Sunday, 17 October 2021

Northern lights: Spectacular aurora borealis takes over North American night sky


Global News in Canada shows that an awe-inspiring and vivid aurora borealis stretched across the skies in a large part of North America, with purple, pink, teal and green hues dancing and shimmering as far as the eye could see.

People across Western Canada, including as far south as the greater Vancouver area in B.C., reported seeing the northern lights - but it wasn’t limited to this side of the border.  

Posts on social media said the dancing light display could be seen by Americans as far south as Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio, and even across the ocean in the United Kingdom.

SpaceX Raises the Arms of Mechazilla


Marcus House on Youtube shows how SpaceX Raises the Arms of Mechazilla ready to be installed. Ship 20 and Booster 4, the first orbit capable vehicle continues to crawl along, but lots of Starship Updates going on with future vehicles. And some pretty impressive updates to share on Relativity Space’s Terran 1 making some new headway towards flight.

It is interesting how the SpaceX MECHAZILLA grabbing arm will enable a Mars rocket. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has plans for a giant orbital arm. It could enable even certain faster rocket turnaround times.

This month, CEO Elon Musk detailed how the new Mechazilla orbital grabbing arm will help the Starship rocket. The goal is to catch the ship and its Super Heavy booster as they return to Earth. The interesting technique could be an upgrade over the droneships currently used for Falcon 9 boosters returning to Earth after missions.

The future could have launching the same Starship three times per day. That means it has a chance of achieving its goal of a city on Mars by 2050.

"SpaceX will try to catch largest ever flying object with robot chopsticks," Musk posted on his Twitter page on August 30. Success is not guaranteed, but excitement is!

Mechagodzilla (メカゴジラ, Mekagojira) is really a fictional mecha character that first appeared in the 1974 film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. In its debut appearance, Mechagodzilla is depicted as an extraterrestrial villain that confronts Godzilla. In subsequent iterations, Mechagodzilla is usually depicted as a man-made weapon really designed to defend Japan from Godzilla. In all incarnations, the character is portrayed as a robotic doppelgänger with a vast array of weaponry, and along with King Ghidorah, is commonly considered to be a so-called archenemy of Godzilla.

NASA launches 1st space probe to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids


Global News shows that NASA launched a first-of-its-kind mission on Saturday, Oct. 16 to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids - 2 large clusters of space rock that scientists believe are remnants of primordial material that formed our solar system’s outer planets.

The space probe, dubbed Lucy, was packed inside a special cargo capsule carried by the Atlas V rocket from United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp.

Lucy is on a 12-year expedition to study a record number of asteroids and will be the first to explore the Trojans, thousands of rocky objects orbiting the sun in two swarms - one ahead of the path of the giant gas planet Jupiter and one behind it.

Scientists hope Lucy’s close-up fly-by of 7 Trojans will yield new clues to how the solar system’s planets formed some 4.5 billion years ago.

USA will now accept Canadian travellers with mixed COVID-19 vaccine doses


CBC News: The National in Canada shows that the United States has confirmed that Canadians that had different COVID-19 vaccines for their first and second dose will be recognized as fully vaccinated. The U.S. will be implementing travel restrictions on Nov. 8, only permitting fully vaccinated travellers into the country.

Around 8,000 people experience drinking water crisis in Canada


WION shows that approximately 8,000 people in a Canadian city have been without drinking water for 3 days. The city's water supplies have been contaminated.

The water is not safe for consumption even if its boiled or filtered. The city's mayor has imposed a state of emergency.

Merck asks FDA to authorize the use of a COVID-19 pill


CBC News in Canada shows that Jennifer Chan, Merck Canada's vice-president of policy and government affairs, explains how the COVID-19 drug works and the results of Merck's research.

'I'm very happy that the border is opening,' says U.S. congressman


CBC News in Canada shows that Rep. Brian Higgins of New York has been fighting to reopen the Canada / USA land border for months. He joins Power & Politics to discuss its reopening to fully vaccinated Canadians.