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03/04/2020 22:04:18  

NASA Spaceline Current Awareness List #893 3 April 2020 (Space Life Science Research Results)
03/04/2020 22:04:16  

NASA Spaceline Current Awareness List #893 3 April 2020 (Space Life Science Research Results)
03/04/2020 22:04:16  

NASA ROSES-20 Amendment 11: Delay of Due Dates for TCAN and ADAP and ADAP not solicited next year
03/04/2020 18:04:55  

Meanwhile, three-quarters of NASA staff now staying at home

ESA's mission operations centre in Germany has got back to doing interplanetary science after a short stand-down due to COVID-19.…

03/04/2020 14:04:36  

Matthew Graham says new series of show will be set in 70s, 80s and an alternate present

Fire up the Quattro: Life on Mars is to return for a third and final series set in the 70s, 80s and an alternate present, its creator has confirmed.

The BBC series, which aired between 2006 and 2007 and followed a detective – presumed dead or in a coma after a car accident – who was transported back in time to 1970s Manchester.

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03/04/2020 08:04:08  

"Sixty years ago on this date, April 1, a Thor-Able rocket launched a small satellite weighing 122.5kg into an orbit about 650km above the Earth's surface," writes Ars Technica's Eric Berger. "Effectively, this launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station marked the beginning of the era of modern weather forecasting." From the report: Designed by the Radio Corporation of America and put into space by NASA, the Television InfraRed Observation Satellite, or TIROS-1, was the nation's first weather satellite. During its 78 days of operation, TIROS-1 successfully monitored Earth's cloud cover and weather patterns from space. This was a potent moment for the field of meteorology. For the first time, scientists were able to combine space-based observations with physical models of the atmosphere that were just beginning to be run on supercomputers. After World War II, mathematician John von Neumann led development of a computer to crunch through a set of equations put together by Jule Charney and other scientists. By the mid-1950s, Charney's group began to produce numerical forecasts on a regular basis. All of a sudden, meteorologists had two incredibly useful tools at their hands. Of course, it would take time for more powerful computers to produce higher-resolution forecasts, and the sensor technology launched on satellites would require decades to improve to the point where spacecraft could collect data for temperature, moisture, and other environmental variables at various levels in the atmosphere. But by around 1980, the tools of satellite observations and numerical models that could process that data started to mature. Scientists had global satellite coverage, 24 hours a day, and forecasts began to improve dramatically. Today, the fifth day of a five-day forecast on the app on your phone is about as accurate as the next day's forecast was in 1980.

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03/04/2020 02:04:45  

Should boffins keep it old-school space-race era – or embrace the, er, future of the 1970s?

NASA has brought back its sleek iconic logo, lovingly named the worm for its curvy red font, in time for its first crewed spaceflight using American rockets in almost a decade.…

02/04/2020 23:04:06  

Message From The NASA Administrator: Adjusting to the Temporary "New Normal"
02/04/2020 20:04:27  

Cristina Monet-Palaci turned her acid wit to tales of faded glamour and toxic affairs – and became a true pop one-off

For a brief moment in the early 80s, ZE Records could reasonably call itself the hippest label in the world, but it was deeply peculiar enterprise from the start. The brainchild of Michel Esteban and Michael Zilkha – the Manhattan based, Oxford-educated son of the founder of Mothercare – it bridged New York’s punk and disco scenes.

Given how implacably opposed the two genres were (“Death to disco shit, long live rock!” ran an editorial in the first issue of Punk magazine) it should have been a disaster, but ZE somehow made it work. They signed the cream of New York’s supremely challenging post-punk no wave bands – Mars; Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, with their volatile singer Lydia Lunch – alongside disco producer Bob Blank. There was also August Darnell, the musician and producer behind one of disco’s greatest albums, the eponymous debut by Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, and Machine’s extraordinary single There But for the Grace of God Go I, a rare example of disco in explicit protest-song mode. Zilkha encouraged no wave band the Contortions to record a disco album, Off-White, and attracted artists who thought along similar lines to him and Esteban: the Waitresses, Don and David Was, Lizzy Mercier Descloux.

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02/04/2020 20:04:27  

  • Hasher Jallal Taheb, 23, was caught in FBI sting
  • Taheb also allegedly wanted to attack Statue of Liberty

A Georgia man accused of plotting to attack the White House with an anti-tank rocket and explosives has pleaded guilty to a federal charge.

