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Watch live: SpaceX’s Crew Dragon ship to undock from the space station

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Despite the threat of Hurricane Isaias strafing coastal Florida with brutal weather, NASA and SpaceX are “go” to return the first commercial astronauts to planet Earth this weekend.

SpaceX made history in May when it became the first company to launch a crewed spaceship to the International Space Station. In doing so, Elon Musk’s rocket company also revived the United States’ ability to launch its own astronauts into space, which hadn’t been possible since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011.

Two months later, the Demo-2 mission’s astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, are about to come home in the same spaceship, which they’ve named Endeavour. Their journey includes a fiery return through Earth’s atmosphere.

NASA will stream that flight, as well as the process in which the spaceship undocks from the space station, live this weekend — historic events you can watch below via NASA TV.

The agency’s undocking coverage began Saturday at 5:15 p.m. ET, a couple of hours ahead of the astronauts’ scheduled undocking at 7:34 p.m. ET.

Assuming all goes well, the Crew Dragon should splash down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday around 2:41 p.m. ET. NASA’s coverage will conclude later in the day with a news conference around 4:30 p.m. ET.

You can watch NASA TV’s continuous coverage of the return flight below via the embedded YouTube player:

What to expect during the Crew Dragon’s return

The first phase of the astronauts’ return journey, undocking, calls for them to enter the Crew Dragon, after which the spaceship should retract the hooks that connect it to the ISS.

Assuming all goes according to plan, it’s engines would then gently propel the ship away from the station. Once it’s flying free, the ship is programmed to fire its engines more aggressively to put it on the path toward its splashdown location off the Florida coast. 

Then after it’s en route, the ship is expected to shed its trunk, which should burn up in the atmosphere. After the separation is complete, Crew Dragon should hurtle towards Earth at up to 17,500 miles per hour, or nearly 23 times the speed of sound.

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An illustration of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship returning to Earth with a blaze of plasma ahead of its heat shield.


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During this fall, the spaceship’s heat shield will have to protect the hardware and crew from temperatures of up to 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Musk has called this part of the journey his “biggest concern.”

After the Crew Dragon reenters the thicker parts of Earth’s atmosphere, it is programmed to deploy two sets of parachutes. The first opens at 18,000 feet, then another set comes at 6,000 feet. After that is the splashdown: The capsule is expected to land in the ocean some 22 to 175 nautical miles off of Florida’s coast.

Right now, NASA is targeting a landing just off the coast of Panama City, Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico. At least one other of the seven total landing sites must be clear for Crew Dragon’s splash down too, though.

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Garmin paid multimillion dollar ransom to hackers: report

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  • Garmin paid a multimillion dollar ransom to recover its data from hackers after they held the files for ransom, Sky News reported Monday.
  • The GPS company was the victim of a major ransomware attack last month that led to a multi-day outage of its services including its smartwatches and aviation products.
  • Garmin paid the money through cybersecurity firm Arete IR after the first firm they sought out turned down the job due to concerns about dealing with sanctioned individuals, according to Sky News.
  • The malware used against Garmin has been attributed to Evil Corp, a Russia-based hacker group that was placed on a US sanctions list last year, according to Bleeping Computer.
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GPS and aviation tech company Garmin paid a multi-million dollar sum to hackers in an effort to recover data that the group had held hostage in a ransomware attack last month, Sky News reported on Monday.

On July 23, Garmin’s services, which range from smartwatches to aviation products, suffered a major outage. Several days later, the company confirmed that the outage was due to a cyberattack.

Several media reports said at the time that the attack involved ransomware, a type of software custom-tailored to encrypt a company’s files until a ransom is paid, though Garmin did not publicly name the type of attack.

Bleeping Computer reported that Garmin had been targeted by Wastedlocker, a specific ransomware virus that is attributed to a Russia-based hacking group called Evil Corp, and that the group had demanded $10 million for the files.

Since the US Treasury Department had sanctioned Evil Corp last year following its cyber heist of more than $100 million from banks around the world, Garmin risked running afoul of the sanctions and incurring fines by paying the ransom.

The first cybersecurity company Garmin asked to help it pay the ransom turned down the job, citing the sanctions as its reason for refusing to provide its services in cases involving Wastedlocker, Sky News reported.

Garmin then turned to another firm, Arete IR, which doesn’t believe Evil Corp is necessarily behind Wastedlocker and ultimately worked with the company to help it pay the ransom, according to Sky News.

As media reports circulated last month naming Wastedlocker as the ransomware used against Garmin, Arete tweeted a link to a report it had published that claimed security research linking the ransomware to Evil Corp was “not conclusive.”

Garmin and Arete IR did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Batten Kill business owner says he’s not the slob | Local

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Swimmers were drawn in May to the Rexleigh covered bridge on the Battenkill near Salem. 




A businessman who runs a tubing company down the Batten Kill says his business is not contributing to the problems with partying and littering on the river.

Tony DiDonna, co-owner of Big Big on the Battenkill Kayak and Tubing, said four outfitters are usually running on the river, but only two are open this summer.

DiDonna’s customers park their cars at the Route 313 service road in Salem and start their tubing journey in Arlington, Vermont. His customers are not parking on private property or littering, he said.

Two Washington County supervisors asked the Sheriff’s Office last week to intervene because of complaints about littering, garbage and trespassing on private property along the Batten Kill in Salem and Jackson.

“We see it all the time,” DiDonna said. “We clean probably 80 percent of the garbage out of the Route 313 pulloff that is open to the public.”

No garbage cans have been put out in that area, he said.

DiDonna said he is now being investigated by the state Department of Transportation for picking up his customers on the New York side.

His customers are told to bring out whatever they bring in and not to park on private property, he said.

“That place is a complete mess from the public,” DiDonna said. “It’s got nothing to do with the outfitters that are in there.”

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New business in Cedar Rapids hoping metal demand helps it survive during pandemic

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – A new business opening Monday in Cedar Rapids said it is meeting a demand that is growing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Metal Supermarkets is located at 6805 4th Street Southwest. It’s the first Metal Supermarkets to open in Iowa. Leaders say metal is still in demand during the pandemic.

They sell things like cutting material, and will deliver it to a person’s job site. Leaders feel confident opening during the pandemic.

They say people are staying at home more and starting home projects, and that’s driving the metal demand. There’s also essential businesses like manufacturing that need metal materials.

“Manufacturing services of say a company that makes mask for example,” explained Rick Heller, President of the Metal Supermakets Cedar Rapids location. “If they have any type of equipment that goes down, they may need to purchase a piece of material to get their equipment back online. That’s where we come into play.”

Face masks for customers and workers is optional in their store. They will do curbside pickup. They have four people on staff and hope to expand in the future. They are reaching out to local companies about their business.

The business can be reached at (319) 382-2325.

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