NASA Faces Questions as Moon Lander Encounters Malfunction Soon After Launch

The inaugural NASA-backed commercial mission to dispatch an uncrewed spacecraft to the moon’s surface is unlikely to reach its planned destination. The lunar lander, known as Peregrine and manufactured by Pittsburgh’s Astrobotic Technology, experienced complications soon after taking off early Monday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch of the rocket, named Vulcan, went flawlessly, sending Peregrine on its voyage. Nevertheless, an issue with the lander’s propulsion system exhausted its propellant, effectively terminating the mission’s original objective of reaching the moon. “The team is striving to rectify the setback, but given the circumstances, we have focused on maximizing the scientific and data-gathering potential,” Astrobotic said in a statement. The setback has raised questions about NASA’s strategy of depending on small startup ventures for conducting scientific studies on the lunar surface as part of its Artemis program. The failure has prompted NASA to rethink future missions.

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Moms Managing Girl Influencers: A Marketplace Stalked by Men

Elissa began receiving threatening messages early last year from a person calling themselves “Instamodelfan” targeting her daughter’s Instagram account. Despite having over 100,000 followers, the account has been under scrutiny for potentially exploiting children in exchange for money. However, the issue runs deeper than that. Research from The New York Times found that the platform […]

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Insights from The Times’s Investigation of Child Influencers

Instagram maintains the 13-year-old minimum age for accounts, but parents can take control, largely for their daughters’ ambitions to become influencers. Parents initiate their child’s modeling career or gain favor from clothing brands, but a dark subculture emerges, controlled by men attracted to minors, as per The New York Times. The emergence of mom-run profiles […]

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Rising Threat: China’s Growing Cyber Espionage and the New Vulnerability

Beijing’s Networks Expanding Hacking Efforts China has spread its hacking reach with new tools that exploit computer vulnerabilities and a network of contracted vendors. The large scale of China’s hacking operations poses a significant threat, with the FBI reporting China’s hacking program to be larger than all major nations combined. The U.S. has tracked consistent […]

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