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Catch rockets with a helicopter? Yep, that’s the plan
Now that Blue Origin and Space X have shown that reusable rocket boosters are feasible, companies are scrambling to develop their own recovery methods. And this week, Rocketlab announced that would be trying an exciting approach: catching the booster with a helicopter in midair. It’s kind of like an outfielder trying to catch a baseball, except the ball weighs thousands of pounds and the field is over a hundred square miles of open ocean-—but proponents argue this method is less complex and cheaper than guiding a rocket back to a landing pad.
A strange radioactive cloud likely came from Russia
In 2017, more than two dozen European countries detected radioactive ruthenium-106, a near certain indication of a nuclear incident (the last time it had been detected was after the Chernobyl disaster). Russia denied it could have occurred there, but a new study now seems to have established that it the cloud was, in fact, from a nuclear accident in southern Russia.
Fast Fact: 14.7 million
That’s how many followers professional gamer Ninja has on his live-streaming Twitch platform, which on Sunday night was somehow redirected to stream hardcore porn. “Disgusted and so sorry,” he wrote on Twitter. The stream was taken down later that night.
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