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"thomas zurbuchen" Discussed on WCPT 820
"Committed in Ukraine since Russia began its invasion 7 months ago. A number of attacks we investigated had been carried out without distinguishing between civilians and combatants. This included some attacks with cluster munitions or multi launch rocket system and air strikes in populated areas. Inquiry commissioned chair, Eric mosa, says there is evidence as well of torture, abuse and executions carried out in the settlements his team visited. Ukrainian officials say more than 430 bodies have been exhumed from a mass burial site in the city of isum. Recently liberated in the fighting. An officials say at least 30 of the bodies board visible signs of torture. Residents of four parts of Ukraine held by Russian troops and their allies are voting in elections to annex to Russia, analysts Amanda Paul. He probably believes that by holding these fake and ridiculous referendums. He'll be able to sell the narrative that Russian territory is being attacked by the west. NASA's one way mission to an asteroid comes to a violent end Monday. A spacecraft named dart will zero in on the asteroid Monday, intent on slamming it head on at 14,000 mph, the impact should be just enough to nudge the asteroid into a slightly tighter orbit around its companion space rock, demonstrating that if that asteroid was headed to earth, we would stand a fighting chance of diverting it. Thomas zurbuchen is with NASA. These threats are real, and I think what makes this time special is we can do something about it. Cameras and telescopes will watch the crash, but it will take days or even weeks to find out if it actually changed the orbit. I'm Shelley Adler. This is AP news. There's a new way to watch Ted Lasso and his fictional soccer team. Ed Donahue grabs the controller and checks it out
"thomas zurbuchen" Discussed on WTOP
"California and Montana where lightning is being blamed for fueling several wildfires. Nichelle Nichols, who starred in the original Star Trek has died at 89. After her time on the starship enterprise, CBS space consultant Bill harwood says she worked for NASA. She helped NASA recruit women in minorities in the 1970s and over the years. She was a welcome visitor to mission control and elsewhere across the space agency. NASA science chief Thomas zurbuchen summed it up in a tweet, Michelle Nichols. Iconic inspiring forever. Rest in peace. Also today, legendary NBA player. And civil rights activist Bill Russell died. Russell was an 11 time NBA champion as a player and coach and helped make the Boston Celtics the winningest team in the league. Russell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 for his work on and off the park a court. Christopher Cruise, CBS News. Tomorrow in Washington, a judge will sentence the first capitol riot rioter convicted at trial. CBS has got mcfarlane. During trial, prosecutors said guy rapid of Texas carried a gun on his waist while confronting police at the capitol January 6th, and his own son testified against him, prosecutors are seeking 15 years in prison during sentencing. That would be far and away the longest January 6th sentence so far, and it could lay down a marker for many more capital riot defendants to come. Veterans protested on Capitol Hill today after the Senate failed to pass a bill expanding their healthcare benefits. It would not have veterans hostage like this. Vets have
The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe
"thomas zurbuchen" Discussed on The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe
"Going to do? You can get off, yes. This is what you get. I don't know. A lot of the work that I do involves sitting. There's no way around it. Exactly. So I think the important thing there is that when you don't have to don't. So if you have to sit, let's say, just like I do, right? When I'm doing therapy, I'm sitting for the whole therapeutic hour. I'm not going to walk around. You should start a practice of exercise therapy, where you're on with your bike while you're doing therapy. Well, I have weirdly had like dreams of doing group therapy in the future that involves kind of like movement and yoga and just being somewhat more active during group. I think that would be awesome. But yeah, let's say I'm seeing a patient for an hour or Steve, let's say you're seeing a patient in between patients do a lap around your house. Yeah. Get up, move, and then come back. Don't just sit there straight through. And if you can speak to them through some sort of digital avatar or something, I don't even have to see you exercising. It would still be your voice you would be able to hear them fine. It would just be the face and everything. I would remove it all over the place. Were you really want that from your therapist? Yeah. Digital avatar therapist? Steve, get those stand up desks, you know, when you don't have a patient in the office. Yeah, just all you do is you just lift it up and you stand up and it's up at head height and I'm seriously getting considered getting one of those. Press the button and it rises. It works well. All right, thanks, Kara. Yep. So we've talked previously in every you just brought it up earlier with your Skinwalker Ranch segment about The Pentagon's investigation of UAPs unidentified aerial phenomena well. Phenomena. Earlier this month, it was announced that NASA is getting into the game too. That they are going to be launching their own independent investigation of UAPs. They'll be starting it in the fall and they said that this research program should take about 9 months. This is what NASA said in their announcement. They write NASA believes that the tools of scientific discovery are powerful and apply here