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Saturday, July 18, 2020

U.S. Space Force creates acquisition command to build culture of innovation


U.S. Space Force creates acquisition command to build culture of innovation


Article Excerpt: "... The traditional way of buying satellites and other space systems is problematic, Raymond has said, as programs take a decade or longer to move through the military acquisition process and struggle to keep up with commercial space innovation..."


Reference: spacenews.com

Coronavirus outbreak accelerates across Alabama, worst week yet for cases and deaths


Corona Virus outbreak accelerates across Alabama, worst week yet for cases and deaths


Article Excerpt: "... The Alabama Department of Public Health on Friday reported 1,953 new coronavirus cases in the state, capping yet another record-breaking week for virus cases in Alabama..."


Reference: www.al.com

Deer Season 2020-2021 Annouced


Deer Season 2020-2021 Annouced


View page for dates, information and purchase licenses


Reference: www.outdooralabama.com

Alabama celebrates Artemis Day as final piece of hardware departs Marshall Space Flight Center for historic mission


Alabama celebrates Artemis Day as final piece of hardware departs Marshall Space Flight Center for historic mission


Article Excerpt: "... An official proclamation signed by Ivey earlier this week highlighted Huntsville’s famed contributions to space flight and exploration since last century. The Rocket City’s signature work is continuing on the Space Launch System (SLS), which is the most powerful rocket in world history..."


Reference: yellowhammernews.com

Friday, July 17, 2020

Alabama law school graduate tapped as interim US district attorney for North Alabama


Alabama law school graduate tapped as interim US district attorney for North Alabama


Article Excerpt: "... appointment of Prim Escalona as the interim U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. She is stepping into the role after Jay Town made the decision to step down..."


Reference: www.cbs42.com

Enrollment for Huntsville City Schools Virtual Academy Closing Soon


Enrollment for Huntsville City Schools Virtual Academy Closing Soon


Article Excerpt: "... The virtual curriculum features courses in mathematics, science, language arts, world languages, social studies, as well as electives. In collaboration with the school counselor, virtual school students will have the opportunity to select a virtual pathway to meet his/her learning goals. Students desiring a virtual, non-traditional learning environment are encouraged to apply. The enrollment window for the 2020-2021 school year is open from June 5 to July 24, 2020..."


Reference: www.huntsvillecityschools.org

COVID-19 in Alabama: State sees 1,933 new cases in 24 hours (Updated 7/17/2020)


COVID-19 in Alabama: State sees 1,933 new cases in 24 hours (Updated 7/17/2020)


Article Excerpt: "... In the last 14 days, 148,138 tests have been reported to the state with 18,963 people testing positive..."


Reference: www.waff.com

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Huntsville on national watch list for COVID-19 increase


Huntsville on national watch list for COVID-19 increase


Article Excerpt: "... The national task force in town is the COVID 19 Response Assistance Field Team (CRAFT), Finley said. It met with local officials and asked, “How can we help you and what concerns do you have?”..."


Reference: www.al.com

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Student of the stars: How do you become an astronomer?


Student of the stars: How do you become an astronomer?


Article Excerpt: "... NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller explains what astronomers actually do, and how can you become one ..."


Reference: bigthink.com

Physics, BS - Astronomy & Astrophysics Concentration - UAH


Physics, BS - Astronomy & Astrophysics Concentration - UAH


Article Excerpt: "... All students are encouraged to see an advisor after completion of 24 credits. Physics, Astronomy & Astrophysics Concentration, BS degree requires 128 credit ..."


Reference: uah.edu

How to catch Neowise, the brightest comet in more than 20 years, this month


How to catch Neowise, the brightest comet in more than 20 years, this month


Article Excerpt: "... Comet Neowise is the most impressive comet in nearly 25 years, and it's visible now. After two other promising comets -- Swan and Atlas -- fizzled and faded away this year, Comet C/2020 F3 (aka Neowise) is already dazzling skywatchers, and the best views may be yet to come ..."


Reference: www.cnet.com

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Madison County Schools Reopening Plan DOES NOT REQUIRE MASKS for Students in Class (Level 1)



Article Excerpt: "... Superintendent of Madison County Schools Allen Perkins: Today, I am excited to share with you information regarding the MCSS Reopening Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Our first priority is the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff..."


Reference: www.mcssk12.org

Monday, July 13, 2020

Sadly, none of the big rockets we hoped to see fly in 2020 actually will


Sadly, none of the big rockets we hoped to see fly in 2020 actually will


Article Excerpt: "... Two years ago, Ars published an article outlining the four large and powerful rockets expected to make their debuts: Arianespace's Ariane 6, NASA's Space Launch System, Blue Origin's New Glenn, and United Launch Alliance's Vulcan-Centaur. Our confidence in each of these boosters launching in 2020 ranged from medium-high for the Ariane 6 (oops!) to low for New Glenn and Vulcan-Centaur. Further Reading Four huge rockets are due to debut in 2020—will any make it? Given that none of these rockets will..."


Reference: arstechnica.com

Madison County Schools 2020 Reopening Plan Will Be Available After Monday, July 13


Madison County Schools 2020 Reopening Plan Will Be Available After Monday, July 13


Article Excerpt: "... Message from Superintendent Perkins MCSS School Reopening Plan 2020 will be available after Monday, July 13..."


