• SpaceX Launched Two Astronauts—Changing Spaceflight Forever

    Behnken and Hurley arrive at the pad and emerge from the Tesla’s gull-wing doors in matching white SpaceX flight suits. After stopping to make a last phone call to their families using a phone in the launchpad tower—a NASA preflight tradition—they climb into the Dragon.

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    Now strapped in, Behnken and Hurley are spending nearly two hours checking out the capsule’s system. Abort system armed? Check. No leaks in the spacesuits? Check. Communication with mission control? Check. Once the initial system check is complete, a small SpaceX pad crew dressed head to toe in black seals the hatch on the capsule and verifies that the pressure holds.

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    A few miles from the pad, Air Force One touches down on the old shuttle landing strip, carrying President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. Trump’s administration has made human spaceflight a cornerstone of its extraterrestrial policies. Shortly after taking

  • This is virtual therapy’s moment. Can it last?

    I open Instagram for the only glimpse I have of my friends in the outside world. As I scroll, ad after ad assures me that support for loneliness is just a click away.

    As much of the country shelters in place due to the global pandemic, virtual therapy is having a moment. The inability to visit a therapist in person, paired with the anxiety and isolation caused by mandatory social distancing, seems to have created a perfect storm for therapy apps to provide an umbrella.

    There’s a wide variety of options: Some services connect you to an actual human therapist via video chat, some walk you through self-help exercises to do on your own, while others are either a hybrid of those two approaches or meet somewhere in the middle. Over the last few months, companies across the virtual therapy spectrum have not only seen existing users checking in for

  • Watch NASA astronauts fly SpaceX’s Crew Dragon using touchscreens

    Nearly two hours after NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley became the first astronauts launched to space on a privately-owned rocket, they also became the first to pilot a spaceship using only touchscreen controls.

    SpaceX’s Crew Dragon eschews the famous maze of manual controls and switches found on retired spacecraft like the Space Shuttle or the Apollo command modules. Instead, Crew Dragon pilots have just three large touchscreen panels in front of them and a few spare buttons below. So during the few times that they have to manually control the spacecraft, they do so using a video game-style interface on those screens.

    Behnken and Hurley got to take that interface for a brief test ride Saturday afternoon when SpaceX had them manually operate the Crew Dragon to make sure everything was working.

  • Growing Career Opportunities In Biotechnology

    The sphere of biotechnological is vast, and it’s often laborious to keep monitor of biotechnological advances. The final, magical touch, to The MovieMaking Course of is the musical score that runs via the film. Music is vibration and the mix of musical tones has at all times been capable of encourage and transfer the human spirit. In listening, we are emotionally moved, and thru that course of we become greater than what we are. The whole film experience is now a part of us: in our mind, our feelings, our body, and our spirit; aware, alive, and enhanced. In keeping with the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)’s Nationwide Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), in reference to a bit specific to the key biotechnology derived field crops, out of the entire crop plantings within the United States in 2004, biotechnology plantings accounted for about 46 percent for corn, seventy six percent …

  • Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Sequel Has Been Confirmed

    When Paramount first released the trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, it was met with immediate backlash over the design of the character. This was because the character looked nothing like what fans of the video game franchise knew and loved, which led to the movie being delayed while they reworked the design.

    It turned out that it might have been a good idea as the movie went on to do pretty well for itself as far as video game movies were concerned, so much so that it looks like a sequel to the movie has since been officially confirmed. The movie will also be bringing back the team where Jeff Fowler will be directing, while Pat Casey and Josh Miller will be writing the script.

    The movie is said to be in the early stages of development, so there is still no word on casting or

  • What’s Next for SpaceX’s Crewed Mission to the ISS?

    On Wednesday, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were supposed to launch to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule. It would have been the first crewed launch from the US in nearly 9 years and the first time that a company launched NASA astronauts on its own rocket. The event was accompanied by the pomp one might expect from such a historic occasion: Kelly Clarkson sang the national anthem remotely from her Montana ranch via NASA’s livestream, Elon Musk held court in the mission firing room, and President Donald Trump flew in from Washington, DC, to deliver a congratulatory speech. But just 17 minutes before liftoff, the mission was scrubbed due to concerns of lightning activity near the launchpad.

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