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NASA Invites Media to SpaceX’s 26th Resupply Launch to Space Station

Media accreditation is open for SpaceX’s 26th commercial resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station. Liftoff of the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket is targeted no earlier than Friday, Nov. 18, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon capsule lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 14, 2022, on the company’s 25th Commercial Resupply Services mission for the agency to the International Space Station. Liftoff was at 8:44 p.m. EDT. Dragon will deliver more than 5,800 pounds of cargo, including a variety of NASA investigations, to the space station. The spacecraft is expected to spend about a month attached to the orbiting outpost before it returns to Earth with research and return cargo, splashing down off the coast of Florida.
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Media accreditation is open for SpaceX’s 26th commercial resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station. Liftoff of the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket is targeted no earlier than Friday, Nov. 18, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

SpaceX’s Dragon will deliver new science investigations, supplies, and equipment for the international crew, including the next pair of ISS Roll Out Solar Arrays (iROSAs). It also will carry a study to grow dwarf tomatoes to help create a continuous fresh-food production system in space, as well as an experiment that tests an on-demand method to create specific quantities of key nutrients.

Media prelaunch and launch activities will take place at Kennedy. Attendance for this launch is open to U.S. citizens. U.S. media must apply by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7.

Media wishing to take part in person must apply for credentials at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

Credentialed media will receive a confirmation email upon approval. For questions about accreditation or to request special logistical requests such as space for satellite trucks, tents, or electrical connections, please email by Wednesday, Nov. 9 to: [email protected]. For other questions, please contact Kennedy’s newsroom at: 321-867-2468.

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Other studies launching include a test of a microscope with potential deep space applications and Engineered Heart Tisues-2 (EHT-2), a study of cardiac health. This experiment builds on an investigation of 3D cultures aboard the space station in 2020. The previous experiment detected changes at the cellular and tissue level that could provide early indication of the development of cardiac disease. This study tests whether new therapies could prevent these negative effects from occurring.

Cargo resupply by U.S. companies significantly increases NASA’s ability to conduct more investigations aboard the orbiting laboratory. Those investigations lead to new technologies, medical treatments, and products that improve life on Earth. Other U.S. government agencies, private industry, and academic and research institutions can also conduct microgravity research through our partnership with the ISS National Laboratory.

Humans have occupied the space station continuously since November 2000. In that time, 263 people and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft have visited the orbital outpost. It remains the springboard to NASA’s next great leap in exploration, including future missions to the Moon under Artemis, and ultimately, human exploration of Mars.

For more information about commercial resupply missions, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/commercialresupply

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Luxury Travel Advisors, Partners Applaud the Success of Inaugural Internova PLUS Event in San Diego

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Part strategic meeting, part celebration, Internova Travel Group’s three-day program focused on collaboration, imagination and connection

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Top luxury travel advisors, travel agencies and providers have new opportunities to work together as a result of Internova Travel Group’s inaugural Internova PLUS event, held Jan. 17-20 in San Diego, California.

Internova, one of the world’s largest travel services companies, handpicked 125 luxury travel advisors from across each of its brands, including ALTOUR, Global Travel Collection, Nexion Travel Group and Travel Leaders Network.

At Internova PLUS in San Diego, Calif. (l-r): Jonas Schneider, Assistant Director of Sales, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz; Albert Herrera, Executive Vice President, Partner Relations, Internova Travel Group; Lauren Beall, Luxury Travel Advisor, Protravel International, Global Travel Collection; Sven Flory, Director of Sales, The Bürgenstock Collection; and J.D. O’Hara, Chief Executive Officer, Internova Travel Group

Participants were selected based on a range of criteria, including advisors who are in the top 20 percent of luxury bookers, with average annual sales exceeding $2.5 million; contribute to elevating the industry through collaboration and sharing knowledge; take an innovative approach to their business development; and are rising stars who have been in the industry for less than five years.

The 85 supplier partners represented an airline, cruise lines and hotel brands, as well as tour operators from destinations around the world.

The event won raves from travel advisors.

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“Internova PLUS is a big deal,” said Leah Iudice, a luxury travel advisor with Nexion Travel Group. “It was an honor to be part of this select group of travel advisors. I learned an incredible amount and I’m returning home with fresh ideas for my business. I’m so excited to offer my clients even more high-end travel options in partnership with Internova.”

“The vibe at Internova PLUS was so relaxed, and that was incredibly conducive to building new relationships,” said Jeffrey Brothers, a luxury travel advisor with Global Travel Collection.

“Anyone can talk about how much they appreciate their travel advisors but at Internova, they show it,” said luxury travel advisor Caryl Halpin from Global Travel Collection. “Internova PLUS is a perfect example of the high level of personal attention and tremendous support that Internova provides its travel advisors. Everything about this event was carefully curated to help us grow our businesses and strengthen our relationships with some of the most important brands in luxury travel.”

Diane Frisch, a luxury travel advisor with Nexion Travel Group, noted that Internova PLUS is the latest in a series of company events that are geared toward supporting luxury travel advisors. “Internova has made a commitment to the luxury category unlike any I have ever seen,” said Frisch. “This event proves that if you’re a luxury travel advisor, you need to be affiliated with Internova. It’s not only the most valuable conference I have ever been to, it’s my favorite.”

Likewise, travel suppliers were also impressed with the event.

