Wally Funk, Age 82, Will Be The Oldest Person To Fly In Space. As The Honored Guest Of Amazon Founder, Jeff Bezos, When Him, His Brother, And A Mystery Person Take To Space In Blue Origin On The 20th Of July 2021. Wally Previously Made History As The First Female Air Safety Investigator For NTSB, And The First Woman Inspector For The US FAA.
Meet Wally Funk, the Mercury 13 aviation pioneer (finally) going to space
China, In An Ambitious Bid For Space, Wants To Send Its First Crew To Mars In 2033. And Then Regularly, In 2035, 2037, 2041, And 2043. China Will First Use Robots To Explore Mars, To Find Suitable Environment, Before Sending Astronauts To Build A Mars Base. After Which, China Will Begin A Large-Scale Earth-To-Mars Cargo Missions.
Carl Nassib, The Defensive Lineman For The Las Vegas Raiders, Has Become The First Openly Gay Active Player In The NFL’s 101-Year History. Carl Will Be The Second Openly Gay Player On A Professional Men’s Team In The Big 5 American Sports After Collin Martin, A Member Of Major Soccer League, Minnesota United FC, Came Out In 2018.
Gabon Has Become The First African Country To Get Paid For Reducing Carbon Emission By Protecting Its Rainforest, Which Covers ~90% Of Gabon. Norway, A Donor Nation, Paid Gabon $17m (£12m) Of The $150m Deal Struck In 2019, As Part Of The Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI). The Money Is Equivalent To The Tonnes Of Carbon Captured.
Aridity And Record Heat, Worsened By Climate Change, May Cause Water Levels In California’s Second Largest Reservoir, Lake Oroville, To Fall So Low To Projected ~640 Ft, This Summer, Causing The Edward Hyatt Power Plant, Which Can Power 800,000 Homes When Operating At Full Capacity, To Shut Down For The First Time Since Opening In 1967.
The Southern Ocean, The Frigid Water Around Antarctica, Though Recognized By Many, Including Scientists, As One Of The Earth’s Ocean, Has Not Being Popularly Recognized Until Now. The National Geographic Society Wants To Officially Recognize It As The 5th Earth’s Ocean, An Addition To The Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, And Arctic Oceans.
France Is Sending A Second Statue Of Liberty To The US. The Statue, Named “Little Sister,” Though Symbolic As The Original, Is 1/16 The Original’s Size. Little Sister, First Made In 2009, Will Be Temporarily Erected, From July 1st To 5th, 2021, On Ellis Island, Before Going To Its Final Destination–The French Ambassador’s Residence.
Dareen Barbar, Who Lives In Dubai, Has Broken The Guinness World Records For The Longest Samson’s Chair/Static Wall Sit For Female With Above Knee Amputation Category (LA1), During The Launch Of The Guinness World Records Impairment Records Initiative. The Fitness And Lifestyle Coach Maintained The Difficult Position For 2 Mins 8.24 Secs. Congrats!
Ganymede, The Largest Moon In Our Solar System, Larger Than Mercury And Pluto, Will Experience Its First Closest Encounter In 20 Years, Since Galileo Spacecraft Approached It At ~502 Miles In May 2000. NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Will, On 06/07/2021, Approach Ganymede At ~645 Miles To Enable Researchers Better Understand Its Composition.
China Passed The One Child Birth Limit In 1979 And Enforced It Since 1980 To Curtail Population Growth. The Country Then Increased, In 2015, The Limit To 2 Children Per Family As A Result Of Economic Issues Due To The Aging Population. Now, China Wants To Allow Couples To Have 3 Children Due To Dwindling Number Of Working-Age People.
3 Climbers Have Recently Set Records For Climbing Mount Everest. Hong Kong’s Tsang Yin Hung, 45, Has Set The Fastest Woman Record For Climbing Everest, Completing It From Base Camp In 25 Hours And 50 Minutes. Arthur Muir, 75, Became The Oldest American, While China’s Zhang Hong, 46, Became The First Blind Man From Asia To Summit Everest.
South Korea Has Achieved The World’s Highest Attainable Food Waste Recycling Rate Of 95%. By Making It Mandatory, By Law, To Separate One’s Food Waste From Trash, Then Pay To Have It Collected And Recycled Into Biofuel, Compost Or Chicken Food, Instead Of It Ending Up In Landfills, Contributing To Global Warming Via Methane Production.
Kashe Quest, A 2-Year Old Kid With A 146 IQ, Has Become The Youngest USA Mensa Member. Muhammad Haryz Nadzim, Age 3, With A 142 IQ, Became The Youngest UK Mensa Member In 2020. Applicants Must Score At Or Above The 98th Percentile On A Standard Intelligence Test To Join Mensa, The Largest International High IQ Society. Impressive Kids!
2 Of 3 China’s Robots, In Tianwen-1 Mission, Have Landed On Mars To Study Mars Climate And Geology. This Landing Makes China The Second Country To Successfully Do This. The 2 Robots, Lander And Zhurong Rover, Landed On Utopia Planitia. The Third Robot Will Orbit Mars, Sending The Rover To Locations Of Scientific Interests For Detail Study.
Funing County, China, Has Banned Parties For, E.G, Birthdays, Or Job Promotions. In-Line With The Central Government Call For Citizens To Curb Wastefulness And Extravagance. The County Also Set New Rules, Applicable To Gov Members, Village Leaders, And Civil Servants, For Weddings And Funerals, Including Cash Gift Ban Of >200 Yuan (US$31).
The Toaster-Sized Instrument, On The Perseverance Rover, Called MOXIE, After Warming Up For ~2 Hours, Produced 5.4 Grams Of Oxygen From The Thin 96% Carbon Dioxide Rich Martian Atmosphere. The Amount Of Oxygen Produced Could Sustain An Astronaut For ~10 Minutes. This MOXIE Will Aid The Design Of Future Generations Of MOXIE.
NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter, On April 19, 2021, Made History By Becoming The First Aircraft To Make A Powered, Controlled Flight On Another Planet, And In This Case, Mars. The Image Of The Helicopter Was Captured By The Perseverance Rover, Parked About 211 feet Away, As Ingenuity Ascended To An Altitude Of 10 Feet, Then Hovered, Before Landing.
First Video of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter in Flight, Includes Takeoff and Landing (High-Res)
A Woman In Japan Has Become The First COVID-19 Patient To Recieve A Lung Transplant From Living Donors–Her Husband And Son. Dozens Of Lung Transplants To Treat Coronavirus Infections In China, Europe, And The United States Are Sourced From Dead Donors. And The Wait List For Lungs Transplant From Dead Donors Can Take Years Globally.
Ayanna Williams Of Houston, Who Was The Guinness World Record Holder For The World’s Longest Fingernails, At 5.7 Metres, In 2017, Has Cut Her Nails, Recently Measured 7.3 Metres, In Fort Worth, Texas. But Lee Redmond, From Utah, Still Owns The Record For The Longest Nail At 8.5 Metres, Which She Lost In An Automobile Accident In 2009.
NASA’s Helicopter, Ingenuity, Has Touched Down On The Red Planet, Mars, On The 4th Of April, 2021, After Being Dropped Off By The Perseverance Rover. The 4 lbs Helicopter Will Now Depend On Its Solar Battery To Keep Its System Warm During The Cold Martian Night. The $85 Million Drone Is Expected To Make Its First Flight On April 11, 2021.