What to pack for year in space? A ‘superhero utility belt’

first_imgKelly’s partner on the yearlong stay at the space station — Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko — can’t do without his vitamins. When their Soyuz rocket blasts off from Kazakhstan on Saturday (Friday afternoon in the U.S.), three bottles of over-age-50 vitamins will be on board.After more than two years of training, Kelly and Kornienko are eager to get going. It will be the longest space mission ever for NASA, and the longest in almost two decades for the Russian Space Agency, which holds the record at 14 months.Medicine and technology have made huge leaps since then, and the world’s space agencies need to know how the body adapts to an entire year of weightlessness before committing to even longer Mars expeditions. More yearlong missions are planned, with an ultimate goal of 12 test subjects. The typical station stint is six months.“We know a lot about six months. But we know almost nothing about what happens between six and 12 months in space,” said NASA’s space station program scientist, Julie Robinson.Among the more common space afflictions: weakened bones and muscles, and impaired vision and immune system. Then there is the psychological toll.Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, a frequent flier who will accompany Kelly and Kornienko into orbit, predicts it will be the psychological — not physical — effects that will be toughest on the one-year crew.“Being far away from Earth, being sort of crammed, having few people to interact with,” Padalka said. He’ll break the record for most time spent in space during his six-month stay, closing in on a grand total of 900 days by the time he returns to Earth in September.Neither Kelly nor Kornienko, though, worries about himself. They fret about the family and friends they are leaving behind for an entire year — until next March.“If something happens … you’re not coming home, no matter what it is. You’re not coming back,” Kelly said in an interview earlier this year with The Associated Press.Kelly’s loved ones include: his two daughters, ages 20 and 11; his NASA-employed girlfriend; his widowed father; his identical twin brother Mark, a retired astronaut; and his sister-in-law, Gabrielle Giffords, a former congresswoman who barely survived an assassination attempt while he was at the space station in 2011.Kornienko, 54, a former paratrooper, worries how his wife will cope alone at their country house outside Moscow. His 32-year-old daughter is a new mother; the baby is not quite a year old.Wife Irina cried when she learned in 2012 that he’d be leaving Earth for a whole year. And she’s still not happy about it, Kornienko told the AP.“She understands that it’s a dangerous mission. But she’s getting used to the idea,” he said.A vivid reminder of the dangers of spaceflight hit home last fall when an unmanned supply ship blew up shortly after liftoff from Virginia. Kelly’s original “superhero” belt was destroyed, along with the rest of the station cargo. Replacements went up on the next commercial shipment.The two veteran space fliers are fully aware of all the risks. Kelly has flown in space three times for a total of 180 days. (Two of those trips were space shuttle quickies.) Kornienko has a single 176-day station flight on his resume.Kelly acknowledges it will be a challenge “keeping the level of fatigue down, enthusiasm up, energy reserves to respond to an emergency.”Newly returned space station commander Butch Wilmore urges some three-day weekends for the pair.“To maintain that mental focus for six months is difficult, and to do it for an entire year … You don’t want to make any mistakes,” said Wilmore, whose 5½-month mission ended March 11.Kornienko was selected by his bosses for the job while Kelly volunteered.NASA actually got a 2-for-1 bonus with Kelly. He is teaming up with brother Mark for a battery of medical tests so researchers can compare the physique and physiology of the space twin with his genetic double on the ground. Raised by police-officer parents, they’ve lived parallel lives as Navy fighter and test pilots and space shuttle commanders.Mark Kelly, a four-time space flier, will be at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for his brother’s launch; wife Giffords will watch from Houston with Johnson Space Center friends. He’s already submitted to numerous blood draws and ultrasounds in the name of space science.“All right, do whatever you’ve got to do,” Mark said he tells the doctors.As for what Scott will endure, “Imagine if you went to work where your office was and then you had to stay in that place for a year and not go outside, right? Kind of a challenge,” Mark said in an AP interview.At least Scott Kelly will get outside for a spacewalk this time. Considerable work is needed to prepare the orbiting lab for the 2017 arrival of U.S. commercial crew capsules. So the year will be unusually busy, noted NASA’s space station program manager Mike Suffredini, “a good thing” on such a long haul.Another plus is that Kelly and Kornienko seem to honestly like one another. And they won’t be alone. There are normally six people on board and lots of compartments, including three full-scale laboratories, in which to disappear. Besides, the U.S. and Russian crews generally spend their workdays on their respective sides, Kelly noted. The total interior volume is roughly equivalent to two Boeing 747s.“It’s a big place, and I don’t really look at it as I’m spending a year with him,” Kelly said. “It’s more spending a year with 14 other people, and he’s one of them.”Among those coming and going, in September, will be British soprano superstar Sarah Brightman. She will visit for 1½ weeks as a paying tourist, and will perform live from on high.Kelly expects to hear a lot of singing while she’s there, but doubts he’ll join in.“Never sang before. But I could try, right?” Kelly said with a laugh. “It will be either all of us (singing with her) or none of us.”Online:NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/content/one-year-crew/ CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | What’s one thing astronaut Scott Kelly can’t do without when he moves into space this week for a year? A belt.Kelly went beltless during his five-month mission at the International Space Station a few years back, and he hated how his shirttails kept floating out of his pants. So this time, the 51-year-old retired Navy captain packed “a military, tactical-style thing” that can hold a tool pouch.Actually, scratch pouch. He prefers “superhero utility belt.” This Feb. 6, 2015 photo provided by the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) shows cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko in Star City, Russia. On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Kornienko and astronaut Scott Kelly will travel to the International Space Station to begin a year-long mission living in orbit. (AP Photo/Roscosmos and GCTC) This August 2010 photo provided by the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center shows NASA astronaut Scott Kelly in a Russian Sokol launch and entry suit in Star City, Russia. On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will travel to the International Space Station to begin a year-long mission living in orbit. (AP Photo/GCTC via NASA)center_img In this photo provided by NASA, astronaut Scott Kelly sits inside a Soyuz simulator at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC), Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Star City, Russia. On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will travel to the International Space Station to begin a year-long mission living in orbit. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls) In this Thursday, March 19, 2015 photo provided by NASA, astronaut Scott Kelly, left, plays pool with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Kelly and Kornienko will travel to the International Space Station to begin a year-long mission living in orbit. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)last_img read more

