first_imgFive and a half years ago, @AstroPeggy took time to attend my first ever spacewalk training run as a mentor. It is beyond an honor to follow in her footsteps today. I can’t wait to pay it forward to the next explorers and watch them fly even higher. pic.twitter.com/jcrsWFp2D3— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) December 30, 2019 She will return on Feb. 6th after 328 days in space, first landing in Kazakhstan before taking a NASA Gulfstream plane back to the United States.NASA says they extended Koch’s mission so scientists could gather information on long-duration space flights — missions that go longer than the average six months — which could help guide research on future expeditions.Koch said she sees gathering this research as her contribution to science.“Just by virtue of being here and all of the physiological and human research studies that I’m a part of, it’s pushing the envelope on what we can say is normal for a long duration mission,” she said.Koch, a Montana resident and an avid hiker and rock climber, said she’s advocated for a study on the differences between women and men when it comes to the longer missions“I think the challenge is actually remaining vigilant, remembering that you really are surrounded by a hostile environment,” she said. “And that a single emergency or a single string of failures could bring you into a chance where you have to exercise some of that really important training that we had on the ground.”Koch and fellow NASA astronaut Jessica Meir accomplished another feat back in 2019 when they completed the first ever all-female spacewalk, stepping outside of the International Space Station together. STR/AFP via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A swim in the Gulf of Mexico paired with chips and salsa will be first for NASA astronaut Christina Koch when returns to Earth next week, having achieved a historic first: the longest single spaceflight for a woman — with more than 300 days on the International Space Station.“I didn’t necessarily know what this mission was going to turn into when I launched,” Koch told ABC News’ Senior Transportation Correspondent David Kerley in an interview from the space station. “But I think one of the things about the astronaut corps is that we are taught to be adaptable and to be ready for anything in a mission that comes our way.”The record was previously held by retired NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who set the record of 288 days in 2017. Koch surpassed that milestone back in December, when she hit 289 consecutive days in space LIVE NOW: Tune in to watch the first #AllWomanSpacewalk in human history! Starting at approximately 7:50am ET, @Astro_Christina & @Astro_Jessica venture into the vacuum of space to replace a failed power controller. Watch: https://t.co/2SIb9YXlRh— NASA (@NASA) October 18, 2019 In breaking the gender barrier, Koch hopes the achievement becomes more common.“I think it is wonderful, actually, that the third time around it’s already become commonplace,” she said. “We recognize now that we’re doing the job the same as any of our colleagues and we’re all excelling.”She added, “We are held to the same standards, very high standards.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo April 30, 2009 Pope Benedict XVI and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe discussed the fight against drug trafficking in a meeting on Thursday, the Vatican said. The two men “focussed … in particular on the fight against drug trafficking and social policies aimed at improving the living conditions of so many people,” the Vatican said in a statement. Colombia is the world’s leading producer of coca and controls the bulk of the global cocaine processing market. Cartels and rebel groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and National Liberation Army run the illegal drugs trade in the country, with right-wing paramilitary groups also taking part.last_img


first_imgFixtures Saturday, September 10, 2016  By UPLOnduparaka 2 KCCA 1Azam Uganda Premier League (UPL) newcomers Onduparaka stunned defending champions KCCA on Tuesday edging them 2-1 at Green Light Stadium in Arua.A Mohammed Shaban second half brace ensured the northern Uganda side registered their first ever top flight victory, condemning KCCA to their maiden defeat in four matches.The win sees the now fifth-placed Onduparaka move to five points, two behind SC Villa, who could go top with victory over Lweza on Saturday.READ FULL STORY (click here)  4pmProline vs Bright Stars, LugogoThe Saints vs Express, BomboJMC vs URA, KakinduLweza vs Villa, WankulukukuVipers vs Bul, NakivuboSadolin vs Police, BugembeSoana vs Jinja SSS, KavumbaShare on: WhatsApplast_img


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first_imgBell, a 32-year-old veteran with 14 total … Ahead of his fourth professional fight, Cass Bell is as calm as they come.His fellow Institute of Combat fighter Tyson Miller, who is set to engage in his first pro bout on Saturday, is just plain ready.Bell, undefeated as a professional at 3-0-0, will take on Isaiah Rocha in the 135-pound division Saturday at Bellator 226 at the SAP Center in San Jose.Miller, in his first professional fight, will take on Albert Gonzales at 175 pounds.last_img


