NASA Selects Two Missions to Explore the Early Solar System; JPL is “Delighted” by News About Psyche Program

first_img Business News Artist’s concept of the Psyche spacecraft, which will conduct a direct exploration of an asteroid thought to be a stripped planetary core. Image credit: SSL/ASU/P. Rubin/NASA/JPL-CaltechNASA has selected two missions that have the potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system – a time less than 10 million years after the birth of our sun. The missions, known as Lucy and Psyche, were chosen from five finalists and will proceed to mission formulation, with the goal of launching in 2021 and 2023, respectively.“JPL is delighted with the news that Psyche will be moving forward and for the additional support for the development of NEOCam. These two exciting and important missions will provide far greater understanding of the role asteroids play in our solar system,” said JPL Director Mike Watkins.“Lucy will visit a target-rich environment of Jupiter’s mysterious Trojan asteroids, while Psyche will study a unique metal asteroid that’s never been visited before,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “This is what Discovery Program missions are all about – boldly going to places we’ve never been to enable groundbreaking science.”Lucy, a robotic spacecraft, is scheduled to launch in October 2021. It’s slated to arrive at its first destination, a main belt asteroid, in 2025. From 2027 to 2033, Lucy will explore six Jupiter Trojan asteroids. These asteroids are trapped by Jupiter’s gravity in two swarms that share the planet’s orbit, one leading and one trailing Jupiter in its 12-year circuit around the sun. The Trojans are thought to be relics of a much earlier era in the history of the solar system, and may have formed far beyond Jupiter’s current orbit.“This is a unique opportunity,” said Harold F. Levison, principal investigator of the Lucy mission from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. “Because the Trojans are remnants of the primordial material that formed the outer planets, they hold vital clues to deciphering the history of the solar system. Lucy, like the human fossil for which it is named, will revolutionize the understanding of our origins.”Lucy will build on the success of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, using newer versions of the RALPH and LORRI science instruments that helped enable the mission’s achievements. Several members of the Lucy mission team also are veterans of the New Horizons mission. Lucy also will build on the success of the OSIRIS-REx mission to asteroid Bennu, with the OTES instrument and several members of the OSIRIS-REx team.The Psyche mission will explore one of the most intriguing targets in the main asteroid belt – a giant metal asteroid, known as 16 Psyche, about three times farther away from the sun than is the Earth. This asteroid measures about 130 miles (210 kilometers) in diameter and, unlike most other asteroids that are rocky or icy bodies, is thought to be comprised mostly of metallic iron and nickel, similar to Earth’s core. Scientists wonder whether Psyche could be an exposed core of an early planet that could have been as large as Mars, but which lost its rocky outer layers due to a number of violent collisions billions of years ago.The mission will help scientists understand how planets and other bodies separated into their layers – including cores, mantles and crusts – early in their histories.“This is an opportunity to explore a new type of world – not one of rock or ice, but of metal,” said Psyche Principal Investigator Lindy Elkins-Tanton of Arizona State University in Tempe. “16 Psyche is the only known object of its kind in the solar system, and this is the only way humans will ever visit a core. We learn about inner space by visiting outer space.”Psyche, also a robotic mission, is targeted to launch in October of 2023, arriving at the asteroid in 2030, following an Earth gravity assist spacecraft maneuver in 2024 and a Mars flyby in 2025.In addition to selecting the Lucy and Psyche missions for formulation, the agency will extend funding for the Near Earth Object Camera (NEOCam) project for an additional year. The NEOCam space telescope is designed to survey regions of space closest to Earth’s orbit, where potentially hazardous asteroids may be found.“These are true missions of discovery that integrate into NASA’s larger strategy of investigating how the solar system formed and evolved,” said NASA’s Planetary Science Director Jim Green. “We’ve explored terrestrial planets, gas giants, and a range of other bodies orbiting the sun. Lucy will observe primitive remnants from farther out in the solar system, while Psyche will directly observe the interior of a planetary body. These additional pieces of the puzzle will help us understand how the sun and its family of planets formed, changed over time, and became places where life could develop and be sustained – and what the future may hold.”Discovery Program class missions like these are relatively low-cost, their development capped at about $450 million. They are managed for NASA’s Planetary Science Division by the Planetary Missions Program Office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The missions are designed and led by a principal investigator, who assembles a team of scientists and engineers, to address key science questions about the solar system.The Discovery Program portfolio includes 12 prior selections such as the MESSENGER mission to study Mercury, the Dawn mission to explore asteroids Vesta and Ceres, and the InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch in May 2018.NASA’s other missions to asteroids began with the NEAR orbiter of asteroid Eros, which arrived in 2000, and continues with Dawn, which orbited Vesta and now is in an extended mission phase at Ceres. The OSIRIS-REx mission, which launched on Sept. 8, 2016, is speeding toward a 2018 rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu, and will deliver a sample back to Earth in 2023. Each mission focuses on a different aspect of asteroid science to give scientists the broader picture of solar system formation and evolution.Read more about NASA’s Discovery Program and missions at:https://discovery.nasa.gov/missions.cfmlJet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Psyche mission, as well as NEOCAM, Dawn and InSight for the agency. More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Your email address will not be published. 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Chester Bennington Of Linkin Park Has Died

