As if Earth didn’t have enough to worry about, with climate change, heat waves, wildfires, and generally extreme weather plaguing many parts of the planet, now the moon has decided to remind everyone what it’s capable of.
NASA documents how American coastal cities will be impacted by flooding due to what they’re calling a “moon wobble” that would far surpass their current thresholds.
Led by members of NASA Sea Level Change Science Team from the University of Hawaii, the study suggests that more severe flooding will take place more often.
Climate change, once again, is a driving factor.
The study points out that the moon wobble is actually a common occurrence. But, it’s the combination of the wobble with other factors that is causing the concern.
— NASA (@NASA) July 7, 2021
“The combination of the Moon’s gravitational pull, rising sea levels, and climate change will continue to exacerbate coastal flooding on our coastlines and across the world. NASA’s Sea Level Change Team is providing crucial information so that we can plan, protect, and prevent damage to the environment and people’s livelihoods affected by flooding,” said NASA administrator Bill Nelson.
While the study looks specifically at American coastal cities, if the heat dome was any indication, Canada may experience something similar. The Canadian Space Agency tells Daily Hive that they’re consulting with government agencies on the topic.
The study will be an important resource for coastal city planners to mitigate the impacts on businesses and neighbourhoods.
Russia Just Launched a New Science Module to the Space Station – Universe Today
The International Space Station (ISS) is about to get a little bigger.
On July 21, the Russian Space Agency launched the station’s newest module into orbit aboard a Proton-M rocket. The module, dubbed Nauka (which means science), is the station’s first new module since 2016, aside from some new docking ports and airlocks. The Nauka module includes several important additions that will enhance the station’s capabilities.
One of Nauka’s primary systems is its guidance and navigation abilities, which will provide additional attitude control capabilities to the ISS. At 13 meters long, the module’s interior contains new research facilities and storage space. The module also provides additional sleeping quarters for station crew. This is an important addition, since the United States recently re-established its human spaceflight capabilities with two new spacecraft: SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, and the upcoming Boeing Starliner, slated for another test flight later this year. The addition of both new vehicles alongside the Russian Soyuz vehicle means that bigger crews can visit the station at once, and Nauka will provide these larger crews with a home.
Nauka is also carrying one other new piece of technology: a robotic arm built by the European Space Agency. A counterpart to the Canadarm 2 already on station, the European arm is 11 meters long and is designed to ‘walk’ around the Russian segment of the ISS (which the Canadarm can’t reach), carrying out repairs and upgrades as necessary.
Nauka’s development was a troubled process, and it has gone through years of problems and delays. It was first built as a backup to the Zarya module – the first component of the ISS ever launched in 1998. Nauka was set to join its twin in orbit in 2007, but failed to launch then, and was delayed again several times for various reasons, including fuel leaks, expired warranties, and most recently, pandemic delays.
In recent months, political tensions have raised questions as to the extent of Russia’s commitment to its partnership role in ISS. Nauka’s launch, at last, provides some concrete evidence that Russia is indeed committed to maintaining its presence on the station, at least in the short term, which is good news for everyone involved.
Unfortunately, Nauka’s launch didn’t go entirely smoothly. Although it reached orbit and its antenna and solar panels deployed as expected, a computer glitch caused its first orbit-raising maneuver to fail. After some troubleshooting, a second attempt at the maneuver appears to have been successfully carried out by backup thrusters on July 22.
If all goes well from here on out, it should take about a week for Nauka to reach the station. The latest update from the Russian Space Agency indicated that the next orbit raising attempt is scheduled for Tuesday July 27.
Plans are still in place to remove the Pirs docking port from the station this week (which will burn up in the atmosphere) to make room for Nauka, suggesting that confidence is high that the module will arrive as planned.
Learn more: Jeff Foust, “Russia launches Nauka module to International Space Station” SpaceNews.
Featured Image: Nauka’s launch on July 21. Roscosmos/NASATV.
Elon Musk's SpaceX lands NASA launch contract for mission to Jupiter's moon Europa – Euronews
Elon Musk’s private rocket company SpaceX was awarded a $178 million (€151 million) launch services contract for NASA’s first mission focusing on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa and whether it may host conditions suitable for life, the space agency said on Friday.
The Europa Clipper mission is due for blastoff in October 2024 on a Falcon Heavy rocket owned by Musk’s company, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA said in a statement posted online.
The contract marked NASA’s latest vote of confidence in the Hawthorne, California-based company, which has carried several cargo payloads and astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA in recent years.
In April, SpaceX was awarded a $2.9 billion (€2.46 billion) contract to build the lunar lander spacecraft for the planned Artemis program that would carry NASA astronauts back to the moon for the first time since 1972.
But that contract was suspended after two rival space companies, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics Inc, protested against the SpaceX selection.
Evidence of life?
The company’s partly reusable 23-story Falcon Heavy, currently the most powerful operational space launch vehicle in the world, flew its first commercial payload into orbit in 2019.
NASA did not say what other companies may have bid on the Europa Clipper launch contract.
The probe is to conduct a detailed survey of the ice-covered Jovian satellite, which is a bit smaller than Earth’s moon and is a leading candidate in the search for life elsewhere in the solar system.
A bend in Europa’s magnetic field observed by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in 1997 appeared to have been caused by a geyser gushing through the moon’s frozen crust from a vast subsurface ocean, researchers concluded in 2018. Those findings supported other evidence of Europa plumes.
Among the Clipper mission’s objectives are to produce high-resolution images of Europa’s surface, determine its composition, look for signs of geologic activity, measure the thickness of its icy shell and determine the depth and salinity of its ocean, NASA said.
Boeing Starliner Orbital Flight Test 2: Live updates – Space.com
The CST-100 Starliner capsule has passed its flight readiness review (FRR) for the upcoming liftoff, which will kick off the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2) mission to the station, NASA and Boeing representatives announced today (July 22). Read the full story here.
Over the weekend, engineers mated the Starliner spacecraft to its Atlas V rocket, marking a key milestone ahead of the mission’s launch next week. See the photos here.
The Edmonton Oilers select big German defender Luca Munzenberger at #90 overall – Edmonton Journal
LACKIE: As life — and T.O. real estate — gets back to normal, what's next? – Toronto Sun
What Canada did on Saturday at the 2020 Tokyo summer Olympic games – CTV News
Silver investment demand jumped 12% in 2019
Europe kicks off vaccination programs | All media content | DW | 27.12.2020 – Deutsche Welle
Iran anticipates renewed protests amid social media shutdown
Sports12 hours ago
2021 NHL Draft day one recap: Trades! Trades! Trades! and more Trades! – Pension Plan Puppets
Sports23 hours ago
Sabres select Owen Power with No. 1 pick in 2021 NHL Draft – Sportsnet.ca
Health17 hours ago
Delta variant of COVID-19 now makes up nearly 4 in 10 cases in B.C., data shows – Global News
Sports13 hours ago
Canadian flag-bearer's parents delightfully cheer on daughter from across the world – Yahoo Canada Sports
News16 hours ago
India flights to Canada: When will they be allowed? – Canada Immigration News
Health14 hours ago
A look at COVID-19 reopening plans across the country – OrilliaMatters
Sports18 hours ago
Canadian medal hopefuls Humana-Paredes, Pavan start beach volleyball with easy win – CBC.ca
Tech14 hours ago
EA Play Live featured Dead Space, Battlefield, and Grid news | bit-tech.net – bit-tech.net