NASA considering capturing and placing asteroid into moon orbit

first_img © 2013 Illustration of an asteroid retrieval spacecraft in the process of capturing a 7-m, 500-ton asteroid. Credit: Rick Sternbach / KISS NASA captures new images of large asteroid passing Earth This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (—Researchers at the Keck Institute for Space Studies have released a paper outlining a proposal to send an unmanned spacecraft into deep space to capture an asteroid and return it as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) orbiting the moon. In putting together the paper, the team at Keck worked with several NASA agencies, universities and private groups with the aim of discerning the feasibility of such a project and then outlining how it might come about. In their paper, the Keck team proposes using an Atlas V rocket to launch a craft that once in space would be slow moving, powered by solar heated ions. Once the target is reached, a bag would be opened that would engulf the asteroid – which would likely be no bigger than 7 meters wide – then drag it back and place it into orbit around the moon. Such a mission, the researchers suggest, would likely take six to ten years depending on the distance to the asteroid and cost in the neighborhood of $2.6 billion, which isn’t much more than the Mars Curiosity rover mission.Currently NASA’s only officially planned manned space mission is called Orion and its aim is to send a craft around the moon. President Obama has also suggested that he would be open to sending a manned mission to an asteroid. By first moving an asteroid to moon orbit, it appears NASA could accomplish both the Orion objectives and landing a manned craft on an asteroid in a single mission. Doing so with an NEA would also be far less risky – sending astronauts into deep space would expose them to long term radiation and would put them beyond the limits of a rescue mission should something go wrong. More information: .via Newscientist The researchers say that putting an asteroid in orbit around the moon has become feasible in recent years due to three main developments: the ability to find and track small asteroids, the capability of building spacecraft that have the ability to fly to an asteroid and bring it back and finally, the plans by several groups to have a manned presence in the vicinity of the moon during the time proposed (sometime in the 2020s) for the capture of the asteroid. Putting an asteroid in orbit around the moon would allow for much more convenient study and also open the door to mining possibilities. Explore further Asteroid return mission concept. Return flight time of 2 to 6 years depending on the asteroid mass. Citation: NASA considering capturing and placing asteroid into moon orbit (2013, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Ice cores store atmospheric bubbles from a million years ago

first_img © 2015 Credit: Newcastle University Explore further (—A team of researchers with members from Princeton University, the University of Maine and Oregon State University has found that greenhouse gasses a million years ago, were only slightly higher than they were between 450,000 and 800,000 years ago. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their study of the newly retrieved ice cores and how it is helping to better understand the changes to the Earth’s ice ages. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Atmospheric composition 1 million years ago from blue ice in the Allan Hills, Antarctica John A. Higgins, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1420232112AbstractHere, we present direct measurements of atmospheric composition and Antarctic climate from the mid-Pleistocene (∼1 Ma) from ice cores drilled in the Allan Hills blue ice area, Antarctica. The 1-Ma ice is dated from the deficit in 40Ar relative to the modern atmosphere and is present as a stratigraphically disturbed 12-m section at the base of a 126-m ice core. The 1-Ma ice appears to represent most of the amplitude of contemporaneous climate cycles and CO2 and CH4 concentrations in the ice range from 221 to 277 ppm and 411 to 569 parts per billion (ppb), respectively. These concentrations, together with measured δD of the ice, are at the warm end of the field for glacial–interglacial cycles of the last 800 ky and span only about one-half of the range. The highest CO2 values in the 1-Ma ice fall within the range of interglacial values of the last 400 ka but are up to 7 ppm higher than any interglacial values between 450 and 800 ka. The lowest CO2 values are 30 ppm higher than during any glacial period between 450 and 800 ka. This study shows that the coupling of Antarctic temperature and atmospheric CO2 extended into the mid-Pleistocene and demonstrates the feasibility of discontinuously extending the current ice core record beyond 800 ka by shallow coring in Antarctic blue ice areas.center_img The cores were taken from a part of Antarctica known as Allan Hills—there unique geography has caused glaciers sliding down mountains to slide upwards for a bit. Additional erosion due to wind and precipitation has caused very old (blue) ice to lie close enough to the surface to be extracted via core drilling. Dating has shown the ice to be approximately one million years old, which means the air bubbles trapped inside are the same age as well—the oldest found so far. Those air bubbles offer scientists an opportunity to measure the amount of different gasses in the atmosphere from that time period, and it is helping, the team suggests, to gain a better handle on the changes to cyclic ice ages.Prior study has shown that before a million years ago, the Earth experienced ice ages approximately every 40,000 years, but after that the cycle grew longer, to approximately 100,000 years and scientists want to know why—they suspect it has to do with changes to the ratios of greenhouse gases—most specifically carbon dioxide. That is where the air bubbles in ice core samples come in, they offer direct evidence of carbon dioxide levels. The latest samples show that there were not major swings in greenhouse gas levels at that time, but more ominously, that carbon dioxide levels never rose above 300 ppm over the past million years, until the twentieth century—right now the level is approximately 400 ppm.The record setting ice cores do not actually answer any real questions about the cyclic nature of ice ages, the researchers acknowledge, but instead add another chapter to a growing body of knowledge—a suggestion that there is indeed a strong correlation between carbon dioxide levels and glacial cycles. Study of Antarctic ice cores reveals atmospheric CO2 history over past thousand years Citation: Ice cores store atmospheric bubbles from a million years ago (2015, May 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

