Riding NASAs moon landing simulator with chief Jim Bridenstine

first_img NASA Space Tags We landed on the moon with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine 0 Bridenstine, an ex-Navy pilot who flew E-2 Hawkeye aircraft and F/A-18 Hornets, walked us through the landing procedures in NASA’s state-of-the-art Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) housed at NASA Ames.You can see his expert piloting skills and hear the administrator’s take on NASA’s return to the moon in our interview below:The VMS is the world’s largest motion flight simulator and resides in a 10-story tower on the NASA Ames campus. It’s powered by a massive hydraulic system that can simulate the movement of a real moon lander as it hits its target on the specified landing area on the moon. The simulator’s cab has 6 degrees-freedom of motion in any direction, and as much as 60 feet of room vertically and 40 feet horizontally for simulating landings where the moon lander might be off course by some distance.VMS Lunar Lander ConfigurationThe exterior of the Lunar Lander “Explore Moon to Mars” cab Dominic Hart Our interview with Bridenstine was conducted in the VMS, with the NASA administrator playing captain to our simulated moon landing.  Boarding the simulator was very intimidating. First, we were outfitted with safety harnesses and then walked down a long, retractable walkway where we boarded the VMS. I could imagine what might be going through the astronauts’ minds as they boarded their spacecraft. We were then strapped into the VMS by the NASA Ames staff in standing position at the control console. There was no seat so we were buckled into a padded vertical slab. As the simulation began, the motion was jolting, like a ride at Disneyland as the mission control computer moved us into position.Everything went dark — much like it would in space — and we could communicate through pilot headsets inside the cabin. There was no way of telling how high up we were at the start of the simulation because all we could see out the windows was a computer graphics simulation of the moon’s surface. As we came down we could feel the simulator jolting as the “boosters” corrected our position over the landing zone on our computer-generated moon. When Bridenstine finally eased us to the surface and we “touched down” on the moon we felt a thud and then the simulator became eerily still. It was a thrilling experience — one that mimicked what the astronauts in future missions will feel when they take their landers to the surface of the moon. Bridenstine proved to be an ace pilot, making two successful landings on the virtual moon and explaining his long-term vision for NASA’s Artemis missions at the same time. He explained how NASA chose the name Artemis — which derives from the Greek goddess of the moon — and shared his thoughts on the importance of putting not only the first man but also the first woman on the moon. Jim-BridenstineAdministrator Jim Bridenstine pilots the Vertical Motion Simulator at NASA Ames Research Center in California. Stephen Beacham Share your voice 7:56 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Tech Tech Industry Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) Lunar Lander configuration with Bonnie Andro-Avila, left standing seat and Sumedha Garud in right standing seat “flying” the Lunar Lander simulation Dominic Hart As the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo moon landing approaches, NASA is readying itself to return to the lunar surface.The agency’s best and brightest are hard at work to deliver on NASA’s ambitious plans of getting back to the moon — and establishing a permanent presence there — by 2024.  The new moon missions, named Artemis, will combine rockets, landers, rovers, and a new space station, the Lunar Gateway, in orbit around the moon to deliver robots, and eventually humans, back to the surface for the first time since 1972. In May, we were invited to the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California to participate in and film moon landing simulations with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. last_img read more

