NASA has been working on the Space Launch System (SLS), replacing the space shuttle for a decade, and the project has already mobilized $ 14 billion in funding. It is no secret that pure political will has allowed the SLS to continue, but there may have been losses along the way. A former United Launch Alliance (ULA) engineer spoke on Twitter to tell an anecdote about how the SLS smothered the development of orbital refueling.
Ars Technica's reporter, Eric Berger, had just posted a series of tweets about the opposition to refueling fuel depots in Congress when the SLS program took on scale. Then the former director of the ULA, George Sowers, responded with his point of view. According to Sowers, its group of advanced ULA programs had published several articles on the use of orbital refueling depots. He says his team has demonstrated that pre-existing commercial rockets could do the job of something like the SLS. The key was a platform developed by ULA and called ACES (Advanced Cryogenic Evolved Stage).
A lot of it was for my group of advanced programs at ULA and myself. We had published a series of documents showing how a repository / refueling architecture would allow a human exploration program using existing commercial rockets (at the time).
– George Sowers (@george_sowers) July 31, 2019
In 2011, ULA wanted to test ACES in the space to show that it could serve as a supply depot for carrying rockets to more distant locations. Sowers said Boeing (who operates ULA with Lockheed Martin) was furious about his team's pressure for refueling depots. Boeing was and still is the main contractor for the SLS launcher. An evolution towards cheaper fueling technology could cost him a lucrative contract with the government.
According to Sowers, Boeing's executives tried to get him fired, but his direct supervisors held the line. However, ACES was discreetly put aside. Around the same time, Berger reports that Alabama Senator Richard Shelby told NASA: "More storage depots." His home country is home to the Marshall Space Flight Center and would greatly benefit from the development of SLS.
ULA says that ACES is still on its road map, but that could mean a lot of things. We know that NASA is looking again at orbit refueling. As part of its new lunar surge, the agency has in partnership with several companies on new technologies. Among them is SpaceX and its refueling ambitions in orbit. SpaceX needs to develop state-of-the-art technology to move the fuel into orbit for future spacecraft missions, and NASA wants a piece of it.
Meanwhile, the SLS could embark on an unprepared test mission next year. The launch has already been postponed a few times. It is therefore quite likely that the rocket does not fly until 2021.
When you have so many Democrat candidates in a race, it's hard to handle all your burns in just two episodes. Sometimes you just need more time.
In the clip above The show lateStephen Colbert continues exactly where he left aside yesterday
He mingled with several candidates, even though he has the impression of grilling Cory Brooker by Bon Jovi, before comparing the entire race to a horde of newly hatched sea turtles.
"You must have a lot of people in the beginning, no?" he says. "It's like sea turtles hatching on a beach, okay? A lot of birds are spinning over their heads, but there are thousands, you know – one of them from among them must go to the water.
"In addition, it will be so much fun to watch these birds come off Bill by Blasio."
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"It's the honor of my life to work with the men and women who follow me," he told the media alongside fellow activists, first responders, survivors and legislators.
The Senate voted by 97 votes to 2 to extend the funding of the bill until 2092, providing financial support and compensation to those who continue to suffer from health problems since September. 11, 2001, as well as their families.
"Unfortunately, the pain and suffering of what these heroes continue to suffer will continue.There have been too many funerals, too many hospices," Stewart said.
"These families deserve better. And I hope that today is the beginning of the healing process, without the burden of having to defend interests. "
Last week, the Justice Department announced that "due to lack of funding, the September 9th Trust Fund for Victims (CRF) is expected to make severe cuts ranging from 50 % to 70% of compensation pending for damage caused by toxins. This will affect thousands of 9/11 stakeholders, survivors and their families who have been waiting for help for years.
"Today is not a party. It's a deep sigh of relief, "said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, one of the main sponsors of the bill.
For his first response, John Feal, who kissed Stewart in tears after passing the bill, said there was "no joy" in this victory.
"Yes, I cried with Jon," I say. "But it was to expire.It was to have 18 years of suffering and suffering.
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Today, I am pleased to announce that I have experienced one of these moments.
The museum-worthy photograph to which I refer was taken Tuesday afternoon by Roll Call photojournalist Bill Clark. He was standing in front of the Ohio clock corridor in the Capitol at the absolute moment, and managed to capture a smug smile. Jon StewartThe head of Senate Majority President Mitch McConnell appeared seconds later.
Photography is particularly effective because it took hours before the Senate voted on HR 1327, the renewal of the September 9th Victims Compensation Fund Act.
.@McConnellPress Pass in front of Jon Stewart at the Ohio Clock Corridor in the Capitol. The Senate will vote later in the day on HR 1327: Never forget the heroes: permanent authorization of the September 11th law on the victims' compensation fund. pic.twitter.com/bZ0FaOhTSl
– Bill Clark (@billclarkphotos) July 23, 2019
The actor and former The daily show the host has publicly endorsed the re-authorization for months, as this would extend health care funding for first responders until 2090.
In June, Stewart made a special appearance on The show late address directly to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and urge him to meet with first responders and pass the bill independently.
