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ICON satellite to study the ionosphere, the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space

ICON satellite to study the ionosphere, the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space

Science
Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Inside the outermost layer of Earth's atmosphere, billions of negatively charged electrons bounce freely for long periods of time before being tamed by positive ions. The layer, the ionosphere, and its highly variable plasma waves can disrupt GPS signals and other radio-wave-based communication systems. To better understand the ionosphere and pinpoint the forces responsible for its variability, scientists at NASA are sending a specially equipped satellite into space to observe the enigmatic layer. The Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, developed by a team of scientists and engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, will be carried into space this week by Northrup Grumman's Pegasus XL rocket. "ICON is built specifically to understand the connection between...
Fashion icon and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt dies

Fashion icon and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt dies

Entertainment
By Emily Mee, news reporter US fashion icon and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt has died at the age of 95, her son has confirmed. The heiress, who was the great-great-granddaughter of financier Cornelius Vanderbilt, made headlines throughout her life and survived family tragedy. Her death on Monday was announced by her son, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, in a first-person obituary that aired on the network.CNN reported that she died at home surrounded by friends and family and had been suffering from advanced stomach cancer.In a statement, Cooper said: "Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms." Advertisement "She was a painte...
Fashion icon and Chanel boss Karl Lagerfeld dies

Fashion icon and Chanel boss Karl Lagerfeld dies

Entertainment
Fashion icon and Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85.The German designer died on Tuesday morning at the American Hospital just outside Paris after being admitted the day before. His death comes just under a month after he failed to greet the audience on the runway at the end of Chanel's haute couture show in Paris because he was "tired". Image: Models showcasing Lagerfeld's haute couture spring-summer 2019 collection at Paris fashion week last month Known for his indefatigable energy, it was the first time since he took over as the fashion house's creative director in 1983 that he had not spoken to fans - or taken a bow - after a show.The eccentric designer was recognised around the world for his distinctive white po...
George Michael APOLOGISES to Fadi Fawaz – despite being called a ‘f****d up icon’

George Michael APOLOGISES to Fadi Fawaz – despite being called a ‘f****d up icon’

Entertainment
Christmas Day 2018 will mark two years since musical icon George Michael died at the age of 53 from natural causes; consisting of dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver.The soulful singer, whose hits included the likes of Faith and Freedom, was adored by fans the world-over.His following was treated to a deeper look into George’s life upon his death in his documentary –  George Michael: Freedom.The short film explored all aspects of the notoriously private singer’s life – from his tumultuous relationship with Sony record label, to his heartbreak over the death of his first love Anselmo Feleppa – which many say George never fully recovered from. Related Articles But the former WHAM member inadvertently found himself at the middle of sca...
Watch live: Northrop Grumman to launch NASA's ICON satellite

Watch live: Northrop Grumman to launch NASA's ICON satellite

Science
Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman will launch NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite just after 3:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday aboard it's air-launched Pegasus XL rocket. Pegasus will be carried by and launch from Northrop Grumman's Stargazer L-1011 airplane from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch, which will be streamed live on NASA TV, carries the ICON satellite -- the 44th launch for Pegasus. NASA announced Tuesday that the weather forecast carries a 90 percent chance for favorable launch conditions. ICON will study the dynamic zone high in Earth's atmosphere where terrestrial weather meets space phenomena. The satellite will monitor the physics of near-Earth space and provide data for stopping its negative effects on technology and communications systems. ICON is based ...