Daredevil NASA spacecraft snaps asteroid Bennu from crazyclose orbit

first_imgOriginally published June 18, 9:56 a.m. PT.  The spacecraft is designed to reach out to Bennu, snag a sample of surface material and bring it back to Earth in 2023. NASA is currently assessing potential sample sites, a task it has asked the public to help with. Scientists hope to learn more about the formation of the solar system by studying Bennu. Osiris-Rex’s successful orbital space snuggle is a testament to the spacecraft’s capabilities, but it also happens to give us a spectacular view of an awesome asteroid to enjoy. Checking out Bennu Comment This is the view from the closest orbit a spacecraft has ever made around a planetary body.This navigation image of asteroid Bennu was taken shortly after orbital insertion on June 13 from a distance of 0.4 miles (690 m).Image details: https://t.co/8aFYUKK4cW pic.twitter.com/jraAXwRAw1— NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (@OSIRISREx) June 17, 2019 Tags Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects Share your voice In the image, you can see a massive boulder sitting toward the bottom of the asteroid. This boulder is about the length of school bus. Osiris-Rex (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) settled into its new orbit on June 13, breaking its previous record of orbiting 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers) above the surface.Bennu is classified as a potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroid, though its chances of smacking our planet are slim and distant. 1 Osiris-Rex meets asteroid Bennu for cosmic pickpocketing Osiris-Rex finds water in its first week at asteroid Bennu Enlarge ImageOsiris-Rex snuggled up close to asteroid Bennu. NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft is a beast and a thrill-seeker. It broke its own record for “the closest orbit a spacecraft has ever made around a planetary body” and then it snapped a photo to prove its own audaciousness. The agency shared a breathtaking navigation image on Monday of asteroid Bennu from Osiris-Rex’s new orbital distance of a mere 0.4 miles (690 meters) above the ancient rubble-covered rock.  27 Photos Sci-Tech NASA Spacelast_img read more

BNP men implicated in 90000 cases in 10 yrs

first_imgBNP lawmaker Harunur Rashid on Tuesday demanded the speaker to form a parliamentary committee over ghost cases.”The home minister said there is nothing called ghost cases … I request the Speaker to form a parliamentary committee over it,” Rashid said participating in general discussion on the proposed budget for 2019-20 fiscal year in parliament, reports UNB.The Chapainawabganj-3 MP claimed that at least 90,000 cases were filed against BNP leaders and activists in the last 10 year.”Most of them are false cases. Some 2.5 million BNP leaders and activists were accused in them,” he said.Rashid said BNP men were picked up from their houses and implicated in cases.He said the BNP secretary general is facing charges in 84 cases, while 84-year-old former speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar, senior BNP leaders Khandkar Mahbub Hossain and Moudud Ahmed are facing charges of making bombs and sabotage.The BNP lawmaker claimed some 1,200 people became victims of forced disappearance in the last 10 years of this government.”I don’t know whether I’ll be able to return home after my speech in parliament. I don’t know if I’ll face the fates of Ilias Ali or Salauddin Ahmed like they were picked up by groups identifying as members of law enforcement agencies,” Rashid said.last_img read more