Instead, since Stewart made a emotional speech before the Congress the bill has mounted for a vote in the House, and was blocked in the Senate by Republican Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee. Stewart recently called Paul and Lee on on Fox News Along with John Feal, first speaker, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to take action.
The fate of the bill to be decided later in the day, the photo made a strong impression on social media.
Stewart's smile must have become much bigger since the photo was taken because the Senate passed the bill 97-2 Tuesday afternoon. President Donald Trump should now sign it.
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Trump's controversy over racism will not go away any time soon. After posting a series of racist tweets Sunday, the President attends rallies where the crowd openly chants "the returns" – a sinister echo of the line one of the president's tweets.
His weak excuse after? "I do not agree with that, but again, I did not say that, they did it."
Needless to say, Stephen Colbert had none.
"Wait a second Trump, you do not agree with that?" request the Late Show host in the clip above. "Hey sir, it's your party." You are the bride at the wedding of white power.
"(…) For Pete's sake, if you want to be a demagogue, at least increase the pair and take responsibility for what you inspired them to sing, wusSolini. "
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For some, it could be "president". But in today's troubling news cycle, others – like the Brooklyn artist Adam Ellis – fight to choose between "rapist" and "racist".
Since the 1970s, more than 20 women have accused the president of the sexual misconduct – including the one who claims Trump she raped her when she was 13 years old at a party hosted by registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Now that Epstein back in the news faced with accusations of child sex trafficking, discussions about Trump's past accusers have resumed.
In recent discussions on Trump's links with Epstein, the president has also been criticized for writing a series of in which he asked the women of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Congress, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley to return to "totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came".
It's a deeply divided period for America, so Ellis has felt compelled to share an old cartoon – a Scrabble painting that protests against Trump with a powerful double-meaning.
The cartoon from the Ellis Scrabble board contains the phrase "Trump is a ra_ist", as well as two tiles, the letters C and P, that can be used to win a Triple Word Score.
"Both are working," the 32-year-old artist has captioned his cartoon on Instagram, suggesting that Trump is both a rapist and a racist. But as mentioned earlier, even though the artwork is timely, it's not new.
"I actually did the Trump cartoon in January 2017, ten days after it was inaugurated," Ellis explained in an e-mail. "Like many people, I've been shocked and upset by the election results, and creating documents is the only real way to handle things."
Although not all of Ellis's art is political, I noticed that with 1.4 million followers on Instagram, he felt it was "irresponsible" for him to deal with big political and social issues right from the start. that they present themselves.
"There are powerful people who make laws that actively harm a large part of the population," said Ellis. said
Since the comic was reposted on Instagram on June 22, he has acquired over 340,000 likes and new virality. This has also inspired other artists, such as 45-year-old Michael Schneider, to share original takes to the prompt to complete.
Schneider, an artist based in Portland, Oregon, recreated the piece using his characteristic style of bright colors and balloon letters. It's been only two days since I shared the message on Instagram, but it has already received over 42,000 "likes".
"I started using the balloons because they felt colorful and whimsical, which was ironic for some more serious messages than others," Schneider said in an email. He also explained that he felt compelled to share Ellis's message because "many people, especially women and members of marginalized communities, feel particularly targeted and isolated at this time."
"Although I am happy that many people resonate with this, it is that we must create this type of art."
Schneider believes that "whoever has the privilege should make his voice heard against this fascist, sexist and racist president" and wants to help raise awareness of the seriousness of the current political climate in America.
Ellis added that in addition to Schneider, he had seen a lot of people make their own variations of his comment on Scrabble, which he liked a lot. But he wants everyone to know that his comic strip was inspired by someone else.
"My original comic was influenced by a sign that I saw at the 2017 edition Women's march, that I put it in context and that I added the angle of Scrabble, "said Ellis, I made an effort to find the stranger who was holding the panel via Twitter in the hope of crediting it but his research did not succeed.
"I'd always like to find her, and her credit, if possible," Ellis repeated. So, if this artwork reminds you of your sign of the 2017 Women's Walk, consider talking to her.
if anyone knows the sign I am referring to, I would like to credit it !!
– Adam Ellis (ಥ﹏ಥ) (@moby_dickhead) February 2, 2017
In the end, Ellis's comic strip has been circulating on social media for two and a half years. He therefore thinks that sharing it is simply an act of "performative standby".
"It's as if we knew that he was a rapist, a racist, a liar and a criminal." What I'm going to do about it when I did the comic in 2017, I'm Angry and helpless, drawing was the only thing that kept me healthy, but we need to do more now, "he said.
"Posting a political message on Instagram is literally the simplest form of protest and activism," I said. "I do not want to give too much importance to my comics," Ellis said. "I hope that my art helps people feel less alone, keeps them angry, passionate about them and engages them in politics, but also encourages them to create their own art and get involved in them." social issues. "
Schneider has the same feeling about his work, but noted that the publication's popularity is definitely bitter-sweet.
"Even though I'm glad a lot of people are resonating with that, it's that we need that kind of art," Schneider said.
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