Celebrating heritage

first_imgBy Russell Bennett This Saturday at the Bass Recreation Reserve, the hometown Panthers will celebrate all the cultural diversity within…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Guardiola vows more of same after Monaco goalfest

first_imgMonaco’s goals exposed serious failings in the City rearguard, but although Guardiola acknowledged his side must tighten up at the back, he said they would go to Stade Louis II intending to attack.“They will attack more and more and we have to defend better. But we will have our chances,” said the City manager.“We are going to fly to Monaco to score as many goals as possible. We are not going to defend that result.“We now know each other better. We will adjust some things, they will adjust some things, but we have to score goals.“If we don’t score a goal in Monaco, we will be eliminated.”Raheem Sterling gave City a 26th-minute lead following a brilliant run from Leroy Sane, but a loose kick by home goalkeeper Willy Caballero enabled Monaco to level through Radamel Falcao’s header.A dawdling Nicolas Otamendi was at fault for Monaco’s second goal, scored by Kylian Mbappe, and then conceded a penalty, only for Caballero to save Falcao’s effort.Sergio Aguero and Falcao swapped goals, the former benefiting from a huge error by Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, the latter scoring with a sublime chip, before City found an extra gear.Aguero volleyed in David Silva’s corner to make it 3-3 in the 71st minute and further goals from John Stones and Sane carried Guardiola’s men to a breathless victory.Aguero was booked for diving after flinging himself over a challenge by Subasic in the first half, but Guardiola refused to discuss the incident, barking: “Next question!”Aguero has only returned to the starting XI because of an injury to Gabriel Jesus, but he played down suggestions his relationship with Guardiola is frosty.– Double-edged sword –“The truth is we get on very well,” said the Argentine striker.“What he wants, above everything, from all the players is that we push a little more. He’s always asking me for more, more, more.“Obviously it’s a sacrifice I have to make, that we all have to make, and fortunately tonight it worked and we’ll see if it keeps working in the next game.”Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said his team had paid for “defensive errors”, but said the “key moment” had been Falcao’s failure to convert his penalty early in the second half.The visitors were 2-1 up when Otamendi was penalised for going through the back of Falcao, but the Colombian dallied over his spot-kick and then saw a tame shot parried by Caballero.French striker Mbappe, 18, vindicated Jardim’s decision to hand him a first tournament start by calmly netting Monaco’s second goal after Otamendi had been caught out by Fabinho’s free-kick.Jardim hailed the teenager’s display, but said Monaco’s defensive shortcomings showed the club’s commitment to developing young players was a double-edged sword.“I used Kylian up front today because we know City well. We know there’s lots of space in behind,” Jardim told his post-match press conference.“I thought he played a great match. The little guy is 18 years old. And that’s part of our project as well.“The defensive errors are also a question of age, maturity. Kylian is 18. Lots of the players are 20, 21, 22.”Monaco’s performance confirmed their status as Europe’s most prolific attacking team and gave Jardim hope they can turn the tie around in three weeks’ time.“I think playing here in England, scoring three goals at City, putting on a great show, is also an important moment,” he said.“I congratulate the team. There are 90 minutes left at home. Nothing is finished.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s defender John Stones (C) celebrates scoring his team’s fourth goal during the Champions League football match against Monaco February 21, 2017MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 22 – Pep Guardiola pledged that Manchester City will continue to fight fire with fire when they take a 5-3 lead to Monaco in their Champions League last 16 tie.City procured a two-goal advantage after a remarkable first-leg match at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday in which they fought back from 2-1 and 3-2 down to put themselves in the driving seat.last_img read more

