The Morning Dump – June 16th

Why does the EU want to fine Google over $1 Billion? The Morning Dump – BI

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Mission to Mars

We haven’t covered the latest SpaceX mission to ISS, brief glitch with thrusters after liftoff were resolved and the capsule docked with the station early Sunday morning. Other space news involves the first private venture to Mars scheduled for 2018. The Inspiration Mars group is headed by multimillionaire Dennis Tito, who flew to ISS on a Russian spacecraft. The project has detailed how it plans to handle the largest danger to the crew in extended spaceflight, cosmic radiation exposure. Mission planners will use refuse, yes, poop and waste products to shield the crew. “It’s a little queasy sounding, but there’s no place for that material to go, and it makes great radiation shielding,” according to Taber MacCallum.
More creative details to come – VB

Rover Curiosity Conducts Historic Drilling on Mars

NASA rover Curiosity has conducted the first interplanetary drilling operation on Mars today. This is the first time humans have drilling on a planet other than Earth. The location is on a patch of flat rock called “John Klein. The results will be analyzed to determine if further drilling is warranted. NASA