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Russians have dubbed the International Space Station (ISS) as a "catastrophe" waiting to happen as the Russian government moves towards building its own ISS.
The United States and Russia have been partnered for 23 years, but that partnership may soon run its course as Russian officials have suggested that they may withdraw from the ISS in 2025. The news comes from a state TV news report from April 18 that suggested that Yury Borisov, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, said the ISS is currently in a deteriorating condition that puts lives of Russian astronauts (cosmonauts) at risk.
Borisov said, "We can't risk the lives [of our cosmonauts]. The structure and the metal [are] getting old, [and] it can lead to irreversible consequences - to catastrophe." Borisov somewhat backtracked on his statement by saying that a "technical inspection is needed, and then we can make a decision and inform our partners." Now, Roscosmos officials have said that "the first core module of the new Russian orbital station is in the works," and maybe completely finished by 2025.
The quest to get humans on other planets is a slow but fruitful process that deserves celebration when a milestone is reached.
Recently, NASA's Ingenuity helicopter that arrived on Mars with the new Perseverance rover back at the end of February achieved something very special. Ingenuity launched from the Martian surface marking the first powered aircraft flight on another planet and thus marking a massive milestone in the story of human space exploration.
Ingenuity hovered for around 30 seconds, three meters above the Martian surface, before it safely returned back down. While a 30-second flight from a small helicopter may not seem like that big of a deal - it is, and here's why; Ingenuity taking flight in Mars' atmosphere, which is 100 times thinner than Earths, is the equivalent of a normal size helicopter taking flight on Earth to 100,000 feet. Commercial planes fly anywhere between 30,000/40,000 feet, and the highest a helicopter has been flown on Earth is 42,000 feet.
NASA's goal is eventually to have humans on other planets, but one of the main problems is the oxygen supply of those said planets.
Now, NASA has reached a new milestone in the steps to colonize a new planet, and in this instance, this planet is Mars. Back in February, the space agency landed its brand new rover Perseverance on the Red Planet, and now the rover has used one of its instruments to successfully generate oxygen from the carbon dioxide-dominated air.
Perseverance used its Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) instrument, and according to the associate administrator of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, Jim Reuter, "This is a critical first step at converting carbon dioxide to oxygen on Mars. MOXIE has more work to do, but the results from this technology demonstration are full of promise as we move toward our goal of one day seeing humans on Mars."
On April 10, a 12-year-old boy from Colorado sadly passed away after being on life-support for 19 days due to participating in a TikTok challenge.
The 12-year-old boy, Joshua Haileyesus, was found unconscious on March 22 after choking himself for a TikTok challenge called the "Blackout Challenge". Joshua's family created a GoFundMe page to help cover the hospital bills and funeral expenses, and according to the page, "We would like to update everyone that this evening, after fighting the good fight on life support for 19 days, Joshua has gone off to be with the Lord."
TikTok has since commented on the 12-year-olds passing, saying to Associated Press, "At TikTok, we have no higher priority than protecting the safety of our community, and content that promotes or glorifies dangerous behavior is strictly prohibited and promptly removed to prevent it from becoming a trend on our platform." For those that don't know, the "blackout challenge" has been around for some time, but due to the discoverability on TikTok the challenge recently has gained popularity. People are challenged to choke themselves until they pass out.
New videos have surfaced on two websites showing an unidentified flying objects that appear to be a "sphere", or a "metallic blimp".
The videos have surfaced on Mystery Wire and Extraordinary Beliefs, which are websites that are built to document sightings of UFO's. Department of Defense spokeswoman Sue Gough told CBS News, "I can confirm that the referenced photos and videos were taken by Navy personnel".
But then went onto say, "As we have said before, to maintain operations security and to avoid disclosing information that may be useful to potential adversaries, DOD does not discuss publicly the details of either the observations or the examinations of reported incursions into our training ranges or designated airspace, including those incursions initially designated as [Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.]"
Well, it looks like Elon Musk will have his chance of putting a "literal Dogecoin on the literal moon" with SpaceX awarded a $2.9 billion contract from NASA to build a lunar lander that will take Americans to the moon for the first time since 1972.