Ravi Shankar Prasad replaces Shatrughan Sinha in Patna Sahib will the latter

first_imgIn the Mahagathbandhan rally, organised by West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata, Sinha was seen taking centre stage with the Opposition leaders. This could have been a reason for the snub since he must have rubbed the BJP in a wrong way.In many recent tweets, the ex-Patna Sahib MP also hinted that it was time for new leadership.Speculations are rife that Sinha will soon be joining the Congress party. Sinha had in many instances shared a dais with the Opposition.”It is almost final that Shatrughan ji will join Congress either on March 24 or 25…Congress is a better option as it would provide Shatrughan ji the opportunity to be in national politics,” reported a source close to the situation was quoted as saying by Times of India.The source went on to say that Sinha would contest from Patna Sahib Constituency, his previous one with BJP.BJP released its first list on Thursday evening with Prime Minister Narendra Modi contesting from Varanasi while the BJP chief Amit Shah will contest for the first time in the elections from Gandhinagar in Gujarat.The second list, which was released on Saturday, saw Nawada MP and Union minister Giriraj Singh replacing Syed Shahnawaz Hussain in the Bhagalpur constituency. Rajiv Pratap Rudy still has his BJP candidature from Saran Lok Sabha seat. While LJP Chirag Paswan will be fielding his votes from the Jamui Constituencies. Shatrughan Sinha during a meeting of the Rashtra Manch, in Patna on April 21, 2018.IANSThe National Democratic Alliance (NDA) released its second list of candidates contesting in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on Saturday, March 23. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has replaced actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha for the Patna Sahib constituency.On multiple occasions, Shatrughan Sinha, known as the black sheep of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has publicly criticised various policies, including demonetisation, GST, among others. Recently, he also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day before Holi.last_img read more

Youth hacked dead in Jessore

first_imgA young man was hacked to death by miscreants at Raypara Madrasah road in Jessore district town on Monday afternoon.The deceased is Rana, 25, son of a certain Jamal alias Masud Hossain of the area. He had been working as a salesman at collectorate market in the town.Rana’s mother Rahi Begum claimed that a group of three/four assailants, including Dollar and Babu, chopped her son indiscriminately around 3:00pm and fled the scene, leaving him severely injured.Later, an easy-bike driver took him to Jessore general hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival, she said.Kotwali police station officer-in-charge (Investigation) Abul Bashar said Rana was accused in 8-10 cases. “We’re investigating the incident.”last_img

