Daily Archives: July 15, 2019

Noam Chomsky – History of US Rule in Latin America

Published on Dec 19, 2009

History of US Rule in Latin America; Elections and Resistance to the Coup in Honduras – Professor Noam Chomsky PhD. Filmed by Paul Hubbard at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on 12-15-09 www.socialistworker.org

Jim Collins on the name “Corteva”

Corteva Agriscience
Published on Feb 27, 2018

Curious about where the name “Corteva” came from and what it means? Here is Jim Collins, COO of the the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ to tell you all about it.

What Makes a Farmer?: Highlights | Corteva Agriscience™

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Published on May 22, 2019

Corteva Agriscience™ brings you highlights of a farming documentary with interviews of devoted farmers from across the country.
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What Makes a Farmer? A Farming Documentary | Corteva Agriscience™

Corteva Agriscience
Published on May 22, 2019

Corteva Agriscience™ brings you a farming documentary with interviews of devoted farmers from across the country. Learn more at http://keepgrowing.corteva.com Some people were just born to be farmers; farmers need flexibility, willingness, a good attitude and maybe even a little bit of faith to succeed. Meet farmers from across the US and hear about the diverse challenges and ongoing rewards of being in the farming industry. From issues of agricultural technology and harvest time to unpredictable weather and working as a family, see the hard work and dedication it takes to achieve success in farming. You have to love the land to be a farmer and if you take care of the soil, it will take care of you.
Keep Growing with Corteva Agriscience™ .
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Who was the First Farmer? | Corteva Agriscience™

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Published on Jun 5, 2019

Who was the first farmer? Who planted the first seed? Who discovered the power of farming; a power that has supported the growth of our civilization? Learn more from Corteva Agriscience™ at http://keepgrowing.corteva.com Challenges such as increasing population, declining natural resources and our planet’s changing climate require that farming change, too. And farming is changing; with smarter tools, sustainable practices and ever-higher yields. Corteva Agriscience™ is supporting the farmers who support us all by bringing the next generation of farming to the next generation of farmers.
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Why China’s Chang’e 4 lunar mission is much more than a moon landing – Business Insider

China landing its Chang’e 4 spacecraft on the far side of the moon is an early phase of an ambitious program of space exploration.
Shayanne Gal/Business Insider

Dave Mosher
Jan. 4, 2019, 3:51 PM

  • China landed a spacecraft called Chang’e 4 on the moon’s far side for the first in human history.
  • A rover and lander will study lunar geology, look for water ice, scan the night sky for radio bursts, and even grow silkworms.
  • But Chang’e 4 is just one mission that will lead to a sample return, a crewed lunar landing, and maybe even the construction of permanent moon bases.
  • The moon mission can be seen as yet another sign of the erosion of the US’ standing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

After several weeks of coasting through the void between Earth and its moon, China landed a space mission called Chang’e 4 on the lunar surface.

However, Chang’e 4 didn’t touch down just anywhere: China parked the car-sized lander and its rover on the moon’s far side— an enigmatic region that, until now, humans have explored from only above.

China’s feat was celebrated around the world by space-exploration enthusiasts and even top-level NASA officials. After all, it could help unlock ancient secrets of the moon’s violent formation, scan a crystal-clear night sky for radio objects billions of light-years from Earth, and even help locate deposits of water ice.

“America’s space program has always set the example for the world. China’s moon landing is a scientific achievement no doubt,” Mark Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut, tweeted on Friday. But he added the mission is “also a reminder that we need to get back to policy over politics” or “the world might leave us behind” — with “we” being the United States of America.

Kelly is an astronaut who’s as patriotic and informed as they come, and he calls developments in space as he sees them. He’s also not alone in believing China may soon blow past the rest of the world in space exploration.

“This is more than just a landing,” Alan Duffy, an astronomer at the Royal Institution of Australia, told the Washington Post after the landing.

Here’s what the Chang’e 4 mission is, why China landed it on the far side of the moon, and why it should be a wake-up call, though not a shocking one, to the US and the rest of the world.

Early in the morning of December 8, 2018, a Chinese rocket launched with Chang’e 4: the first mission ever to touch the far side of the moon.

