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NASA picks 6 companies to build deep-space habitats

NASA has selected six US companies to develop deep-space-habitat prototypes.

Straight out of a science-fiction story, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration wants to build a safe place for humans to live as we spread beyond Earth.

“NASA is on an ambitious expansion of human spaceflight, including the Journey to Mars, and we’re utilizing the innovation, skill, and knowledge of both the government and private sectors,” Jason Crusan, director of NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems, said in a statement.

The selected partners are:

— Bigelow Aerospace of Las Vegas, Nev.
— Boeing of Pasadena, Texas
— Lockheed Martin of Denver, Colo.
— Orbital ATK of Dulles, Va.
— Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems of Louisville, Colo.
— NanoRocks of Webster, Texas

Each company has up to 24 months to develop ground prototypes and/or conduct concept studies. The models will be used to support integrated systems testing, human factors, and operations testing, as well as help define overall system functionality.

NASA intends to spend an estimated $65 million in contract awards, covering work in 2016 and 2017.

“The next human exploration capabilities needed beyond the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion capsule are deep space, long-duration habitation and in-space propulsion,” Crusan said. “We are no adding focus and specifics on the deep space habitats where humans will live and work independently for months or years at a time, without cargo supply deliveries from Earth.”

Last week, NASA celebrated the Mars Rover’s fourth anniversary with an online game, cleverly called “Mars Rover Game.” Available to play via the Web or on an Android or iOS handset, the free title lets users control the Rover, gaining points for every resource you scan on the Red Planet.

By pcmag.com

Donald Trump: We’re going directly to the voters

You’ve seen it – the liberal media can’t stop telling outrageous lies about me.

They are really a disgrace to journalism, and they’re so desperate to mislead the American people about our campaign!

Yet at every stage we continue to prove them wrong, including:

— Smashing the Republican primary vote record by 1.4 MILLION votes;

— Pulling off an incredible Republican National Convention, with much higher viewership than the Democrats’ disastrous convention;

— Packing stadiums everywhere we go;

— Raising $82 million in July alone from hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters.

Now we must continue to build on our great momentum all across the country.

We know the Clinton campaign will cheat to win – just like they did in the race for the Democrat nomination.

And we know the liberal media will continue to say and do ANYTHING to put Crooked Hillary Clinton in the White House!

I know you’ve been following this race closely. I’m sure you’re as sick and tired of their desperate lies as I am.

Day in and day out they attack me, our campaign, our Republican friends down the ticket and supporters like you all across the country…

…while giving Crooked Hillary a free pass on her terrible policies and long record of failure and cronyism!

Don’t let them get away with it – help me prove our opponents and the liberal media wrong about the Trump movement, by growing our team and WINNING on Election Day!

We’re going to reach the American people directly with our message about making better deals for our country, bringing back our jobs, and achieving a brighter future for every American.

NFL says no to the Dallas Cowboy decals for fallen police officers in Dallas Texas

The NFL denied the Dallas Cowboys request to wear a decal on their helmets that would have paid tribute to the five police officers killed last month in a downtown Dallas ambush.

The team had been wearing a decal with the words “Arm in Arm” since the first day of training camp this summer where Dallas police Chief David Brown and Mayor Mike Rawlings paid the team a visit on that day.

The NFL has strict rules on uniforms forcing the league to deny the Cowboys request to wear the decal for the upcoming pro football season. In the past, there have been several other tribute decals allowed to be worn on helmets and other parts of the uniform.

Dallas police said it appreciated the support that the Cowboys are attempting to show.

“Their concern for the families of our fallen officers, the Dallas Police Department, and the City of Dallas is what matters most, and we know that support will continue for the immediate and long term future,” the department said in a statement.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and tight end Jason Witten, who created the decal, said they were disappointed with the leagues decision but said they believed the stickers already served its purpose.

NFL says no to the Dallas Cowboy decals for fallen police officers in Dallas Texas

The Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation told the media they were extremely upset over the NFL’s decision not to allow the Cowboys to wear the decal.

“The NFL had an opportunity to be leaders and advocates for change in law enforcement,” Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, president of the foundation, told the website. “These are our friends and our loved ones … it hurts to not have the NFL fully support us.”

San Francisco High-rise Sinking and Tilting

A high-rise residential tower built recently in San Francisco that is home to famed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana and San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is slowly sinking and shifting, and may ignite a court battle between residents and the city.

P.J. Johnston, spokesman for Millennium Partners, which built the tower, told the media in a written statement that the transit center has been a negative impact on the luxury high-rise.

