NASA shutdown Agency could be dark during historic New Years missions

first_img Pluto, you so crazy (pictures) Expect to see the @NASANewHorizons social media accounts continue to operate. The contract for these activities was forward funded. This applies to @OSIRISREx and NASA TV too. @NASA will continue to stun the world with its achievements!— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) December 28, 2018 NASA’s live stream is currently offline, however, and the agency is redirecting people to NASA TV, which it states will show live events. The NASA public relations team is unable to publicize the events and send out press releases during the shutdown because they aren’t exempt from the furlough.Previous government shutdowns, in January and February this year, lasted no longer than three days. But this shutdown could continue into the new year. As recently as Thursday, at least one US senator suggested there’s “no end in sight”. So exactly what we will get to see over the New Year seems up in the air. However, all hope isn’t lost. Here’s where you can catch the action for NASA’s historic missions:Where to watch Osiris-Rex enter Bennu’s orbitThe window for the record-breaking Osiris-Rex to get into orbit around the asteroid Bennu opens on New Year’s Eve. While this mission doesn’t quite have the appeal of being a billion miles beyond Pluto, it will eventually be the first time an asteroid has been sampled by NASA. Osiris-Rex will reach out and high-five Bennu, blasting up a ton of rock from its surface, grabbing some and then flying back to Earth in September 2023.To follow along as Osiris-Rex places itself into the closest orbit of any spacecraft around a planetary body ever, there are several Twitter accounts worth keeping an eye on. The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona will keep you updated, and the Osiris-Rex website should have you covered if you’re waiting for any images to come back from the spacecraft. It doesn’t appear NASA will be offering live coverage of this event. The spacecraft had its moment in the sun back on December 3 when it first arrived at Bennu. Where to watch the New Horizons Ultima Thule flybyIt’s the most distant world we will ever have explored, and New Horizons is set to snap photos of Ultima Thule when it passes the enigmatic rock in the outer reaches of our solar system. Ultima Thule flies around in the Kuiper Belt way out past Pluto. New Horizons is set to come within 2,200 miles of Ultima Thule’s surface, hopefully beaming back images from a world we know very little about.NASA is directing interested viewers to head to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory YouTube channel, which will simulcast a live stream along with the New Horizons homepage. Principal investigator Alan Stern is also directing viewers to the Applied Physics Laboratory’s Twitter and to his own New Horizons Twitter account for mission updates.Of course, there is the hope that the political impasse is resolved before all this occurs, which would set NASA back up with all the media tools at its disposal.  NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Star Wars Episode 9 is on its way: Everything we know about the final Skywalker film, from the cast to the release date and title. 8 Photos Sci-Tech Target NASAcenter_img Post a comment Here is Ultima Thule in an artist’s rendition. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute Ringing in the new year with NASA was meant to be historic. Two NASA spacecraft on separate missions are set to rendezvous with their rocky targets over New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Earth-bound stargazers were supposed to be able to follow along via NASA. But the US government is currently in a shutdown due to a dispute in funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. Part of the shutdown means that funding for the agency has currently expired. And no money coming in means little public viewing of space activities. Thus, it’s going to get a little trickier waiting for the Osiris-Rex spacecraft to enter orbit around the asteroid Bennu or seeing the New Horizons spacecraft send back images of Ultima Thule, the most distant world we’ve yet to explore and a billion miles past Pluto.NASA officially shut down Saturday. Of NASA’s 17,586 staff, the vast majority are staying home with no guarantee of pay, while 1,481 remain active and another 2,189 are “on call,” exempted from the furlough. This ensures that NASA can continue to carry out support for the International Space Station and its crew, as well as enable satellite missions and emergency services to continue safely.It’s not all bad news right now, though. Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, tweeted Thursday that social media accounts for the upcoming missions over New Year’s have been spared the woe of the government shutdown because they were “forward funded.” Tags Share your voice 0last_img read more