A new home for artists

first_imgFashion and art has a new destination in the city – MoonRiver. Ten years after it was founded by Radhika Gupta, its eclecticism remains intact. Each piece of fashion, art and decor has been carefully curated and chosen to tell a story, promote a craft, showcase design, and placed in an inspiring environment.Their latest initiative is St. Art, The Young Collectors Club, where they organised shows, talks and exhibits by curators and artists from various media and give young collectors a meeting point to witness the young vibrant art scene in India. Away from the sometimes intimidating gallery spaces, St. Art aims to provide both a platform to emerging artists and an opportunity for first time buyers to be exposed to talented Artists who may not be represented in Delhi and Mumbai.last_img read more

Going green this season

first_imgAfter a great celebration from arts from across the border Dastkar has now come up with an innovative Green Mela. In association with Delhi Tourism, the mela is all about a vibrant basket of hand-picked organic and eco-friendly products. Small producers, craftspeople and environmental organizations come together to celebrate the ethos of a green and people-friendly world. In today’s world it is vital to protect nature and preserve the environment as the planet hurtles towards an environmental disaster with natural calamities mounting.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dastkar has always supported traditional craft skills and handmade products using locally available resources, thereby promoting sustainable development and environmental conservation and this initiative is no different. With the support of the Delhi government, the mela promises to open people up to a fresh green chapter in their lives. At the Green Mela, experience the beauty of furniture, decorative items and gift items emerging from humble clay, plant fibers, cane and wood.  Go green with organic cotton and wool weaves complemented by bags and accessories in banana, jute and khus. Treat your body with nourishing herbal scrubs, oils and soaps.  Enjoy the rich tastes of organic honey, teas, pulses and preserves. Pottery, plants and flowers will also be available. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThrough interactive demonstrations and workshops learn about greening small spaces as well as organic fertilizer and composting practices that help preserve the environment, the initiative aims to support the work of NGOs working with children and women, making recycled products in paper, fabric and leather.Recycled products will also be in focus in the mela alongside other natural ones. With the rising pollution levels – to be able to save the environment in effective ways is rather vitalThe food court will offer a special selection of organic and healthy foods as well as traditional thirst-quenching chhachh, lassi and fruit juices, along with regional delicacies to spice up your experience.Mark this out for the weekend and head over.last_img read more

