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27.X.2019: Mission four lasted 718 days in space, though the spacecraft was designed to last only 270 days aloft. A sixth mission will launch in 2020.

The X-37B performed experiments to lower the risk for potentially very expensive space technologies, helping the Air Force prepare for possibly costly next steps or how it should operate in space in the future, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office Director Randall Walden said Oct. 24.

While he would not provide details of those experiments, Air Force officials have said they relate to spacecraft materials, power generation techniques, and sensors.

In a press release after the landing, Walden said the space plane completed all its mission objectives, successfully hosted Air Force Research Laboratory experiments, and provided a ride for small satellites.


15.X.2019: The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will host Event 201: a high-level simulation exercise for pandemic preparedness and response, in New York, USA, on Friday 18 October, 08.45 – 12.30 EDT.

The exercise will bring together business, government, security and public health leaders to address a hypothetical global pandemic scenario. It will also feature a live virtual experience from 08.50 – 12.30 EDT to engage stakeholders worldwide and members of the public in a meaningful conversation of difficult high-level policy choices that could arise in the midst of a severe pandemic.

The world has seen a growing number of epidemics in recent years, with about 200 events annually including Ebola, Zika, MERS and SARS. At the same time, collective vulnerability to the social and economic impacts of infectious disease crises appears to be increasing. Experts suggest there is a growing likelihood of one of these events becoming a global threat – or an “event 201” pandemic – that would pose disruptions to health and society and cause average annual economic losses of 0.7% global GDP, similar in scale to climate change.


Dar pe Marte nu există bacterii, şi de îndată ce invadatorii au coborât pe Pământ, de îndată ce au băut şi au mâncat, microscopicii noştri aliaţi s-au pus pe lucru ca să-i distrugă. În timp ce îi priveam, ei erau irevocabil condamnaţi, murind şi putrezind chiar în timp ce mai acţionau. Era inevitabil. Prin tributul a miliarde de morţi omul îşi plătise dreptul de stăpânire asupra Pământului, care rămâne al lui împotriva tuturor intruşilor; şi ar fi rămas al lui chiar dacă marţienii ar fi fost de zece ori mai puternici decât sunt. Căci oamenii nici nu trăiesc şi nici nu mor în zadar.

Razboiul lumilor, H.G. Wells

Deschise usa cu grija si patrunse in sala mai mult scurgandu-se prin crapatura usii ca sa nu faca niciun zgomot. In sala aflata in semi-intuneric, cel mai stralucitor obiect era lampa din centrul halei, aflata deasupra unor mese asezate in cerc, ale carei raze luminoase nu depaseau circumferinta cercului format de acestea.

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