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China may launch its first mission to the Martian surface next year – Business Insider

An illustration of China’s planned robotic Mars mission, called HX-1. Chinese State Administration of Science/Xinhua
Dave Mosher
Jan. 16, 2019, 11:23 AM


  • China recently landed the first spacecraft on the far side of the moon and plans to launch a lunar sample-return mission at the end of the year.
  • The China National Space Administration is also working on a robotic Mars mission that is scheduled to launch in mid-2020 and arrive in early 2021.
  • If successful, that mission could enable future Mars missions to bring pristine samples of the red planet’s soil and rocks back to Earth by 2030.

China just landed a robotic mission on the far side of the moon for the first time in history, but the nation is plotting a longer list of ambitious firsts in space over the next decade.

At the end of 2019, the China National Space Administration intends to launch a follow-up Chang’e 5 mission to scoop up the nation’s first samples of lunar soil and return them to Earth. It’s also planning follow-up moon missions to retrieve more samples, scout for water, and examine possible locations for a lunar base for humans, according to Chinese state media.

But the country is already looking past the moon, toward Mars.

“China’s first Mars exploration mission will be implemented around 2020,” Wu Yanhua, the agency’s deputy director, said during a briefing on Monday.

That interplanetary mission is called the Mars Global Remote Sensing Orbiter and Small Rover, or HX-1.

Read more: An extraordinary year of rocket launches, meteor showers, and space exploration is here. This is a 2019 calendar of space events you can’t miss.

A January 2018 roadmap assembled by NASA and other members of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group describes the HX-1 mission as an “orbit, landing, and roving mission,” which would probe Mars’ “topographical and geological features, physical fields and internal structure, atmosphere, ionosphere, climate and environment.”

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What’s behind China’s space programme expansion – BBC News

By Flora Drury BBC News

  • 3 January 2019

China is a relative late-bloomer when it comes to the world of space exploration.

But just 15 years after it first sent an astronaut into orbit, China has become the first country to successfully land a robotic spacecraft on the far side of the Moon.

And in the next decades it plans not only to build a new space station, but also a base on the Moon and conduct missions to Mars.

Importantly, Xi Jinping, the country’s most powerful leader since Chairman Mao, has thrown his support behind the “space dream” – and with it billions in investment. Chinese state media, meanwhile, have cast the “space dream” as one step in the path to “national rejuvenation”.

So why are President Xi and China so keen to make their mark in space – and what does it mean for the rest of the world?

Sending a message

According to Prof Keith Hayward, a fellow of the UK’s Royal Aeronautical Society, China is being driven by the same motivations as the US, Russia and others.

First, demand from the military, without which “you would not have had half the money going in”.

Second, as “a good way to show off”. “You could say that this is the space Silk Road – it demonstrates China is a force to be reckoned with,” Prof Hayward notes.

Third, hitherto untapped resources which have the potential to make whoever finds them wealthy.

“It is the classic triad that has driven investment in space for the better part of 50 odd years,” he told the BBC.

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France to create new space defence command in September – BBC News


France will set up a new space defence command in September, President Emmanuel Macron has announced.

Speaking a day before the annual Bastille Day celebrations, Mr Macron said that the command would help to “better protect our satellites, including in an active way”.

Analysts say this marks a switch from a defensive to an offensive posture.

Mr Macron’s proposal follows similar moves by the US, China and Russia in recent years.

Last year, US President Donald Trump ordered the formation of a sixth branch of the country’s armed forces – a “space force”.

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Q&A With NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine As The Agency Looks To Mars : NPR

Jim Bridenstine became NASA administrator in April 2018. He says that before the space agency can send humans to Mars, it has to get them back to the moon.

Olivia Falcigno/NPR

July 15, 20194:15 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered

In the past year or so, scientists have discovered more evidence for liquid water under the surface of Mars. They’ve found complex organic compounds — the building blocks of life. And they’ve found that methane levels in Mars’ atmosphere vary with the seasons.

“Each of these things adds up to say that the probability of finding life on a world that’s not our own is going up,” says NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “And Mars, I think, is that best opportunity in our own solar system to find life on another world.”

The former Republican congressman from Oklahoma became the head of NASA in April 2018. Since then, he has had a lot to do to get ready for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, but he’s making sure the agency continues to look forward for its next mission: a crewed mission to Mars.

But before humans can go to Mars, they have to get back to the moon.

“It just so happens that the moon is a proving ground, so we can go to the moon and we can learn how to live and work on another world,” says Bridenstine. “How do we retire the risk? Prove the technology and then take all of that to Mars.”

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