“Internova PLUS proved that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” said Tristan Dowell, Global Vice President, Luxury, Lifestyle and Leisure for Hyatt Hotels. “Not only did we have important conversations with travel advisors, we were also able to connect with friendly competitors in an impactful way.”

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“The size, the professionalism and variety of the advisors, as well the quality of the content, were all incredible,” said Ludovic Cayacy, Director of Sales at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, in Paris. “Internova PLUS ticked all the boxes.”

“I received an inquiry from every appointment I had,” said Rebecca Slater, owner of Rebecca Recommends, one of the leading luxury travel representation companies in the United States. “I can’t remember that ever happening at a meeting before.”

Internova PLUS, held at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, was designed to push the boundaries of traditional event programming by bringing together participants through an intimate, innovative approach. Attendees tackled critical industry topics in “Think Tank” sessions, met one-on-one, enjoyed small group dinners and engaged in structured networking that fostered creativity and collaboration. There were opportunities to bond informally through activities like hiking, bocce, pickleball, beer and wine tasting and a sustainability tour.

“We are proud of what we put together for our partners and advisors,” said Albert Herrera, Executive Vice President, Partner Relations at Internova. “The discussions that happened at Internova PLUS will shape the next year of luxury travel.” 

Herrera announced that the next Internova PLUS event will take place Jan. 16-19, 2024, at the soon-to-be-opened Pendry Newport Beach, in Orange County, California.

To learn more about Internova and its portfolio of travel agency brands, please visit https://internova.com.

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About Internova Travel Group 
Internova Travel Group is one of the largest travel services companies in the world with a collection of leading brands delivering high-touch, personal travel expertise to leisure and corporate clients. Internova manages leisure, business and franchise firms through a portfolio of distinctive divisions. Internova represents more than 100,000 travel advisors in over 6,000 company-owned and affiliated locations predominantly in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, with a presence in more than 80 countries.

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NASA to Test Nuclear Engine Soon for Future Mars Missions

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NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or “DARPA,” announced Tuesday a collaboration to demonstrate a nuclear thermal rocket engine in space, an enabling capability for NASA crewed missions to Mars.

https://stmdailynews.com/nasa-darpa-will-test-nuclear-engine-for-future-mars-missions/

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A Passion for Pickleball is The Kitchen’s Recipe for Success

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AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Jared Paul and Jason Aspes are childhood friends and former advertising and social media professionals who have taken their passion for pickleball and turned it into an incredibly successful business. In 2020, as the Covid pandemic closed businesses and kept people from going to the office, Jared was living in Austin, Texas and Jason in Atlanta. Their friendship from childhood had not sustained into adulthood as the two moved all over the world, building careers, and starting families.

It was at this time that Jared discovered the game of pickleball. Leveraging his background in community building, he identified the demand and quickly set up a small group for pickleball players in Austin. As the popularity of the sport exploded, that group evolved into a national (and now international) group called The Kitchen, a go-to destination for pickleball enthusiasts all over the world.

As it happened, back in Atlanta, where the two had grown up, Jason had also discovered and was falling in love with this new sport. The two rekindled their friendship and joined forces brainstorming ways to entertain and bring value to this amazingly passionate and growing group of players they were now hosting.

The Kitchen struck a chord with pickleball players from all corners of the globe, growing in popularity reaching over 300k active players in their community. Having first found success on social media (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, etc.) The Kitchen is looking to capitalize on and better serve their community by migrating that user base to their new website TheKitchenPickle.com which offers a wide range of resources, including instructional videos, gear recommendations, retail sales, entertaining videos, and will serve as a hub for their active online community.

The sport of pickleball, a racquet sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, has been the fastest growing sport in America over the last three years. The popularity of pickleball is astounding, with over 36 million Americans having participated over the last 12 months.

The Kitchen’s recipe for success certainly included some hard work, long hours, and fortuitous timing, but it was their passion for the sport to which they attribute their success. Over the last two plus years, The Kitchen has quickly established itself as more than just an online community for pickleball enthusiasts, but the leading voice in all aspects of the sport.

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“We are not journalists,” Jared Paul confesses, “But we find ourselves delivering lots of information to our audience about the sport because that’s what our community is asking of us. We take this responsibility seriously.”

Starting as a passion project, Jared and Jason’s risk to leave their successful careers to pursue their passion for pickleball has paid off in spades. The pair travel all over the US and beyond evangelizing, reporting on, and creating content for all things related to pickleball.

“We view ourselves as ambassadors for this sport,” says Jason. “We are trying to inject pickleball into pop culture and provide validation that pickleball is a sport that ALL people can play, regardless of your level of athleticism. It is a sport to be enjoyed by all who participate.”
They have produced videos as they play with famous athletes such as NFL players Drew Brees and Rob Gronkowski, NBA player Chandler Parsons, Tennis players like Sam Querry, and celebrities like Entourage creator Doug Ellin and actor/singer/comedian Jamie Foxx. 
The Kitchen’s recipe for success is a testament that with hard work and a little bit of luck, following your passion can result in amazing success.

About The Kitchen:
Founded in 2020, The Kitchen is a free Pickleball community offering all things pickleball from the beginner to the pros. The kitchen champions the game of pickleball through content, news, and partnering with the biggest names in the sport. Created with the player and in mind, The Kitchen delivers strategies, highlights, and the best and latest products you need to know about. If you play pickleball, we will see you in The Kitchen!

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