Daily Archives: May 1, 2021

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Undocking and Departure from International Space Station


Streamed live 2 hours ago

Watch continuing coverage of the Crew-1 return on NASA TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21X5l…

The mission that certified the return of astronaut launches from the U.S. is coming home. Starting at 8:15 p.m. EDT Sat., May 1 (00:15​ UTC Sun., May 2) join us LIVE from space to watch the Crew Dragon Resilience undock, with the four crew members of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 aboard: NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, and Mike Hopkins, and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Soichi Noguchi.

Undocking from the International Space Station is scheduled at approximately 8:35 p.m. EDT Sat., May 1 (00:35​ UTC Sun., May 2). NASA and SpaceX decided to move Crew-1’s undocking from Fri., April 30, following a review of the forecast weather conditions in the splashdown zones off the coast of Florida. Splashdown is now targeted for approximately 2:57 a.m. EDT (6:57​ UTC) Sun., May 2.

During their six-month stay in orbit, the crew worked on hundreds of science experiments to benefit humans in space and on Earth. Here are just a few: https://go.nasa.gov/3aoWxGn

Started streaming 103 minutes ago

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission with NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is now targeting a return to Earth no earlier than about 2:57 a.m. EDT Sunday, May 2, in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. The Crew Dragon spacecraft, named Resilience, is scheduled to undock from the International Space Station at 8:35 p.m. Saturday, May 1, to begin the journey home.

NASA and SpaceX decided to move Crew-1’s undocking and splashdown from Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, respectively, following a review of the forecast weather conditions in the splashdown zones off the coast of Florida, which predicted wind speeds above the return criteria. Crew Dragon is in great health on the space station, and teams now forecast ideal conditions for both splashdown and recovery during the weekend.

The return to Earth – and activities leading up to the return – will air live on NASA Television, the NASA App, and the agency’s website.

This will be the first night splashdown of a U.S. crewed spacecraft since Apollo 8’s predawn return in the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 27, 1968, with NASA astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders.

Crew-1 is the first of six crewed missions NASA and SpaceX will fly as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program, which worked with the U.S. aerospace industry to return launches with astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil.

The Crew Dragon will undock autonomously and depart from the space station with the capability to splashdown at one of seven targeted landing zones in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. Resilience also will return to Earth important and time-sensitive research. The NASA and SpaceX teams select a primary and alternate splashdown location from the seven possible landing locations about two days prior to return, factoring in weather, crew rescue, and recovery operations. Additional decision milestones take place prior to undocking, during free flight, and before Crew Dragon performs the deorbit burn.

NASA and SpaceX closely coordinate with the U.S. Coast Guard to establish a 10-nautical-mile safety zone around the expected splashdown location to ensure safety for the public and for those involved in the recovery operations, as well as the crew aboard the returning spacecraft.

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‘Kill the bill’: thousands march through London in protest against new policing bill

Guardian News

Published on May 1, 2021

Thousands have marched through central London to protest against the new proposed police, crime, sentencing and courts bill. After gathering in Trafalgar Square from midday, protesters marched past Buckingham Palace then through Victoria, past the Department for Education and the Home Office, and finally across the river to Vauxhall Gardens. A number of social movements, including Extinction Rebellion and the Black Lives Matter movement, had united to protest against the bill, which critics say would place significant curbs on freedom of speech and assembly, by giving police powers to curb protests, among other measures. Today’s action in the capital was the biggest protest under the ‘kill the bill’ banner to have taken place so far. Since the proposed law was brought before parliament last month, there have been sporadic demonstrations across the country, with Saturday’s rallies being part of what organisers said was a national weekend of action.

Global food regimes and China: Agrarian Conversations episode 2

Transnational Institute – Apr 29, 2021

The second episode in Agrarian Conversations webinar series will be on “Global food regimes and China”. What relationship does China have to current food regime transitioning, with the changing geographies of production, circulation and consumption of global food commodities, and the growing significance of agroecological farming? Does China’s deepening international presence portend a new form of food regime hegemony? And what might that look like? If so, what are the implications of such changing dynamics for local, national, and international political struggles for a fairer and kinder agro-food system? The webinar will be in English, Spanish, French and Mandarin.

To allow for a dynamic conversational format, we provide an (free access) background paper for the webinar: McMichael, P. (2020). Does China’s ‘going out’strategy prefigure a new food regime?. Journal of Peasant Studies, 47(1), 116-154. Available here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/…

Speakers & panelists:

Philip McMichael, Cornell University, USA
Yan Hairong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Paul Nicholson, La Via Campesina
Refiloe Joala, PLAAS, South Africa
Andrea P. Sosa Varrotti, Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Argentina
Carol Hernandez, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Co-Chairs: Ruth Hall, PLAAS; Katie Sandwell, TNI.

The AC webinar series is a collective initiative by: Journal of Peasant Studies, Collective of Agrarian Scholar-Activists in the South (CASAS), PLAAS at University of the Western Cape, Transnational Institute (TNI), Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA), Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC), Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI), Initiatives in Critical Agrarian Studies (ICAS), PASTRES at IDS Sussex, and RRUSHES-5 at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague.


Global food regimes and China – Agrarian Conversations episode 2
28 April 2021
This is a recording of the second episode in Agrarian Conversations webinar series on “Global food regimes and China”.

⚠️ LIVE: Rebellion of One – Hundreds of people block roads across the UK

Extinction Rebellion

Streamed live 74 minutes ago

At 11am May 1st, two years to the day since the UK Parliament declared a climate emergency, over 200 people across the UK are taking part in #RebellionofOne​.

In multiple courageous acts of nonviolent civil disobedience, people are sitting alone in the face of oncoming traffic in towns and cities around the UK – including Scarborough, Weymouth, Birmingham, Oxford, Ipswich, Lincoln, Canterbury, Newcastle, Portishead, London, Newquay, Swansea, Bangor in Northern Ireland and many more.

We’ll bring you live to several of these actions during the stream.

This vulnerable act of peaceful civil disobedience by people across the UK shows the fear and frustration felt by many at the failure of the UK Government to take the climate and ecological crisis seriously.

Two years on from Parliament’s declaration of emergency and emissions are going up, airports are being allowed to expand and £27bn is being poured into roadbuilding. Boris Johnson recently announced that the UK would ‘toughen’ its climate targets, pledging to cut emissions by 78% by 2035, compared to 1990 levels.

This Government is good at creating positive headlines on climate, but the organisations tasked with monitoring their progress tell a different story… In December last year, the National Audit Office found that the government UK Government is predicted to fail to meet its existing climate targets and said that a radical reassessment of priorities was needed.

Two years and the Government still won’t accept the severity of the climate crisis, but we refuse to be bystanders while the world burns!

Similar Rebellion of One actions have already taken place in other countries, including in Poland, the Netherlands and Germany.

The actions this morning come at the start of a day of mass protest around the UK to oppose the Police, Crimes, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

This was live-streamed by the XR Live Streaming team whose mission is to Tell the Truth and spread the news that mainstream media is failing to do. Have some feedback? http://xrlivestream.tv/feedback​ Any questions or projects then drop us a line at xrlivestreaming@protonmail.com