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NASA Astronauts make history with All Woman Spacewalk

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – On Friday, October 18th, 2019, at 1:55pm CDT, Expedition 61 NASA Flight Engineers Christina Koch and Jessica Meir concluded their spacewalk, the first with only women. During the 7-hour, 17-minute spacewalk, the two NASA astronauts completed the replacement a failed power charging component, also known as a battery charge-discharge unit (BCDU), on the International Space Station.

The BCDU regulates the charge to the batteries that collect and distribute solar power to the orbiting lab’s systems. Mission control activated the newly installed BCDU and reported it is operating properly.

NASA spacewalkers Christina Koch (foreground, suit with red stripe) and Jessica Meir (suit with no stripes) replaced a failed battery charge-discharge unit with a new one during a 7-hour, 17-minute spacewalk. (NASA TV)

NASA spacewalkers Christina Koch (foreground, suit with red stripe) and Jessica Meir (suit with no stripes) replaced a failed battery charge-discharge unit with a new one during a 7-hour, 17-minute spacewalk. (NASA TV)

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Honda recalls over 330,000 2019 CR-V vehicles due to Incorrect Airbag Information In Guide

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSAWashington, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2019 CR-V vehicles. The owner’s guide provides incorrectly describes when the “Passenger Airbag Off” indicator should illuminate.

As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”

2019 Honda CR-V

2019 Honda CR-V

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Marsha Blackburn says Bipartisan Sanctions Remain on the Table Despite Temporary Ceasefire

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Earlier today, Thursday, October 17th, 2019,  Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in announcing sanctions legislation against Turkey. Senator Blackburn gave this statement following the announcement of a negotiated ceasefire.

“Without reservation, I lend my wholehearted support to this bipartisan, comprehensive sanctions legislation that holds Turkey, its leadership, and its military accountable for its atrocities,” said Senator Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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President Donald Trump says Syria ceasefire a ‘great day for civilization’

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – Last night, Wednesday, October 16th, 2019, U.S. President Donald J. Trump sent a delegation of senior American officials—including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien—to Ankara to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan face-to-face.

And just hours ago, the Administration was able to deliver a major announcement.  

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

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NASA’s Orion Crew Survival System spacesuit Equipped for the Unexpected on Artemis Missions

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – When NASA astronauts are hours away from launching on Artemis missions to the Moon, they’ll put on a brightly colored orange spacesuit called the Orion Crew Survival System (OCSS) suit. It is designed for a custom fit and equipped with safety technology and mobility features to help protect astronauts on launch day, in emergency situations, high-risk parts of missions near the Moon, and during the high-speed return to Earth.

Many missions require two spacesuits – one worn outside a spacecraft during spacewalks that is designed as a self-contained personal spaceship, and another worn inside a spacecraft during high-risk parts of a mission, such as inside Orion during launch and reentry through Earth’s atmosphere.

NASA is building the Orion Crew Survival System spacesuit to protect astronauts during launch, reentry and emergency situations during Artemis missions. (NASA)

NASA is building the Orion Crew Survival System spacesuit to protect astronauts during launch, reentry and emergency situations during Artemis missions. (NASA)

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NASA unveils New Spacesuits for Artemis Mission Astronauts

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – In the photo below, Amy Ross, a spacesuit engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, left, and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, second from left, watch as Kristine Davis, a spacesuit engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, wearing a ground prototype of NASA’s new Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU), and Dustin Gohmert, Orion Crew Survival Systems Project Manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, wearing the Orion Crew Survival System suit, right, wave after being introduced by the administrator, Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

NASA reveals New Spacesuits for Astronauts. The new Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) left for outside the spacecraft and the Orion Crew Survival System suit, right, to be worn while inside the spacecraft. (NASA, Joel Kowsky)

NASA reveals New Spacesuits for Astronauts. The new Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) left for outside the spacecraft and the Orion Crew Survival System suit, right, to be worn while inside the spacecraft. (NASA, Joel Kowsky)

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Marsha Blackburn Congratulates 2019 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke on the Senate floor this evening to congratulate the singers and songwriters who have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year: Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Ray Stevens, and Jerry Bradley.

To watch the Senator’s remarks click below or Here.

Remarks As Prepared

Thank you, Madam President.

Senator Marsha Blackburn, "In Nashville, we have a saying: It all starts with a song."

Senator Marsha Blackburn, “In Nashville, we have a saying: It all starts with a song.”

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U.S. President Donald Trump lands huge “Phase 1” deal with China

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – On Friday, October 18th, 2019, U.S. President Donald J. Trump delivered a major announcement on progress regarding trade negotiations with China—one that spells out big wins ahead for American workers and for our terrific farming community.

President Trump: America and China come to a substantial “phase one deal.”

After meeting with China’s Vice Premier at the White House, President Trump announced that terms have been reached in principle over some of the most important issues facing American businesses.

United States President Donald J. Trump

United States President Donald J. Trump

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AAA reports National Gas Price Average Slowly, but Steadily Declines for Three Weeks

 

AAATampa, FL – AAA says despite an unseasonal spike in demand, according to the Energy Information Admiration’s (EIA) latest data sets, gas prices are decreasing for the majority of motorists across the country as crude oil prices (WTI) remain under $54.00/bbl.

Today, the national average gas price is $2.63, which is two cents less than last week and 26 cents cheaper than last year, but six-cents more expensive than last month.

Gas prices at the pump continue to fall. (AAA)

Gas prices at the pump continue to fall. (AAA)

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NASA engineers Next Generation Spacesuit for the Artemis Generation of Astronauts

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – At first glance, NASA’s new spacesuit that will be worn on Artemis missions might look like the suits that astronauts use for spacewalks outside the International Space Station today.

However, 21st century moonwalkers will be able to accomplish much more complex tasks than their predecessors, thanks to strides in technological advances that started even before the Apollo program.

NASA's Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit, or xEMU spacesuit design provides greater mobility for the Artemis astronauts who will be working on the Moon. (NASA)

NASA’s Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit, or xEMU spacesuit design provides greater mobility for the Artemis astronauts who will be working on the Moon. (NASA)

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