BC Hydro will resume Site C debris burning

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  BC Hydro will be burning debris, dependent upon appropriate venting conditions, as part of their reservoir clearing work.Areas burning will be taking place at, include;The north bank of the Peace River near the Cache Creek areaAlong the transmission line corridor south of the Peace River.In the Moberly River drainageBurning is slated for today, Thursday, February 28th.- Advertisement -BC Hydro shares the Site C project includes an 83-kilometre reservoir that will be about two-to-three times the width of the current river. This reservoir will extend west from the Site C dam site to Hudson’s Hope.Filling the reservoir is one of the last construction activities to take place, the reservoir area needs to be cleared of trees and vegetation in order to prepare for river diversion in 2020, Highway 29 realignment, and other activities.For a complete outline on the clear and burn procedure; CLICK HERE Advertisementlast_img read more

Man United would love Hummels and he is keen on joining them, claims Jackson

first_imgLeading journalist Jamie Jackson joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to discuss Manchester United’s hopes for the new season.Jackson also assesses Louis van Gaal’s likely transfer targets and claims the Dutchman is keen on signing Mats Hummels, although he reckons doing a deal with Borussia Dortmund could prove difficult.“The big problem is not having any European football,” he said. “Mats Hummels, they would love him. As I understand it, Mats Hummels would like to go to Manchester United if the right deal came about and Dortmund said, ‘yes, OK, you can go’. But would they do that?”last_img

Price of earthquake insurance from state authority may rise after 2008

first_imgSACRAMENTO – California homeowners who buy earthquake insurance through a state-run authority could see their premiums rise under a bill that passed an Assembly committee Thursday over opposition from the state treasurer and consumer advocates. When the California Earthquake Authority was established in 1996, participating insurance companies were required to provide $2.2 billion to help underwrite it. They were to keep that money in reserve through Dec. 1, 2008. That arrangement is about to expire and insurance companies want out of it. Sen. Mike Machado, D-Linden, wants to replace it with a new one in which insurance companies would be required to keep $1.2 billion available to the authority for up to 12 years. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer predicted the deal would force the California Earthquake Authority to raise its rates, which now average about $700 a year, by another 8.5 percent. He urged lawmakers to extend the industry’s $2.2 billion obligation until the authority has $6 billion in cash reserves. Currently it has only $2.7 billion, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Alert raised after attempted home break-in

first_imgAn attempted break-in has been reported at a home in Ballindrait, near Lifford. It is believed that the incident occurred between 1.30pm on Monday afternoon and 6am on Tuesday morning.The would-be robbers also caused damage to a car at the property. Gardaí are investigating the attempted burglary. Anyone who has any information is being asked to call the Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 91 67100. Alert raised after attempted home break-in was last modified: November 1st, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

