On the Radar: Miracle plane to Charlotte, salt-seeking satellite, Arab-American meet
The plane's wings and tail were removed for the trip to North Carolina.
June 10th, 2011
06:46 AM ET

On the Radar: Miracle plane to Charlotte, salt-seeking satellite, Arab-American meet

Three things you need to know today.

"Miracle on the Hudson" plane: The US Airways Airbus 320 that Capt. Chesley Sullenberger safely put down in the Hudson River in January 2009 arrives at its new home in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday.

The jetliner, minus its wings and tail section, was at a weigh station in Surry County, North Carolina, overnight before beginning the final leg of its journey from a warehouse in Harrison, New Jersey. It is expected to reach its new home at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte between 11 a.m. and noon Friday, according to a museum Twitter posting.

Among those who got a chance to see the aircraft Thursday were two of the 155 passengers and crew aboard when Sullenberger set the Airbus down in the Hudson after its struck birds and lost power upon departing LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009, on a flight to Charlotte.

"Seeing the plane, I think it's overwhelming. Full circle. You think about all the emotions. You think about how fortunate you are," survivor Denise Lockie told CNN affiliate WFMY.

"This airplane crashing in the river and staying afloat for 23 or 24 minutes, long enough for us all to get off, is an amazing miracle." survivor Beth McHugh told the Greensboro TV station.

Sea salt satellite: NASA is set to launch a satellite Friday, starting a three-year mission to help better understand climate change.

NASA says it will launch the Aquarius/SAC-D Sea Surface Salinity satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

For the next three years, the Aquarius satellite will look back at Earth and generate monthly maps of sea salt movement, data that are crucial to the understanding of global climate change and ocean currents.

The project will give scientists the information they need to better predict El Nino and La Nina tropical climate patterns in the Pacific. Until now, such research has been limited to ship and buoy instrumentation.

Arab-American conference: The Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, which bills itself as the largest Arab-American grassroots organization in the U.S., begins at three-day conference in Washington on Friday.

The conference, with the theme “Defining Our Role in a Changing World,” features speakers including consumer advocate Ralph Nader, comedians Dean Obeidallah and Ahmed Ahmed, political and academic figures and a performance by the New York Arab Orchestra.

Topics up for discussion include the current "Arab Spring" uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, U.S. foreign policy and Arab-American identity.

The organization says the conference is the country's largest gathering of Arab-Americans.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Mike Peralta:
    No, I certainly do not "realize" that God has assigned an angel to each human being.
    I don't think that anything of the sort ever happened.
    I know that, if I choose to do so, I may temporarily dwell on such images as angels and hovering Virgins to induce a hypnotic sense of well-being into my mentation, but I do not believe that angels actually exist and fly around us like bees or mosquitoes.

    June 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I can achieve a mental state similar to the one I just described (9:08 PM) by drinking a martini or two.
    Either escape mechanism has drawbacks. Sometimes the physical side effects of alcohol abuse are worse than the side effects of religion.

    June 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    What "equation," anyway?
    1 (man) plus 0 (gods) = 1.
    That's right. (Forget the cooked geese.)
    Say that 500 men made and piloted the plane.
    500 (men) plus 0 (gods) = 500.
    Or:
    1,600 (men) plus 0 (gods) = 1,600.
    There's your equation, truthfully stated.
    I love truth.

    June 11, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
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