Monthly Archive: May 2014

Rosetta Tour: Denmark to Sweden 0

Rosetta Tour: Denmark to Sweden

We catch up with our Space Trucker Rosita after a busy week touring Denmark and Sweden. Outside Steno Museum. Image courtesy J.

Makinen. Our Denmark tour started with two days in Aarhus. Ole J Knudsen from Steno Museum, together with three students, were on hand to give lectures and cook comets.

In addition, Kasper and Hans joined us from Terma, supporting me in the truck and adding to the presentation with a lecture about the journey of our Rosetta, how a mission like this works and the challenges it has faced on its way to the comet. The truck was open to visiting students and anyone passing by. We had all kinds of public: gardeners, hobby astronomers, kids, pensioners.

At the end of the day, Terma had invited their own people staff from Steno Museet, people from the municipality and the University. It was a very long but good day. The following day was similar and we had about 800 people visiting us, in addition media showed up both written press and TV.

Then we were off to Copenhagen, and Cecilie Tornoe from the Danish Ministry joined us on our way; it s always nice with an additional passenger. A few hours later we arrived at DTU, the Danish Technical University, where Carol Oxborne was waiting for us in pouring rain. The dedication from people who have organised this tour with us has been absolutely amazing!

The next day we were joined again by Kasper and Hans from Terma, to give lectures for students and other interested people at the university library. It was a beautiful location, and even a webstream was provided for those who didn t have the time to come along in person. People continue to be fascinated about the mission as an example, while talking about Rosetta with our taxi driver on our way to DTU, he got so fascinated that he forgot to drive when the light changed to green!

Young space enthusiasts sitting on the model comet with ESA Kids mascot Paxi in Copenhagen. Image courtesy: J. Makinen.

After three days in Denmark we crossed the border to Sweden again. Travelling with the ferry from Helsing r to Helsingborg, we had quite a drive before reaching our next destination: Link ping. Arriving at around midnight, in a deserted schoolyard (a little spooky!), we were grateful that the staff at Folkunga skolan had marked where we should park our truck.

The next day was somewhat of a marathon with 14 school classes from Folkunga and Berzelius, but it was a great day of course. It is something special when you give a presentation to young people and realise how fascinating they find our mission, asking lots and lots of questions, and also doing well in our quiz. The next two days we again received school groups and as soon as we opened the truck we were overwhelmed by little children all wanting to visit us.

It was the last part of the Rosetta tour for me. All in, a great 9 days even if it is tough to spend so much time on the road. You get a different perspective for the guys who spend longer doing this.

But the tour continues Finland get ready it is your time again to meet and greet Rosetta! The tour has just two days left. Find it in Jyv skyl , Are Square today and Sein joki, Kauppatori tomorrow.

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Busch goes 4-for-4 with dominant Dover Truck win 0

Busch goes 4-for-4 with dominant Dover Truck win

Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Rip It Energy Fuel/Menards Toyota, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Toyota, lead the field to the green flag for the start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. Photo: Drew Hallowell/NASCAR via Getty Images May 30, 2014, DOVER, Del. Much to the dismay of Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, Ryan Blaney and others, Kyle Busch has been unstoppable in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and untouchable at Dover International Speedway.

Busch, won for the fourth time in as many 2014 starts and posted his third victory in his last three NCWTS attempts at Dover, leading 150 of 200 laps to capture Friday s Lucas Oil 200. As a regular in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Busch is not eligible for the Camping World Truck Series title. But he s driving like a champion.

In addition to his 39th victory, he recorded the eighth perfect driver rating of his CWTS career in Friday s race. We all know, the 51 was lights out, OK? summed up Sauter.

Hopefully we ll be able to learn what they re doing in the 51 camp and run with them, week in, week out. Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Toyota, and Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Rip It Energy Fuel/Menards Toyota, lead. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images It all begs the question: Might Busch be able to finish unbeaten in the truck races he drives this season?

It s not unimaginable, Busch said. But a lot of circumstances have to go your way. It s certainly feasible, maybe.

Turning the duties over to rookie Erik Jones for five of the next six races, Busch isn t slated to drive another CWTS race until June 26 at Kentucky. It s been fun. I ve enjoyed being able to run up front, lead laps and such, Busch said.