“All buildings settle over time,” the statement said. “However, 301 Mission exists in a location where major underground construction work was subsequently performed by others, who were obligated to monitor and protect existing structures, and to mitigate any impacts of their work. 301 Mission has settled more than originally anticipated because it was affected by such subsequent construction by others.”

The Millennium Tower Association, the building’s home owners association, told the media it has hired its own group of consultants to try and figure out what’s going on.

“The Association has retained a number of engineering consultants to investigate the causes and long-term impact of these settlement conditions,” the group said in a written statement. “Importantly, the Association has been assured that there are currently no short or long-term concerns with regard to building integrity or safety.”

Washington, D.C. Under Life And Death Blizzard Warnings

The “major storm” bearing down on Washington, D.C., “has life and death implications, and all the residents of the District of Columbia should treat it that way,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

She said that the snow would arrive earlier than expected, with the first flakes now anticipated around 1 to 3 p.m. Friday ET.

The nation’s capital, though, is not alone in expecting blizzard conditions. The National Weather Service has extended its blizzard warning to include New York City and Philadelphia.

All flights to and from Philadelphia International Airport will be canceled Saturday, an airport spokeswoman said.

More than 5,000 U.S. flights have been called off Friday and Saturday due to the storm. (Flights Canceled)

Barack Obama Answers Questions At Town Hall Event, Guns in America

President Barack Obama answered a gun executive, a sheriff, a rape survivor and a widow who oppose his actions at the “Guns in America” town hall event.

Obama also rejected the “imaginary fiction” that he wanted to take away the guns of law-abiding Americans.

“The way it is described, is that we are trying to take away everybody’s guns,” Obama said, charging that his opponents had twisted his plans on gun safety measures.

“Our position is consistently mischaracterized,” Obama said. “If you listen to the rhetoric, it is so over-the-top, it is so overheated.”

Obama also took questions from people who agreed with his proposal to expand background checks, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, who have been fierce advocates of increased gun control since Giffords was seriously wounded in a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona.

The President also said that he would be happy to meet with representatives of the National Rifle Association, which declined to take part in the town hall meeting even though other gun rights advocates did attend.

House of Representatives Repealed Obamacare

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives has approved a bill to repeal Obamacare that, after more than 60 votes in the past five years, will finally get to the President’s desk.

The House vote was 240-181, largely along party lines. The Senate passed the legislation last month.

The bill is expected to arrive at the White House later this week. President Barack Obama has already vowed to veto any Republican bill that guts his signature health care law.

The measure also bars any federal money for Planned Parenthood. Conservatives in Congress vowed to defund the organization after a series of videos released by an anti-abortion group last year triggered a controversy about the sale of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood maintains the footage was edited, and has denied any improper activity.

Mark Barden: Why the President Is Taking Action To Reduce Gun Violence

We called him the custodian of all living things. If an ant had crawled its way into our kitchen, he’d gently pick it up and carry it out outside to rejoin its family. If he saw a classmate sitting alone, he’d be the first to provide company and comfort. At 7 years old, he cared, he listened, and he loved more deeply than many adults I know.

On December 14, 2012, he was killed by a man with a gun. My son Daniel was one of the 26 lives taken from us at the hands of a mass shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Since that day, President Obama promised us that he would use every tool available to him to spare another family the overwhelming pain of losing a child in such a horrific way. Today, he is taking additional steps to reduce gun violence.

No words can fully convey the overwhelming loss we feel each day. No amount of sympathy will bring our sweet, little Daniel back. And no one action can fully prevent the kind of tragedies that happened in Newtown, in Aurora, in Tucson, in Charleston, in Oak Creek, in San Bernardino, and in too many other communities across the country.

But we can do more than we’ve done since that day in Newtown. Today, the President is doing what is in his power to reduce the unspeakable violence that stole our son from us.

Daniel was a protector of living things. If we can take just one action that will prevent another child from dying the way he did, then we will do honor to the way he lived his life.

New Executive Actions On Gun Laws By Barack Obama Bypassing Congress

President Barack Obama bypassed Congress on Tuesday, unveiling a unilateral initiative designed to curb gun violence in the U.S. through a series of executive actions.

The new executive actions do not conflict with the Second Amendment, Obama said from the White House at an event with gun violence victims and their families. “But I also believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment.”

In an effort to expand background checks for buyers, the White House introduced a new requirement for individuals “in the business of selling firearms” to register as licensed gun dealers, effectively narrowing the so-called “gun show loophole,” which exempts most small sellers from keeping formal sales records.

The initiative also provides more funding for mental health treatment, FBI staff and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agents.