#AskIt – Disney Cruise Line in 2020 – Cruise or Snooze?

first_imgShare This!Big thanks to Julia Mascardo for being the Ask-Meister last week when I was traveling. And super gratitude to Heather Keller for writing up the news about the 2020 Disney Cruise Line itineraries. Interestingly enough both Rikki (who normally keeps you up to date on all Disney news) and I were on the same Disney cruise from New York City to Quebec City. This cruise had A LOT of Disney travel agents on it because of last-minute discounts and because it was a new itinerary. Can I just say that I want Disney to do Canada cruises every year?But enough about my trip, the big news that had all of us draining our internet packages on board was the release of early 2020 DCL itineraries. Here is our (Heather’s) summary, but in a nutshell – New Orleans will be the home port for the Wonder for February 2020 through March 6, 2020. Then she will have the usual Panama Canal crossing to the West Coast. There will be two Hawaii cruises (each one-way) between Honolulu and Vancouver on the Wonder. April 29, 2020, is a 9-night from Vancouver to Honolulu (with inter-island stops) and the return is a 10-night on May 8, 2020, from Honolulu, also with inter-island stops. The last time this cruise was offered was 2015. I had to go back through my calendar to check, because I was on the Vancouver to Honolulu cruise. In 2015, cruise were able to back to back a 7-night Alaska cruise with the 10-night Hawaii cruise. in 2020, the cruise before the Vancouver to Honolulu cruise is a 5-night from San Diego to Vancouver.In previous years, the Magic has docked in San Juan with cruises to and from Miami and New York City, but for 2020, the Wonder will be visiting San Juan from New Orleans.I’m going to be straight with you readers. The “big news” that the Wonder will be sailing out of New Orleans fell flat with me, but I’ll be the first to admit I have Caribbean fatigue. How about you? This week we’re asking:What news from Disney Cruise Line about early 2020 itineraries was most exciting to you? None of these excite me (42%, 64 Votes) Hawaii again (35%, 54 Votes) Cruises from New Orleans (19%, 29 Votes) More San Juan cruises (4%, 6 Votes) Total Voters: 153  Loading …Let us know in your comments what you’d like to hear from Disney Cruise Line. Are you ready for the new ships (2021, 2022, 2023)?Thank you to the Disney Cruise Line Blog for the map used in this week’s cover image.last_img read more

Amazon Launches Lulu Competitor

first_imgCreateSpace, which until last week was CustomFlix Labs, a company founded in 2002 and acquired by Amazon in 2005, today launched a print on demand book publishing service. The newly minted CreateSpace service line-up now includes print on demand books, DVDs, CDs, direct download video, audio books, and HD DVDs (Blu-ray coming soon). This puts Amazon in direct competition with Lulu, and to a lesser extent CafePress.The implications of this announcement for Lulu could be large. Until now, Lulu has been, to my knowledge, the only print on demand publisher that offered books, CDs, and DVDs with no set up fee and offered syndication to sites like Amazon.Where it really gets tricky for Lulu, is that Amazon offers a guaranteed way for publishers into Amazon’s catalog. Books published via third-party POD publishers were never guaranteed to get a listing on the Amazon site, though most books listed in the Books in Print catalog tend to get picked up by Amazon according to Lulu. CreateSpace also offers customers automatic extras like Amazon’s Search Inside! this book feature, and IMDb listing eligibility for DVDs.CreateSpace beats Lulu on price as well, and doesn’t charge for ISBN numbers for books (required for books to be sold on Amazon and listed in the Books in Print catalog) and UPC numbers for CDs and DVDs. Lulu, however, still offers far more printing options (such as hardcover and saddle stitch bindings), and offers the potential of selling products through Amazon competitors like Barnes and Noble — something that I tend to doubt Amazon will help authors with.Lulu was one of the companies I had marked in my mind as being ripe for acquisition by either Amazon or eBay. Amazon, it seems, has decided to build instead of buy by relaunching their CustomFlix site as a full-service on demand media publisher.Via WebProNews. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… josh catone 1center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#news#web last_img read more