Alabama city throws 'Tardy Gras' parade as pandemic ebbs
With both COVID-19 hospitalizations and vaccinations ebbing, Alabama's port city is putting on a Mardi Gras-style parade that will feel at least a little like the Carnival celebrations that were canceled earlier this year because of the pandemic. Plastic beads and other trinkets will fly as nearly 30 floats from Mardi Gras groups snake through downtown Mobile on Friday night with high school marching bands, squeals and blaring speakers providing a soundtrack for the party, which coincides with a ship commissioning. “With so much interest we could have had more if space would allow, but parades can only be so long,” said Judi Gulledge, who is coordinating the event.news.yahoo.com
The huge ship stuck in the Suez Canal is visible from space (satellite photos)
An Airbus-built Pleiades Earth-observation satellite captured this close up of the Ever Given container ship stuck in the Suez Canal on March 25, 2021. The Airbus-built Pleiades Earth-observing satellite also captured a stunning close-up of the stuck ship early Thursday morning (March 25). Related: Photos of Earth by Planet satellitesA relative close-up of the container ship Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal, captured by one of Planet's Dove cubesats on March 24, 2021. An Airbus-built Pleiades Earth-observation satellite captured this view of the Ever Given container ship stuck in the Suez Canal on March 25, 2021. The view from Airbus' Pleiades satellite taken early Thursday morning shows even more detail, with container ship clearly visible.space.com
Another one of Facebook’s digital currency founders has left
Kevin Weil, VP of product at Facebook's Calibra, speaks on stage at the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal on November 5, 2019. Kevin Weil, one of the co-founders of the Diem digital currency and Facebook's Novi digital wallet, announced on Thursday that he has left the social media company. Weil joined Facebook's Instagram division in 2016 after working as a product executive at Twitter. He joined Facebook executive David Marcus in 2018 to work on the company's Libra blockchain currency and the Calibra digital wallet. He'll be responsible for the company's go-to-market strategy and will bring together the company's product, engineering, sales and marketing divisions.cnbc.com
Chinese spacecraft enters Mars’ orbit, joining Arab ship
China's space agency said the five-ton combination orbiter and rover fired its engine to reduce its speed, allowing it to be captured by Mars' gravity. “Entering orbit has been successful ... making it our country’s first artificial Mars satellite,” the agency announced. Tianwen, the title of an ancient poem, means “Quest for Heavenly Truth.”Landing a spacecraft on Mars is notoriously difficult. In 2011, a Mars-bound Chinese orbiter that was part of a Russian mission didn’t make it out of Earth orbit. AdBefore the arrival this week of the Chinese spacecraft and the UAE’s orbiter, six other spacecraft were already operating around Mars: three U.S., two European and one Indian.
Arecibo radio telescope, damaged beyond repair, seen from space
Satellites spotted gashes in the damaged Arecibo Observatory, which is set to be decommissioned by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The 57-year-old radio telescope has sustained two cable failures which has made its massive dish too unstable to safely repair, according to the NSF . (Image credit: Planet Labs Inc.) Image 2 of 2 This satellite image shows the damage done to the Arecibo radio telescope's dish. (Image credit: Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies) Image 2 of 2 An up-close satellite view of the Arecibo radio telescope's dish. (Image credit: Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies)In the satellite imagery you can see small green spots dotting the gray dish.space.com
Rocket Lab launches 10 Earth-observation satellites into orbit
Nine of the 10 payloads are "SuperDoves," shoebox-sized cubesats built by San Francisco-based imaging company Planet , which operates the world's largest Earth-observation constellation. More than 350 Planet satellites have reached orbit to date, about 150 of which are currently operational. Related: Rocket Lab and its Electron booster (photos)A Rocket Lab Electron rocket launches 10 Earth-imaging satellites for Planet and Canon Electronics into orbit from Launch Complex 1 on the Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand at 5:21 p.m. EDT (2121 GMT) on Oct. 28. The payloads were deployed as scheduled about an hour after launch, Rocket Lab representatives said. That failure was caused by a single faulty electrical connection in the upper stage of the two-stage Electron, Rocket Lab investigators determined .space.com
Rocket Lab will launch 10 Earth-imaging satellites today. Here's how to watch.
Update for 3:30 pm ET: Rocket Lab is now targeting today's launch for 5:21 p.m. EDT (2121 GMT). Original story:A Rocket Lab booster will launch 10 new Earth-imaging satellites into orbit from New Zealand today (Oct. 28) and you can watch it live online. You can watch the launch here and on the Space.com homepage, courtesy of Rocket Lab. The company's launch webcasts typically begin about 15 minutes before liftoff, but can change if Rocket Lab adjusts its launch times. Rocket Lab originally aimed to launch this mission, which the company has nicknamed "In Focus," on Oct. 21 but called off the flight due to "a small issue with an oxygen sensor," according to Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck.space.com
In a gallery far, far away, Florida Tech students’ artwork displayed on satellite in space
Nava Pishgar is studying aerospace engineering and is one of three winners of a national competition hosted by Students for the Exploration and Development of Space and satellite company Planet. The companies asked for participants to produce a work of art for one of Planet’s Dove satellites. Before 11 p.m. EST on Sept. 2, more than two dozen Dove satellites were hoisted into low earth orbit by a Vega rocket launched from Kourou, French Guiana. Pishgar adds the wavy lines were also inspired by the Space Coast’s shoreline. Planet has now launched over 300 Dove satellites into space, and each has a side panel designed by an artist, “from toddlers to world famous illustrators,” the company said.
Rocket Lab scrubs launch of 10 Earth-observation satellites due to sensor readings
A Rocket Lab Electron booster stands poised to launch the "In Focus" mission from New Zealand on Oct. 21, 2020. The planned launch was scrubbed because Rocket Lab wanted to examine sensor data further. #InFocus," Rocket Lab said via Twitter this afternoon. You can learn more about "In Focus" via Rocket Lab here . And you can watch the mission at Space.com, courtesy of Rocket Lab, whenever it ends up taking flight.space.com