Max Q: NASA signs up new Moon delivery companies

Sign up here to receive Max Q weekly in your inbox, starting December 15. There were lot of highlights in the space industry this past week (even though a rocket launch that was supposed to happened is now pushed to Monday). The biggest news for commercial space might just be that NASA signed on five new companies to its list of approved vendors for lunar payload delivery services, bringing the total group to 14. SpaceX is among them, and Musk’s company had its own fair share of news this week, too – some good, some bad. One things’ for sure: Even going in to the last week in November, there’s still plenty of news to come in this industry before …

Police chief quit Twitter over hairstyle abuse

Ms Swann, the senior officer in the operation, noticed comments about her on social media after she appeared before cameras at a press conference. ‘Really hurt’ “Yes, I am a woman. Yes, I might have a slightly different hairstyle. Yes, I am quite small,” she said. “The bit that astounded me was I could not believe that my mere existence could cause such a depth of feeling.” Image copyright PA Media Image caption Messages on social media became “sexist and homophobic”, Ms Swann said While believing more can be done by police on the issue, Ms Swann hoped her appearance in the national media showed the growing diversity in the police force – and she has returned to Twitter. “In …

Utah Teacher Says She Intervened to Help Distraught Autistic Child. Police Charged Her With Kidnapping.

A Utah teacher is facing kidnapping charges after she says she intervened to help a 5-year-old get home safely after seeing the child sobbing uncontrollably before wandering off school property. I did not kidnap a child. I followed a clearly distraught child as she left the school grounds. I felt she was not safe traveling alone, Amy Louise Martz told reporters Thursday, according to charging documents, surveillance footage recorded Martz walking hand-in-handwith the girl on school property. Martz said she didn't intend to be gone for so long but had left her cellphone at school, leading her to ask a neighborhood resident to borrow a phone and call the school. The teacher of 24 years claimed that she tried to …

Woman In Texas Killed By Herd Of Feral Hogs

A woman found dead in Texas is believed to have been killed by a herd of wild hogs. Christine Rollins, 59, was found in the front yard of an elderly couple’s home in Anahuac. When Rollins, who was a caretaker for the couple, didn’t show up at the usual time, the 84-year-old homeowner went outside and found her body lying in the yard between her vehicle and the front door. Upon investigation, the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office found that she had injuries consistent with a fall as well as “numerous injuries that appear to be animal-related”, the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Facebook. “We found a lot of things related to the death that did not add up, some of it …