first_imgIt is with heavy hearts that we report that Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington died today at the age of 41. Law enforcement officials stated that his death was ruled a suicide by hanging. His body was discovered in a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates, CA earlier this morning. Chester was currently married, and had 6 children from two marriages. The singer had spoken publicly about his personal demons, including years of struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.Earlier this year, when Chris Cornell committed suicide, Chester and the rest of Linkin Park paid tribute to their fallen friend with a heartfelt rendition of their track “One More Light” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. He also sang at Cornell’s funeral. Chris would have celebrated his 53rd birthday today. You can watch Chester’s haunting tribute to Cornell below:Linkin Park first achieved widespread success with their 2000 debut album Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005, selling more than 10 million copies largely thanks to the interplay between Bennington’s visceral, seething-yet-beautiful nu metal vocals and MC Mike Shinoda‘s hip hop verses. In a 2003 countdown special, MTV2 named Linkin Park the sixth-greatest band of the music video era. The band also made notable strides in crossing genres within popular music, famously collaborating with hip-hop superstar Jay Z for their 2004 mashup album Collision Course, as well as several other artists from various genres on subsequent remix albums Reanimation and Recharge.The band’s seventh original studio album, One More Light, was released this May, and they are currently in the midst of a 54-date world tour featuring opening acts like Sum 41, Snoop Dogg, Wu Tang Clan, and more. No announcement has been made yet regarding the upcoming scheduled shows, though it’s hard to imagine the band performing without Bennington’s distinctively entrancing vocals.You can watch the classic music videos for the two biggest hits from Linkin Park’s debut album, “Crawling” and “In The End,” both of which earned notably extended stints atop the TRL Top Ten video countdown, the most prestigious barometer for music videos throughout the late 90’s and early 00’s:“In The End”“Crawling”Our thought are with Bennington’s family and friends. Rest easy, Chester.[h/t – TMZ]last_img read more

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Man wounded in Mansilingan buy-bust

first_imgRegala received treatment at theCorazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in this city. The suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of Police Station 7, facing charges./PN The 22-year-old resident Judy Regalasustained a gunshot wound on the body, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – A drug suspect wasinjured in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Mansilingan.  This prompted the police to shoothim.        According to police investigators,Regala fired his gun as he tried to evade arrest when police officers caughthim after he sold suspected shabu for P300 on Oct. 3. Four sachets of suspected shabu valuedat around P200,000, a .38-caliber revolver with ammunition and drugparaphernalia were recovered from the him, the report added.  last_img

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FIFA serves notice it will defend itself against TTFA in local court