Government considering move to set up SPV for riverlinking

first_imgTo fast track inter-linking of rivers, government is taking up the scheme on a mission mode and is contemplating constituting Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the purpose. Minister of Water Resource, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharati said two teams of senior officials of the Ministry will visit Bhubaneswar and Hyderabad this week to discuss inter-linking of rivers with state governments of Odisha and Telangana, at a review meeting here on Thursday. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIStressing the need for separate SPV for every inter-linking of river scheme, she also directed officials to look into the reservations of state governments regarding this and ways to sort them out. On the Mission Ganga programme, Bharati said the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) will be the lead agency to provide all kind of information regarding Ganga conservation. NIH, located at Roorkee in Uttarakhand, is a research institution under the ministry. Referring to the inter-state disputes regarding water resources, the Minister said that setting up of a committee in the ministry to solve these disputes needs to be explored.last_img read more

Complaint against KWIC after guards prevent doctor from taking pics of unfinished

first_imgKolkata: Dr Jugal Chandra Maity, a buyer of a bungalow at Kolkata West International City (KWIC) of Prasoon Mukherjee has lodged a written complaint with Domjur police station after the security guards did not allow him to take photographs of his unfinished house and even resisted his family to leave the campus.Dr Maity said on January 1, KWIC authorities had called him up stating that his bungalow would be ready by March 1. Again on March 1, he received another phone call from the builder’s office that the final touches were being given and it would be ready by March 31. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccordingly, he along with his family members visited the place and found that no work had been carried out. “I had booked the bungalow in 2006 and in the past 13 years, nothing has been done. The bungalow now looks like a haunted house. There are bushes all around the house. Doors and windows have not yet been installed.” He said: “I along with my family members became frustrated when I saw the bungalow. When I began to take photos, the security guards approached me and asked me not to take photographs. I explained to him but he refused to listen. He went and brought the chief security officer along with other guards. They almost gheraoed us and refused to leave the premises. We managed to come out and later lodged a complaint with the police. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedMukherjee got 350 acres of land from the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) in 2005. The construction began in 2006 and the deadline for the completion of the project was 2008. The bungalows cost anything between Rs 25 lakh and Rs 80 lakh and the buyers have paid more than 80 percent of the price.There are 219 bungalows in cluster A followed by 289, 205 and 194 in clusters B, C and D respectively. Most of these houses have remained unfinished. Also, the KWIC is supposed to construct four towers along with club, hospital, school and gymnasium inside the campus.Abhay Upadhyay, president of the Kolkata West International City Buyers’ Association, said every buyer has the right to take photographs of the bungalows. He said: “The way Dr Maity was stopped from taking snaps is unfortunate.”last_img read more

Judges to inspect infrastructure of Jalpaiguri circuit bench

first_imgKolkata: The judges of the Calcutta High Court will inspect the infrastructure prepared for setting up a circuit bench in Jalpaiguri this weekend, the HC administration told a bench hearing a petition in connection with the chief minister’s announcement of date of inauguration. The high court administration’s counsel told Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty that the team of judges would submit a report after inspection of the Jalpaiguri zilla parishad bungalow, following which a full court meeting would take a decision on inauguration of the circuit bench. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe HC administration’s lawyer Joydeep Kar submitted that the zilla parishad bungalow will be a temporary set up till the permanent circuit bench complex in Jalpaiguri is ready.Justice Chakraborty adjourned the hearing in the matter till August 9 as further argument would depend on the outcome of the inspection of the team of judges. A petition was moved before the high court on July 26, questioning the propriety of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s recent announcement that the circuit bench in Jalpaiguri will be inaugurated on August 17. Banerjee and the then Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Justice J N Patel laid the foundation stone of the circuit bench in September 2012 on a land of 40-acres given by the state government for the purpose.last_img read more