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last time I said we were about one inch of rain away from a perfect spring. Just a day or two later we got a couple of inches and the crop just looked phenomenal. But in the past week we had almost 5 inches and we got 3 inches in less than 2 hours so we had some flooding. Some of the shorter beans are showing a little yellowing, but the water got away pretty quickly because we had been so dry.I don’t know that I’ve ever seen corn look as good as it does right now. I think we’ll have corn tasseling by July 4 and I think a lot of other people will too.We always use fungicide on wheat. We used to use it on beans but I didn’t see much yield advantage and we ran into problems with green stem. We like to get beans off early and do things like plant cover crops or wheat so we have gotten away from using a fungicide on beans. I have heard guys talking about good results flying it on corn but we haven’t done that.If we get any sunshine we are going to start with wheat harvest this afternoon. Because we were dry and we do a lot of no-till it is not that hateful for getting 5 inches of rain inches in the last week. I walked the fields this morning and it is still a little too wet, but they are calling for more rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. It is one of those situations where you have to decide which way to go. Do you leave it out there and risk getting it wet again? If it was corn or beans I’d leave it out there. Wheat deteriorates so quickly on quality, though, we are going to try it this afternoon.For planting double-crops we may have to wait until it dries out a little. But it is supposed to get hotter and unless we get a bunch of rain I think we can get some straw baled and get some double-crops in right away.Some of the heads are a little smaller than I like and I saw a little head scab. I think this will be a decent wheat crop but not a great crop. I don’t know what this rain is going to do to the wheat In terms of quality.We had a terrible week for the markets. With the tariffs and the crop looking really good all across the country the prices took a beating. We may have to sit and wait for fall or winter for these markets to come back a little bit. I am tired of hearing about the tariffs. They just hurt us short term and make the futures go goofy.last_img read more


first_imgHere are a few things you should consider before sending in your Canon 5D Mark IV for the company’s hand-installed C-Log upgrade.Cover image via Canon.While Canon’s 5D may be a staple of the industry, its newest iteration is certainly no longer the sole player in the prosumer digital camera game. At its high price point, some of its weaker traits and omissions suddenly become more apparent in the light of better bang-for-your-buck offerings like Panasonic’s GH5 and Sony’s a7S II. One of the most notable weaknesses is the Canon 5D Mark IV’s lack of a cinematic-friendly Log recording setting in-camera.However, to keep up with the competition, after the 5D Mark IV’s launch, Canon quickly followed up with a firmware update to add its C-Log format natively into your camera. Once in, it’s a simple on-and-off setting on your menu. But, there’s one catch: if you don’t specifically pick up an upgrade camera in-store, you have to send your camera to Canon, and they will add the update.While Canon is secretive about what they need to do to add a firmware update into your camera’s CPU, we do know the following information, which you should definitely consider before wrapping up your 5D Mark IV and sending it in.The $99 Upgrade FeeCanon’s 5D Mark IV is already on the more expensive end of the DSLR/mirrorless camera market. If you want C-Log footage to help with your color grading and dynamic capture, you’re going to need to add another $199 to the total price. If you don’t get the Log upgrade built in already, mailing in your camera will net you a $99 upgrade fee — plus shipping and handling (and insurance) to get your camera there.Service CentersImage by PRESSLAB.On their website, Canon mentions that they have service centers across the United States where you can send your camera for the Log upgrade. However, after talking to them on the phone, there are actually only three, so chances are there’s not a Canon service center a few streets over. There are centers in California, Virginia, and New Jersey. International options are similarly sparse.Canon Log DetailsHowever, if you are serious about getting the most out of your Canon 5D Mark IV, adding the Canon Log will definitely maximize your camera’s highlights, shadows, and image quality. Canon promises that their C-Log will add up to 800% more dynamic range (or 12 stops at ISO 400 or above) for 4K and Full HD recording.Look up TablesImage via Canon.Along with the Canon Log upgrade, Canon also offers two LUTs (Look up Tables) to let you view more corrected footage with gamma and color space when using external monitors. Canon Log 10 converts your files to ITU-R BT.709 for better conventional camcorder color space consistency, and the Wide DR LUT converts your video files to “Wide Dynamic Range gamma” for better preserving highlights and shadows.Shipping DetailsIf you do take the plunge, sending in your Canon 5D Mark IV isn’t too difficult. A Canon service expert can walk you through the steps on the phone, but it’s pretty straightforward. Secure your camera (by itself — no lenses, cards, or batteries included) in a shipping-safe box (Canon recommends three inches of packaging) along with your proof of purchase. If you’re worried about damage, you can always use package insurance through your shipping agency as well.Once your camera arrives, Canon will review it and send you an upgrade invoice. From there, you simply pay your fee, they make the firmware update, and then the camera comes back within 5-7 business days. Since the upgrade is through Canon, your manufacturer’s warranty will remain the same, and the camera should work exactly the same but with the C-Log option added to the menu.For more articles on the Canon 5D and other DSLR filmmaking tips and tricks, check out some of the resources below.Should You Upgrade the Canon 7D to the 5D Mark IV?Video Tutorial: Camera Tips for Stabilizing a Shot in PostThe Differences Between All-I and IPB CompressionHow to Shoot Practical Floating Text in Your VideoCanon 5D RAW & Magic Lantern Hack Rounduplast_img read more