S Korea's Moon calls for peace with North in farewell speech
Koreas Tensions South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a farewell speech at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 9, 2022. Moon defended his policy of engaging North Korea, saying in his farewell speech Monday that he hopes that efforts to restore peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula would continue. I heartily hope that efforts to resume dialogue between South and North Korea and establish denuclearization and peace would continue,” Moon said in the nationally televised speech. In recent months, Kim's military has also been test-launching a spate of missiles targeting South Korea, Japan or the mainland U.S. South Korean officials say North Korea also appears to be preparing for its first nuclear test since 2017.wftv.com
Readers pick their favorite corned beef sandwiches
The parades might be behind us, but the river's still green and a hunger for St. Patrick's celebrations will keep rolling through Thursday. We're glad so many readers offered their corned beef sandwich picks to add to our own recommendations of Moon's and the Corned Beef Factory.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Susan B: Manny's Deli on Jefferson gives you, "an amazing amount of corned beef (two meals easily!) on every sandwich. Try the combo of pastrami/news.yahoo.com
Missouri senator protests punishment for wearing overalls
A Missouri state senator punished for wearing overalls on the Senate floor blocked any work from getting done Tuesday in protest. Republican Sen. Mike Moon, a candidate for U.S. Congress who once videotaped himself gutting a chicken to make a political point, filibustered to stop even administrative tasks from moving forward. Moon read a book on prisoners of war before the Senate adjourned for the day without taking action.news.yahoo.com
Toyota heading to moon with cruiser, robotic arms, dreams
Japan Toyota Moon This undated photo provided by Toyota Motor Corp. shows a robotic arm developed for a vehicle called "Lunar Cruiser" to explore the lunar surface. Toyota is working with Japan's space agency on the Lunar Cruiser to explore the lunar surface, with ambitions to help people live on the moon by 2040 and then go live on Mars, company officials said Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. The arm developed by Gitai Japan Inc., a venture contracted with Toyota, is designed to perform tasks such as inspection and maintenance. The vehicle being developed with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is called Lunar Cruiser, whose name pays homage to the Toyota Land Cruiser sport utility vehicle. Gitai Japan Inc., a venture contracted with Toyota, has developed a robotic arm for the Lunar Cruiser, designed to perform tasks such as inspection and maintenance.wftv.com
U.K. paleontologists find nearly complete Ichthyosaur
An almost-perfect fossil of a 180-million-year-old reptile was discovered in a drained reservoir in England. As Charlie D'Agata reports, the rare find of the bones of a "Sea Dragon" that is over 33-feet long may help scientists learn about why these beasts failed to adapt to a changing climate.news.yahoo.com
South Korean president in Saudi Arabia, meets crown prince
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — (AP) — South Korea's leader arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, where he was greeted in Riyadh by the kingdom's crown prince and an honor guard marching band. It was the second stop on a Mideast tour by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife, who were greeted on the tarmac by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. All were masked and President Moon did not shake hands with the prince, in line with coronavirus social distancing practices. Prince Mohammed bin Salman has largely taken over day-to-day rule of Saudi Arabia from his father, King Salman. It was unclear whether President Moon would also meet King Salman, who has only made limited public appearances since the outbreak of the virus globally in March 2020.wftv.com
China's Chang'E 5 lunar lander is first in history to find water on the moon up close
China's recent lunar sample return mission made history by becoming the first to detect water on the Moon’s surface in real time. The Chang'E-5 probe, which landed on the Moon on Dec. 1, 2020, found water at its landing site in the Northern Oceanus Procellarum’s basin, according to recently published research in Science Advances. To detect water in real time, the lander used a lunar mineralogical spectrometer, an instrument that measures spectral reflectance in lunar regolith and rocks, reported Science Alert.news.yahoo.com
Australia and South Korea sign defense deal as leaders meet
Australia South Korea Moon South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, is invited to sign a visitor's book by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Parliament House, in Canberra, Australia, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. (Lukas Coch/Pool Photo via AP) (Lukas Coch)CANBERRA, Australia — (AP) — Australia and South Korea signed a $680 million defense deal Monday as South Korean President Moon Jae-in became the first foreign leader to visit Australia since the pandemic began. Worth about 1 billion Australian dollars, the deal will see South Korean defense company Hanwha provide the Australian army with artillery weapons, supply vehicles and radars. It's the largest defense contract struck between Australia and an Asian nation, and comes at a time of heightened tensions between Australia and China. “Therefore, South Korea is focused on the steadfast alliance with the U.S. and also with China," Moon said.wftv.com
FedEx subcontractor charged after hundreds of packages dumped in Alabama
BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. — Authorities on Friday announced that charges have been filed against a FedEx subcontractor who admitted to dumping packages in a roadside ditch last month in Alabama. FedEx employees were able to scan 153 of the packages to determine where they were meant to go. Nearly 260 packages were unidentifiable due to issues with their barcodes or the legibility of the recipients’ addresses or names, Sheriff Mark Moon said. >> Related: FedEx packages found dumped in Alabama“This young man … admitted to everything that was asked of him and that we could prove, and was very upfront,” Moon said at a news conference. Moon said Charleston worked as a subcontractor when he drove and delivered for FedEx, but that he has since been fired from the position.wftv.com
Artemis Moon mission delayed to 2025, NASA administrator says
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The Artemis Moon mission has been delayed to 2025, according to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. The mission is expected to return astronauts to the Moon for the first time in more than 50 years. Blue Origin sued NASA afterit gave the full contract to build the human landing system to SpaceX instead of funding both companies. According to NASA, the Artemis II mission includes sending astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft farther into space than any humans have traveled before, roughly 40,000 miles past the Moon, before returning home. But we’re NASA, and we’re rising to the challenge.”READ: NASA makes final preparations for rocket heading around the moon in FebruaryTo learn more about the mission, click here.wftv.com
Court ruling allows SpaceX to develop lunar lander for NASA
ORLANDO, Fla. — NASA will resume working with Space X to develop a modern human lunar lander. This comes after the U.S. Court of Federal Claims denied Blue Origin’s bid protest, upholding NASA’s selection of SpaceX to develop the Artemis Lunar Lander. NASA continues working with multiple American companies in order to foster competition and commercial readiness for crewed missions to the Moon. Read: NASA makes final preparations for rocket heading around the moon in FebruaryUnder the Artemis program, NASA plans to lead the world in landing the first woman and person of color on the Moon’s surface. Read: NASA confirms there is water on the moon that astronauts may be able to useThe Artemis mission will also conduct other operations on the Moon, including getting ready for human missions to Mars.wftv.com
South Korea's leader vows final push for talks with North
South Korea Koreas Tensions South Korea's President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech at the National Assembly in Seoul Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. While launching a spate of newly developed weapons in recent weeks, North Korea has also slammed Washington and Seoul over what it calls hostility toward the North. Its actions indicate North Korea wants its rivals to ease economic sanctions against it and accept it as a legitimate nuclear state, experts say. The presidential candidate of Moon's ruling liberal party has unveiled a similar North Korea policy as Moon's. The North Korean weapons systems tested recently are mostly short- and medium-range weapons that place South Korea and Japan within their striking ranges.wftv.com
At UN, Moon pushes peace with NKorea after missile tests
“North Korea, for its part, must brace for changes that benefit the era of global community,” Moon said in his address at the largest gathering of world leaders. South Korea’s tests included its first of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, which came after the South Korean and Japanese militaries said North Korea had fired two ballistic missiles into the sea. As Moon claimed South Korea’s growing missile capabilities will serve as a “sure deterrence” against North Korean provocations, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned of a “complete destruction” of bilateral relations if Moon continued with what she described as slander of North Korea. “With the joint accession to the U.N., the two Koreas both recognized that they were two separate nations, different in systems and ideologies,” Moon said. North Korea is scheduled to speak Monday, the final day of the General Assembly leaders' meeting.wftv.com
S. Korea conducts major missile test after N Korean launches
Japan Koreas Tensions A man walks past a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Tokyo, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) (Koji Sasahara)SEOUL, South Korea — (AP) — South Korea says it has carried out its first underwater-launched missile test, hours after rival North Korea fired two ballistic missiles toward the sea. President Moon Jae-in’s office said in a statement that Moon observed the test of a domestically built submarine-launched ballistic missile on Wednesday afternoon. The announcement followed two North Korean ballistic missile launches detected by South Korea earlier Wednesday. The launches were a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions that bar North Korea from engaging in any ballistic missile activities.wftv.com
Keith Moon’s Top 5 Wildest Moments
Moon On The Radio Drummer Keith Moon (1947 - 1978), of British rock group The Who, in a radio studio at Broadcasting House, London, 12th July 1973. Moon is recording skits to play between songs while filling in for disc jockey John Peel on BBC Radio 1's 'Top Gear' programme. (Photo by Jack Kay/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) (Matt Green/Getty Images)wftv.com
Moon, Biden agree to work on joint North Korea strategy
In this photo provided by South Korea Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks on the phone with U.S. President Joe Biden at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, in South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. During their first phone talks since President Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, South Korean President Moon Jae-in proposed the allies make joint efforts for lasting peace and denuclearization. The two leaders agreed on the need to soon map out a “comprehensive strategy on North Korea if possible,” Moon’s spokesman, Kang Min-seok, said. AdThe U.S., which has about 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, regularly stages military drills with South Korea. North Korea views such military training and U.S.-led sanctions as proof of American hostility.
