SpaceX’s Saturday launch of Sentinel-6 is a first step toward leveling up climate studies

Saturday’s SpaceX launch may be a small step for a company that is making increasingly regular trips into orbit, but the latest mission’s payload represents a giant step for climate studies here on Earth.

a plane flying in the sky: SpaceX's Saturday launch of Sentinel-6 is a first step toward leveling up climate studies

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SpaceX’s Saturday launch of Sentinel-6 is a first step toward leveling up climate studies

The launch itself was a success by all measures. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from a launchpad at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday morning, shortly after 9:00 a.m. PT. The weather was beautiful and the launch happened right on schedule, as you can see in the video below.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 separated a few minutes after launch. This particular SpaceX rocket is partially reusable, and so the first stage returned to the ground unharmed, with a controlled descent and a pitch-perfect landing that drew cheers from observers.

But again,

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Pittsburgh vs. Virginia Tech updates: Live NCAA Football game scores, results for Saturday

The Pittsburgh Panthers have had a week off and are no doubt ready to get back on the field. Pitt and the Virginia Tech Hokies will face off in an ACC battle at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday at Heinz Field. The Panthers should still be feeling good after a big win, while Virginia Tech will be looking to right the ship.

Pitt made easy work of the Florida State Seminoles two weeks ago and carried off a 41-17 victory.

Meanwhile, Virginia Tech was first on the board but had to settle for second at the end of their game against the Miami (FL) Hurricanes last week. Virginia Tech and Miami (FL) were almost perfectly matched up, but the Hokies suffered an agonizing 25-24 loss. RB Jalen Holston put forth a good effort for the losing side as he punched in two rushing touchdowns. Holston had some trouble finding his

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Virginia Tech football players won’t have to wear face coverings while playing at Pitt on Saturday | College Sports

The Pittsburgh-Georgia Tech game was one of 15 either canceled or postponed last week. They already have been joined by five more this week.

ACC commissioner John Swofford has said the league’s medical advisory group has found no evidence of COVID transmission during competition/practice. The virus has spread outside the sports bubble.

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The new order in Pennsylvania requires masks “outdoors with others who are not members of a person’s household and unable to maintain sustained physical distance.”

“Coaches, athletes (including cheerleaders), and spectators must wear face coverings if they cannot maintain sustained physical distance from persons outside of their household. This includes while actively engaged in workouts, competition, and on the sidelines, in the dugout, etc. If sustained six-foot distancing can be maintained, face coverings may be removed when outdoors,” according to the state’s website.

The order included an exemption

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Georgia Tech vs. Pittsburgh updates: Live NCAA Football game scores, results for Saturday

The Pittsburgh Panthers are 4-1 against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets since October of 2015, and they’ll have a chance to extend that success on Saturday. Pitt and Georgia Tech will face off in an ACC battle at 7 p.m. ET at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field. The Panthers will be strutting in after a victory while Georgia Tech will be stumbling in from a loss.

Pitt made easy work of the Florida State Seminoles last week and carried off a 41-17 win.

Meanwhile, Georgia Tech ended up a good deal behind the Notre Dame Fighting Irish when they played two weeks ago, losing 31-13. QB Jeff Sims had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: besides failing to produce a single touchdown, he fumbled the ball once with only 150 yards passing.

Pitt is the favorite in this one, with an

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SpaceX to launch a crew of astronauts to the space station Saturday

If their launch, now scheduled for 7:49 p.m. Saturday, is successful, it would be another coup for the space agency that has been on a roll recently, providing dashes of good news in a year that has seen very little.

A safe mission would be yet another balm for a nation obsessively doom-scrolling from one calamity to another, from the devastating pandemic, to social unrest and protests, to a tumultuous election that further cleaved an already fractious population — further cementing the fact that space has been a bright spot during 2020.

