For NASA engineer, writing about Challenger tragedy was hard
The chapter about the space shuttle Challenger, which exploded shortly after liftoff Jan. 28, 1986. He knew remembering the details of the Challenger tragedy would be difficult so he put off writing about it until the end. At the time Norris was the chief engineer for shuttle contamination control and played no direct role in the Challenger launch but he observed it as a NASA insider. It was a bitter 36 degrees Fahrenheit, 15 degrees lower than the previous-coldest launch day. As Norris watched the horrifying event unfold, his mind raced to make sense of it.
As political conventions go virtual, so does the chatter
The pandemic has fundamentally reshaped this year's presidential election, prompting both parties to ditch their traditional arena-style conventions. Instead, what he mostly got in his social media feeds were posts from left-leaning friends, trolls and memes disparaging Republican convention speakers. In South Carolina, one grassroots Trump backer hosted mask-wearing fellow supporters at a watch party in Aiken County. But other Republicans like Emma Scott, a University of South Carolina junior, opted to keep their distance. Scott chairs the South Carolina Federation of College Republicans, which relied on Zoom calls or group messages to stay connected and discuss this weeks speeches.
Team Trump pushes for voting by mail
Donald Trump carried the vast majority of counties there in 2016 and the Team Trump caravan is on the road with a swing across northern Florida looking for a repeat. Team Trump pulled into a small strip shopping mall minutes after volunteers lined the sidewalk with Black Voices for Trump signs. In a small office packed with volunteers, Bondi pushed mail voting, drawing a distinction between Florida's method and other states. In a release, Florida Democrats accused the bus tour of recklessly endangering public safety during the pandemic. Florida Democrats also said in that statement that the bus tour was being used to distract people from the presidents handling of the pandemic.
Facts and Figures about the 72nd Emmy Awards nominations
Irons was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Colin Hutton/HBO via AP)LOS ANGELES Notable facts and figures from Tuesdays nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards:___WATCHMEN SOARS BUT ROOTS RUNS DEEPHBO's Watchmen led all shows with a whopping 26 nominations, but that doesn't come close to the record for a limited series. Another HBO limited series, 2008's John Adams, holds the record for limited series Emmy wins with 13, from 23 nominations. The work earned Aldrin and Collins 2020 Emmy nominations for best cinematography for a nonfiction program. The nominees for best supporting actress in a limited series also include 69-year-old Margo Martindale and 60-year-old Tracey Ullman for Mrs.
NASA astronauts go back to the future with capsule launch
(SpaceX via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Its back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S. aboard a retro-style Right Stuff capsule. SpaceXs Dragon crew capsule outshines NASAs old Apollo spacecraft in virtually every way. This fresh take on a vintage look will be on full display Wednesday when SpaceX plans to launch NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station a first for a private company. Russias workhorse Soyuz capsules, still in use after a half-century plus, have kept NASA astronauts flying to the space station. A test dummy soloed on last years Dragon crew capsule debut.
SpaceXs 1st astronaut launch breaking new ground for style
It will be the first astronaut launch from NASAs Kennedy Space Center since the last shuttle flight in 2011. They'll catch a ride to the launch pad in a Tesla Model X electric car. It will be the first astronaut launch from NASAs Kennedy Space Center since the last shuttle flight in 2011. The worm adorns the Astro-Tesla, Falcon and even the astronauts' suits, along with NASAs original blue meatball-shaped logo. The white-suited Hurley and Behnken will transfer from the white Tesla to the white Dragon atop the equally white Falcon 9.
