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NASA video teases return to Moon and flight to Mars

NASA video teases return to Moon and flight to Mars

Technology
A new video released by NASA has teased the space agency's return to the Moon and plans to fly beyond it with missions to Mars. The project aims to answer the Space Policy Directive-1, signed by Donald Trump last year, which directed the agency to renew its physical space exploration efforts.In a speech read by voiceover actor Mike Rowe during the new video, the agency added: "We've taken giant leaps and left our mark in the heavens."Now we're building the next chapter, returning to the Moon to stay, and preparing to go beyond. We are NASA - and after 60 years, we're just getting started." In order to meet president Trump's call for a sustainable program of space exploration, NASA submitted a plan to US Congress a few weeks ago to set out its National Space Exploration ...
Award for wartime flight trainer returned to service

Award for wartime flight trainer returned to service

Technology
A project to restore early flight simulators has won an award for the best computer conservation project.Engineers from the TechWorks museum in the US won the Tony Sale award for their work to return three simulation machines to working order.One of the contraptions, known as the Blue Box, was used to train thousands of pilots during World War Two. The award honours the life of Tony Sale, who pioneered efforts to remember and recreate historical computers.Screeching wheels"Excellent research, skilled implementation and an impactful result make this a superb example of the power and relevance of computer conservation," said Martin Campbell-Kelly, who chaired the judging panel from the Computer Conservation Society, which chose the...
Near-complete fossil reveals evolution of advanced flight among early birds

Near-complete fossil reveals evolution of advanced flight among early birds

Science
Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The most complete skeleton of an enantiornithine bird has offered scientists new insights into the appearance and behavior of the unique group. Analysis of the 75-million-year-old suggests enantiornithines evolved advanced flying capabilities similar to those of modern birds. The fossil -- described Tuesday in the journal PeerJ -- is an example of convergent evolution among early groups of birds. Enantiornithines were quite successful during the Cretaceous period, thriving among other bird groups and dinosaurs between 145 and 66 million years ago. The remains of members of the group have been recovered from every continent except Antarctica. "Enantiornithines originate well past the divergence with other theropod dinosaurs, and are more closely related to living birds," J...
Indonesia Lion Air flight crashes with 189 aboard

Indonesia Lion Air flight crashes with 189 aboard

World
An Indonesian passenger jet carrying 189 people crashed into the ocean shortly after takeoff on Monday, authorities said. Search and rescue officials said they lost contact with Lion Air flight JT610 minutes after it left Jakarta, the country's capital. The 189 on board included three children and the crew, officials said. No survivors have been found. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesperson National Board for Disaster Management, said the plane crashed near the coast of Bekasi, West Java. He also tweeted images and video from the crash site, showing rescue officials as they recovered wreckage and personal belongings from the sea. Crisis centers have been set up for families as authorities search for survivors. Officials said search and rescue teams have found various items from pas...
Dandelion seeds use a novel form of flight to get around

Dandelion seeds use a novel form of flight to get around

Science
Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Dandelion seeds fly like no other seeds. In fact, the flight mechanism used by dandelions is one-of-a-kind. The white, fluffy parachutes that help dandelion seeds find new soil to colonize are mostly air. But their novel design allow seeds to float through the air for more than half-a-mile. Advanced 3D imaging helped scientists better characterize the bristles that form each parachute. Using micro-fabricated disks, scientists experimented with different levels of porosity to replicate the effects of the parachute's ball of bristles on air flow. Researchers determined a ring-shaped air bubble forms as air passes through the parachute bristles. The air bubble enhances drag, slowing the seeds descent and allowing more time to be carried away by the wind. The air bubble, whi...