US President Richard Nixon gave moon rocks collected by Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 astronauts to 135 countries around the world and the 50 US states as a token of American goodwill. While some hold pride of place in museums and scientific institutions, many others are unaccounted for -- they have either gone missing, were stolen or even destroyed over the decades. The list below recounts the stories of some of the missing moon rocks and others that were lost and later found. It is compiled from research done by Joseph Gutheinz Jr, a retired NASA special agent known as the "Moon Rock Hunter," his students, and collectSPACE, a website which specializes in space history. Afghanistan Both the Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 moon rocks presented to perpetually war-wracked Afghanistan have vanished. Cyprus One of the moon rocks destined for Cyprus was never delivered due to the July 1974 Turkish invasion of the island and the assassination of the US ambassador the following month. It … [Read more...] about What happened to the Apollo goodwill moon rocks?
GUIRIA, Venezuela: A taxi dropped Maroly Bastardo and her two small children by a cemetery not far from the shore in northeast Venezuela. She still had time to change her mind.Eight months pregnant, Bastardo faced forbidding choices in a nation whose economy has collapsed. Give birth in Venezuela, where newborns are dying at alarming rates in shortage-plagued maternity wards. Or board a crowded smuggler's boat bound for Trinidad, the largest of two islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Her husband, Kennier Berra, had landed there in February, found work and beckoned her to join him.Bastardo's mother, Carolina, begged her to stay.Neither Bastardo or her children could swim. Barely three weeks earlier, 27 people had gone missing after a migrant boat went down in the narrow stretch of water separating Venezuela from Trinidad. The 20-kilometer strait, known for its treacherous currents, is nicknamed the Dragon's Mouths.But the 19-year old hairdresser was … [Read more...] about They fled Venezuela’s crisis by boat
caption It’s show time. source © Hasan Baglar/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019 The annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards (CWPA) recognize the most hilarious candid photos of animals in the wild striking flamboyant poses, pulling faces, and seemingly laughing at themselves for how ridiculous they look. The founders of CWPA, Tom Sullam and Paul Joynson-Hicks, started the competition to raise awareness of wildlife conservation issues in partnership with the Born Free Foundation. The photo contest remains open until June 30, and there are already some hilarious entries. Here are 18 of the best submissions so far. Captions have been condensed and edited for clarity. “Queen of Smile” by Abu-Galy caption A Kingfisher in Chennai, India. source © Abu Galy/Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019 “One usual morning after a tea with my friends, we found this bird as she had an accident while flying and fell unconscious. We kept her in a box … [Read more...] about 18 hysterical photos from the Wildlife Comedy Photography Awards
Oil prices pared their gains on Tuesday, after global benchmark Brent crude rose above $73 a barrel, as the market grew less worried that a rebellion against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro would hit the country's crude exports. Prices rose after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called for military backing to end Maduro's rule, but pared gains after the government said state-run oil company PDVSA's operations were not disrupted and top military leaders remained loyal. "The possibility that Guaido will take control of the situation isn't as strong as perceived this morning," said Bob Yawger, director of energy futures at Mizuho in New York. "If Maduro hangs on, you'll see the market stay lower." Brent crude futures hit a session high of $73.27 per barrel and settled 76 cents, or 1.1 percent, higher at $72.80. Last week, Brent hit a six-month high above $75. U.S. crude futures closed at $63.91, up 41 cents, or 0.7 percent, on the day, after hitting a session high at $64.75. … [Read more...] about Oil pares gains as fears ease on Venezuelan exports