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US & Europe Take Space Journey to Sun
NASA and ESA's Blackbird Mission
Unprecedented Solar Orbiter Probe
NASA and the European Space Agency have successfully launched the Solar Orbiter on a journey to the Sun, to take unprecedented views of its blazing solar poles. The Solar Orbiter took off on top of an Atlas 5 rocket. The Orbiter separated from the rocket within 53 minutes to go into space flight as planned and is now in communications with NASA. All of this happened in the past few days. This unique mission is going very well as it moves along on a very long journey to the Sun.
This US and European mission is unprecedented. It's expected to help scientists understand how the Sun's massive amount of energy affects humans in space and how it impacts all of us on the Earth. The mission will provide unique images, views and data of the sun's blazing pole regions, which are critical sources of data.
Ten Year Journey
The orbiter is equipped with awesome equipment including an array of solar panels and antennas. The journey to the Sum will take ten years. The orbiter will position at 26 million miles from the Sun, which is 95% of the distance between the Earth and the Sun It will map the Sun's poles which have a concentrated source of solar winds. Those winds are high impact. They penetrate our atmosphere and even can impact satellites.
NASA and ESA scientists want to determine how the Sun creates and controls the heliosphere, which is the massive bubble of protection that surrounds the solar system. They want to know why the bubble changes over time. NASA and ESA scientists believe the answer may be found in the Sun's poles. Those views will first be available from the probe in 2025. Exciting new science for all of us to observe from Earth!
Key Goals to Get This Off the Ground
The key to this mission, that was first proposed in 1999, was to develop a thermal protection system that can withstand the intense heat of the sun. The Orbiter was built in Europe. It's a great example of US-European space exploration. The cost of the Solar Orbiter hurtling into space is $1.5 billion.
Superstar Robot Packers Superstar Customers
The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci.
Big Business in Italy
CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…
DARPA's Biostasis Program Aims "To Slow Life to Save Life"
The program is to buy extra time for soldiers' battlefield injuries as they await medical care. DARPA, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working to develop treatments that slow down the body's biochemical reactions, tipping it into a slowed or suspended state until medical help arrives. For those critically injured, time is a matter of life and death.
Biological Suspended State
This program is inspired by nature. Wood frogs and microscopic creatures called "water bears" can survive extreme radiation, dehydration and freezing. They do so by entering a state called cryptobiosis. All metabolic processes appear to have stopped but the organism is still alive.
Long Term Research
This DARPA program is just getting started. They're beginning at the cell and tissue level. Then they'll scale up to the whole organism. It will be considered a success when it sl…