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The Next US Moonshot Will Launch From Virginia 92

As reported by the Washington Post, a U.S. spacecraft headed for the moon (to circle it, though, not to land) is to be launched for the first time from the facility at Virginia's Wallops Island. If you'll be in the D.C. area on the night of September 6 and the weather cooperates enough for a launch, it should be worth staying up for. "The robotic mission is to collect detailed information about the moon's thin atmosphere. Sometimes thought to be nonexistent, the lunar atmosphere has been described as extremely tenuous and fragile, but present. According to the space agency, the launch will record many firsts. One will be the first launch beyond Earth orbit from the Virginia facility. It also will be the first flight for the Minotaur V rocket, NASA said. NASA said the five-stage Air Force rocket is an excess ballistic missile that was transformed into a space-launch vehicle. It will boost the space probe into position for it to reach lunar orbit." Though the satellite is NASA's, the launch will be controlled by Orbital Sciences.

Comment Re:As soon as the smart car counts as the driver (Score 1) 662

I'm assuming that you've saying that driving asleep isn't possible, from personal experience, I can assure you people have driven me whilst they were asleep at the wheel, saved time too because we went straight through the red light (cabbie!).

Come to think of it, one guy was inebriated, asleep and you could say distracted, all at the same time!!! Naturally I decided to interrupt his nap because we were driving on the wrong side of the road.

Comment Re:Why now? (Score 1) 102

" New cars are coming out with all kinds of distractions, like web browsing"

I sincerely hope that this isn't available whilst the car is running, otherwise if it could be proven that someone was using it whilst driving and causing accidental death, then the car manufacturer should jointly be charged with vehicular manslaughter.

Comment Bull (Score 1) 251

There are times when I have looked up at the sky at what should be a clear blue sky, but the sky is covered with contrails, they've literally spread out and covered the whole sky.

You can't tell me with a straight face that filling the sky with so much pollution that that doesn't make a difference, of course it makes a difference.

Comment Re:causation versus correlation (Score 3, Informative) 220

Absolutely, the mortality risk from accidents, heart attack, stroke high blood pressure related deaths etc doubles for people who's sleep is lessened by 2 hours from 7 to 5hours. Excessive coffee drinkers group is highly likely to have a big overlap with the sleep deprived group.

(sleep deprivation causes your blood pressure to rise).

So, sort your life out! - I mean that in a nice way.

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