Report DC Circulator Streetcar Deepen Racial Bias

first_imgAn Amalgamated Transit Union report released May 17 excoriates the District for using contractors to create the D.C. Circulator and the D.C. Streetcar, two premium transit services the report says deepen racial bias in the city.The Fool D.C. Twice: Why D.C. Must Abandon Private Sector Control of Public Transit}report alleges both systems cater to wealthy Whites and tourists, while relying on taxpayers – who don’t use the services – to subsidize them when rider expectations fall short.The ATU released a report that claims private sector control of the D.C. transit system is benefiting wealthy Whites. (Courtesy Photo)“These services tend to exacerbate existing patterns of inequality,” Michael McCall-Delgado, the union’s strategic researcher, said on a conference call with reporters. He added that the streetcar was specifically designed to hasten gentrification along the H Street corridor in the city’s Northeast quadrant.The report primarily focuses on labor issues, safety standard violations, and failures to meet stated ridership and service goals – matters the union says besieged both systems after the city contracted them to for-profit companies.The union has been against the privatization of bus routes, the Circulator and the Streetcar for some time. In 2013, the union was against privatization of the systems. The union’s initial complaint against privatization was job loss, rider dissatisfaction and loss of public input.The transit union supports mass transit and represents more than 190,000 transit and allied workers in the U.S. and Canada.It’s up to residents to demand that public officials implement a transportation system that serves the community, instead of one that “only subsidizes the leisure of city elites,” the report said. District riders should also tell city officials to stop attempting to save money by contracting services out to for-profit companies. The private sector becomes a barrier between city officials and riders that officials “hide behind” when things go awry, Delgado said.“Each one gets to use the other as a shield for what the other is supposed to be doing,” Delgado said.Essie Jackson lives in Anacostia and has cleaned offices at the U.S. Department of Housing for 14 years. She relies on the A8 bus to get her from her home to the Anacostia Metro station and then on the Green Line to take her to work. Jackson, 61, then takes the reverse route to get home.Officials from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority should set the schedules so that the buses are waiting for riders as soon as they get off the train, she said. “They shouldn’t have to wait an hour and a half,” Jackson said.When the bus does come, it’s jam-packed with people, she said, forcing her to stand. She said she is already battling several injuries, is blind in her left eye, and is afraid of hurting herself if she falls on the bus.Ty Johnson, also a resident of Anacostia, wishes WMATA ran trains more frequently on the Green Line. She added that the ongoing Safe Track program on the Red Line frequently makes her late for her retail job in Friendship Heights. “It’s ridiculous how long the surges are,” Johnson, 27, said.Labor groups’ fight against privatization efforts within transit continued this week. On May 22, Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO held a news conference urging labor leaders to reject privatization and to endorse ATU Local 689’s proposal to stabilize and improve WMATA.Certain parts of the Fool D.C. Twice calls out the Circulator for serving an average census tract that is 15 percent Whiter and 18 percent less Black than the District’s population. The Circulator runs six routes that go through Georgetown, Navy Yard, DuPont Circle, the National Mall, Adams Morgan, Woodley Park, and others. It only costs $1 to ride. “The decision to run the Circulator in areas with a wealthier, Whiter population created a politically influential constituency for the service,” the report said. “This in turn has created pressure on local politicians to defend the service and expand it, even into neighborhoods that are already covered by the existing Metrobus network.”Meanwhile, three Metrobus lines already serve the rapidly gentrifying H Street corridor and transport more than 17,400 riders every weekday, according to the report. Those routes link commuters to job centers and serve residents living east of the Anacostia River in Wards 7 and 8, the report said.“These routes already provide broader service than the streetcar does with the added flexibility of being able to maneuver around obstructions,” the report said.According to the Washington Post article in July 2013, a privatization deal was supposed to include building a streetcar system in Anacostia and along H Street. To date, McDonald Transit Associates, the contractor behind D.C. Streetcar, has only completed the H Street streetcar system.First Transit, the contractor that operates D.C. Circulator, and McDonald Transit Associates did not respond to the AFRO’s requests for comment.Ron Holzer, a WMATA spokesman, cautions against condemning all contracts.To maximize efficiency while maintaining or enhancing service, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s has called for additional public sector support for Metro where it makes sense.  “With regard to Circulator, DDOT (District Department of Transportation) and WMATA are working cooperatively to improve the performance of this particular contract,” Holzer told the AFRO via email.Terry Owens, a DDOT spokesman told the AFRO via email that the agency continuously evaluates its transit services to determine where improvements can be made. He declined to comment further, saying he had not read the ATU report.Yet for all of WMATA’s problems, Jackson, who doesn’t drive, says she’s grateful for the system.“I thank God for Metro, because it takes me to where I need to go.”last_img read more