Dum Dums Harichand Pally gets Community Child Welfare Centre

first_imgKolkata: International Justice Mission (IJM) and Asian Sahyogi Sanstha India (ASSI) inaugurated a Community Child Welfare Centre (CCWC) at Harichand Pally in Dum Dum on Wednesday.The aim of the centre will be to educate and empower the local community to protect children by rooting out crimes in the neighbourhood.CCWC is an initiative of the local community to create a safe space for children in their community. This centre will consist of community members who will raise awareness on trafficking, violence and exploitation of children. This centre will further aim to be a bridge between the local community and law enforcement agencies. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Community members will be equipped to raise their voice against grave crimes like trafficking. We hope that this justice aspiring model can be replicated across India,” said Pradip Mondal, Area Director, ASSI.The centre will focus on supporting local Anti-Human Trafficking Clubs (AHTC) and report trafficking cases. This will strengthen the operations of Anti-Human Trafficking Units as per the initiative of West Bengal State Action Plan.Exerting on the need for reporting crimes, Ananya Chakraborthy, Chairperson, West Bengal Commission for the Protection of Child Rights said: “Community members should confidently report crimes against children to local police and use the childline help number 1098. Increased reporting will stop criminals from exploiting children.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Safe Community will work further towards ensuring reporting of crimes against children. As part of the initiative, local businessmen will be sensitised on employment standards and the legal repercussions of employing children.”Through the CCWC initiative, we will introduce awareness and training programmes. Vulnerable societies and communities will progress when crime is identified and rooted out,” said Sisir Thanikal, IJM’s Director of Partnerships in Kolkata.The centre was inaugurated by Ananya Chakraborthy, Chairperson, West Bengal State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights; Saji Philip, Director of Operations, International Justice Mission, Pradip Mondal, Director, ASSI, Suchita Paul, Professor in Charge, Social Work Department, St. Xavier’s College and Sampa Chakraborthy, Councilor, Ward 17.last_img read more

Indian Film Festival to be held in Vietnam

first_imgIn an attempt to promote Indian film industry across the world, Indian Film Festival Worldwide (IFFW) is going to hold a six-day film festival where popular Bollywood films will be showcased to the Vietnamese audience.Titled ‘Indian Film Festival Vitenam’ (IFFV), the event will take place from December 18-23 at National cinema centre, Hanoi, Vietnam. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra , Umesh Shukla and Producer Rahul Mitra will be the chief guests at the event. The festival will bridge the gap between the two entertainment industries in the world – Vietnam and India. The festival will showcase more than six films from or about India which include the names of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, 3 idiots, Oh My God!, Wake Up Sid, Paheli, Jodhaa Akbar, Dil Chahta Hai, Maqbool, Taare Zameen Par and others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’During the Film Festival, Indian film makers will attend a seminar titled “Vietnam –India Cinema Cooperation and its role in Promotion of Tourism” with a view to make films in Vietnamese locations. Indian Film Festival Worldwide (IFFW) is the organisation behind promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora by supporting emerging filmmakers, recognising the leadership of entertainment industry performers. RC Dalal and Rahul Bali are the two founders of the organisation.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Directors in focus will be Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Umesh Shukla who have directed movies like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Oh My God! respectively. Accompanying them will be Bollywood producer Rahul Mitra who has produced films like Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, Bullet Raja and has recently  taken over as CEO of Wave group’s film business.The film festival will also see the presence of Preeti Saran, the Ambassador of India to Vietnam. JD Institute of Fashion Technology is the fashion partner of the event.  The IFFV aims at developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of Indian cinema and culture in the 21st century. The new generation of Indian producers and directors is now seeking to re-launch Indian cinema on Vietnam’s big screen. The festival provides programming and activities that no other film festival in Vietnam offers and serves a community of Indian and international filmmakers that has the potential of reaching a crossover audience. IFFV offers the Vietnam community a unique opportunity to learn about India’s multi-faceted culture and long history of filmmaking.The festival has received an overwhelming show of support from members of the Indian Film fraternity who have committed their time and resources to make the Festival a showcase of the best creative talent from India and around the world.last_img read more