China defends the WHO after Trump and others say it is deferring to Beijing
He also said on Twitter that the WHO is "China centric" even though the organization is largely funded by the U.S. The latter comment echoes many of the top critiques of the WHO, such as too readily trusting information reported by China. Japanese deputy prime minister and finance minister Taro Aso said in parliament that some have started calling the World Health Organization the "Chinese Health Organization," NHK reported. Beijing defended the WHO in its squabble with Taiwan, which China claims as its territory. China reported the outbreak to the WHO in late December but confirmed human-to-human transmission only days before the Lunar New Year holidays in late January.cnbc.com
"They're back from the moon!": The Apollo 11 splashdown, 50 years later
In the 2006 documentary "In the Shadow of the Moon," Collins recalled: "I can remember the beautiful water. Millions of Americans tuned in to watch as Walter Cronkite anchored CBS News coverage of the triumphant conclusion of the Apollo 11 moon mission. Splashdown and recoveryHow CBS News covered the Apollo 11 splashdownWith its red-and-white striped parachutes deployed, the Apollo 11 command module completed the final leg of its epic journey. This is Apollo 11 reading you loud and clear." A presidential welcomeNixon greets Apollo 11 astronauts after splashdownAfter a helicopter delivered them to the USS Hornet recovery ship, the astronauts were ushered into a Mobile Quarantine Facility on the hangar deck as a precaution.cbsnews.com
President Trump marks Apollo 11 anniversary by meeting its astronauts
President Donald Trump, accompanied by Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins, second from left, and Buzz Aldrin, second from right, with Vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump, speaks during a photo opportunity commemoratingCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins reunited Friday on the eve of the 50th anniversary of humanity's first moon landing. The president asked if astronauts could get to Mars without first going back to the moon. He noted that the Apollo 11 command module and attached lunar module went straight into lunar orbit and even separated and redocked around the moon. The vice president is commemorating Saturday's anniversary at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, visiting the launch pad where Apollo 11 blasted off. NASA televised a two-hour show Friday afternoon remembering Apollo 11 but also looking forward to its future moon plans.
Google Doodle celebrates 50 years since moon landing
Scott Barbour/Getty Images(CNN) - The moon landing got the Google Doodle treatment for its 50th anniversary, retold from launch to landing by one of the three astronauts on the history-making mission. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Collins began their mission July 16, 1969, launching from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin departed on the lunar module, called the "Eagle," which would separate from the command module to make the 13-minute descent to the surface of the moon. Collins waited on the other side of the moon from the comfort of the command module that would take all three men home. In the words immortalized on the plaque they planted on the moon: "We came in peace for all mankind."
Apollo 11 astronauts reunite on 50th anniversary of moonshot
Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins reunited Friday on the eve of the 50th anniversary of humanity's first moon landing. "We're bringing the glamour back" to the space program, Trump said. The vice president is commemorating Saturday's anniversary at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, visiting the launch pad where Apollo 11 blasted off. NASA televised a two-hour show Friday afternoon remembering Apollo 11 but also looking forward to its future moon plans. ___Follow AP's full coverage of the Apollo 11 anniversary at: https://apnews.com/Apollo11moonlanding___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education.chicagotribune.com
Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad where first humans lifted off for the moon
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned to the launch pad Tuesday at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida where he flew to the moon 50 years ago along with the late Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins speaks at a panel discussion on the 50th anniversary of the launch, in Cocoa Beach, Florida, U.S., July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Joe SkipperWonderful feeling to be back at launch pad 39A, Collins, the command module pilot for Apollo 11, said in an interview on the pad with Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, himself a veteran of four space shuttle launches and a former shuttle commander. Aldrin, 89, was to join Collins on the launch pad but canceled. Collins was to be joined Tuesday evening at a gala in Cape Canaveral, Florida, by Charles Duke, the youngest human to walk on the moon as an Apollo 16 astronaut, Apollo flight director Gerald Griffin, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and four-time shuttle veteran Charlie Precourt.feeds.reuters.com
Thousands worked behind the scenes of Apollo 11 mission
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - It took 400,000 people to put Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon a half-century ago. A brief look at four of them:Amid the sea of white shirts, black ties and pocket protectors inside NASA's firing room for the liftoff of Apollo 11 sat JoAnn Morgan. "As Apollo 11 loomed, Morgan's boss went to the top to get her on liftoff duty. With Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins on their way, her job was done, at least for Apollo 11. Looking back, he's still in awe at what the Apollo astronauts accomplished.
Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad 50 years later
"Apollo 11 ... was serious business. Another spectator, Karin Wise, of Jonesboro, Georgia, was 19 during Apollo 11 and recalled being glued to TV coverage. Back at Kennedy, NASA televised original launch video of Apollo 11, timed down to the second. The crowd also included members of NASA's next moon management team, including Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, launch director for the still-in-development Space Launch System moon rocket. The lone female launch controller for Apollo 11, JoAnn Morgan, enjoyed seeing the much updated- firing room.chicagotribune.com
Michael Collins remembers Neil Armstrong's skill
Michael Collins remembers Neil Armstrong's skill At a NASA event honoring Neil Armstrong Monday, Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins talks about how good of an astronaut and pilot Neil Armstrong was. Collins and others were celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon.cbsnews.com
Michael Collins honors Neil Armstrong
Michael Collins honors Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, speaking at an event honoring Neil Armstrong, recounts a childhood story about his fellow astronaut. Collins and others were celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon.cbsnews.com