Divya Khosla Kumar turns showstopper at LFW 2016

first_imgThe Hindi film industry has a lot of versatility in terms of talent and same is the case with the fashion industry. These two however find a way to collaborate and promote each other. To showcase the latest collection, the talented actor, director and producer Divya Khosla Kumar walked the ramp for ‘Garo’ by Priyangsu and Sweta on the final day at the Lakme Fashion Week 2016. She wore a floor length kalidar with patchwork and embroidery detailed peplum top with sharara. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Divya Khosla Kumar said: “It is a beautiful dress which is wearable at any occasion. It is a very light weight outfit and the designers Priyangsu and Sweta of ‘Garo’ have made the entire collection with material which is so easy to wear, soft and easily likable. As a woman you need to be very presentable and ‘Garo’ has something to offer that you should not miss”.The collection theme was ‘Femmes di Tahiti’ which is inspired by native tahitian prints, colours and motifs. It has incorporated the stunning natural beauty, beautiful floral landscapes and bohemian style of tahitian women with an eclectic French Polynesian flavour. “We are elated to be a part of the Lakme Fashion Week and it has been a wonderful experience. We wish to be a part of Lakme Fashion Week in many more seasons to come,” said the designers Priyangsu and Sweta.‘Garo’ by Priyangsu Maji and Sweta Tantia, launched in Kolkata is an Indian luxury brand that creates and designs contemporary Indian wear for women.last_img read more


Man stabbed to death by son in North Dinajpur

first_imgKolkata: Ranjit Das (52), a resident of Indran village under Itahar police station in North Dinajpur, was stabbed to death inside his house on Sunday night.Locals have alleged that the victim’s son Rajesh might have killed him to take revenge on his mother’s death. It was also stated that Ranjit had killed his wife a few years ago. Police have started a detailed probe to ascertain the exact cause behind the murder. According to the preliminary investigation, police also suspect that the victim was killed by his son. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe villagers told police Rajesh often got involved in fights with his father over the death of his mother, Rupa Das. The woman was murdered five years ago. Ranjit was arrested on the charges of killing his wife and later released on bail. It was learnt that when the incident had occurred, Rajesh lived in Delhi for professional reasons. After returning home, a year ago, he came to know about this father’s involvement in his mother’s death. The equation between Rajesh and his father had changed since then but nobody in the locality could expect that it would lead to such a crime. It was learnt that the accused son hit his father’s head with a sharp weapon following a quarrel. The injured father was taken to a hospital in Raigunj on late Sunday night. He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital on Monday morning. The accused, Rajesh, has been absconding since the incident took place. Police have started a probe into the incident and are raids are being conducted to nab the culprit.last_img read more


Expect This Apple Watch Feature to Make Its Way to Your Next

first_img 1 min read This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine August 11, 2015center_img Apple’s next iPhone models will reportedly feature a new Force Touch capability similar to the Apple Watch. According to 9to5Mac, Force Touch will let users enable shortcuts and pull up menus by pressing harder than usual on the iPhone’s screen.Force Touch was heavily integrated into the Apple Watch to make the most of a small screen. By recognizing the difference between a tap and a press, the Apple Watch can open up additional controls within apps. For example, a firm press can end a workout session, reply to a text, or search for an address.On the iPhone, users will reportedly be able to use Force Touch to access turn-by-turn directions immediately after looking up a point of interest, saving a few taps. In a music app, the capability would allow users to access a small menu of popular options, like saving a track for offline listening.9to5Mac has also reported that the next iPhone will also share the Apple Watch’s haptic feedback feature, which means the device will vibrate in more subtle ways to give users an added physical response to their taps and presses.last_img read more


Win 1000s of points with TravelBrands TicTacKnow

first_img Monday, July 17, 2017 Travelweek Group MISSISSAUGA — Through Aug. 10 agents who book any Holiday House FIT product will be eligible to play TravelBrands’ Tic-Tac-Know game to win Loyalty Rewards Points.All eligible players will answer three questions in a row for their chance to win up to 10,000 Loyalty Rewards Points. Any player who does not answer all questions correctly will receive 100 Loyalty Points for simply playing.“We decided to focus the Tic-Tac-Know questions on both Access and Canada 150 based on all of the things our company has celebrated this year,” says Frank DeMarinis, CEO, TravelBrands. “We believe this game is a great way to connect with our agents and have fun while doing so.”To qualify agents must book any Holiday House FIT product with a minimum booking value of $500 for hotel rooms, dynamic packages (TravelGenie) and car rentals, or a minimum booking value of $250 for add-ons.When a qualified booking is made, the agent will receive an email inviting them to take part in the game. They will have seven days after the email is sent to participate.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe Loyalty Rewards Points received after playing will be deposited immediately into the agent’s Loyalty ‘Confirmed Transactions’ account. For each eligible booking made, the agent will get a chance to play Tic-Tac-Know and earn more Loyalty Rewards Points.Agents must be registered with and book through travelbrandsaccess.com to join in on the fun and games.Bookings made through Call Centre and via a third party booking engine are not eligible. Further information can also be found on the website. Tags: Contests, TravelBrands Win 1000s of points with TravelBrands’ Tic-Tac-Knowcenter_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more