China’s attempt in joining the big leagues in the atmosphere with its Gaofen 11 Earth-orbit constellation satellite seen a successful launch with its Long March 4B rocket system; However, horror strikes when the rocket’s booster is falling from the heavens and pummels into a cloud of smoke near a school and town in China’s Shaanxi province.
In what seems to be a supposed celebration for China’s successful efforts in sending a satellite up in space, a rocket booster is seen crashing down, having no control for itself, and colliding on the ground causing it to produce clouds of orange smoke.
Daily Mail reports that the booster rocket exploded upon its impact and collision to the ground on the nearby Lilong Village, Gaoyao Town right in the Luonan Country of the Shaanxi Province in Northern China. The booster was seen and captured by spectators in a video that realized the booster rocket to be crash landing back to the surface.
This happening caused an alarm for the onlookers who were panicking and screaming as the booster is seen colliding down to the ground. The rocket booster has travelled of its supposed return path and almost hit a school on its impact to the surface.
Spectators who captured the video posted it on the Chinese social media website, Weibo, and amassed 770 likes, 209 comments, and 116 shares as of today.
Gaofen 11-Its Significance to China
China launched the Gaofen-11 Earth observation satellite at 03:00 UTC today via a Long March 4B rocket from Taiyuan. With it, China has already matched its record for launches in a year, 22, set in 2016. pic.twitter.com/0r6NTqGQ6k — Andrew Jones (@AJ_FI) July 31, 2018
The Earth-orbiting satellite that was the primary reason why the launch happened is called the Gaofen 11 (02). This satellite is mainly for surveying and determining landscapes for city planning, land rights confirmation, road network design, crop yield estimation, and disaster prevention migration, according to Space.com.
The Gaofen 11 will join the country’s roster of satellites up in the cosmic space that was launched way back in 2018. The new satellite will join the China High-resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS) network in monitoring the country’s landscape.
The Gaofen 11 is a large aperture telescope for Earth observation. However, other details about the spacecraft were not indicated by the Chinese government.
Despite being a satellite, the Gaofen 11 will not be transmitting and monitoring space data, unlike its famed use and function.
China’s Secretive Space Program
The crash is indeed a failure on China’s space program due to its inability to control the trajectory of the booster’s return to the ground. Footages even show a different compilation of shots that are seen from long to short proximity.
Another shot even showed the debris and pieces of the rocket that spread throughout its crash and explosion.
The first seen video of the launch and details was from 2018 with the same Gaofen 11 satellite launch. China is very secretive of their launches and space programs that stemmed on for quite some time.
The recent September 7 launch is China’s 25th launch of the satellite system and network since 2010 and has resulted in three failures, including this one.
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New Shark Research Tracks Movements of Smooth Hammerheads – DivePhotoGuide.com
Source: Science Daily
With overfishing driving many hammerhead species closer to the brink of extinction, a team of researchers has been focusing on determining the migration patterns of smooth hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna zygaena) in the western Atlantic Ocean in an effort to identify areas and times for management action to help in building back the depleted species.
The team tagged juvenile hammerheads off the US Mid-Atlantic coast using fin-mounted satellite tags and tracked the animals for up to 15 months. The tags reported the sharks’ movement patterns in near real time via a satellite link to the researchers.
“Getting long-term tracks was instrumental in identifying not only clear seasonal travel patterns, but importantly, also the times and areas where the sharks were resident in between their migrations,” said Ryan Logan, first author of the paper published in Frontiers in Marine Science. Logan is a PhD student at Nova Southeastern University’s Guy Harvey Research Institute and SOSF SRC and the Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Research Center (SOSF SRC).
Logan and his coworkers found that the sharks migrate between two seasonally resident areas: coastal waters off New York in the summer and off North Carolina in the winter. Identifying these habitats is vital for ultimately designating the areas as “Essential Fish Habitat”—with the accompanying limitations on fishing and development.
The high-resolution data also revealed that the hammerheads spent a lot of time in the Mid-Atlantic Shark Area (MASA) in the winter, starting in December. The MASA zone is closed to bottom longline fishing between January 1st and July 31st to protect dusky sharks, so beginning the closure of the zone in December would further reduce the fishing mortality of juvenile smooth hammerheads.
Check out the tracks of various shark species, including smooth hammerheads, at Guy Harvey Research Institute’s dedicated website.
Venus is a Russian planet — say the Russians – CNN Philippines
(CNN)— No longer confined to territories here on Earth, Russia has now staked its claim on Venus, saying it is a “Russian planet.”
This week, Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space corporation Roscosmos, revealed that the country plans to send its own mission to Venus in addition to “Venera-D,” the planned joint mission with the US, the Russian state news agency TASS reported.
Rogozin was addressing reporters at the HeliRussia 2020 exhibition, an international expo of the helicopter industry in Moscow.
“Resuming Venus exploration is on our agenda,” he told reporters Tuesday.
“We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind,” he said.
“Projects of Venus missions are included in the united government program of Russia’s space exploration for 2021-2030.”
The statement came the day after scientists revealed that a gas on Earth called phosphine had also been detected in the atmosphere of Venus.
Venus is similar in size to Earth and is our closest planetary neighbor, but it spins backward compared to other planets.
The study authored by Cardiff University professor Jane Greaves and her colleagues was published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy.
The discovery of phosphine on Venus elevates it to an area of interest worth exploring in our solar system alongside the ranks of Mars and “water world” moons like Enceladus and Europa, Seager said.
“Our hoped-for impact in the planetary science community is to stimulate more research on Venus itself, research on the possibilities of life in Venus’ atmosphere, and even space missions focused to find signs of life or even life itself in the Venusian atmosphere,” Seager said.
According to the European Space Agency, the Russians do have significant experience when it comes to Venus.
Its website states: “Between 1967-1984 Venusian studies carried out in Russia were at the forefront of international research into this planet.
“Since then, Russia has still preserved its unique expertise in designing and developing landing craft for Venus and continues to define scientific tasks for those craft.”
This story was first published on CNN.com, “Venus is a Russian planet — say the Russians.”
Florida man survives alligator attack while walking dog, gets 65 stitches – FOX 5 Atlanta
Johnson said his foot got stuck in mud moments before he saw “the lunge” as the alligator grabbed his leg.
“He starts clamping down pretty tight, and he started to pull, and the next thing I do … I poke [the gator] through the eye,” he told WPLG-TV.
Johnson told Treasure Coast Newspapers that after he stuck his finger in the gator’s eye, the reptile immediately let go and swam away.
After limping home with blood dripping from his leg, Johnson’s wife cleaned the wound and wrapped the leg in a towel before taking him to a hospital.
Johnson said he suffered 12 puncture wounds that required 60 stitches, plus another five to mend the index finger that was cut on the gator’s eye socket.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said a trapper captured the gator involved in the attack on Wednesday.
Officials said the alligator measured 8 feet, 6 inches and weighed nearly 250 pounds. The reptile has since been relocated to an alligator farm.
Johnson said that even though the reptile was trying to drag him into the water, staying calm was what helped him survive.
“You cannot panic,” he told the paper. “I bass fish all the time, too. I’ll reach down and lift up the bass with my hand. I just got lucky.”
Johnson said when he’s able to walk his dog again, he’ll probably carry some sort of weapon for protection.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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