NASA Selects Nine Scientists to Join Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter Mission

A high-definition image of the Mars Australe lava plain on the Moon taken by Japan’s Kaguya lunar orbiter in November 2007. (Credits: JAXA/NHK)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has selected nine scientists to join the upcoming Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) mission. Set to launch in August 2022 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 and orbit the Moon for about a year, KPLO is the first space exploration mission of the Republic of Korea (ROK) that will travel beyond Earth orbit.

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Environmental Groups Denounce NASA Decision on California Test Site Cleanup

Santa Susana Field Laboratory in 2005.

Trump Administration Announces It Is Breaking Santa Susana Field Laboratory Cleanup Agreement

Press Release
Oct. 2, 2020

Committee to Bridge the Gap
Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles
Parents Against Santa Susana Field Lab
Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition 

The Trump Administration today issued its Record of Decision (ROD) regarding the cleanup of contamination on NASA’s portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL.) The decision is to violate a legally binding 2010 federal-state agreement that required returning the site to the condition it was in before being polluted. Instead, NASA now plans to walk away from cleaning up the great majority of the contamination, leaving it to continue to migrate offsite. Half a million people live within ten miles of the site.

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New Formation Theory Explains the Mysterious Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua

An artist’s impression of ‘Oumuamua.(Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser)

A new scenario based on computer simulations accounts for all of the observed characteristics of the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system

By Tim Stephens
University of California Santa Cruz

Since its discovery in 2017, an air of mystery has surrounded the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system, an elongated, cigar-shaped body named ‘Oumuamua (Hawaiian for “a messenger from afar arriving first”).

How was it formed, and where did it come from? A new study published April 13 in Nature Astronomy offers a first comprehensive answer to these questions.

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