also. That was Thomas zurbuchen, the associate administrator for science at NASA headquarters in Washington. He goes on, we have access to a broad range of observations of earth from space, and that is the lifeblood of scientific inquiry. We have the tools and team who can help us improve our understanding of the unknown. That's the very definition of what scientists, that's what we do. This is interesting. It's good as far as it goes. I have no problem with NASA investigating this scientifically. I think they should. They make a point of saying that the big problem here is the lack of data. The reason that many of the sightings are not explained, is not because they're inherently unexplainable, it's because the data's crap. They just don't have enough information to make a positive ID. That's it. And so more information will likely yield more of these sightings being explained. I do think that taking that kind of approach is a good one. However, here's a downside, right? This has provoked yet another round of the media talking about UAPs from a very gullible perspective. And the mainstream media narrative is just extremely frustrating. So one piece of that narrative is, again, that there's somehow among scientists this stigma against investigating unknown phenomena, which I don't really see, to be honest with you. I think that's just the narrative that they go with. Like, oh, you know, if they have to feel like they have to defend themselves out of the gate or say that, you know, that the skeptics don't want this to be investigated. It's like, no, that's actually not true. I'm happy to have more data. And obviously, if, you know, pilots are reporting things they can't explain. Without in any way introducing the notion of alien spacecraft, that's a worthy phenomenon to investigate. So first of all, there's lots of stuff in the sky, you know, we're putting more and more stuff up there all the time, both civilian, private, military, domestic foreign, et cetera. And so knowing what those things are is good even for nothing else just to make commercial airline navigation safer. If it turns out that people are running a lot of drones in that area, then that's a fixable issue. For example, and also, we need to learn best how to interpret the data that we're getting. If pilots, pilots are seeing things they can't identify, they need to learn how to be better observers or how to gather more information or what the things could be or how not to be fooled, et cetera. And so that's useful information as well. We learn about human perception and the limits of these instruments and all that stuff. It's all good. All right, but the bigger part of the narrative that I really saw a shift, I don't know if this is because NASA got on board. It was maybe the trigger, but there were other components here. But now I'm reading just a lot of mainstream media articles saying that there has got to be something going on here. Now we have multiple sightings of things that are breaking the laws of physics by trained pilots and The Pentagon and NASA are investigating it..
TIME's Top Stories
"thomas zurbuchen" Discussed on TIME's Top Stories
"Zero four two plus 6 5 5 one two 7 7, from here on, known as two mass, it's a nice, bright star. Yes, about 16 times brighter than the sun, and its located relatively close to earth, as these things go, about 2000 light years away. But it's just one of about up to 400 billion stars in the Milky Way, and until recently, nobody gave it a lot of thought. But late last week, two mass became the most famous star known to science outside of our own sun. That's because the James Webb Space Telescope launched from earth on Christmas Day, and now located 1.6 million kilometers, 1 million miles away, chose the ordinary star to take an extraordinary picture. Its first image with its 18 hexagonal mirror segments in near perfect alignment. As NASA inverse and others report, Webb captured the star with a red filter to enhance its brightness and could see not only the stellar target itself, but also stars and galaxies in the background. More than 20 years ago, the web team set out to build the most powerful telescope that anyone has ever put in space and came up with an audacious optical design to meet demanding science goals, said Thomas zurbuchen, a NASA associate administrator at a press conference on March 16th, the day the image was released. Today, we can say that design is going to deliver. Capturing the image took some doing. The 18 segments that make up the webs 6.5 meter, 21 foot four inch diameter mirror, are driven by actuators that allow them to move in 7 XS. Each segment works as its own independent mirror, meaning that left to themselves, they would capture 18 hazy images of a single body instead of one extraordinarily sharp one. Ground controllers have been working for months to align the segments to within a few nanometers or billionths of a meter of one another. The image of two mass was taken when the mirrors had completed what NASA calls the fine phasing stage of their alignment. That is close to the final stage of focusing, but not yet quite there yet. Finer still adjustments will be taking place over the next several months with the mirror segments still being tweaked, at least through May. It will then take until the end of June or early July, before all of the $10 billion telescopes other instruments are calibrated and brought online. Only then will an observatory that has been in development for the past 25 years at last be ready to truly go to work. We are excited about what this means for science, said ritta kasky kuha, deputy optical telescope element manager for Webb during the agency press conference. We know now we have built the right telescope..
