Bam! NASA spacecraft crashes into asteroid in defense test
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — (AP) — A NASA spacecraft rammed an asteroid at blistering speed Monday in an unprecedented dress rehearsal for the day a killer rock menaces Earth. The galactic slam occurred at a harmless asteroid 7 million miles (11.3 million kilometers) away, with the spacecraft named Dart plowing into the space rock at 14,000 mph (22,500 kph). “We have impact!” Mission Control's Elena Adams announced, jumping up and down and thrusting her arms skyward. The $325 million mission was the first attempt to shift the position of an asteroid or any other natural object in space. The spacecraft packed a scant 1,260 pounds (570 kilograms), compared with the asteroid’s 11 billion pounds (5 billion kilograms).wftv.com
NASA spacecraft closes in on asteroid for head-on collision
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — (AP) — A NASA spacecraft closed in on an asteroid at blistering speed Monday in an unprecedented dress rehearsal for the day a killer rock menaces Earth. The galactic grand slam was set to occur at a harmless asteroid 7 million miles (9.6 million kilometers) away, with the spacecraft named Dart plowing into the rock at 14,000 mph (22,500 kph). The $325 million mission is the first attempt to shift the position of an asteroid or any other natural object in space. The spacecraft packed a scant 1,260 pounds (570 kilograms), compared with the asteroid’s 11 billion pounds (5 billion kilograms). Monday’s dramatic action aside, the world must do a better job of identifying the countless space rocks lurking out there, warned the foundation’s executive director, Ed Lu, a former astronaut.wftv.com
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to offer discounted tickets to some Florida residents
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. — The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is launching a new offer for some Florida residents. The park will offer reduced admission for residents from Orange, Volusia and Osceola counties from Sept. 12 through 18. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 28 Exploring Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Rockets, history and inspiration await The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers a world of inspiration to anyone ready to venture into the history and future of space exploration. Proof of residency in the form of a driver’s license or utility bill is required to receive the special, one-day admission rate. More information about the special admission deal at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex can be found here.wftv.com
Leak ruins NASA moon rocket launch bid; next try weeks away
The previous try on Monday at launching the 322-foot (98-meter) Space Launch System rocket, the most powerful ever built by NASA, was also troubled by hydrogen leaks, though they were smaller. Launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson and her team had barely started loading nearly 1 million gallons of fuel into the Space Launch System rocket at daybreak when the large leak cropped up in the engine section at the bottom. During Monday's attempt, a series of small hydrogen leaks popped up there and elsewhere on the rocket. The new moon rocket uses the same type of main engines. Thousands of people who jammed the coast over the long Labor Day weekend, hoping to see the Space Launch System rocket soar, left disappointed.wftv.com
NASA's new telescope shows star death, dancing galaxies
NASA Space Telescope This image released by NASA on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, shows the Southern Ring Nebula for the first time in mid-infrared light. — (AP) — NASA on Tuesday unveiled a new batch of images from its new powerful space telescope, including a foamy blue and orange shot of a dying star. On tap Tuesday:— The Southern Ring Nebula, which is sometimes called “eight-burst.’ About 2,500 light-years away, it shows an expanding cloud of gas surrounding a dying star. The world’s biggest and most powerful space telescope rocketed away last December from French Guiana in South America. Webb is considered the successor to the highly successful, but aging Hubble Space Telescope.wftv.com
First look: Biden, NASA release first James Webb Telescope image
NASA’s James Webb Telescope launches into space (NCD)WASHINGTON — Americans received their first high-definition glimpses into the universe’s distant past Monday when President Joe Biden and NASA made public the first image captured by the groundbreaking James Webb Telescope. >> Read more trending news“This symbolizes the relentless spirit of American ingenuity,” Biden said during a press briefing just before 6:30 p.m. Monday. 👀 Sneak a peek at the deepest & sharpest infrared image of the early universe ever taken — all in a day’s work for the Webb telescope. This is Webb’s first image released as we begin to #UnfoldTheUniverse: https://t.co/tlougFWg8B pic.twitter.com/Y7ebmQwT7j — NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb) July 11, 2022Biden also said that the telescope’s images will “remind Americans” that “we can do big things” and “nothing is beyond our capacity.”Meanwhile, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson provided context about the scope of Monday’s image reveal. According to The New York Times, Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for space science, described the image released Monday as the deepest view yet into the past of our cosmos.wftv.com
Inflation got high. Why was the Fed slow to raise interest rates? : The Indicator from Planet Money : NPR
What took the Fed so long to address high inflation? Today on the show, we're exploring six reasons behind the Fed's hesitancy to hike interest rates, according to Bill Nelson, who spent two decades working for the Federal Reserve. For more background, check out our episode last week, Jerome Powell's ghosts.npr.org
NASA administrator Bill Nelson helps to hand out learning lunchboxes in Orlando
Video: NASA administrator Bill Nelson helps to hand out learning lunchboxes in Orlando NASA administrator Bill Nelson gave out thousands of learning lunchboxes Friday to food banks in Orlando. (WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — NASA administrator Bill Nelson gave out thousands of learning lunchboxes Friday to food banks in Orlando. READ: NASA highlights importance of STEM classes in visit with Florida studentsIt’s part of NASA’s new initiative to focusing on educating children and their families about NASA’s upcoming Artemis missions. The program also includes landing the first woman and person of color on the moon. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 9 NASA administrator Bill Nelson helps to hand out learning lunchboxes in Orlando“These are families of children that otherwise may not be exposed and that’s why we’re handing out these NASA kits,” Nelson said.wftv.com
NASA to highlight importance of STEM classes in visit with Florida students
NASA to highlight importance of STEM classes in visit with Florida students NASA’s Administrator Bill Nelson and Astronaut Matthew Dominic visited Ventura elementary in Kissimmee to talk to students about space, the return of manned flights to the moon, and ultimately to Mars. (WFTV)KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Some Central Florida students got a lesson on the future of space exploration Tuesday from some important guest teachers. NASA’s Administrator Bill Nelson and Astronaut Matthew Dominic visited Ventura elementary in Kissimmee to talk to students about space, the return of manned flights to the moon, and ultimately to Mars. Dominic said it is important to encourage students’ curiosity and let them know they can be astronauts too. Read: NASA officials give an update on the status of Artemis-I test, launch“That exploration spirit I think is really important.wftv.com
NASA astronauts talk to students about the future of Florida’s space industry
ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida students got a look at what’s in store for Florida’s space industry. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson led a conversation about the future of space in Florida. WATCH: NASA crews move forward with last major tests of SLS rocket at Kennedy Space CenterCrew members from a space shuttle mission were also in attendance to talk to the students. “I never dreamed of being an astronaut,” said former NASA administrator Charles Bolden while talking to the students. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 17 NASA astronauts talk to students about the future of Florida’s space industryBolden went on to explain just how hard he worked in school to become an astronaut and go on to led the agency.wftv.com
Russia to not cooperate with other nations aboard ISS until ‘illegal sanctions’ are lifted, Roscosmos director general says
In a series of tweets posted early Saturday morning, the man in charge of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said the country’s cooperation with other nations aboard the International Space Station will not be restored until “illegal sanctions” from the U.S., Canada, European Union and Japan on Russia are lifted.
