Saturn Becomes ‘Moon King’ with 20 New Discoveries
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The planet Saturn is being recognized as the “moon king” of our solar system.

Jupiter used to hold the record for most moons orbiting around it. It has 79. But scientists in the United States have announced the discovery of 20 new moons around Saturn. That gives the planet a new total of 82 moons.

The researchers made the discovery using the powerful Subaru telescope in Hawaii. They gathered information over a period of several years.

The team also used new computing models to identify moons and follow orbiting activity.

Scott Sheppard led the research team. He is with the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. “Saturn is the moon king,” Sheppard told Reuters news agency.

“He’s sitting there, in his head, figuring stuff out, it’s the active mind of a restless brain of the engineer.

“This is what was captured.”

Fellow NASA astronaut Mike Massimino was a guest on the show and gave his own verdict

He added: “When I first met Neil, he got up in front of us and it was like we’re meeting our hero.

“He’s the man, right? But he gets up there and it seemed like he was almost painfully shy, like it was hard for him to talk.

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, Purdue football players will wear a moonwalk-inspired helmet and commemorative astronaut-themed patch during Saturday’s homecoming game against Maryland.

Purdue is the alma mater of a host of astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, Gus Grissom, who was the second American in space, and Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon. The West Lafayette, Ind. school, dubbed ‘the cradle of astronauts,’ counts 25 former and current astronauts among its alumni.

Designed to resemble an astronaut’s helmet, the Boilermakers will take the field on Saturday wearing white helmets with a chrome gold mask. A gray and white Moon pattern on the helmets honors Armstrong and Cernan, and a center stripe commemorates Armstrong’s famous first steps on the lunar surface.

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The helmet stripe also features the numbers 2, 25 and 64 — two Purdue alum walked on the Moon;  25 total Purdue astronauts; and 64 space missions completed by the school’s alums.

Purdue players will wear the moon-inspired helmets for the homecoming game against Maryland.

Purdue players will wear the moon-inspired helmets for the homecoming game against Maryland. (Purdue University)

Additionally, a mission sticker with the Griffin from Purdue’s crest placing the school’s flag on the surface of the Moon will be featured on the back of the helmet.

Dr. Roger Launius probably knows more about the history of space exploration than almost anyone. For 12 years, he was the chief historian at NASA, in addition to heading up the National Air and Space Museum in the United States.

Launius took center stage in the BBVA City auditorium to deliver one of the Values Day presentations.  In his talk, he told the story about man landing on the Moon. On the 50th anniversary of one of humanity’s greatest achievements, the story of setting foot on the Moon continues to be a relevant case study about the success of working in a well-entrenched team and about the leadership skills demonstrated by those involved.

“Incidentally, if there is still anyone who is wondering: yes, we did land on the Moon; there’s no doubt about it.” That is how the author of more than 20 books on the history of American aviation began his discourse.

Ambition and teamwork

As the professor explained, a confluence of factors contributed to the success of the mission to the Moon, among which he stressed teamwork and the collective effort. “The famous images of Ground Control reflect this very well. Each one of us had our task, but we were all involved and worked together to get the job done,” explained Launius. “The whole team was geared toward a single objective: we’ll reach the moon.”

In his presentation, Launius attributed another important factor for the mission’s success: the fact that the challenge was so ambitious.

SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk, left, NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Doug Hurley, Bob Behnken, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, and NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins are seen inside the Dragon crew access arm at Launch Complex 39A in March.
Enlarge/ SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk, left, NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Doug Hurley, Bob Behnken, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, and NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins are seen inside the Dragon crew access arm at Launch Complex 39A in March.

Back in 2016, during the heat of the presidential election, I had lunch in southern Louisiana with a senior manager of NASA's Space Launch System program. We were speaking off the record, so I won't share his name even now. But one of the important points he sought to make was how a number of big-ticket items in NASA's portfolio were set up for the next president.

During a first term for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, he said, there would be a lot of big "wins." For the first time since 2011, humans would launch into space from the United States via NASA's commercial crew program. The James Webb Space Telescope, an epic scientific instrument, would fly. And the Space Launch System rocket—the largest booster since the Saturn V—would take to the skies for the first time.

A little more than three years later, it is clear that only one of these three achievements has a chance of happening in the year 2020: a commercial crew flight. It will happen on SpaceX's Crew Dragon, Boeing's Starliner, or perhaps both.

July 20 2019, America celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission when the first humans landed on the moon.

What many don’t know is that Delaware played a part in making that mission possible. ILC Dover, a special engineering development and manufacturing company based in Frederica is responsible for the development and creation of the first space suits worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in 1969. Crooked Hammock Brewery in Lewes collaborated with ILC in sharing some of that history.

The brewery will celebrate and honor the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with the release of One Giant Leap at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, a suborbital stout brewed with Apollo hops, chocolate malts, vanilla and space-ice-cream sandwiches.

The day of the release a limited number of commemorative glasses will be available. The first 100 people will receive the glass and a pint of the suborbital beer for $12. Members of the ILC team will be present with pieces of their space suits, a moon backdrop for photos and more information on the making of the Apollo space suit.

“One Giant Leap is really meant to bring together and share a piece of the nation’s history and Delaware’s part in creating it,” said Jon Schorah, Crooked Hammock’s head brewer. All of the advancements that ILC has made in science over the last half of a century, right in our backyard, is pretty incredible - so here’s a beer to cheers for that.”

In 1962, ILC and its team first won the contract to develop and produce the Apollo space suit. The unique suits offered greater mobility compared to others, giving the underdog the longstanding contract with NASA to be the provider of all the extravehicular space suits. Since the Apollo Missions, ILC has continued to create high-performance flexible materials, including the landing impact bags for NASA and JPL, that were used by three of the rovers that landed on Mars between 1997 and 2004.