SpaceX won the NASA contract for the Artemis lunar lander, beating out the Jeff Bezos-backed Blue Origin (which worked with aerospace giants Lockheed Martin and defense contractor Dynetics). SpaceX might still have 'splosion issues with its Starship but NASA is confident the Musk-backed company has it in the bag.
NASA also liked the idea that Starship can be reused, which was a major decision in the US space agency choosing Musk's own SpaceX for the Artemis. SpaceX is already working with NASA on getting astronauts up and off the Earth and onto the International Space Station -- speaking of which, the next trip up there is in a few days on April 22.
It was only a few weeks ago the world's largest cargo ship, the Ever Given, blocked the Suez Canal in Egypt.
Now reports indicating that the ever given that has since been unblocked from the Suez Canal has been seized by Egypt authorities over the failure to pay I nearly $1 billion dollar debt. Since the Ever Given blocked the Suez Canal, it caused a catastrophic loss in revenue as a ship that would ordinarily travel through the Suez Canal couldn't. Additionally, the Ever Given caused damage to the waterway, and the equipment used to free it, combined with the labor time, increased the total amount of money lost.
Reportedly, The Ever Given has been seized by Egyptian authorities until the ever-given owners pay the $900 million debt. The figure that is reportedly owed to Egypt represents the total compensation for the six-day blockage of the Suez Canal. Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), told Egyptian state television last week said, "The vessel will remain here until investigations are complete and compensation is paid. The minute they agree to compensation, the vessel will be allowed to move."
Allies have been warned by a think tank ground that estimates North Korea is stockpiling nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in an effort to eventually wipe out the west.
The report comes from a think tank research group, and it states that Kim Jong-un "appears to be building a nuclear weapon force capable of enabling peninsula dominance". The thing tank also goes on to warn that South Korea and US defenses need to be enhanced to sustain deterrence against North Korea.
The Sun Online reports that experts have told the publication that North Korea has been funding large cyber heists while also carrying out illegal trades and even selling weapons to terrorist groups in an effort to wipe out the west. Here's what the report states, "Looking ahead to the more serious nuclear weapon threat that North Korea might pose by 2027, the ROK (Republic of Korea) and the US are most likely to deter North Korean nuclear weapon use if they develop the capabilities to better defend themselves against North nuclear weapon use and to be able to defeat North Korea in whatever way it uses nuclear weapons."
In a private nursing home located in India, a woman gave birth to a baby that has two heads and three hands.
The case has been dubbed by doctors as "rare", as the baby is actually conjoined twins sharing the same body. The woman gave birth to a baby in the eastern state of Oshida, and shortly after the child was birthed, its condition began to deteriorate. As a result, it was moved to a different Hospital. Now, doctors have said that the baby was eating with two mouths and breathing with two noses, but in a singular body.
Dr. Debashis Sahoo, a pediatrician, told Odisha TV, "The newborn is eating with two mouths and breathing with two noses and is actually conjoined twin sisters who share a single body, three arms and two legs." Dr. Sahoo goes on to say that the baby was delivered by cesarean section, and the twins are joined at the chest and abdomen. Unfortunately, the parents of the baby are quite poor and unable to afford the treatments that the baby requires, such as separation surgery. As a result, the parents and our asking the local Government for help with the surgery costs.
Since there is an extremely large selection of streamers to choose from these days, ideas that make your stream unique can be the deciding factor between a viewer watching you or someone else.
Tim C. Inzana has taken a unique idea and executed upon it, and as a result has garnered a lot of attention of Twitch. Inzana has spent the first 100 days of 2021 locked in a shed with a constant livestream on Twitch running. Inzana has an offer, and plans to spend the rest of the year in his shed as a way to promote the offer.
The streamer says he will lock himself in an empty room for 5 to 10 years and fill it with the art he creates, while livestreaming 24/7 on Twitch. Additionally, Inzana said he will give his buyer a custom frame designed by him while he is locked in the room. Inzana said, "The artwork is me creating the artwork. It would be like seeing a blank space transform into this colorful space." The prices are as follows; 5 years locked in a room = $5 million. 10 years locked in a room = $10 million, which is only available to a single buyer.