole Martin, Yanping Guo, Cathy Olkin, Valerie Mallder, Rayna Tedford, Silvia Protopapa, Martha Kusterer, Kim Ennico, Ann Verbiscer, Bonnie Buratti, Sarah Bucior, Veronica Bray, Emma Birath, Carly Howett, Alice Bowman. Not pictured: Priya Dharmavaram, Sarah Flanigan, Debi Rose, Sheila Zurvalec, Adriana Ocampo, Jo-Anne Kierzkowski.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Panahon pa ni... Two Tagalog words that pertain to a time long ago.

Picture came from the Celistino Delfin Gaspar Family

The word "Panahon pa ng Kopong-kopong" is a Tagalog phrase which means "a very long time ago." The origin of the term "kopong" is an old Tagalog word for zero, so technically speaking, Panahon pa ng  Kopong-Kopong means 1900 and note the two "00" or "kopong." 

"Panahon pa ni Mahoma" means the time of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. Mahoma is an alternative spelling of Muhammad's name.

Yet, there are others who say that Mahoma means the Japanese General Masaharu Homma. So Panahon pa ni Mahoma means a time somewhere in the early 40's during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.