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SpaceX Dragon successfully splashes down in Pacific Ocean

SpaceX Dragon successfully splashes down in Pacific Ocean

Science
May 6 (UPI) -- The unmanned SpaceX Dragon cargo ship successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, the company said.SpaceX confirmed the reusable ship completed the company's third resupply mission to and from the International Space Station at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.After spending a month on the space station, Dragon detached and was sent back to earth to deliver 4,000 pounds of NASA cargo and research material.The cargo included science samples from a variety of technological and biological studies about the space station."Some of the science returning on this flight includes samples from the Metabolic Tracking study that could lead to more effective, less expensive drugs, the APEX-06 investigation examining how to effectively grow crops in space, and the Fruit Fly Lab-03 investigat...
Pacific Ship Repair contracted for PSA on USS Ralph Johnson

Pacific Ship Repair contracted for PSA on USS Ralph Johnson

Business
April 26 (UPI) -- Pacific Ship Repair and Fabrication has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy for post shakedown availability services on the new USS Ralph Johnson.The deal, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $ 17.2 million under the terms of a cost-plus-award-fee contract.The contract from Naval Sea Systems Command enables Pacific Ship Repair and Fabrication to accomplish post shakedown availability on the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson, the Defense Department said.Post shakedown availability or PSA is an shipbuilding industry term used to describe work assigned to a contract that corrects deficiencies found during the shakedown cruise, which is when test trials on the ship are conducted at sea in order to spotli...
Washington to nominate U.S. Pacific Command chief as ambassador to South Korea

Washington to nominate U.S. Pacific Command chief as ambassador to South Korea

World
April 25 (UPI) -- Washington plans to nominate the U.S. Pacific Command chief Harry Harris to fill the long-vacant seat of U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, U.S. and Australian officials said.According to the Washington Post, the Trump administration is planning to re-nominate Admiral Harris, as the top U.S. envoy to Seoul, although he has already been nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia in February.This came after CIA Director Mike Pompeo promised to quickly fill the position in Seoul, which has been vacant for 16 months, after former Ambassador Mark Lippert finished his term in early 2017.Pompeo reportedly requested President Donald Trump to reassign the admiral, who is said to have conveyed to Pompeo he is willing to swap roles.Officials are said to be waiting for the green ligh...
China space lab mostly burns up on re-entry in south Pacific

China space lab mostly burns up on re-entry in south Pacific

Technology
China's defunct Tiangong 1 space station mostly burned up on re-entry into the atmosphere Monday over the central South Pacific, Chinese space authorities said. The experimental space laboratory re-entered around 8:15 a.m. Beijing time, the China Manned Space Engineering Office said. Scientists monitoring the craft's disintegrating orbit had forecast the craft would mostly burn up and would pose only the slightest of risks to people. Analysis from the Beijing Aerospace Control Center showed it had mostly burned up. Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist at Australian National University, said that Tiangong 1's re-entry was "mostly successful" and that it would have been better if the space station had not been spinning toward Earth. "It could have been better, obviously, if it wasn't tumbling, bu...
Tiangong-1: Defunct China space lab comes down over South Pacific

Tiangong-1: Defunct China space lab comes down over South Pacific

Science
China's defunct Tiangong-1 space lab mostly broke up on re-entering the Earth's atmosphere above the South Pacific, Chinese and US reports say.It re-entered the atmosphere around 00:15 GMT on Monday, China's Manned Space Engineering Office said.Tiangong-1 was launched in 2011 to carry out docking and orbit experiments.It was part of China's efforts to build a manned space station by 2022, but stopped working in March 2016. What do we know about where it came down?The rather vague "above the South Pacific" is the line from space officials. US specialists at the Joint Force Space Component Command said they had used orbit analysis technology to confirm Tiangong-1's re-entry. Astronomer Jonathan McDowell, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, tweeted that it appeared to have c...