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, Russian cosmonauts to return to Earth
The landing would mark the end of a historic mission for NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, whose 355 days in space set a record for the longest single spaceflight for an American. His return, along with his Russian counterparts, would also serve as a powerful symbol of partnership amid heightened tensions over the war in Ukraine.washingtonpost.com
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson: We have cooperation with Russian colleagues
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson on Friday played down recent comments by the head of Russia’s space agency that the United States would have to use broomsticks to fly to space after Russia said it would stop supplying rocket engines to U.S. companies.
President Biden officially taps former Florida Sen. Bill Nelson to lead NASA
Florida’s former Sen. Bill Nelson is set to become NASA’s next administrator if confirmed by the Senate, after President Joe Biden officially nominated the Brevard County native to lead the space agency on Friday. Former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stepped down in January, the day Biden was sworn into office. Steve Jurczyk stepped in as the acting NASA administrator on Jan. 20. Senator Bill Nelson to lead our agency. If confirmed he will be the third NASA administrator to have achieved spaceflight.
Biden picks former senator who flew in space to lead NASA
President Joe Biden has chosen Nelson, a former senator from Florida who flew on the space shuttle to lead NASA. Scott Applewhite, File)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – President Joe Biden has chosen a former senator from Florida who flew on the space shuttle right before the Challenger accident to lead NASA. Biden on Friday announced his intent to nominate Bill Nelson as the space agency's administrator. “There has been no greater champion, not just for Florida’s space industry, but for the space program as a whole than Bill,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said in a statement. Plenty of qualified candidates,” retired space shuttle director and program manager Wayne Hale tweeted earlier this month.
Report: President Biden considering former Sen. Bill Nelson to lead NASA
Former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stepped down in January, the day Biden was sworn into office. RUMINT: Former Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.) is said to be Biden admin pick for NASA administrator, killing several birds with one stone: strong relationship with POTUS, congressional savvy. @Genevaexpat — Breaking Defense (@BreakingDefense) February 22, 2021Steve Jurczyk stepped in as the acting NASA administrator on Jan. 20. AdWhoever Biden nominates to lead NASA will still need to be confirmed in the Senate. Nelson did not support Bridenstine’s confirmation as NASA administrator, arguing the head of NASA should be someone in the spaceflight industry.
With another Florida loss, Democrats begin second guessing
As election postmortems go, the one that began in Florida Wednesday was especially wrenching for Democrats. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Perhaps only in Florida is a loss by fewer than 4 percentage points considered a public drubbing. Democrats zeroed in on two clear explanations: Biden didn't connect with the state's Latino voters, performing particularly poorly with Cuban voters in South Florida. Some Democrats also give Republicans credit for registering thousands of new voters and narrowing the voter registration advantage Democrats have long had. For Taddeo, the Democratic state senator, it means going back to basics.
Florida, butt of election jokes, believes system is ready
State leaders eliminated computer punchcard ballots, implemented statewide recount laws and made it easy to cast and process ballots before Election Day. Though there are other scenarios that make elections officials nervous, the computer punch-card ballots that fueled 2000's chaos are buried in history's landfill. Casting valid ballots and processing them is now easier, even before Election Day, and the Legislature has enacted clearer laws governing recounts. If the statewide margin then is within a half-percentage point — likely about 55,000 votes — a machine recount would occur. These voters are notified and have until two days after the election to prove their identity, but many won’t respond.
Florida Democrats running to boost Biden from the bottom up
"And Im glad to be part of that.Johnson's campaign is part of a major change in strategy for Florida Democrats. Long accustomed to being on the losing side of razor-close races, state Democrats are mounting challenges in Republican strongholds not necessarily to win but to lose by less. For years, Florida Democrats largely have focused on running up the score in heavily Democratic urban precincts in South Florida in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. But Florida Democrats are hoping that enthusiasm rises from the bottom up and compounds quickly. Were fielding candidates to win races, and we think that Trump will win Florida," said Florida Republican Party Chair Joe Gruters, who is running for reelection to his state Senate seat.