Entering the world of a familiar stranger

first_imgDrawing a parallel between the bustling metropolises of San Francisco and New Delhi, with a special focus on the issues of urban alienation and human angst, a new show at Khoj Studios titled Frozen World of the Familiar Stranger is being hosted by Khoj International Artist’s Association in collaboration with Kadist (an experimental arts space) in San Francisco. It is a group show of video installations, performances and artworks featuring ten Indian and international artists. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSays Sitara Chowfla, curator, Khoj Studios: “The name of the show is borrowed from American social psychologist Stanley Milgram’s 1970’s essay naming and elaborating on this theory. Milgram wrote about the idea of urban anonymity and the idea of feeling estranged from our fellow city dwellers.His writing and experimentation on this subject was a major inspiration to our curatorial process, and we were struck by how salient the concept read now, decades later. We were inspired to revisit his observations in some symbolic way, through the lens of these brilliant artists. We are witnessing similar issues of urban alienation in big cities like Delhi and San Francisco. Look at how in these long queues in postdemonetization, we might know the next person in the queue as a familiar neighbor and yet we are filled with anger for being behind them.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Or take traffic jams. We might not know the person in the next car but are still filled with hatred for an unknown person. Frozen World of the Familiar Stranger reflects upon the uncanny sensation of the ultra-modern global megalopolis, and the increasing sense of alienation we encounter in our flattening world.Through works exploring isolation, confinement, collapse, transience, anxieties, and fantasies of inhabiting collective urban space, Frozen World offers an almost satirical point of view on the human condition and what it means to be alive together in the present, and in the constructed future. ” The featured artists are Cao Fei (China), Farideh Lashai (Iran), Himali Singh Soin (India), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore), Kartik Sood (India), Maya Watanabe (Peru), Rachel Rose (USA), Sahej Rahal (India), Steffani Jemison (USA) and Tejal Shah (India). It is co-curated by Sitara Chowfla (Khoj) and Heidi Rabben (Kadist).Chinese artist Cao Fei is showing a video work titled La Town (2014) that places us in the midst of an envisaged, incipient, either recently past or impending catastrophe. Using tiny models, the artist creates a world suspended somewhere between reality and dystopia, a ‘world community’ in miniature, where a happy coexistence is no more than a promise, a brief interlude in the unrelenting tide of a violent, destructive history. The wall-based sound and projected animation on painting work by Iranian artist Farideh Lashai (b. 1944, Iran – d. 2003) is titled Keep your Stomach Empty; That  you Mayest Behold Therein the Light of Interior (Sani-ol-Molk), 2010. Inspired by a 19th century painting by the legendary Iranian artist Sani-ol-Molk, the work symbolizes a narrative of fear and of resistance, which are recurring themes in Lashai’s work, and life. Indian artist Himali Singh Soin is showing a video work titled ‘Radar Level’, the background footage of which was shot in Mongolia on location where the first dinosaur egg was found. Soin will also be conducting a series of performances based on her video work on December 17 (5 PM) and January 11 (5 PM).Singapore-based Ho Tzu Nyen is showing a video work titled ‘The Cloud of Unknowing’, 2011 that is titled after a fourteenth century mystical treatise on faith, where the cloud is paradoxically a metaphor for both an impediment to, and reconciliation with, the unknown or the divine experience. Indian artist Kartik Sood’s mixed-media work consisting of two videos, as his work explores the character’s experience of loneliness in an urban environment. Peruvian artist Maya Watanabe is showing a video work titled El Contorno (Contour, 2011). American artist Rachel Rose has a video work on display titled ‘Sitting, Feeding, Sleeping’, 2013. It takes us on a very particular journey through contemporary constructions created around different life forms, from medical breakthroughs in a cryogenics lab to basic scientific facts in a robotics perception lab, to animal care within zoos across the US. Sahej Rahal has on display photographs that document performances titled ‘Keeper’ (2015) and ‘Katabasis’ (2011). American artist  Steffani Jemison is showing a video work titled Escaped Lunatic, 2010-2011, in which a steady stream of figures run across the screen, sprinting, jumping, and rolling through the streets of Houston. The work is part of a trilogy that borrows its narrative structure from early-20th-century cinema. Indian artist  Tejal Shah has two video works – titled Between the Waves, Channel II – Landfill Dance, 2012) and Between the Waves, Channel IV – Moon Burning, 2012 – and a mixed media collage of digital prints on archival paper titled Between the Waves Collages – Inner, 2012. For this project, Shah creates sensual, poetic, heterotopic landscapes within which they place subjects that inhabit personal/political metaphors – embodiments of the queer, eco-sexual, inter-special, technological, spiritual and scientific.last_img read more