North Korea faked missile test footage: U.S. experts


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) watches a firing contest of the KPA artillery units at undisclosed location in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on January 5, 2016. REUTERS/KCNA

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Footage released last week by North Korea purporting to show the firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) appears to be fake, according to studies by U.S. experts.

In defiance of a U.N. ban, North Korea has said it has ballistic missile technology which would allow it to launch a nuclear warhead from a submarine, though analysis of North Korean state media images casts doubt on the claim.

North Korea released the submarine launch footage after it separately conducted a fourth nuclear weapons test last Wednesday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missile-analysis-idUSKCN0UQ0CC20160112

NASA is Now Accepting Online Applications For Astronauts


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Prepare to travel to infinity and beyond—if you can make the cut.

 NASA’s hiring a new class of astronauts, and as of today (Dec. 14), it’s accepting applications. Do you have what it takes? Watch the video to find out.
But be warned: Being selected doesn’t necessarily guarantee a ticket to space. There’s a two-year evaluation period in which candidates have to pass physical tests and master a variety of Russian language, robotics, and flight-training skills, among other requirements.

Those who make it, though, will enter an elite family tasked with expanding the world’s knowledge of the universe.

http://www.govexec.com/management/2015/12/nasa-now-accepting-online-applications-astronauts/124474/

NASA IS NOW ACCEPTING ONLINE APPLICATIONS FOR ASTRONAUTS


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NASA’s hiring a new class of astronauts, and as of today (Dec. 14), it’s accepting applications. Do you have what it takes? Watch the video to find out.

But be warned: Being selected doesn’t necessarily guarantee a ticket to space. There’s a two-year evaluation period in which candidates have to pass physical tests and master a variety of Russian language, robotics, and flight-training skills, among other requirements.

NASA is Now Accepting Online Applications For Astronauts

NASA SCIENTISTS MAP PLUTO’S SPACE ENVIRONMENT


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Space isn’t empty. It’s full of particles. In our solar system, radiation from the sun is constantly streaming out toward the outer reaches of the solar system.

Aside from visible light, solar radiation comes mostly in the form of solar wind and coronal mass ejections, or CMEs. These clouds or streams of radiated particles come with their own miniature magnetic fields.

NASA scientists map Pluto’s space environment

Union urges UPS pilots to vote on authorizing strike


An airplane is seen on the tarmac at the United Parcel Service (UPS) Regional Air Hub in RockvilleThe union representing pilots at package delivery company United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) said it had urged them to vote to authorize a strike.

The Independent Pilots Association said on Wednesday that if the pilots voted in favor of authorizing a strike, its board would have the authority to request a release from federally mediated negotiations with UPS.

The National Mediation Board has been mediating since early 2014 in contract negotiations between UPS and its pilots union on issues related to compensation, pension and benefits.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/09/us-united-parcel-pilots-idUSKCN0R91GU20150909

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