New photos of North Korean defectors being dragged back at border sparks condemnation from Seoul
On Wednesday, South Korea’s presidential office condemned the former progressive administration’s decision to repatriate two North Korean fishermen in 2019 amid newly released photographs of the men being forcibly moved across the border. In response, President Yoon Suk-yeol’s spokesperson Kang In-sun called the decision “a crime against humanity that violated both international law and the constitution.” The fishermen were deported just five days after being taken into custody without the usual treatment of North Korean defectors in which they are investigated and debriefed by Seoul’s intelligence officials.news.yahoo.com
Readers pick their favorite corned beef sandwiches
The parades might be behind us, but the river's still green and a hunger for St. Patrick's celebrations will keep rolling through Thursday. We're glad so many readers offered their corned beef sandwich picks to add to our own recommendations of Moon's and the Corned Beef Factory.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Susan B: Manny's Deli on Jefferson gives you, "an amazing amount of corned beef (two meals easily!) on every sandwich. Try the combo of pastrami/news.yahoo.com
Missouri senator protests punishment for wearing overalls
A Missouri state senator punished for wearing overalls on the Senate floor blocked any work from getting done Tuesday in protest. Republican Sen. Mike Moon, a candidate for U.S. Congress who once videotaped himself gutting a chicken to make a political point, filibustered to stop even administrative tasks from moving forward. Moon read a book on prisoners of war before the Senate adjourned for the day without taking action.news.yahoo.com
U.K. paleontologists find nearly complete Ichthyosaur
An almost-perfect fossil of a 180-million-year-old reptile was discovered in a drained reservoir in England. As Charlie D'Agata reports, the rare find of the bones of a "Sea Dragon" that is over 33-feet long may help scientists learn about why these beasts failed to adapt to a changing climate.news.yahoo.com
China's Chang'E 5 lunar lander is first in history to find water on the moon up close
China's recent lunar sample return mission made history by becoming the first to detect water on the Moon’s surface in real time. The Chang'E-5 probe, which landed on the Moon on Dec. 1, 2020, found water at its landing site in the Northern Oceanus Procellarum’s basin, according to recently published research in Science Advances. To detect water in real time, the lander used a lunar mineralogical spectrometer, an instrument that measures spectral reflectance in lunar regolith and rocks, reported Science Alert.news.yahoo.com
Moon, Biden agree to work on joint North Korea strategy
In this photo provided by South Korea Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks on the phone with U.S. President Joe Biden at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, in South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. During their first phone talks since President Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, South Korean President Moon Jae-in proposed the allies make joint efforts for lasting peace and denuclearization. The two leaders agreed on the need to soon map out a “comprehensive strategy on North Korea if possible,” Moon’s spokesman, Kang Min-seok, said. AdThe U.S., which has about 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, regularly stages military drills with South Korea. North Korea views such military training and U.S.-led sanctions as proof of American hostility.
Moon urges Biden to learn from Trump's N. Korea diplomacy
South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during an on-line New Year press conference with local and foreign journalists at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Jeon Heon-kyun/Pool Photo via AP)SEOUL – South Korea’s president on Monday urged the incoming Biden administration to build upon the achievements and learn from the failures of President Donald Trump’s diplomatic engagement with North Korea. Biden has accused Trump of chasing the spectacle of summits rather than meaningful curbs on the North’s nuclear capabilities. And while Moon acknowledged that Biden is likely to try a different approach than Trump, he stressed that Biden could still learn from Trump’s successes and failures in dealing with North Korea. “The start of the Biden administration provides a new opportunity to start over talks between North Korea and the United States and also between South and North Korea,” which have stalled amid the stalemate in nuclear negotiations, Moon said.
SPOOKY! First full moon on Halloween since World War II
ROANOKE, Va. – I think many of us have a solid idea of what we consider “spooky” conditions to be for Halloween. This weekend’s full moon is the first to be visible across the United States on Halloween since 1944. Halloween full moon history (WSLS)October 1′s full moon was known as the Harvest Moon, this one will be the Hunter’s Moon. There are two full moons left in 2020, the Beaver’s Moon on Nov. 30 and the Cold Moon on Dec. 29. Full moon name list (WSLS)If you’re taking your kids trick-or-treating Saturday, we’re calling for temperatures in the 40s and 50s during the evening.
Beyond The Forecast: Two meteor showers this week, we tell you which one is worth your time
Here at Your Local Weather Authority, we love to tell you when to look up into the night sky to see celestial happenings. This week, you’ll have the opportunity to catch one of our favorite events: a meteor shower. The best time to try to view the shower will be 90 minutes to two hours before sunrise at 7:33 a.m. One factor we have to keep in mind when telling you about meteor showers is the moon phase. Switching gears to your forecast, we already told you about the front that could produce some rain this weekend.
