NASA suffered a further setback in its attempts to invent a more efficient system for landing large, bulky, heavy payloads on the surface of Mars. The LDSD (Low-density Supersonic Decelerator ) Parachute system once again failed to deploy properly. The ‘lander’ package under test landed in the Pacific Ocean off the Hawaiian Islands and was recovered in a damaged state.
The Mars Lander System is a multi stage decelerator that uses a conventional blunt re-entry system to initially slow an atmospheric entry vehicle, followed by a large diameter Supersonic Ringsail parachute and finally landing thrusters to safely land large payloads on Mars’ surface. The ‘Curiosity’ Mars research vehicle used a similar system, however the current research is vastly scaled up version of this technology.
A BETTER and safer way to ‘climb’ Mount Everest:
Keep an eye on the elevation on the left side of your computer screen and then move your mouse slowly at the end to see a 360 view.
In general, would you say that the spreading of liberation theology had any Soviet connection?
Yes. I learned the fine points of the KGB involvement with liberation theology from Soviet General Aleksandr Sakharovsky, communist Romania’s chief razvedka (foreign intelligence) adviser – and my de facto boss, until 1956, when he became head of the Soviet espionage service, the PGU, a position he held for an unprecedented 15 years.
On October 26, 1959, Sakharovsky and his new boss, Nikita Khrushchev, came to Romania for what became known as “Khrushchev’s six-day vacation”. He had never taken such a long vacation abroad, nor was his stay in Romania really a vacation. Khrushchev wanted to go down in history as the Soviet leader who had exported communism to Central and South America. Romania was the only Latin country in the Soviet bloc, and Khrushchev wanted to enroll her “Latin leaders” in his new “liberation” war.
Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede.
The timing of the 1979 NASA satellite instrument launch could not have been better for global warming alarmists. The late 1970s marked the end of a 30-year cooling trend. As a result, the polar ice caps were quite likely more extensive than they had been since at least the 1920s. Nevertheless, this abnormally extensive 1979 polar ice extent would appear to be the “normal” baseline when comparing post-1979 polar ice extent.
Updated NASA satellite data show the polar ice caps remained at approximately their 1979 extent until the middle of the last decade. Beginning in 2005, however, polar ice modestly receded for several years. By 2012, polar sea ice had receded by approximately 10 percent from 1979 measurements. (Total polar ice area – factoring in both sea and land ice – had receded by much less than 10 percent, but alarmists focused on the sea ice loss as “proof” of a global warming crisis.)
NASA satellite measurements show the polar ice caps have not retreated at all.
There is one leader in the world who has taken courageous steps across religious boundaries to help Middle Eastern Christians in their hour of need, breaking precedent and in many cases offending adherents of his own religion.
Of course, I am not talking about Pope Francis, but about Egyptian President Fatah al-Sisi, a devout Muslim who appeared last Christmas at the cathedral of his country’s Coptic Christians, the first Egyptian leader to do so. The Copts are a persecuted minority who comprise about a tenth of the Egyptian population. The Coptic language derives from ancient Egyptian, and the Copts are the remnant of old Egypt, conquered by Alexander the Great and Christianized by Constantine, before the Arab invasion of the 7th century C.E. Standing next to the Coptic Pope Tawadros II, al-Sisi declared, “We cannot say anything but we, the Egyptians.”