Reference: www.mcssk12.org

USS BonHomme Richard Continues to burn in San Diego port for second day; May continue to burn for days


USS BonHomme Richard Continues to burn in San Diego port for second day; May continue to burn for days



Reference: youtu.be

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Alabama expanding, adding jobs


Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Alabama expanding, adding jobs


Article Excerpt: "... 450 jobs will now be added to the plant after the completion of the new 150,000 square-foot V6 engine assembly line and the start of production of an all-new four-cylinder engine ..."


Reference: whnt.com

Company behind Rainier 'space complex' pulls out over requests for information


Company behind Rainier 'space complex' pulls out over requests for information


Article Excerpt: "... Neither of the companies — Inspiration Development Co. LLC and the International Space Science and Oceanographic Centers — can be found on the internet, and the lack of information about the project left school board members skeptical. At the June board meeting, board member Elaine Placido said, “Frankly, I think it reeks of them trying to use us.”...Carter had claimed to TDN that the complex would be similar to a popular state-run space camp in Huntsville, Alabama, that features rocket replicas and materials about gravity and space. However, Patricia Ammons, spokeswoman for the Huntsville location, said neither of those two companies were connected to Space Camp, as Carter had asserted..."


Reference: tdn.com

Friday, July 10, 2020

Historic space exploration artifacts launch for sale at RR Auction


Historic space exploration artifacts launch for sale at RR Auction


Article Excerpt: "... "And I refuse to put anything in storage," he said. "These artifacts need to be seen and their stories heard." Enter Lot 2194, an Apollo command module fuel cell, in the Science, Technology and Space Memorabilia sale now underway at RR Auction. Standing 3.5 feet tall (1 meter) and weighing 200 pounds (90 kilograms), the ground simulator for the Apollo spacecraft electrical system was just a tad too big to find a place at Jurvetson's firm. RR Auction, however, was exactly the right fit for finding the fuel cell a new home..."


Reference: www.collectspace.com

Thursday, July 9, 2020

SpaceX has cancelled its 10th Starlink mission due to bad weather


SpaceX has cancelled its 10th Starlink mission due to bad weather


Article Excerpt: "... SpaceX said on Twitter: “Standing down from today’s mission due to weather; proceeding through the countdown until T-1 minute for data collection. “Will announce a new target launch date once confirmed on the Range.” However, Elon Musk news site Teslarati reports the new launch date is scheduled for July 11 at around 11:00am EDT..."


Reference: www.express.co.uk

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

NASA's InSight Flexes Its Arm While Its 'Mole' Hits Pause


NASA's InSight Flexes Its Arm While Its 'Mole' Hits Pause


Article Excerpt: "... self-hammering mole has experienced difficulty getting into the Martian soil since February 2019. It's mostly buried now, thanks to recent efforts to push down on the mole with the scoop on the end of the robotic arm. But whether it will be able to dig deep enough – at least 10 feet (3 meters) – to get an accurate temperature reading of the planet remains to be seen..."


Reference: www.nasa.gov

SpaceX to launch Starlink and BlackSky satellites into orbit today. Here's how to watch live


SpaceX to launch Starlink and BlackSky satellites into orbit today. Here's how to watch live


Article Excerpt: "... A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Starlink mission from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff is scheduled for no earlier than 11:59 a.m. EDT (1559 GMT). You can watch SpaceX's Starlink launch webcast..."


Reference: www.space.com

Probe of failed Boeing Starliner launch finds a long list of problems


Probe of failed Boeing Starliner launch finds a long list of problems


Article Excerpt: "... the aerospace company didn’t discover that the spacecraft's onboard computer time was miscalibrated by 11 hours, preventing Starliner’s thrusters from firing and sending it to the correct orbit. In addition, Boeing didn't test the Starliner's software against its service module. The company used an emulator, which ended up being flawed..."


Reference: www.engadget.com

No statewide mask mandate for classrooms in Alabama, 2.5 million face masks ordered


No statewide mask mandate for classrooms in Alabama, 2.5 million face masks ordered


Article Excerpt: "... The Alabama Department of Education has ordered face coverings for the school students and staff but won’t make wearing them a requirement for returning to the classroom..."


Reference: www.al.com

Fauci: ‘False narrative’ to take comfort in lower COVID death rate


Fauci: ‘False narrative’ to take comfort in lower COVID death rate


Article Excerpt: "... “It’s a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death,” Fauci said. “There’s so many other things that are very dangerous and bad about this virus, don’t get yourself into false complacency.”..."


Reference: www.al.com

Dr. Fauci: Alabama “has window of opportunity” to control surge of COVID-19 cases


Dr. Fauci: Alabama “has window of opportunity” to control surge of COVID-19 cases


Article Excerpt: "... He added, “Even though you didn’t know it when you got infected, even though you are perfectly innocent that you meant no harm, by getting infected, you are propagating this pandemic.” Dr. Fauci said Alabama is at risk of getting into “an exponential phase” of cases, but said there is a “window of opportunity” to act to prevent the situation from getting worse..."


Reference: www.wbrc.com