NASA might not repeat test of moon rocket to preserve it for launch later this year
The core stage for the first flight of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket is seen in the B-2 Test Stand during a hot fire test Jan. 16, 2021, at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. NASA attributed the automatic shutdown to the strict test limits meant to protect the core stage so it can be used on the first Artemis flight. At this rate, the 212-foot core stage made by Boeing is down to about six “tanks” on its lifespan. President-elect Joe Biden has yet to name who will lead the space agency through a critical time in the ambitious timeline to return to the lunar surface. The outgoing administrator did have some advice for whoever next leads the U.S. space agency, urging the next agency head to keep politics out of space exploration.
Moon urges Biden to learn from Trump's N. Korea diplomacy
South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during an on-line New Year press conference with local and foreign journalists at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Jeon Heon-kyun/Pool Photo via AP)SEOUL – South Korea’s president on Monday urged the incoming Biden administration to build upon the achievements and learn from the failures of President Donald Trump’s diplomatic engagement with North Korea. Biden has accused Trump of chasing the spectacle of summits rather than meaningful curbs on the North’s nuclear capabilities. And while Moon acknowledged that Biden is likely to try a different approach than Trump, he stressed that Biden could still learn from Trump’s successes and failures in dealing with North Korea. “The start of the Biden administration provides a new opportunity to start over talks between North Korea and the United States and also between South and North Korea,” which have stalled amid the stalemate in nuclear negotiations, Moon said.
NASA’s SLS rocket, Orion spacecraft still targeting 2021 maiden flight
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – The mega-rocket even more powerful than the Saturn V is coming together at the Kennedy Space Center and also NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. On the Gulf Coast Saturday, the Space Launch System is scheduled for a major engine test. The rocket is key to NASA’s Artemis program with plans to return humans to the lunar surface by 2024. And by the year 2024, NASA still plans on SLS and Orion sending the first man and next woman to the Moon. Artemis I would become the first launch from KSC launch complex 39B since 2009.
Backyard astronomers will not want to miss these 5 events in 2021
Total Lunar Eclipse (May 26)May’s total lunar eclipse will be the first total lunar eclipse in the Americas in more than two years. In a total lunar eclipse, the moon turns a red, rusty color, often referred to as a blood moon. In Central Florida, it will be a partial lunar eclipse as the Moon will set prior to totality. Partial lunar eclipse (Nov 19)November’s lunar eclipse will be partial, meaning the Earth’s shadow will never fully engulf the Moon, but it’s going to be close. In the pre-dawn hours of the 19th, Central Florida will actually see more of the Moon covered than in May’s total eclipse (partial for Central Florida).
Canada will be second country in history to send astronaut to moon
This illustration made available by NASA in April 2020 depicts Artemis astronauts on the Moon. (NASA via AP)A Canadian astronaut will join NASA astronauts on the first crewed mission to the moon in over 50 years, making Canada the second nation to have an astronaut fly around the moon, reports News 6 partner Florida Today. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space, took to Twitter to express his excitement over the historic announcement. “Two Canadian astronauts are going to the Moon! The second flight with a Canadian astronaut would be on a later flight.
Lunar mission is latest milestone in China’s space ambitions
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)WENCHANG – China’s latest trip to the moon is another milestone in the Asian powerhouse’s slow but steady ascent to the stars. Future ambitions include a permanent space station and putting people back on the moon more than 50 years after the U.S. did. But even before the latest lunar mission lifted off before dawn Tuesday, a top program official maintained that China isn't competing with anyone. China's space program has at times been seen as recreating achievements attained years ago by others, primarily the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. Subscribe to a weekly newsletter to receive the latest in space news directly to your inbox here.
Moon Gateway likely won’t be in place to support NASA’s Artemis missions, audit finds
The lunar Gateway -- a small space station around the moon-- is a key part of NASA’s Artemis program that will provide a location for spacecraft to deploy down to the surface of the moon with astronauts. | Shaq’s mansion discounted by $3M]NASA’s OIG is an independent organization and is performing several audits of the Artemis program. On Tuesday, the OIG released the first in a series examining the Gateway schedule, funding, costs, contract negotiations and technical risks. The PPE is at least 17 months behind its original completion date of December 2022 and HALO is two to five months behind schedule, according to the OIG report. With both of these elements needed for Gateway, the orbiting space station will likely not be in place for the first 2024 astronaut lunar landing.
Moon may hold frozen water in more places than suspected
Scientists say the moon’s shadowed, frigid nooks and crannies may hold frozen water in more places and in larger quantities than previously suspected. Another NASA scientist on the call, Dr. Jacob Bleacher, touched on the importance of water for the agency’s exploration plans. “We confirmed water on the sunlit surface of the Moon for the 1st time using @SOFIAtelescope,” Bridenstine tweeted. “We don’t know yet if we can use it as a resource, but learning about water on the Moon is key for our #Artemis exploration plans.”Earlier, NASA tweeted, “Happy Monday, skygazers! We don’t know yet if we can use it as a resource, but learning about water on the Moon is key for our #Artemis exploration plans.
