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NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Samples to be used to search for Life

 

When the agency’s newest rover mission searches for fossilized microscopic life on the Red Planet, how will scientists know whether they’ve found it?

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover will be the agency’s ninth mission to land on the Red Planet. Along with characterizing the planet’s geology and climate, and paving the way for human exploration beyond the Moon, the rover is focused on astrobiology, or the study of life throughout the universe.

Perseverance is tasked with searching for telltale signs that microbial life may have lived on Mars billions of years ago. It will collect rock core samples in metal tubes, and future missions would return these samples to Earth for deeper study.

The rocks along the shoreline of Lake Salda in Turkey were formed by microbes that trap minerals and sediments in the water. Studying these ancient microbial fossils on Earth help Mars 2020 scientists prepare for their mission. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The rocks along the shoreline of Lake Salda in Turkey were formed by microbes that trap minerals and sediments in the water. Studying these ancient microbial fossils on Earth help Mars 2020 scientists prepare for their mission. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Blackburn, Rubio, Colleagues Inquire About Disney’s Choice to Film Mulan in Xinjiang, Where More Than One Million Uyghurs Are in “Reeducation” Camps

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and their colleagues in inquiring about Disney’s cooperation with Xinjiang’s security and propaganda authorities in the production of the movie Mulan. For years, reports have surfaced highlighting China’s campaign against Uyghur and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s (XUAR).

“The decision to film parts of Mulan in the XUAR, in cooperation with local security and propaganda elements, offers tacit legitimacy to these perpetrators of crimes that may warrant the designation of genocide,” the members write to The Walt Disney Company’s Chief Executive Officer Bob Chapek.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Reopening Our Country

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Tennesseans want us to incentivize folks to safely return to work. I’ve also been hearing from business owners concerned that people are not returning to work. This is why I joined Senator Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) Healthy Workplaces Tax Credit Act to help relieve business owners of some of the financial burden associated with creating a safe work environment.

As I write this, billions of dollars from previous coronavirus relief packages sit unspent. We must ensure that any additional coronavirus relief is targeted, and has both the guardrails and flexibility necessary to prevent waste, fraud and abuse. 

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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TheVPNExperts Study shows usage of VPN Users increases Due to COVID-19

 

TheVPNExpertsAustin, TXA recent study reveals the usage of VPN services has increased across the world amid COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

There have been stay-at-home orders in multiple countries like the United States, Australia, Italy, India, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and others. 

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A First in U.S. History

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – America is winning its war on the COVID-19 Coronavirus. President Donald Trump announced another milestone over the weekend: More than 4 million Americans have now been tested.
 
“That’s a record anywhere in the world,” he said. The United States has now conducted more tests than France, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, India, Austria, Australia, Sweden, and Canada—combined.

President Donald Trump takes questions from the press, (White House)

President Donald Trump takes questions from the press, (White House)

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NASA’s Voyager 2 Communications to be affected by Deep Space Antenna Upgrades

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Starting in early March, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft will quietly coast through interstellar space without receiving commands from Earth. That’s because the Voyager’s primary means of communication, the Deep Space Network’s 70-meter-wide (230-feet-wide) radio antenna in Canberra, Australia, will be undergoing critical upgrades for about 11 months.

During this time, the Voyager team will still be able to receive science data from Voyager 2 on its mission to explore the outermost edge of the Sun’s domain and beyond.

DSS43 is a 70-meter-wide (230-feet-wide) radio antenna at the Deep Space Network's Canberra facility in Australia. It is the only antenna that can send commands to the Voyager 2 spacecraft. (NASA/Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex)

DSS43 is a 70-meter-wide (230-feet-wide) radio antenna at the Deep Space Network’s Canberra facility in Australia. It is the only antenna that can send commands to the Voyager 2 spacecraft. (NASA/Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex)

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Austin Peay State University Basketball’s Ella Sawyer named to OVC All-Newcomer team

 

APSU Women's BasketballBrentwood, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball freshman guard Ella Sawyer has been named to the Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball All-Newcomer team for the 2019-20 season.

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APSU Basketball’s Ella Sawyer named OVC Freshman of the Week

 

APSU Women's BasketballClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s basketball team freshman guard Ella Sawyer has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the week for the first time in the final week of the 2019-20 season.

Austin Peay State University Women's Basketball freshman Ella Sawyer. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay State University Women’s Basketball freshman Ella Sawyer. (APSU Sports Information)

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NASA dates Australian Meteor Crater, Oldest Crater Known

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – NASA says the Earth is pocked with roughly 190 major meteor craters, yet scientists only know the age of just a few. Recently, A NASA scientist analyzed the age of the Yarrabubba meteor crater in Australia and found it to be 2.229 billion years old, making it now the oldest crater currently known.

“It’s 200 million years older than the previously oldest known crater, which was the over 200-kilometer Vredefort Dome crater in South Africa,” said Timmons Erickson, a research scientist with the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science division, or ARES, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Yarrabubba meteor crater in Australia. (NASA)

Yarrabubba meteor crater in Australia. (NASA)

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Nashville Zoo to Donate $30,000 to Australian Wildfire Relief Efforts

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – The Nashville Zoo is sending $30,000 to support Australia’s efforts to rescue and protect wildlife affected by devastating wildfires. Additionally, the Zoo is committing all funds from a guest donation program called “Round Up for Conservation.”

“We’re deeply saddened by what’s happening to the wildlife and habitats in Australia,” said Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo President and CEO. “We feel a moral obligation to help the ongoing efforts and encourage others to show their support as well.”

Nashville Zoo To Provide Support To Australian Wildfire Relief Efforts. (Nashville Zoo)

Nashville Zoo To Provide Support To Australian Wildfire Relief Efforts. (Nashville Zoo)

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