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“We are Tiny”: Elon Musk to NASA

Musk’s SpaceX is readying up to work with NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to advance their technology to vertically land large rockets on the moon

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Replying to NASA’s tweet about Jupiter’s massive size as compared to Earth, Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX which has partnered with the space agency for its Artemis mission, has said: “We are tiny”.

The US-based agency on Saturday tweeted: “Did you know that two Earths could fit inside Jupiter’s iconic Great Red Spot? The powerful storm is one of many colourful features we see in this image captured by our @NASAJuno spacecraft and processed by #CitizenScientist Kevin M. Gill.”

Aiming to land humans on the lunar surface by 2024, NASA has selected 13 firms — including Blue Origin of Jeff Bezos and SpaceX of Elon Musk — to develop space technologies for its Artemis mission.

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SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk, left, announces Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa (R) as the first private passenger on a trip around the moon. (Representational image). VOA

To facilitate the mission, NASA centres would partner with the companies — ranging from small businesses with fewer than a dozen employees to large aero-space organisations — to provide expertise, facilities, hardware and software at no cost, the agency had earlier said in a statement.

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“We’ve identified technology areas NASA needs for future missions, and these public-private partnerships will accelerate their development so we can implement them faster,” said Jim Reuter, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD).

Musk’s SpaceX is readying up to work with NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to advance their technology to vertically land large rockets on the moon. (IANS)

  • Raynald Lewis

    Well said. Isaiah 40:22 says: There is One who dwells above the circle of the earth,
    And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He is stretching out the heavens like a fine gauze,
    And he spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.” We are tiny like grasshoppers, inconsequential it may seem. However the creator of the Milky Way galaxy and the universe still considers humans worthy of everlasting life provided we learn about the amazing designer of it all, Jehovah. Isaiah 40:25-26. ““To whom can you liken me to make me his equal?” says the Holy One. 26 “Lift up your eyes to heaven and see. Who has created these things?
    It is the One who brings out their army by number; He calls them all by name. Because of his vast dynamic energy and his awe-inspiring power, Not one of them is missing.”

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  • Raynald Lewis

    Well said. Isaiah 40:22 says: There is One who dwells above the circle of the earth,
    And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He is stretching out the heavens like a fine gauze,
    And he spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.” We are tiny like grasshoppers, inconsequential it may seem. However the creator of the Milky Way galaxy and the universe still considers humans worthy of everlasting life provided we learn about the amazing designer of it all, Jehovah. Isaiah 40:25-26. ““To whom can you liken me to make me his equal?” says the Holy One. 26 “Lift up your eyes to heaven and see. Who has created these things?
    It is the One who brings out their army by number; He calls them all by name. Because of his vast dynamic energy and his awe-inspiring power, Not one of them is missing.”

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2000-2019: The Hottest Decade Measured

US Experts: Last Decade was Hottest Ever Recorded

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Last year was the second hottest ever due to global warming. Pixabay

The last 10 years were the hottest decade ever measured on Earth, last year was the second warmest ever and NASA says “you haven’t seen anything yet.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday that the average global temperature in the 2010s was 14.7 degrees Celsius, with eight of the 10 hottest years ever recorded.

Parts of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America had record-high temperatures in 2019. Alaska’s average temperature was above freezing for the first time in recorded history.

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People walk outside of the COP25 climate talks congress in Madrid, Spain. VOA

Many climate scientists who have seen the study said there was no other explanation for the record-breaking warming than human activity.

“This is going to be part of what we see every year until we stabilize greenhouse gases,” said Gavin Schmidt, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. “We crossed over into more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit warming territory in 2015 and we are unlikely to go back. This shows that what’s happening is persistent, not a fluke due to some weather phenomenon.”

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Experts say natural causes of a warmer atmosphere, including more heat from the sun and climate variations, are not big enough to explain the long-term temperature rise.

For those who still question global warming, the scientists say all one has to do is look at melting ice sheets, more powerful storms, floods in some parts of the world and drought in others as clear evidence. (VOA)