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Before crashing into the moon Israels lunar lander grabbed two final images

first_imgOriginally posted April 11.Update, April 17: Adds final image as described by SpaceIL. Just received from SpaceIL communication team what appears to be the last image #Beresheet spacecraft managed to beam to earth before it crashed on the moons surface pic.twitter.com/yDx2ioZiXy— Elad Ratson 🇮🇱 (@EladRatson) April 11, 2019 12 Photos Comment Artists we want SpaceX to take on its first private moon mission However, as more data filtered out to SpaceIL, the company tweeted a subsequent photo on Wednesday, showing the moon’s surface from a distance of just 15 kilometers out. The red and blue tinged surface of our closest cosmic neighbor was the last thing Beresheet was able to nab. Sci-Tech Landing on the face of another space rock is a decidedly difficult process. Although the lander did not achieve its core mission of a soft moon landing, it was still marked with a number of important firsts. Beresheet was the first private spacecraft to insert itself into lunar orbit and made Israel the seventh nation to achieve such a feat.The robotic explorers we send to new frontiers have a history of providing us with final images of other worlds before going gently (or violently) into the good night. Opportunity, the deceased Mars rover, was also able to snap a breathtaking panorama of the Martian surface, before it succumbed to a dust storm in 2018. Share your voice The surface of the moon as captured by Beresheet’s camera moments before it crashed into the lunar surface. Elad Raston/Twitter It was a bittersweet end for SpaceIL’s Beresheet probe, the first privately funded lunar lander humans have sent to the moon. During the landing attempt on Thursday, the main engine cut out and communication was lost, ultimately resulting in Beresheet crashing into the moon’s surface.But before its untimely demise, Beresheet was able to turn its camera toward the lunar surface to snap stunning final images of the lunar soil.Elad Raston, a diplomat at the Israel Foreign Ministry, tweeted that he had received “what appears to be the last image” that the spacecraft sent back to Earth before it failed on April 11, 2019. 1 Tags This is the last picture that Beresheet took, at a distance of 15 kilometers from the surface of the Moon.#Beresheet #SpaceIL pic.twitter.com/fGhNkvg5Qd— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) April 17, 2019last_img read more

Future Leaders Earn PGCDPC Scholarships

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comTwenty three scholarships were awarded to students in the PrinceGeorge’s County’s District 8 area during the annual Empowering Future Leaders Scholarship Breakfast for the 2019-2020 academic year on June 13 at the Harborside Hotel in Oxon Hill.(left to right): Deborah Harris (Coalition member) , Dr. Valencia Campbell (Coalition President), MD State Senator Obie Patterson, Evelyn Anderson, Oxon Hill High School Honoree, Duke Haggins (Coalition member) Representative from Congressman Ben Cardin’s office, Rachel Jones, and Tiffany Hannon , Representative from Congressman Anthony Brown’s office. (Photo Credit/Maurice Fitzgerald)Since 2011 the Prince George County Drug Policy Coalition has provided more than $150,000.00 in scholarships to students throughout the area. This year another $18,000 were awarded to the group of students who excelled, not only in the classroom, but in their communities as well.The Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition is a nonprofit organization that promotes policies and laws that embrace the public health nature of drug abuse. Through its scholarship program, they provide community-based support to families within the County with a focus on students obtaining higher education and living a drug-free life.“Although we were extremely proud of the students’ academic accomplishments, we were very impressed with the students’ vast involvement in their communities,” said PGCDPC President Dr. Valencia Campbell in a statement.  “That included serving seniors and the homeless, mentoring younger students, working on mission trips abroad, working in their church and participating in many school related extracurricular activities.”Includes Senator Obie Patterson, Former MD State Delegate Tony Knotts, 2nd from left, Ebony Mc Morris (gold dress) Student Honorees, and Judge Arthur Burnett, Sr. far right back row, and Representatives from Congressman Ben Cardin and Congressman Brown’s office ( far right). (Photo Credit/Maurice Fitzgerald)The students who have been awarded this scholarship had to reside in Prince George’s County, Maryland District 8 which is comprised of Camp Springs, Clinton, Forest Heights, Fort Washington, Glassmanor, Marlow Heights and Oxon Hill.  They had to provide an official transcript and write a one page essay on what advice they would give Maryland legislators on the legalization of recreational marijuana.Many of the students shared personal stories of how they had seen the impact of recreational use of the controversial drug had impacted their peers.  They recalled how many of their peers considered smoking marijuana recklessly as “fun and games” without fully understanding the side effects of long term use of the drug which has been legalized in the state for medical purposes.Students also expressed their concern through their essays on how they noticed changes in behavior from other members of their generation who have used synthetic forms of marijuana.  Some of the students said they have witnessed a lack of motivation in school and a loss of interest in recreational and social interactions with their friends.They also said the members of the Maryland legislature should be vigilant regarding the research into marijuana’s long term side effects such as psychosis after prolonged use and the health issues that can be brought on by extensive use of the substance.Ronald Blakely, Coalition Vice President, and Former Ajssociate Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities,. Seated–left to right Ebony McMorris, Mistress of Ceremonies, Dr.. Valencia Campbell Coalition President, Jerome Haggins,, Scholarship Chairperson, Judge Arthur Burnett, Sr. and Pastor O. Jermaine Bego. (Photo Credit Maurice Fitzgerald)PGCDPC Vice President Ronald Blakely was one of the keynote speakers of the event.  A Tuskegee University graduate who earned a post- graduate degree from Pepperdine, Blakely offered sage wisdom to the scholarship recipients.  The former deputy with White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities told the incoming college students, and those who were continuing, they must become experts in networking to establish contacts that will benefit them after they graduate.  In one of Blakely’s anecdotes he told students to “stay in [their] lanes” and to resist the temptation to challenge the authority of professors.  He shared the story of how, during his undergraduate years, that one of his friends was so preoccupied with proving that he knew more than the instructor it led him to confrontations that earned him a failing grade.  Maryland State Senator Obie Patterson and Rachel Jones, representative of U.S. Senator Ben Cardin’s office, presented the students with Senate citations. Patterson also reminded the students to apply for his scholarships which can be applied to any school in the state annually.last_img read more