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Video will play in  Click to playTap to play Video Loading Video Unavailable We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comHello and welcome to Stoke-on-TrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday, November 29. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 20:58Tree falls onto slip road at Keele ServicesOne lane closed and heavy traffic due to fallen tree on M6 Northbound from J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) to Keele Services.A Tree has fallen on the slip road into Keele Services. As a result there is no access to Keele Services Northbound and a Lane one (of three) closure has been implemented on the main carriageway whilst the tree surgeon chops up the tree. 18:42Two lanes closed due to accident on M6 in West MidlandsA Highways England spokesman said: “Lanes 3 and 4 closed on M6 northbound btwn J8 (m5) and J9 Walsall due to a 2 car collision. Highways England and West Midlands Ambulance Service are on scene, long delays building on the approach.”18:38Knife seized after police stop man in Stoke-on-Trent streetPolice found the knife after using stop and search powers in Hanley today. More here.The knife police recovered earlier today (Image: Staffordshire Police)18:16Accident reported on A50 A50 Eastbound partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A5006 (Sideway Roundabout).On the exit going towards Longton. (Image: Inrix)18:00Temporary traffic lights causing delays on Stone Queueing traffic on A520 Stafford Road in both directions near Stafford Close. Congestion to Christchurch Way beyond Morrison’s and back to the A34 The Fillybrooks. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights for water main works causing delays. 17:55’She’s left a massive hole in our family that will never be filled’ – loved-ones pay tribute as mum, 29, laid to rest Emma Pender, of Newcastle, died in ‘tragic circumstances’ while on holiday in Lanzarote. More here.17:03Trains delayed and cancelled due to windTrains serving railway stations in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire face disruption until the end of the day. More here.16:50Broken down car on A500One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down car on A500 D Road Southbound at A52 (Stoke Road Interchange).Officers on scene are directing traffic.16:42Accident on the M6M6 Southbound lane closed on slip road into the services due to accident at M6 (Stafford Services). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.One lane is closed heading into Stafford Services from the Southbound M6. 16:35’Despicable act’ – two puppies found dead near footpath after being ‘dumped like rubbish’The puppies were found on a footpath in Newcastle. More here.16:02Hospital issues alert to patients over A&E works tonightPeople are being asked to only attend A&E if absolutely necessary this evening. More here. People are advising people only to visit the Accident and Emergency Department if absolutely necessary 15:12Issues with credit card payments at railway stationsAn East Midlands Trains spokesman said:There is currently a nationwide fault with debit and credit card payments at all stations. We are working with suppliers to resolve this issue as soon as possible. Please seek the Train Manager on board your service if you are travelling with a booking reference only.” 15:07Good afternoonTom here, I’ll be bringing you the latest traffic and travel news throughout the afternoon.12:59Lorry fire causes five-mile tailbacksThe broken down truck on the M6 southbound between J20 and J19, has caught fire. The fire has now been extinguished, but two lanes are closed while the remains of the burnt-out vehicle is removed. There is about five miles of queuing traffic.12:43Flooding in HanleyThere might be beautiful blue skies at the moment over North Staffordshire, but this video shows the scene from this morning’s weather and flooding on Botteslow Street, in Hanley.12:29Long delays on the motorwayThere are now long delays on the M6 and two lanes are closed due to a broken down lorry on Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 45 minutes.Lanes one and two (of three) are now closed to aid with recovery. 12:07Fallen tree on the M6One lane of the M6 is closed and traffic is slow due to a fallen tree on Northbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe).Lane one (of three) is closed. The sensors show a build up of traffic just prior to Keele Services.11:43There’s a place for banter but NOT violence (Image: Northcliffe Media Ltd.)Tuesday night will see Port Vale and Stoke City meet for the first time since 2002 and this should and can be an event that we can all look forward to. Read what Chief Supt Wayne Jones, of Staffordshire Police, says about planning for a game which has generated much interested in Stoke-on-Trent.Read the full story10:50Tyre changeOne lane of the M6 is closed due to a lorry having a tyre changed Southbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is coping well.10:10One lane of the M6 closedOne lane of the M6 is closed due to an accident involving a lorry Northbound before M6 (Sandbach Services). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. Sandbach services is located between J16 (Stoke-on-Trent / Crewe) and J17 (Sandbach / Crewe). 09:34Fire in CreweTwo crews from Crewe attended the fire just before 6.20am today at an outhouse of a property in Wood Street.When fire crews arrived smoke was seen issuing from the ground floor extension. Wearing two breathing apparatus, firefighters used one hose reel and had a covering jet in place to help bring the fire under control. A spokesman fore Cheshire Fire and rescue Service said firefighters will continue to monitor the temperature until it is safe.09:10Train informationDelays and some cancellations expected on West Midlands Railway due to adverse weather conditions.A 50 mph emergency speed restriction has been applied by Network Rail across the West Midlands this morning. Strong winds are expected which may blow debris onto the tracks. Passengers are advised to check their journey before travelling.08:49Motorcyclist suffers ‘life-changing injury’A motorcyclist has suffered what is believed to be a ‘life-changing injury’ following an accident on a busy road this morning.The man was involved in a collision with a car on Hartshill Road, Newcastle, just before 7.30am today.Read the full story here.08:24Traffic hotspotsWe have the usual traffic hotspots this morning, including:- Queueing traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is seven minutes. – A527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). – Heavy traffic on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. – Slow traffic on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout.- Queueing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is 13 minutes. – Usual slow traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). Travel time is four minutes. – Queueing traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). Travel time is 13 minutes. – Heavy traffic on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). Travel time is seven minutes. – Heavy traffic on A53 Elder Road at A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). Travel time is four minutes. 07:35Accident on A52Reports of an accident, on A52 Hartshill Road near Bombay Club in Newcastle. Traffic is coping well 06:55Today’s weatherToday is going to be a mild, wet and very windy day, with a risk of gales for many. The rain will clear to sunny spells and scattered blustery showers by midday, with the strong winds easing a little. The maximum temperature is set to be 14 °C. 06:53One lane of the M6 closedOne lane of the M6 is closed this morning and traffic is heavy due to a broken down vehicle on Northbound from J14 A5013 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). 06:50Good morning!Good morning everyone and welcome to today’s live blog. Stick with us for all the latest breaking news, traffic and travel and weather reports. Don;t forget, if you have a story for us, this is how you can get in touch – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. 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