Related: Coronavirus US live: Cuomo says New York only has enough ventilators for next six days

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02/04/2020 19:04:01  

News Conference to Feature NASA Astronauts on International Space Station
02/04/2020 17:04:06  

NASA TV to Air U.S. Cargo Ship Departure from Space Station
02/04/2020 17:04:05  

Oita Partners with Virgin Orbit to Establish First Horizontal Spaceport in Asia
02/04/2020 17:04:01  

Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX has banned its employees from using video conferencing app Zoom, citing "significant privacy and security concerns," according to a memo seen by Reuters, days after U.S. law enforcement warned users about the security of the popular app. From a report: SpaceX's ban on Zoom Video illustrates the mounting challenges facing aerospace manufacturers as they develop technology deemed vital to national security while also trying to keep employees safe from the fast-spreading respiratory illness. In an email dated March 28, SpaceX told employees that all access to Zoom had been disabled with immediate effect. "We understand that many of us were using this tool for conferences and meeting support," SpaceX said in the message. "Please use email, text or phone as alternate means of communication." NASA, one of SpaceX's biggest customers, also prohibits its employees from using Zoom, said Stephanie Schierholz, a spokeswoman for the U.S. space agency. The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Boston office on Monday issued a warning about Zoom, telling users not to make meetings on the site public or share links widely after it received two reports of unidentified individuals invading school sessions, a phenomenon known as "zoombombing."

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02/04/2020 12:04:37  

Cramped conditions? Not being able to see friends and family? Sounds familiar

If the current coronavirus pandemic has got you wanting to leave Planet Earth, you’re not alone. More than 12,000 people answered NASA’s latest call for astronauts to explore the Moon and Mars.…

02/04/2020 08:04:12  

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.

Focus today will be on the US initial jobless claims print, set to reach another record high

Median estimate is for 3.5mln, with a range between 800k and 6.5mln

The destructive impact of the coronavirus on the US labour market is clear for all to see pic.twitter.com/30xFcg86KA

Last week’s print of just under 3.5 million is ripe for a dramatic upward revision. In particular, our US economists point out that despite California having reportedly seen one million claims through that week (according to the governor), less than 200k showed up in the number.

For this week, we are looking for another sizeable 4 million increase.

Related: 950,000 apply for universal credit in two weeks of UK lockdown

FT: Jobless claims rocket by 1m as virus delivers shock to economy #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/ANu9JyxAAE

With the global economy in freefall, markets have gone back to risk-off mode overnight as investors are struggling to look through President Trump’s ominous forecast suggesting Americans could keep dying into June.

Now the markets dispute to come up with some alphabet letters to analogize a potential economic recovery. Still, it’s going to be anything but a “V” shape recovery. That’s for sure.

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02/04/2020 00:03:48  

Two New Funding Opportunities Available Through 'Engagement Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) – 2020
01/04/2020 23:03:53  

NASA CIO Renee Wynn Set to Retire
01/04/2020 22:03:59  

Message From The NASA Administrator: Help the Nation - Bring Your Ideas to NASA@WORK
01/04/2020 22:03:59  

NASA Taps Workforce for Innovative Ideas for Coronavirus Response Efforts
01/04/2020 21:04:24  

As Elon Musk's Starlink and Jeff Bezos's Project Kuiper race to create high-speed internet using satellites orbiting Earth, there's a small problem that could get in the way: debris. From dead spacecraft that have been around since the dawn of the space age to flecks of paint smashing windows on the International Space Station, rubbish is clogging up our orbits. And with objects moving as fast as 15,500mph (25,000 kmph), the satellite services we've come to depend on are at constant risk of collision. So how to fix the problem with junk in space? Ian Anderson investigates

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01/04/2020 13:04:31  

Space scientist reveals drive behind solar instrument experiment now approved by NASA

NASA has formally green lit a mission to explore how the Sun whips up solar particle storms – those giant frenzies of charged particles that can frazzle orbiting satellites and destroy electronic systems on Earth.…

01/04/2020 11:04:31  

Also: Satellite comms outfit OneWeb files for Chapter 11

Roundup Welcome to another roundup of the week's rocket-based tomfoolery for space nerds. Let's jump straight into it.…

01/04/2020 08:04:19  

Flying a 50-year-old rocket to mark the anniversary of Apollo 13? What could go wrong?

Exclusive Faced with spiralling costs for its Space Launch System (SLS) and pressure to put American boots on the Moon by 2024, NASA is to return the Saturn V to flight.…

01/04/2020 00:03:46  

Veteran Astronaut Karen Nyberg Retires from NASA