Twinkling tales

first_imgThe solo exhibition titled We are made of stars by Sabya Sachi Ghosh depicts  the primordial nature of creation and a creative pictorial depiction of the universe. This exhibition that kicks off today is inspired by the resplendent starry sky on a moonless night. The theme of time travel is also touched upon. The works tries to bring about a feeling of an unbroken connection with time, since the moment of creation till out present state of its realisation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ We are all made of stardust. This statement is very poetic and has a tinge of a primordial nostalgia attached to this feeling. The search for the reasons behind our creation ultimately takes us to the very beginning of time. Rational explanations are then replaced with metaphysical definitions that aim to quench our longing to know the truth behind the creation of our universe. Religion in its own narrow way tries to convey a meaning that is very self oriented in a karmic manner. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe artist quotes, “When I gaze at stars twinkling in the night sky, I grasp the vastness of space and conceive of time as if it were matter and very tangible. My mind moves forward and backwards and is logical enough to haggle with a vegetable vendor. I am here stuck with this question; when we are capable of great thoughts why do we indulge in narrow selfish pursuits? Perhaps these ‘narrow selfish pursuits’ are our ways of preserving and continuing the progress of our species. I am not certain but for the lack of better ways we are as we appear to be.”When: January 23 to 29  Where: Open palm court Gallery, India Habitat Centre Timing: 10 am – 8 pmlast_img read more

Democrats Introduce Legislation to Restore Open Internet Rules

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals February 4, 2014 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Democrats in Congress are fighting to keep the Internet open.Two parallel bills were introduced by Democrats in both the Senate and in the House to restore net neutrality. The bills, introduced Monday, make up the Open Internet Preservation Act of 2014.The bills are seen as a stopgap measure until the Federal Communications Committee has the opportunity to make a final action in response to a decision in a Washington D.C. court last month that overturned net neutrality. The court ruled that the FCC does not have the authority to dictate to wireless carriers — including the plaintiff, Verizon — what they can charge to whom and when.Related: U.S. Court of Appeals Overturns Net Neutrality“Net neutrality” is also often called “open internet” and advocates argue that no government or company can regulate the flow of the internet. The fear is that, without net neutrality protections, large service providers will give preferential treatment to larger companies that can pay more. Smaller companies that don’t have as much money won’t be able to pay for premium Internet service, putting them at a disadvantage.Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) introduced the bill in the House and the sister bill introduced in the Senate was brought by Ed Markey (D-Mass.).“The Internet is an engine of economic growth because it has always been an open platform for competition and innovation,” said Waxman, in a written statement. “The FCC can and must quickly exercise the authorities the D.C. Circuit recognized to reinstate the Open Internet rules. Our bill makes clear that consumers and innovators will be protected in the interim.”Related: Understanding Net Neutrality and Anti-Government Regulation Register Now »last_img read more