Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor NASA’s Parker Solar Probe now holds the record for closest approach to the Sun by a human-made object.The spacecraft on Monday passed within 26.55 million miles of the Sun’s surface, beating the previous achievement, set by the German-American Helios 2 in April 1976.Expect a lot more broken records as the Parker Solar Probe mission continues, prepared to make a final close approach of 3.83 million miles from the Sun’s surface in 2024.“It’s been just 78 days since Parker Solar Probe launched, and we’ve now come closer to our star than any other spacecraft in history,” project manager Andy Driesman, of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, said in a statement.“It’s a proud moment for the team,” he added, “though we remain focused on our first solar encounter, which begins on Oct. 31.”Starting Wednesday, the probe will begin moving closer and closer to the Sun’s surface, until it reaches its first perihelion—the point at which the satellite is nearest to the Sun—around 10:28 p.m. ET on Nov. 5.But it won’t be easy.According to NASA, the spacecraft will face “brutal” heat and radiation conditions “while providing humanity with unprecedentedly close-up observations of a star and helping us understand phenomena that have puzzled scientists for decades.”The agency’s first spacecraft named after a living person (physicist Eugene Parker) launched on Aug. 12; it features a memory card containing photos of Parker and a copy of his 1958 scientific paper predicting important aspects of solar physics.Data collected by the Parker Solar Probe, NASA said, will add “key knowledge” to the agency’s understanding of our Sun, “where changing conditions can propagate out into the Solar System, affecting Earth and other worlds.”More cosmic coverage on Geek.com:NASA Shares Phone Wallpaper-Worthy Images of Feline NebulaAstronomers Propose New Method for Detecting Massive Black HolesThis Plant Hormone Could Help Grow Potatoes in Space
passed away on November 22, 2017. She was a lifelong resident of Bayonne. She was the youngest child of Michael and Annie O’Brien. She was a graduate of Bayonne School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse for many years at Bayonne Hospital and the Jewish Hospital and Rehabilitation Center of Jersey City. She was the wife of the late Frederick Joseph McCarthy. Mother and mother-in-law of Dennis and Diane McCarthy, Valerie and Mitchel Colen, Kathy and Kevin Quinlivan, Patricia McCarthy and friend Tony Esteves, Eileen and Gerald Amedeo, Michael and Christine McCarthy, Robert and Patricia McCarthy. Grandmother of Alison, Meghan, Matthew, Jennifer, Brian, David, Kathleen, Summer, Nicole, Tara, Melissa, Justin, Caitlyn, Joseph, Alexandra, Lauren and Ryan, great- grandmother of Nathan, Madison, Cara, Lauren Mae, John, Joseph, Ava, Kevin, Audrey, James, Eli, Emily, Sara, James, Hope, Ella, Michael, Katie, Alice, Edward, Ben, Aiden, and Austin. Dear sister of the late Mary Koskey, Margaret Carlin, Anna Garrigan, Florence Hundley, John, George, Dennis and Patrick O’Brien. Foster sister of the late Richard Burns and Gerald Bedara. Aunt of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She had been a resident of Bridgeway Care and Rehabilitation Center at Bridgewater for the past three years, cared for and comforted by the doctors, nurses and all the staff. We are especially grateful to her CNAs Jocelyn and Linda. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.
SAN JOSE — The power play finally broke through. Martin Jones did, as well.The Sharks (3-3-1) picked up a 5-1 win at SAP Center Thursday by coming out on the right side of a special teams game with the Buffalo Sabres. Logan Couture helped out, as well, with his third-career hat trick.The Sharks went 3 for 7 with the man advantage after converting just twice in 21 tries in their first six games. The penalty kill did its job, as well, going 5 for 5 on the night, allowing the Sharks to earn a …
KBR will serve as the main PMC contractor and will be responsible to manage the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for the portfolio of projects KBR secures PMC services contract for Ghasha Concession portfolio of projects in UAE. (Credit: Pixabay/Gerd Altmann) US-based engineering company, KBR has secured a major project management consultancy (PMC) services contract from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) for the Ghasha concession portfolio of projects in the UAE.As per the terms of the contract, KBR will serve as the main PMC contractor and will be responsible to manage the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for the projects.The contract will cover packages A and B of the Dalma gas development project along with packages one to five of the Hail and Ghasha development project.The contract also includes services to Hail & Ghasha Islands Project as well as the Deep Gas Project.KBR president and CEO Stuart Bradie said: “We deeply appreciate the tremendous amount of trust that ADNOC has placed in KBR to project-manage such a significant share of this strategic Ghasha Concession program.“This award highlights ADNOC’s confidence in KBR’s reputation as the industry leader in the provision of value-added PMC services for similar mega gas-field development projects.”Ghasha concession project to produce over 120,000 barrels of oil and condensates per dayAccording to KBR, the Ghasha concession project has the potential to meet approximately 20% of the country’s gas demand by the second half of the decade.Once operation, the project is estimated to produce over 120,000 barrels of oil and high-value condensates per day.The engineering company will perform the work for over four years, with an option to extend the contract for two more.Stuart Bradie added: “We look forward to continuing our long-term relationship with ADNOC and to demonstrating once again our world class ability to manage large-scale, complex projects such as this on time, within budget, but most of all with a strict safety culture.“We are confident that the Ghasha Concession Project will significantly boost In-Country Value. As always, KBR remains fully committed to act as one of ADNOC’s strategic partners to achieve the targeted In-Country Value objectives.”In September last year, KBR along with UK-based commodity information provider Argus Media secured a contract from the Singaporean government to carry out a hydrogen feasibility study.