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Yes, it is time for the 2021 Perseid Meteor Shower! (video)

  It’s August and it is time for another round of the summer favorites, the Perseid Meteor Shower. The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to hail (called the radiant) lies in the constellation Perseus. The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity between 9…

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NASA TV Coverage Set for Next International Space Station Cargo Launch

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  NASA and Northrop Grumman are targeting 5:56 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Aug. 10, for the company’s 16th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. Live coverage of the launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, will air on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s websitebeginning at 5:30 p.m. NASA also will hold a prelaunch news…

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NASA, Boeing Standing Down on Aug. 4 Starliner Launch Attempt

NASA and Boeing are standing down from the Wednesday, Aug. 4, launch attempt of the agency’s Orbital Flight Test-2 to the International Space Station as mission teams continue to examine the cause of the unexpected valve position indications on the CST-100 Starliner propulsion system. Early in the launch countdown for the Aug. 3 attempt, mission teams detected indications that not…

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Customs and Police Chase Highly Modified Drone over Tucson

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  Back in February of 2021, Tucson Police and US Customs & Border Protection helicopters chased what they were reporting as a highly modified drone across the night skies above the city of Tucson. It was reported that the drone violated the sensitive airspace above Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and a few other locations before leading CPB and Tucson PD…

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NASA Scrubbed Aug 3 Launch Attempt of Boeing OFT-2

  NASA, Boeing and United Launch Alliance have scrubbed the Aug. 3 launch attempt of the agency’s Orbital Flight Test-2 to the International Space Station due to unexpected valve position indications in the Starliner propulsion system. ULA will begin removing propellant from the Atlas V rocket. Pending resolution of the forward work, our next available launch opportunity would be 12:57…

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X-59 Resembles Actual Aircraft

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This time-lapse represents manufacturing of the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology, or QueSST, aircraft from May 2019 to June 2021 and includes the merger of its main sections – the wing, tail assembly, and fuselage or forward section. The first flight of the X-59 QueSST is planned for 2022. Credits: Lockheed Martin X-59 A heavy chorus of bolting and machinery filled…

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Hyundai’s XCIENT Fuel Cell Hitting the Road in California

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Hyundai Motor to collaborate with public and private partners to deploy Class 8 fuel cell electric trucks for regional freight distribution in California NorCAL ZERO, where Hyundai supplies 30 XCIENT Fuel Cell by early 2023, to be the largest deployment of Class 8 hydrogen-powered vehicles in the U.S. Hyundai is committed to developing hydrogen mobility ecosystem through close cooperation with…

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New SiriusXM SXM-8 Satellite Completes In-Orbit Testing, Now Ready for Service

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Maxar Technologies (NYSE:MAXR) (TSX:MAXR) and SiriusXM (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that the SXM-8 satellite has completed in-orbit testing and has been handed over to SiriusXM. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the satellite into space on June 6, 2021, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. SXM-8 is the ninth high-powered, digital, audio radio satellite built by Maxar for SiriusXM. Built on Maxar’s 1300-class…

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NASA Updates Coverage, Invites Public to Virtually Join Starliner Launch

Boeing Starliner

  NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch, launch, and docking activities for the agency’s Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission to the International Space Station. OFT-2 is the second uncrewed flight for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The mission is targeted to launch at 1:20 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 3  …

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4 safety tips for summer weather hazards

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It’s what we’ve waited for: Summer! Though the season brings longer, sunnier days, it also comes with life-threatening weather hazards such as extreme heat, rip currents, and thunderstorms and lightning. 1. Excessive heat. It’s a killer.  Heat is one of the most deadly weather hazards, so don’t underestimate it. Warm temperatures can quickly rise to dangerous levels — especially in parked…

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