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[Markets] NASA Spots Massive Comet Heading Toward Earth NASA Spots Massive Comet Heading Toward Earth

A massive icy comet emanating from the trans-Plutonian depths of our solar system is on a course to travel closer to earth than any comet of similar size - at least, so far as scientists have been able to tell.

The comet, known as C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein), has a frozen nucleus that measures 80 miles across and is 50x bigger than the core of most comets that travel toward the inner area of our solar system.

It's believed to have a mass of about 500 trillion tons, making it 100,000x more massive than the typical comet found toward the inner solar system.

The comet is traveling at about 22,000 miles per hour, moving from the edge of the solar system towards its the center.

Fortunately, the comet isn't expected to get closer than 1 billion miles from the Sun, which is further away even than Saturn. And it's not expected to get even that close until 2031.

American scientists have been aware of the comet since about 2010, at which point it was 3 billion miles from the Sun (about the same distance between Earth and Neptune. Since then, scientists have used telescopes both on Earth and in space to try and understand more about the comet).

Scientists used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to examine the comet and estimate its huge size. Right now, scientists can only estimate the comet's size, since it's difficult to distinguish the core from the vaporous aura. Scientists used a computer model to try and differentiate the aura from the comet's core.

It's believed that the comet is billions of years old - meaning it formed during the early days of our universe - and also that it came from the Oort Cloud, the icy enclosure of comets, asteroids and material that forms a spherical shield around our solar system. The Oort Cloud is a theoretical concept - scientists don't have visual proof of its existence. But it's believed this comet could help scientists learn more about the Oort Cloud, which is believed to be 5,000x further from the Sun as the Earth is.

Tyler Durden Tue, 04/12/2022 - 23:05
Published:4/12/2022 10:26:39 PM
[Markets] Russian Space Head To Halt ISS Cooperation Citing "Illegal Sanctions"  Russian Space Head To Halt ISS Cooperation Citing "Illegal Sanctions" 

Tensions between Russia and the US on Earth have had broader implications for the two nations' partnership in low Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station (ISS). 

Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, tweeted Saturday morning that he would suspend cooperation on the ISS and partnerships with NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) as he criticized Western sanctions designed to severely damage the Russian economy (already appear to be working as recession imminent). 

"The purpose of the sanctions is to kill the Russian economy, plunge our people into despair and hunger, and bring our country to its knees. It is clear that they will not be able to do this, but the intentions are clear," Rogozin said.

"That's why I believe that the restoration of normal relations between the partners at the International Space Station (ISS) and other projects is possible only with full and unconditional removal of illegal sanctions," he continued.

Rogozin added "specific proposals" on when to end the "cooperation within the framework of the ISS with the space agencies of the United States, Canada, the European Union, and Japan" will be discussed with Moscow "in the near future." 

Rogozin sent letters to NASA, the ESA, and the CSA to lift sanctions on Russian space and rocket companies. He posted the responses of all major agencies, which gave generic answers and appeared not to budge on sanctions. 

NASA's response 

ESA's response 

CSA's response

Rogozin is known for provocative statements and threatened to end Russian cooperation on the ISS last month. He also said one disastrous result of Russia pulling out of the ISS would be an "uncontrolled de-orbit" of the 500-ton space station. That's because Russia is responsible for ISS' propulsion systems. 

Last week, Rogozin suspended all European launches of satellites. Meanwhile, British satellite venture OneWeb has contracted Elon Musk's SpaceX to launch satellites instead of Russia. 

Russia has already said it will pull out of the ISS by 2025, though Moscow's special military operation" in Ukraine and following sanctions by Western countries has expedited their departure. Roscosmos has already begun work on a new space station. 

Even in space, global superpowers who once worked together for decades are quickly unwinding relations as here on Earth, a new world order is emerging, one that is multi-polar. BlackRock CEO Larry Fink's annual shareholder recently warned about that. 

Tyler Durden Sun, 04/03/2022 - 17:15
Published:4/3/2022 4:33:33 PM
[World] Russian Space Agency Says It Will Suspend Cooperation on the Space Station Published:4/3/2022 10:58:18 AM
[Markets] "Cannibal" Coronal Mass Ejection Detected By NASA, Will Hit Earth Tonight "Cannibal" Coronal Mass Ejection Detected By NASA, Will Hit Earth Tonight

Powerful geomagnetic storms are set to hit Earth's magnetic field Wednesday night into early Thursday after the sun ejected nearly 20 solar flares from an Earth-facing single sunspot in recent days. 

