One Giant Leap for the Private Space Industry
This weekend, the company SpaceX is set to make a giant leap for the private space industry. It is scheduled to carry supplies--but no people--to the International Space Station.
What's the Latest Development?
This weekend will mark a major advancement in private space enterprise as the company SpaceX launches an unmanned rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station. SpaceX is one of several companies drawing sizable contracts from the federal government via NASA, which is undergoing significant change from a creator of space technology to a consumer. Since the space shuttle program was terminated, the US relies on Russia to ferry American astronauts to and from the ISS at cost of $60 million per launch. SpaceX believes it it will soon be ready to do the same for a third of the price.
What's the Big Idea?
Sending people into space is expensive and the market is currently limited to rotating crew members aboard the ISS, which for the US entails launching just two manned missions per year. As Congress grows increasingly weary of spending large sums on non-essential programs, a profitable private space economy is trying to gain its footing. To control costs, it will need higher passenger demand, i.e. space tourism, as well as reusable technology, such as rocket parts that can be located and reassembled after each launch. Eyeing these necessities, SpaceX is working to send people to mars in the next 20 years.
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Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
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- In order to understand American history, we need to look at the events of the past as more prismatic than the narrative given to us in high school textbooks.
- Including different voices can paint a more full and vibrant portrait of America. Which is why more walks of American life can and should be storytellers.
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I grew up in a Christian home, where a photo of Jesus hung on my bedroom wall. I still have it. It is schmaltzy and rather tacky in that 1970s kind of way, but as a little girl I loved it. In this picture, Jesus looks kind and gentle, he gazes down at me lovingly. He is also light-haired, blue-eyed, and very white.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
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