Semi carrying eggs catches fire, closes I-4 near SR-408 in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – A semi carrying eggs overturned and caught fire on I-4 in Orlando, prompting officials to close the interstate. I-4 east is closed Wednesday morning just before the exit to eastbound State Road 408. “Units are working to rescue one person in the crash,” Orlando police tweeted, later adding that the driver was conscious and talking. UPDATE: Semi driver is concious and talking after being pulled from the wreckage on I-4 EB at the 408 EB ramp. pic.twitter.com/p2pyl2ax6O — Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) October 14, 2020*** TRAFFIC ALERT ***EB I-4 x Kaley Ave - SHUTDOWN- Overturned Semi .. carrying eggs- EB lanes CLOSEDAlt: Exit at OBT take north to SR-408 pic.twitter.com/sVc5BQMDTk — Trooper Steve (@TrooperSteve_) October 14, 2020
NASA’s new moonshot rules: No fighting or littering, please
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s new moonshot rules: No fighting and littering. The space agency released a set of guidelines Tuesday for its Artemis moon-landing program, based on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty and other agreements. Founding members include the U.S., Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The coalition can say, “Look, you’re in this program with the rest of us, but you’re not playing by the same rules,” Bridenstine said. ___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.
NASA needs $3 billion for lunar lander or 2024 Moon mission in jeopardy
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Jim Bridenstine said if an immediate $3 billion is not appropriated for the Human Landing System, NASA’s goal to get back to the Moon by 2024 would be at risk. The lunar lander only received about 20 percent of full funding in a House spending bill passed in July. “NASA has had a history of seeing programs get developed and then canceled,” Bridenstine testified. “Space has generally always been a very bipartisan effort and that’s encouraging and needed now more so than ever,” Dale Ketcham of Space Florida said. “I just want to thank NASA for their commitment to using the private sector to do things.”
Don’t miss it: Rare full moon set to light up Halloween sky
As if 2020 wasn’t eerie enough, this year’s Halloween night will be once in a blue moon. October 2020 Full Moon Schedule:Oct. 1 (The Harvest Moon): This name is given to the first full moon after the autumnal equinox. Oct. 31 (The Hunter’s Moon): This name is typically given because hunters would track and kill prey under the fall moonlight, collecting food before winter. This rare double full moon occurrence would also mean that this Halloween will be a blue moon because it’s the second full moon in one month. This is where the saying “once in a blue moon” comes to play.
United Arab Emirates to launch spacecraft to moon in 2024
Sheikh Mohammed made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter that his country plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024. Already, an Emirati space probe is hurtling through space on its way to Mars while last year it sent its first astronaut to the International Space Station. Sheikh Mohammed said the rover would be named “Rashid,” the same name of his late father, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Sheikh Rashid was one of the original founding rulers of the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula. ___Associated Press writers Isabel DeBre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo contributed to this report.
N. Korea's Kim apologizes over shooting death of S. Korean
It’s extremely unusual for a North Korean leader to apologize to South Korea on any issue. South Korean officials condemned what they called an “atrocious act” and pressed North Korea to punish those responsible. According to the North Korean message, North Korean troops first fired blanks after the man found in the North’s waters refused to answer other than saying he’s from South Korea a couple of times. Then, as he made moves to flee, the North Korean troops fired 10 rounds. In 2002, Kim Jong Il, the late father of Kim Jong Un, said he felt “sorry” about a failed 1968 attempt to assassinate South Korean President Park Chung-hee.
Look up: International Observe the Moon Night is a great reason to sky gaze
Every year, International Observe the Moon Night occurs in September or October when the Moon is around first quarter. Planetarium Director Derek Demeter and planetarium specialist Justin Cirillo will host a virtual sky party on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics Cape Canaveral chapter is hosting two virtual events beginning on Friday. NASA is also hosting a number of lunar-learning opportunities on the Observe the Moon Night. Next year, International Observe the Moon Night is Oct. 16.
15 things you (probably) didn’t know about the moon
Bye-bye, moon -- The moon is slowly moving away from us. Not only does the Moon influence the oceans' tides, it’s the reason why we only see one side, because the Earth and Moon are so in sync. One of the spacecraft’s main goal was to make a 3D map of the Moon’s surface from lunar orbit to identify potential landing sites and resources. We know the shape of the solid surface of the Moon better than the shape of the solid surface of the Earth. It’s called “the Moon” because people didn’t know about other moons existing until 1610.