The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), a division of NOAA, said a strong geomagnetic storm (rated 3 out of 5) is expected to peak in the early morning hours of Thursday. 

The eruptions on the sun originated Monday from a superactive sunspot called AR2975, expelling as many as 17 flares. SpaceWeather warns "at least two, possibly three, coronal mass ejections (CMEs)" are headed to Earth. 

When one CME slams into Earth's magnetic field and another one follows, that's known as a "cannibal CME" and can result in "tangled magnetic fields and compressed plasmas that can spark strong geomagnetic storms" according to SpaceWeather, meaning that the dazzling northern lights will be seen closer to the equator than usual.

"Because these two have merged together or are merging together, that's often an indication that the CME will be a bit stronger. It's more stuff coming.

"Also, it means that there's a better chance that the magnetic field will disturb the Earth's magnetic field," said Alex Young, a solar astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Young said this CME activity was also accompanied by a "solar tsunami" (also known as an EIT wave, so named for its discovery using the EUV Imaging Telescope), a shock wave that typically indicates an energetic CME. Satellite data show the shock wave propagating across the sun. -WaPo

Northern light sightings are possible for Oregon, Montana, South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts. 

SWPC has warned of a "shortwave radio blackout over the Americas." They pointed to a blackout map that engulfed much of the Eastern Hemisphere. 

None of this should be surprising as Sunspot Cycle 25 has already begun and is expected to be an active one could be terrible news for the digital economy as disruptions sparked by geomagnetic storms create economic damage. Because it's a "cannibal CME," more potential energy could spark a rather powerful geomagnetic storm. 

Last month, Elon Musk's satellite internet service Starlink lost 40 satellites after a geomagnetic storm knocked them out of orbit. The question for Starlink customers is if they can still maintain a downlink during tonight's storm. 

Tyler Durden Wed, 03/30/2022 - 17:20
Published:3/30/2022 4:25:53 PM
[Left Column] Media hypes Antarctic ice shelf collapsing & alleged record warm temps – Reality Check: ‘Mass Gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet Greater than Losses’

Tony Heller: "Climate experts say glacial ice in East Antarctica has been stable throughout human history until a heatwave last week." ... "This occurs all the time...Eight years ago (2014), climate experts got trapped by icebergs calving off of ice shelves in East Antarctica." ... "So according to climate experts, history began after the year 2014 and the melting point of ice is now -12C. Icebergs break off East Antarctica regularly."

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“The calving will not directly affect sea level, because the ice shelf was already floating, much like an ice cube in a glass of water,” Dr. Galton-Fenzi said.

Meteorologist Watts: Claims of ‘unprecedented’ high temps in Arctic & Antarctic are NOT based on actual temperature reading but ‘a model simulation’ from ‘a single day weather event’

NASA 2015 Study: ‘Antarctica is not currently contributing to sea level rise’ – ‘Mass Gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet Greater than Losses’

Scientists Find Antarctica Is Rapidly Cooling And Any Ice Sheet Melt Is Not Due To CO2, But Natural - In a review of the scientific literature, Lüning et al. 2019 report Antarctica as a whole has undergone a cooling trend in recent decades.

Evidence That Antarctica Is Cooling, Not Warming

CNN 2021: Antarctica’s last 6 months were the coldest on record –  October 9, 2021 – By Allison Chinchar, CNN Meteorologist

Published:3/28/2022 1:07:26 PM
[Markets] Breaking Down The 2800-Page, $1.5 Trillion Omnibus Bill 2022 Breaking Down The 2800-Page, $1.5 Trillion Omnibus Bill 2022

The Omnibus Bill 2022 (Continuing Appropriations Act) is 2,800 pages long and amounts to just over $1.5 trillion in spending, 'RandoLand' breaks down the details, pork'n'all...