But perhaps nothing symbolizes hope and promise quite like the astronaut corps, today a diverse and overachieving group that evokes a nostalgia for Americana as well as faith in the future. Last year, astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir performed NASA’s first all-female spacewalk. Now, the agency is looking to send astronauts back to the moon under its

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SpaceX Ready To Take Four Astronauts To ISS Saturday

Three NASA crew and one Japanese astronaut are set for launch aboard a SpaceX rocket Saturday, bound for the International Space Station in the program’s first six-month routine mission since the United States resumed crewed space flight in May after nine years of reliance on Russia.

NASA on Tuesday officially certified as safe the Crew Dragon capsule developed for regular astronaut transportation by SpaceX, the company founded by Elon Musk that carried two astronauts to the ISS in May and back to Earth again in August without major incident.

From left to right: NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins, and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, seen November 8 2020 From left to right: NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins, and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, seen November 8 2020 Photo: NASA / Joel KOWSKY

“I’m extremely proud to say we are returning regular human spaceflight launches to American soil on an American rocket and spacecraft,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said.

Take-off is planned for 7:49 pm Saturday (0049

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SpaceX’s second rocket to launch Saturday

SpaceX’s second rocket launch will take place Nov. 14. NASA astronauts landed in Florida on Nov. 8 ahead of the launch.

Crew-1 members include NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins and Shannon Walker, along with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi.

According to’s Amy Thompson, the astronauts will see a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on an 8.5-hour trip to the International Space Station.

This flight will mark the beginning of regular crew rotations at the International Space Station.

Unlike previous flights, Crew-1 will be “double the number of crew members as on the Demo-2 test flight earlier this year, and the mission will span six months,” according to

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Of the four astronaut crew members, this will be Victor Glover’s first trip into space.

“It’s hard to put into words, it’s surreal. I’m

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VT vs. LIB updates: Live NCAAF game scores, results for Saturday

Through 2 Quarters

Down four at the end of last quarter, the Virginia Tech Hokies have now snagged the lead. It’s anybody’s game at halftime, but the Hokies are ahead of the Liberty Flames 20-14.

Virginia Tech has been riding high on the performance of QB Hendon Hooker, who has passed for one TD and 100 yards on 12 attempts in addition to rushing for one TD and 101 yards. Liberty has enjoyed the tag-team combination of QB Malik Willis and WR CJ Yarbrough. The former has passed for two TDs and 121 yards on 15 attempts in addition to picking up 39 yards on the ground, while the latter has caught one pass for one TD and 32 yards.

this is the first time Liberty has ever been down going into the third quarter

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No. 25 Liberty @ Virginia Tech

Current Records: Liberty 6-0; Virginia Tech 4-2

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When And Where You Can See A ‘Halloween Hunter’s Blue Moon’ Rise On Saturday

Are you ready for a full “Hunter’s Blue Blood Moon” this All Hallows’ Eve? 

The Moon turns full every 29.5 days, but this year it syncs perfectly with Halloween and will thus look its best at dusk on the big day. 

It will be the first full Moon on Halloween for all timezones of the U.S. since 1944. 

It’s also the second full Moon this month after October 1’s “Harvest Moon.”

With trick-or-treating canceled this year the chance to watch a fabulous full moonrise shouldn’t be passed up—and there are three chances to see a spectacular full Moon this weekend. 

Its convoluted name may sound like a trick or treat in itself, but here’s everything you need to know about how, when and where to see the full Moon

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Wake Forest vs. Virginia Tech updates: Live NCAAF game scores, results for Saturday

Game Recap

After flying high against the Boston College Eagles last week, the Virginia Tech Hokies came back down to earth. Virginia Tech fell to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 23-16. What made the defeat an especially bitter pill for the Hokies to swallow was that they had been favored by 10.5 points coming into the matchup.

Among those leading the charge for Wake Forest was RB Christian Beal-Smith, who picked up 129 yards on the ground on 13 carries. Beal-Smith’s longest run was for 58 yards in the first quarter. More help came courtesy of DB Nick Andersen, who was good for nine tackles.

Special teams collected 11 points for Wake Forest. K Nick Sciba delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.

No one had a standout game offensively for Virginia Tech, but they got one touchdown from QB Hendon Hooker.

Virginia Tech’s loss pushed them down to 3-2. The Demon

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