Falcon 9 Failure Investigation Focuses on Data not Debris as SpaceX Seeks Root Cause

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes about 2 minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on June 28, 2015.  Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes about 2 minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on June 28, 2015. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – SpaceX and NASA are diligently working to “identify the root cause” of the June 28 in flight failure of the firms Falcon 9 rocket, as the accident investigation team focuses on “flight data” rather than recovered debris as the best avenue for determining exactly what went wrong, a SpaceX spokesperson told Universe Today.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 booster broke up just minutes after a picture perfect blastoff from a seaside Florida launch pad on a critical mission for NASA bound for the International Space Station (ISS). It was carrying a SpaceX Dragon cargo freighter loaded with (…)
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What Is Sex Like In Outer Space?

Have you ever imagined what sex would be like in outer space? The folks at PornHub have. They recently launched an indiegogo campaign in hopes of funding the first-ever porn film shot 68 miles above our fair planet.

Sadly, the fundraiser has raised less than 10 percent of the estimated $3.4 million needed to shoot the film, but it got HuffPost Love+Sex co-hosts Carina Kolodny and Noah Michelson wondering about the mechanics and complexities of having sex while orbiting the earth. How would you thrust? What would happen when you sweat and ejaculate? And what in (or out of) the world would giving birth in microgravity be like?

To find out these answers and more, Kolodny and Michelson spoke to Dr. John Millis, Chair of the Department of Physical Sciences and Engineering and Associate Professor of Physics at Anderson University; Dr. Anja Geitmann, cell biologist and President of the Microscopical Society of Canada; and best-selling author Mary Roach, who wrote the book Packing For Mars:

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The MATS rule requires coal-burning power plants to reduce emissions of toxic pollutants by installing control technologies. The EPA estimated MATS would cost industry about $9.6 billion a year but cut coal and oil emissions by 90 percent and generate $37 billion in savings through “co-benefits.” Because these benefits are calculated on the basis of increased life expectancies and reduced health effects, the values have been subject to much of the debate.

“It is not rational, never mind ‘appropriate,’ to impose billions of dollars in economic costs in return for a few dollars in health or environmental benefits,” wrote Justice Antonin Scalia for the majority. “Statutory context supports this reading.”

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