Contents:

DIVISION A—AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES

DIVISION B—COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

DIVISION C—DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS

DIVISION D—ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

DIVISION E—FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS

DIVISION F—DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS

DIVISION G—DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

DIVISION H—DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

DIVISION I—LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS

DIVISION J—MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

DIVISION K—DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS, AND RELATED PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS

DIVISION L—TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

DIVISION M—COVID SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS

DIVISION N—UKRAINE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS

DIVISION O—EXTENSIONS AND TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS 

DIVISION P—HEALTH PROVISIONS

DIVISION Q—CONSUMER PROTECTION

DIVISION R—FAFSA SIMPLIFICATION

DIVISION S—VETERANS MATTERS

DIVISION T—CREDIT UNION GOVERNANCE MODERNIZATION ACT

DIVISION U—ADJUSTABLE INTEREST RATE (LIBOR) ACT

DIVISION V—HAITI DEVELOPMENT, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND INSTITUTIONAL TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE ACT

DIVISION W—VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT REAUTHORIZATION ACT

DIVISION X—INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2022

DIVISION Y—CYBER INCIDENT REPORTING FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE ACT OF 2022

DIVISION Z—ISRAEL RELATIONS NORMALIZATION ACT OF 2022

DIVISION AA—TRANS-SAHARA COUNTERTERRORISM PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

DIVISION BB—EB–5 REFORM AND INTEGRITY ACT OF 2022

DIVISION CC—BURIAL EQUITY FOR GUARDS AND RESERVES ACT

DIVISION DD—AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR HIGH TECHNOLOGY PILOT PROGRAM

DIVISION EE—EXTENSION OF VISA WAIVER PROGRAM FEES

DIVISION FF—AVAILABILITY OF TRAVEL PROMOTION FUND FOR BRAND USA DIVISION GG—COOPERATIVE PROJECT AGREEMENT

DIVISION HH—OTHER MATTERS

Division A: Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies

Division B: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

Division C: Department of Defense Appropriations 

Division D: Energy, Water Development, and related agencies

Division E: Financial Services and General Government Appropriations

Division F: Department of Homeland Security

Division G: Department of the Interior, Environment, and related agencies

Division H: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies

Division I: Legislative Branch

Division J: Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

Division K: Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

Division O: Extensions and Technical Corrections

Division P: Health Provisions

Division Q: Consumer Protection

Division R: FAFSA Simplification

Division S: Veterans Matters

Division T: Credit Union Governance Modernization Act

Division U: Adjustable Interest Rate (LIBOR) Act

Division V: Haiti Development, Accountability, and Institutional Transparency Initiative Act

Division W: Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act

Division X: Intelligence Authorization

Division Y: Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure

Division Z: Israel Relations Normalization Act

Division AA: Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Program

Division BB: EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act

Division CC: Burial Equity for Guards and Reserves Act

Division DD: Authorization of Appropriations for High Technology Pilot Program

Division FF: Extenstion of Visa Waiver Program Fees

Division FF: Availability of Travel Promotion Fund for Brand USA

Division GG: Cooperative Project Agreement

Division HH: Other Matters

Tyler Durden Mon, 03/28/2022 - 13:23
Published:3/28/2022 12:38:23 PM
[Uncategorized] Scientific American Criticizes NASA for Ending Pronoun Project

NASA was not designed to be a social justice organization.

The post Scientific American Criticizes NASA for Ending Pronoun Project first appeared on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
Published:3/23/2022 6:24:47 PM
[Opinion] The Six Worst Quotes From Vice President Kamala Harris

by The BSC Team at CDN -

In this installment of their weekly Sunday Six conversation, PF Whalen and Parker Beauregard of The Blue State Conservative reflect on six quotable disasters from our embarrassingly stupid Vice President Kamala Harris. Honorable Mention: Whatever she said, but especially how she said it, in this promotional NASA video. Hilariously awful! …

Click to read the rest HERE-> The Six Worst Quotes From Vice President Kamala Harris first posted at Conservative Daily News

Published:3/13/2022 3:58:59 PM
[Markets] Russia Threatens To Leave US Astronaut And Abandon Space Station  Russia Threatens To Leave US Astronaut And Abandon Space Station 

Two decades of space cooperation between the U.S. and Russia could be coming to an end after the U.S. and its allies imposed crippling sanctions on the country. The Russian government announced Friday that it might abandon a U.S. astronaut set to return to Earth. 

Fox News reports that the Russian Space Agency head, Dmitry Rogozin, has "threatened to leave" U.S. astronaut Mark Vande Hei aboard the International Space Station (ISS), who is scheduled to return to Earth on a Russian spacecraft by the end of the month. 

