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NASA: We are not alone in the universe. Apollo 11 launch: 45 years ago today. Mayoral debate was a slugfest. Murder charges laid in missing Calgary boys case. New Weird Al Yankovic parody video.
NASA: WE ARE NOT ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE
NASA experts are saying we may be close to finding alien life. In fact, they’re saying it may be within the next 20 years. NASA held a panel discussion at the agency’s Washington headquarters Monday. The space experts discussed their search for Earth-like planets that can host life. Based on recent advancements in space telescope technology, scientists believe that in the coming decades, it will be confirmed that we are indeed not alone. “I think in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe,” NASA astronomer Kevin Hand said in footage filmed at the discussion and posted on YouTube. Check it out below. Just this year, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope picked up on an Earth-like planet in the “habitable zone” of another star. At the time, the observation of the planet, Kepler-186f, was hailed as the first discovery of an Earth-size planet orbiting in the habitable zone of a star similar to our sun. Scientists believe there are potentially many more Earth-like planets in the universe — and some of them could be home to alien life.
APOLLO 11 LAUNCH: 45 YEARS AGO TODAY
45 years ago today, Apollo 11 lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center. Astronauts Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong lifted off atop a Saturn V rocket on July 16 1969. Millions watched the rocket lift off Launch Pad 39A at 1.32pm local time live on TV. The rocket made it to Earth orbit in 12 minutes and began its long journey towards our only natural satellite. It would take the astronauts six days to arrive at the Moon, where Armstrong and Aldrin eventually descended to the Lunar surface and took humanity’s first steps on another world on 20 July 1969.
MAYORAL DEABTE A PUNCH FEST
It was a royal rumble last night in Scarborough. Toronto’s top mayoral candidates came out swinging at the first debate since Rob Ford’s return from rehab. The mayor took several shots at his biggest competition — former PC leader John Tory and former NDP MP Olivia Chow. But that didn’t scare them from striking back just as hard, hinting at Ford’s ongoing crack cocaine scandal “Even when you’re clean and sober you can’t stick to the truth,” Chow told Ford. After the debate, Ford stressed that he is the only candidate with a “track record of success.” “I wish everyone the best,” he added. Tory said he didn’t spend a huge amount of time attacking Ford because people know “he’s a failed leader.
MURDER CHARGES FORMALLY LAID IN CALGARY MISSING BOY CASE
Calgary police have formally charged Douglas Garland, 54, with first-degree murder in the deaths of Alvin and Kathryn Liknes, and second-degree murder in the death of five-year-old Nathan O’Brien. So far, no bodies have been found. Garland has ties to the Liknes family: his sister is in a relationship with a Liknes family member. Garland was first questioned more than a week ago and held on unrelated identity theft charges. He was released from custody this past Friday. Court documents show Garland has a criminal record and mental health issues. In 2000, he was sentenced to 39 months for making amphetamines at his parents’ farm. He jumped bail before going to prison and lived in Vancouver for several years using the identity of a dead person. The Parole Board of Canada gave him accelerated release after six months, noting in its decision that Garland’s prior criminal record consisted of various property offences over the course of 20 years. Police said Garland’s next court appearance is scheduled for today.
WEIRD AL – #WORDCRIMES
Weird Al is releasing a new video everyday this week to celebrate the release of his new album Mandatory Fun. The latest video is “Word Crimes,” a spoof on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” It’s an ode to grammar nerds.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY…
This day in 1966, the formation of the first supergroup Cream, featuring Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker (both formerly with the Graham Bond Organisation) and ex-Yardbirds and John Mayall Bluesbreakers’ guitarist, Eric Clapton, is announced.