NASA animation tracks the end of Tropical Storm Delta

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NASA animation tracks the end of Tropical Storm Delta  
NASA’s Terra satellite provided a visible image to forecasters of Tropical Storm Delta moving through the southeastern U.S. on Oct. 11 at 1:30 p.m. EDT. At the time of the image, the storm was centered over northern Alabama. Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS).

NASA’s Terra satellite obtained visible imagery as Tropical Storm Delta made landfall in Louisiana and moved northeastward soaking the U.S. southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

NASA satellite view: Delta’s organization

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Storm Delta on Oct. 11 at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The storm still appeared circular in imagery. At the time, it was centered over northern Alabama. At the time Terra passed overhead, Delta had weakened to a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds near 25 mph (35 kph).

Visible imagery from NASA’s Terra satellite captured from Oct. 9 to Oct. 12 were compiled into an animation. The animation showed the landfall and movement of Tropical Storm Delta. Delta dissipated over the southeastern U.S. and its remnants moved into the Atlantic states. The animation was created using NASA’s Worldview product at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Delta’s landfall on Oct. 9

National Weather Service Doppler radar imagery, Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft data, and surface observations indicated on Oct. 9 that Delta made landfall near Creole, Louisiana, around 7 p.m. EDT with estimated maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (155 kph). Delta was a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

NASA animation tracks the end of Tropical Storm Delta
This animation of visible imagery from NASA Terra satellite shows the landfall and movement of Tropical Storm Delta from Oct. 9 to Oct. 12. Delta dissipated over the southeastern U.S. and its remnants moved into the Atlantic


Career-spanning Aretha Franklin retrospective to feature rarities, demos and live tracks

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All of the record companies that Aretha Franklin recorded for are showing her R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

A new career-spanning retrospective, simply titled “Aretha,” will be released on Nov. 20 featuring 81 remastered tracks, 19 of which have never been released. They include alternate renditions of some of the late Queen of Soul’s classic hits, plus demos, rarities and live performances.

“Aretha” is mostly arranged in chronological order and begins with the two gospel songs that appeared on her 1956 Checker Records debut: “Never Grow Old” and “You Grow Closer.”

Compiled in a four-CD box set, the collection also features 10 tracks dating from Franklin’s 1960-1966 tenure with Columbia Records, where she was produced by John Hammond and recorded classic standards such as “Skylark” alongside new songs penned by Curtis Stewart (“Today, I Sing the Blues”) and Ashford & Simpson (“Cry Like a Baby”).

Like other Franklin anthologies, the bulk of “Aretha” is dedicated to her years with Atlantic Records, spanning from 1967 to 1979 where she delivered a treasure trove of hits that became part of her timeless repertoire.

Among those tracks are 1966 home demos of “My Kind of Town (Detroit Is)” and her first Otis Redding cover, “Try a Little Tenderness,” which she submitted to Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler to give him an idea about the kind of material she would record for her first album for the label.

For the former track, Franklin replaced the classic “Chicago” lyric from the Frank Sinatra version of the song with a callout to her hometown of Detroit. “My Kind of Town (Detroit Is)” became available digitally with Wednesday’s announcement of the set.

“Aretha” also features alternate takes of “Chain of Fools,” “Rock Steady” and “Spanish Harlem,” and her version of “Think” from “The Blues Brothers” film.

In addition, the compilation boasts a


NASA finally tracks down air leak on ISS, but it’s not fixed yet

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The ISS has a small but pesky air leak.


A longstanding space mystery is almost solved. NASA and the ISS crew have been bothered by an air leak first noticed in late 2019. The leak seemed to pick up the pace recently, sending NASA on a hunt to track it down. A new round of tests has finally narrowed down the location.

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner have conducted a series of tests that involved closing hatches around the station so NASA could monitor the air pressure in each section. Their latest efforts led NASA to the main work area of the Zvezda Service Module.

The Russian-built Zvezda Service Module contains living quarters along with life support, communications and propulsion systems. “Additional work is underway to precisely locate the source of the leak,” NASA said in a statement on Tuesday. 

The space agency emphasized that the leak poses no immediate danger to the crew.

Flight controllers woke up the astronaut and cosmonauts late on Monday night to have them troubleshoot the leak “that appeared to grow in size.” The crew used an ultrasound leak detector to collect data for analysis.

The leak may be more consistent than it first appeared. “The size of the leak identified overnight has since been attributed to a temporary temperature change aboard the station with the overall rate of leak remaining unchanged,” NASA said. 

The crew is back to regular activities, which includes getting ready for a busy October on the ISS. The station will be expecting a new cargo delivery as well as a fresh crew