N. Korea's Kim apologizes over shooting death of S. Korean
It’s extremely unusual for a North Korean leader to apologize to South Korea on any issue. South Korean officials condemned North Korea for what they called an “atrocious act” and pressed it punish those responsible. According to the North Korean message, North Korean troops first fired blanks after the man found in the North’s waters refused to answer other than saying he’s from South Korea a couple of times. The troops determined he was dead and burned the floating object in line with anti-coronavirus rules, according to the North Korean message read by Suh. The North Korean message was sent from the United Front Department of the ruling Workers’ Party, a top North Korean body in charge of relations with South Korea.
Not just fireworks! What’s happening in space this 4th of July weekend?
ROANOKE, Va. – While many fireworks displays have been canceled, there may be a few other things that catch your eye this holiday weekend! The full ‘Buck’ moon rises on the 4th, and it does so in conjunction with a few friends. Penumbral eclipse to occur this weekendThe last thing is something you won’t see. This is called ‘aphelion,' or the farthest point away from the sun in Earth’s annual orbit. Aphelion takes place this 4th of July weekendThis further proves that our seasons on Earth aren’t dictated by our distance from the sun, but rather the angle of the sun.
The last of four consecutive supermoons is coming Thursday
Supermoons happen when the Moon is at or close to perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth. 4 consecutive supermoons (5/6/2020) (WSLS)We’ll have four supermoons in a row again next year, 2022, 2023 and 2024. You may be wondering if these strings of consecutive supermoons are rare. There are sliding windows of time where supermoons happen three, four or five times in a row each year. If you miss Thursday’s supermoon, you won’t have another chance to see one until March of next year.
Check out this ‘mini-moon’ that’s orbiting Earth
A tiny object that has gotten sucked into orbit around Earth is acting as a temporary mini-moon. The object, which is actually an asteroid, is only the second asteroid known to orbit Earth, according to CNN. Kacper Wierzchos and Theodore Pruyne, both researcher specialists for the Catalina Sky Survey, made the discovery on Feb. 15 and posted it to Twitter. On the night of Feb. 15, my Catalina Sky Survey teammate Teddy Pruyne and I found a 20th magnitude object. pic.twitter.com/zLkXyGAkZl — Kacper Wierzchos (@WierzchosKacper) February 26, 2020Researchers said the asteroid, known as 2020 CD3, is likely between 6.2 feet and 11.4 feet in diameter.
NASA's new lunar rover will hunt for water on the Moon
NASA's VIPER mobile robot will roam around the Moon's South Pole looking for water ice in 2022. (NASA AMES/Daniel Rutter)(CNN) - NASA will send a mobile robot to the South Pole of the Moon to hunt for water, the US space agency has announced. The rover -- the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER for short -- is the size of a golf cart, and will sample the Moon's soil environments to search for evidence of water and ice. Scientists consider the lunar poles as promising places to search for water ice, which could be used to provide oxygen for humans to breathe, and hydrogen and oxygen for rocket fuel. The vehicle, which is due to land on the lunar surface in December 2022, will collect data on different soil environments on the Moon and map out where else water could be found.
South Korea's young men are fighting back against feminism
As feminist issues come to the fore in deeply patriarchal South Korea, there's a growing discontent among young men that they're being left behind. With each court victory, the disquiet among men, especially young men, began to build. End of old masculinityFor 62 years, South Korean men have been forced to join the army. Despite the lack of political parties targeting young men, Moon Sung-ho, from Dang Dang We, is not discouraged. He points to how young men are struggling to buy their own homes, or even pay for dates.
NASA remixes Ariana Grande song to promote moon mission
(CNN) - NASA is relying on a bit of star power to educate youth about space and promote its upcoming mission to the moon. Interns for the US space agency remixed Ariana Grande's "NASA," and rewrote the lyrics to promote NASA's work. Back to lunar orbit there is still more to uncover." "Through the agency's Artemis lunar exploration program, we will use innovative new technologies and systems to explore more of the Moon than ever before," the agency added. One of the key features of the program is sustainable space exploration with reusable spacecraft and architecture, which could later take humans to Mars.
NASA details Artemis moon missions
NASA has dubbed this path back to the moon Artemis, after Apollo's twin sister in Greek mythology. NASA is calling this the Artemis program in honor of Apollo's twin sister in Greek mythology, the goddess of the Moon. Other factors of the design represent the Earth, the moon and our trajectory from the moon to Mars. Currently, the focus is on the moon, but NASA sees these concepts as workable for a Mars mission, as well. Astronauts will launch on Artemis 2, and the first woman and next man to walk on the moon will launch on Artemis 3.
Tuesday marks 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's mission to the moon
ROANOKE, Va. - This week we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's historic mission to the moon. Fifty years ago Tuesday, the Saturn-V rocket launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida -- and sent Apollo 11 into orbit. Four days later, humans landed on the moon for the first time ever. It was Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in the lunar module eagle who landed on the moon's surface at the sea of tranquility. The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is hosting a special presentation of Apollo 50: Go for the Moon this week.