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — FIFA has signalled it will defend itself against a legal challenge filed by the former executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) by filing an entry of appearance in the High Court here on Tuesday.Football’s world governing body has retained the Port of Spain law firm of Dr Claude Denbow SC. The entry of appearance was filed by instructing attorney Donna Denbow, with Jerome Rajcoomar listed as junior counsel.Ousted TTFA President William Wallace and his team, represented by Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle, are challenging Fifa’s decision to remove them and appoint a normalisation committee to run the association’s affairs.The Wallace-led executive had initially taken their case to the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but withdrew the matter earlier this month saying they were not likely to be get a fair hearing, given some of the decisions CAS had taken in the early stages of the case.With FIFA having filed an appearance to claim, it has 28 days from the May 19 date when it was served with notice of the TTFA’s claim to file a defence.The local football association is seeking the court’s intervention by way of a declaration that Fifa’s removal of the TTFA executive, which was elected to office on November 24, 2019, is null, void and of no legal and/or binding effect; a permanent injunction preventing FIFA from interfering in, and/or seeking to override the fair and transparent democratic processes of the TTFA and/or from attempting removing the duly elected executive from office; and a permanent injunction preventing FIFA and/or its agents and/or assigns and/or servants from interfering in the day-to-day management of the TTFA, including the association’s bank accounts and real property.FIFA said it removed the executive because of mounting and potentially crippling debt, insisting that the local body faced “a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity” and urgent action was required.The TTFA stands to be suspended as a result of taking Fifa to the local courts, as Article 64 of the Fifa statutes prohibits member associations from taking internal disputes, or disputes affecting Leagues, members of leagues, clubs, members of clubs, players, officials and other association officials to ordinary courts of law.last_img read more

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Vice Presidential candidates face off

first_imgFlorence Hui | Daily TrojanRunning mate rivalry · Panelists Bob Shrum (left), Tiffany Hoss (center) and Matt Klink (right) spoke before and after the Vice Presidential Debate Tuesday to discuss the candidates’ positions and performance at the debate.Students gathered to watch the first and only vice presidential debate screening and panel hosted by the Unruh Institute of Politics at Wallis Annenberg Hall Tuesday evening. The panel featured former President of USC College Democrats Christina Wilkes, USC Political Science Professor Robert Shrum, President of USC College Republicans Tiffany Hoss and partner at public affairs firm Ek, Sunkin, Klink & Bai Matt Klink. Professor Dan Schnur and Daily Trojan Associate Managing Editor Danni Wang moderated the panel.Prior to the debate, Schnur questioned the panelists about the ways each candidate could succeed in the debate. “The stakes are much higher for Mike Pence, and the biggest challenge he has is that he has to give his running mate a hand up from a pretty dismal performance from a week ago,” Klink said. “As long as Tim Kaine continues along the path Hillary Clinton has set up, he will be good.”For Wilkes, the vice presidential debate was important for the Clinton campaign.“Tonight is an opportunity for Kaine to serve as a moral authority, because he is well-liked and well-respected, and he can prove to voters that Secretary Clinton is worthy of their votes and their trust,” Wilkes said.   Schnur started the post-debate panel by affirming the panel’s pre-debate predictions that Trump would dominate the conversation. “Tim Kaine did a better job of leveling criticism against Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton did in the presidential debate and Mike Pence did a better job of defending Donald Trump than Donald Trump [himself] did in the presidential debate,” Schnur said. He posed the question of whether this focus on the presidential candidates, and Trump in particular, changed the trajectory of the debate. Shrum disagreed with this assessment of Pence’s defense of Trump. “I think Pence did a horrible job of defending Donald Trump and he mostly declined to defend Donald Trump,” Shrum said. “The press will generally say he ‘won’ the debate, but I think it was a big test for him to defend Trump and all these things Trump has [said]. I think he failed that test.”Hoss, in contrast, believed that Pence was able to remain neutral.“Kaine was the dominant force and he did overpower [Pence] in a lot of ways, as Pence had a lot of opportunities to respond … and he didn’t seize those opportunities,” Hoss said.The moderators then opened the floor to audience questions. Kira Stiers, a sophomore majoring in political science and international relations, said that Pence was set up for failure because she believed it is very difficult to defend Trump’s statements.“The campaign clearly made it a strategic decision that they were not going to take the bait of Tim Kaine and try to spend [Pence’s] very scarce debate time responding to charges leveled against him for things that Trump said or allegedly said,” Klink said in response. “What you saw Mike Pence do was what Trump should have done a week ago: instead of talking about the actual question that was asked, respond to the question that you want to answer, and you saw Pence try to paint a stark picture of Hillary Clinton.”The discussion concluded with a brief look forward at the next presidential debate, which will take place Oct. 9 in the form of a town hall meeting.last_img read more

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