"Rogozin posted a threatening video on social media casting doubt over the astronaut's safety. He also warned that without the help from Russia to move the ISS away from space junk, the station would crash into the U.S.," reports the Express

Relations in space are souring as the U.S. and its Western allies hammer Russia's economy with devastating sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine. This angered Moscow so much that they threatened to deorbit the ISS last month. 

Former U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly recently told ABC News that Russia's threat to the safety of Americans on ISS is "not really based on reality." 

"We do have the ability to control the orbit of the space station independent of the Russian space agency, so I don't really see that happening," Kelly said. 

Even if the Russians were to abandon the U.S. astronaut and ISS altogether, Elon Musk has suggested his space company SpaceX could keep the ISS from deorbiting and even shuttle astronauts and cargo to and from Earth. 

Vande Hei holds the record for longest space flight (at 355 days). It remains to be seen in three weeks if the Russians will allow him to board the spacecraft bound for Kazakhstan with two Russian cosmonauts. If not, maybe Musk can send a rocket with a Dragon capsule to the ISS. 

Things are so bad between the U.S. and Russia that Rogozin ordered flags of the U.S. and its allies to be removed off Russian rockets.

Tyler Durden Fri, 03/11/2022 - 22:40
Published:3/11/2022 9:48:13 PM
[Markets] Russia Halts Rocket Engine Supply To US As ISS Partnership Threatened Russia Halts Rocket Engine Supply To US As ISS Partnership Threatened

Russia's State Space Corporation Roscosmos halted deliveries of rocket engines to the US following a series of devastating financial sanctions by the US, according to Russian state-owned news agency TASS.

"Today, we have made a decision to halt the deliveries of rocket engines produced by NPO Energomash to the United States. Let me remind you that these deliveries had been quite intensive somewhere since the mid-1990s," Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 TV on Thursday. 

United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, uses Russian RD-180 engines to power Atlas V launch vehicle's main propulsion systems. ULA has been developing a new rocket called Vulcan, which would use American-made engines. Those engines, called BE-4s, are being developed by Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and are almost ready for testing. ULA CEO Tory Bruno told The Verge, "the very first Vulcan flight, slated to take place this year." 

Northrop Grumman Corp. also uses Russian engines on its Antares rocket to lift a spacecraft packed with cargo to the International Space Station (ISS).

Rogozin said Russia had delivered 122 of the RD-180 engines to the US since the 1990s, and about 98 have been used. He said Russia would no longer service the remaining 24 engines, adding that plans to supply the US with an "additional 12 RD-181 engines in 2022-2024" can no longer be fulfilled. 

Days ago, Rogozin threatened the ISS partnership, which has been intact for two decades. He said if Russia abandons the 500-ton space station, it will tumble out of low Earth orbit in an "uncontrolled de-orbit." Meanwhile, billionaire Elon Musk tweeted that if the Russians pull out of the ISS, his company, SpaceX, would save the station.  

In 2014, lawmakers passed a measure requiring US companies to phase out the Russian-made rocket engines for US ones by the early 2020s. NASA has a few options, but perhaps the most promising and proven has been SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, equipped with Raptor engines (all US hardware), that can send both people and cargo to the ISS. 

Tyler Durden Thu, 03/03/2022 - 20:40
Published:3/3/2022 7:48:52 PM
[Podcasts] Invasion Weekend?
Podcast: Russia, "herd immunity," and NASA.
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Published:2/19/2022 1:57:21 PM
[Middle Column] Are Climate Skeptics the Next to be Declared Terrorists?

Since Climate Change has been politicized and institutional capture appears to have occurred at the EPA, The Department of Energy, The Bureau of Land Management, NOAA, NASA (Earth Science), The Department of State, The Department of Education, The CDC, and more, this notice declares ordinary speech protected by the 1st Amendment, to be an indicator of potential terrorism and sedition.

Published:2/17/2022 4:03:27 AM
[Middle Column] Paid press releases now officially the news: AP announces ‘largest single expansion’ of climate reporting ‘paid for through philanthropic grants’ of $8 million

Welcome to a new form of Checkbook Journalism. 

Morano: "The AP will now have zero 'obligation to serve as watchdogs over public affairs and government' and instead be approved messaging lapdogs to their paymasters. Will the AP ever offend their donors and looks critically at the UN IPCC climate panel? Or NASA? It's a laughable thought."

 

Published:2/15/2022 11:03:22 PM
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