Busch has now won five consecutive starts dating back to last season, the second time in his career he has accomplished the feat. Johnny Sauter, driver of the #98 Nextant/Curb Records Toyota, pits during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. Photo: Drew Hallowell/NASCAR via Getty Images Crafton provided Busch s stiffest competition until his right front tire gave out, leading to a hard crash on Lap 158.

That left it to Blaney and Sauter to pursue Busch after a restart with 20 laps to go. But once Busch pulled away, neither could close to within 1.3 seconds of the leader. Our Tundra was awesome on the long runs, said Busch s crew chief Eric Phillips.

Blaney lost ground on a pit stop late in the race, but knew that was not the deciding factor. With 50 or 60 to go we had a loose left rear wheel, said Blaney, happy to be contending after 22nd-place finishes in his previous two races. Luckily we caught it before it went back green.

But I don t think it mattered. I don t think anyone was going to catch (Busch s) 51. He was something else.

Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Toyota, celebrates with a bow after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. Photo: Drew Hallowell/NASCAR via Getty Images Crafton, who entered the race as the series points leader, said he had no warning his right front tire was about to go down. It s a shame, said Crafton, who led 46 laps.

Relegated to a 23rd-place finish by his crash, Crafton dropped into a second-place tie with Sauter, one point behind Timothy Peters. With his victory at Martinsville Speedway, Crafton remains the only driver other than Busch to win a CWTS race this season. Peters emerged with the series lead despite losing power and finishing 10th, two laps down.

His Red Horse Racing teammate German Quiroga Jr., lost a late-race duel with Tyler Reddick for eighth place, but remained the only driver to finish in the top 10 of each race this season. After leading the first 73 laps, Busch did have to overcome a bad break. He was already on pit road for a green flag stop when Brennan Newberry crashed into the inside retaining wall.

Busch continued back onto the track without pitting but fell to eighth place on the restart. That handed the lead to Crafton and helped Blaney, Reddick, Sauter and John Hunter Nemechek advance within the top five. Busch wasted no time in charging to third.

He passed Blaney during a lengthy green flag run and closed to Crafton s rear bumper. On Lap 120 Busch rode the high line to regain the lead. Brandon Jones raced with the leaders all night and posted a career-best fourth-place finish.

Joey Coulter was fifth, his best finish of the season. Ben Kennedy finished behind Nemechek, his seventh-place finish the best by a rookie. Busch, who qualified on the front row for Sunday s Sprint Cup race, has a chance to complete a rare triple this weekend.

He has won two of his last three Nationwide Series starts and had the fifth-fastest lap time in final practice for Saturday s Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket Nationwide event.

Shropshire Truck Show at Oswestry Showground  Shropshire Star 0

Shropshire Truck Show at Oswestry Showground Shropshire Star

Thousands of people visited the Shropshire Truck Show to see monster trucks, vintage vehicles and motorbike stunt riders. Thousands of people visited the Shropshire Truck Show to see monster trucks, vintage vehicles and motorbike stunt riders. The show took place on the Oswestry Showground, in Park Hall, on Saturday and Sunday.

Among the attractions was special guest Keith Duffy, of Boyzone and Coronation Street fame, who was at the show yesterday to sign autographs. The show saw more than 400 trucks on site over the weekend, a car-crushing showdown between monster trucks and a chance for visitors to ride and crush cars in monster truck Red Dragon. Other entertainment included freestyle motocross display stunt team Air Raid FMX performing air jumps and tricks and the Flingsby Fire Fly stunt plane staging air displays.

There was also a full rescue recovery demonstration in the main arena with trucks and other vehicles simulating a massive crash recovery. Hundreds of working, custom, vintage and American trucks from across the UK were on show and all the latest products associated with them. Jason Lunn, director for the show, said: “People of Shropshire and across the region have come out in their masses to support us. “I don’t know the exact figures, but numbers are definitely up on last year.

e have been lucky with the weather.

It has been cloudy with sunny spells and although it threatened we didn’t have any major rain.” Thanks to Tracy Williams for the pictures.

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