“Working with U.S. companies and international partners, NASA will push the boundaries of human exploration forward to the Moon and on to Mars. NASA is working to establish a permanent human presence on the Moon within the next decade to uncover new scientific discoveries and lay the foundation for private companies to build a lunar economy.
Right now, NASA is taking steps to begin this next era of exploration.
It all starts with delivery services to the lunar surface from U.S. companies for scientific instruments and technology demonstrations as well as a spaceship, called the Gateway, in orbit around the Moon that will support human missions to the surface with reusable lander elements for decades to come.
The Gateway will, for the first time, give NASA and its partners access to more of the lunar surface than ever before, supporting both human and robotic missions. The agency’s powerful Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft will be the backbone to build the Gateway and transport astronauts to and from Earth.”
“After a heated debate about what kind of content YouTube will allow on their platform, YouTube’s administrative team has decided that, in the name of fairness, all content should first be run by an easily spooked, cornered, nervous, twitchy, and possibly rabid possum.
The possum was acquired along a roadside outside of San Bruno, recently orphaned when its mother was run over by a Tesla. The shocked and skittish animal was taken into YouTube custody and placed in a small white room. YouTube content analysts would then enter the room and corner the nervy vermin and hold a device displaying new content in its face, slowly closing in on it until it became increasingly agitated, ultimately causing the animal to froth at the mouth, keel over, and play dead.”
“Kansas is the U.S. state with the highest degree of renewable energy penetration in 2018. As the chart below shows, the state began deploying wind power at a furious pace beginning in 2008. (Note: Kansas first deployed wind power in 2001, but the state saw only token deployments until 2008.) At the beginning of 2008, year-to-date all-sector rates were below 73% of the U.S. average. But by the end of 2018, Kansas rates were essentially equivalent to the national average. As the state increased wind capacity by nearly a factor of six, its rates climbed more than 7.8 times faster than the average of the 45 states with the lowest degree of renewable energy penetration.”
“Offshore oil platforms have an immense presence, physically, financially and environmentally. Some 6,000 rigs pump petroleum and natural gas worldwide. But as they extract hydrocarbons from deep beneath the sea, these structures undergo a transformation invisible from above the waves. The ocean claims the platforms’ enormous substructures and converts them into vertical reefs, home to millions of individual plants and animals.” https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190131113909.htm