WNYC 93.9 FM
"thomas zurbuchen" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Rainforest to the edge of time itself James Webb begins a voyage back to the birth of the universe The launch of the James Webb space telescope named after the NASA chief who guided the agency to the moon in the 1960s This telescope has been decades in the designing and building its cost $10 billion and if all goes well it will give us as you heard from that announcer at the liftoff of the telescope it will give us an insight into the furthest reaches of the universe And so it's early origins At the moment you will hear from a senior net member of the NASA team but first here's the BBC's space correspondent Jonathan Amos who was telling me has himself been feeling the nerves today This was a big day There's no question about that A day that was a long time coming Obviously there have been people intimately connected with the project to have been working on it for more than 30 years It's quite extraordinary to think that there were people speculating what sort of telescope they should have after Hubble when Hubble had not even been launched Hubble was launched in 1990 It was transformative and yet a few years before it went up They had a blank sheet of paper and they were trying to sketch the future And the future has now arrived And there have been some bumps on the road to get to this point We've spent a lot more money than we expected to say it's taken a lot longer than we expected Rockets are dangerous things They're controlled explosions And when you've worked that long and you've spent that much money and then you put it on top of a controlled explosion well it's not surprising that everybody is anxiety driven There will be many astronomers today who simply could not watch that will have gone for a walk I'm paid to watch so I had to but my palms were sweating And in terms now of the stages it has to complete before it becomes operational Can you take us through this sort of the journey and also the unfolding Yeah so this thing is so big It's the size of a tennis court There is no rocket which you can put it up as a thing in itself You have to fold it in order to get it in the top of the rocket And of course if you fold it you then have to unfurl it as well And that is really quite complex When you consider all of the mechanisms that it has to use this huge mirror 6 and a half meters 21 feet across It has its wings sort of folded backwards And then there is this enormous sunchild 5 layers very thin membranes that not only dissipate the heat of the sun but also the light of the sun as well so that the telescope can look at the cosmos without interference from stray light And that's going to be fun I use the word advisedly to watch them get it all apart like some butterfly unfurling its wings It's not easy You know engineers talk about single point failures Actions that have to occur in sequence on cue otherwise the whole thing is a disaster There are 344 potential single point failures on this telescope as we move out to its observing station And Jonathan given that also then from what I understand it needs to cool itself to a ridiculously low temperature in order to be able to be sensitive enough to get these faint echoes from the edge of time How long is it going to be do you think before we can expect information to make it back to us Yeah they take about a month to cool it down So this telescope operates in the infrared because the light that comes from the most distant stars comes to us at those longer wavelengths longer than them visible light what we detect with our eyes And that's a kind of heat energy as well So you need to be colder than the thing that you are trying to see Otherwise it's kind of like trying to look at the matchstick in front of a burning haystack And that takes a month to get us down to that temperature -230 So it's going to take a little while They have to focus the mirror And then they need to set it up You know they'll do some trial pictures They have promised us the first pictures at a press conference in 6 months time Some market calendar We will that was Jonathan Amos the BBC science correspondent well to find out more about why the telescope is so important and how much of a scientific achievement it is my colleague James Menendez has been speaking to the astrophysicist Thomas zurbuchen He's NASA's head of science He was at French Guiana for the launch The space telescope is the biggest most ambitious mission we have at NASA It is a mission in a century If you want for us it's a mission and a generation And so for us it's the highest priority and frankly all of our eyes are on that across the entire agency And what makes it so significant Telescope is unique and it's focused on infrared signatures on the universe and it is 6 to ten times the sensitivity and the area the collection area of the best telescope so far which is Hubble Space Telescope And I had read correct me if I'm wrong Yes that it could see the heat signature of a bumblebee at the distance of the moon Have you heard that Absolutely That's correct So if you put a bumblebee kind of at the temperature at the earth put it at the moon You can see that heat signatures It's absolutely sensitive to heat signatures from far far away That's what it takes to look at these first generation galaxies and stars Yes I was going to say it's not bumblebees that you're trying to spot anywhere You're looking back right at the start of the universe What are you expecting to be able to see exactly There is a really important time in the universe we've never observed And that is right after the Big Bang when the first star slide about of that early universe and the first galaxies come we have never seen it That's between a 100 million to 300 million years after the Big Bang It's the baby pictures are toddler pictures of the universe We've never seen that We know our current universe because of the Hubble Space Telescope and other ground based systems we've never observed early time I mean it's hard for us to well mortals like me to get my head.