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‘Mad Mike’ Hughes, 64, homemade-rocket daredevil, killed in mishap

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BARSTOW, Calif. — A self-styled daredevil died Saturday after a rocket in which he launched himself crashed into the ground, a colleague and a witness said.

“Mad Mike” Hughes died after the homemade rocket crashed on private property near Barstow about 1:52 p.m. near Highway 247, the Daily Press of Victorville reported.

Waldo Stakes, a colleague who was at the rocket launch, said Hughes, 64, was killed.

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“It was unsuccessful, and he passed away,” Stakes told The Associated Press. He declined further comment.

Justin Chapman, a freelance journalist, told the AP that he and his wife witnessed the crash.

The rocket appeared to rub against the launch apparatus, which might have torn the parachutes attached to it, Chapman said.

The rocket came straight down into the ground, Chapman said.

According to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department statement, deputies were called to the event.

“A man was pronounced deceased after the rocket crashed in the open desert during a rocket launch event,” the statement said. The sheriff’s department did not identify the person who died.

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In March 2018, Hughes, who believed the Earth is flat, propelled himself about 1,875 feet into the air before a hard landing in the Mojave Desert.

“My story really is incredible,” Hughes told the AP at the time. “It’s got a bunch of story lines — the garage-built thing. I’m an older guy. It’s out in the middle of nowhere, plus the Flat Earth. The problem is it brings out all the nuts also, people questioning everything. It’s the downside of all this.”

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Avi Loeb: What’s causing mysterious radio bursts in space? Don’t rule out any options yet, including aliens

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It is very rare that astronomers discover a new population of sources in the sky. A notable example involves the most compact stars known, neutron stars. Even though these stars weigh up to twice the mass of the sun, they occupy a region with the length of Manhattan. Some of these stars generate a beam of radio waves that sweep across our sky periodically like a lighthouse.

In 1967, a 24-year old scientist, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, noticed radio pulses that repeated periodically in her data. Temporarily dubbed “Little Green Man 1,” the source she discovered is now known as a spinning neutron star. It is a member of a vast population of neutron stars, hundreds of millions in our own Milky Way galaxy alone. These are relics from the collapse of massive stellar progenitors which, after consuming the nuclear fuel in their bellies, give birth to neutron stars in a supernova explosion. The regularity of their radio bips made pulsars the best clocks available, up until the last few years when human-made atomic clocks overperformed them.

In the neutron star example, mother nature was far more imaginative than we were. Could history be repeating itself?

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In 2007, the astronomer Duncan Lorimer asked his undergraduate student to look through archival data taken in 2001 by the Parkes radio dish in Australia and discovered a bright radio burst. Although the burst lasted a few thousandths of a second similar to the pulse of a pulsar, it did not repeat and it also appeared to have traversed a much larger column of material than the Milky Way can provide. This implied that its source must be located very far away, possibly at the edge of the observable universe. At that distance, the source would need to be billions of times brighter than pulsars, which are mostly detectable within the confines of our own galaxy. In fact, if such a bursting source was placed in the Milky Way, we could have detected it with a cell phone!

Subsequently, many similar bursts were discovered across the sky. They were all labeled as Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) for lack of a clue regarding their mysterious origin. The universe produced one such burst per second. A small fraction of the known FRBs are repeating, allowing us to pinpoint their distant host galaxy. One source repeats periodically every 16 days.

What is the nature of FRB sources? Should we dub them “Little Green Man 2?”?We have no clue. They could be a mixed bag.

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Astronomers are conservative. Given the lack of evidence, the most popular interpretation is that FRBs are newly born neutron stars, only decades old, with an extraordinary magnetic field that generates their powerful radio emission.

But until we uncover a “smoking gun” that produced an FRB, other options should be left on the table. That includes the far-out possibility of an artificial production by an advanced technological civilization. In such a case, the radio beam is most likely not intended for communication because of a simple reason. It takes billions of years for a message to cross the vast scale of the universe.  Nobody would have the patience to wait that long for a response. If the message was meant to be received across a much shorter distance, then why waste so much energy on it? The amount required is comparable to the total power of sunlight intercepted by the Earth, converted into a tightly collimated beam of radio waves. This would necessitate a huge engineering project that can only be rationalized for propulsion purposes. Indeed, a powerful beam of light could be used to push a sail that carries a giant spacecraft to the speed of light. In that case, we are detecting the leakage of radiation beyond the boundary of the light-sail as the beam sweeps across our sky. But altogether, given the exceptional amount of power involved, FRBs are not likely to be signals from extraterrestrial civilizations, unless some of them originate nearby.

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The enigmatic nature of FRBs illustrates why science is so exciting. As scientists, we should be humble and not be guided by prejudice but by evidence. After all, if we expect the future interpretation of FRBs to resemble the past interpretation of pulsars we will never discover something new.

There are two avenues for a future breakthrough in our understanding of FRBs. One would stem from the detection of nearby sources that are extremely bright and whose environments can be studied in great detail. The second involves the detection of FRBs in other bands of light, such as visible, infrared or x-rays. Any qualitatively new information might offer us a revealing glimpse at the central engine of these beasts.

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5 African-American groundbreakers in the US space program

“Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier,” scheduled to air Monday on the Smithsonian Channel, examines how black astronauts raced into the heavens while fighting for human rights on Earth.

It shows how the astronauts surmounted racist barriers and hostile commanders to get close to the stars.

“They really are the first of the first,” filmmaker Laurens Grant said. “And they are the elite of the elite.”

Not only did these aspiring space travelers have to navigate the racist politics of their time, they also had to study cutting-edge science and engineering to compete with others, Grant said.

And it didn’t always end happily.

The road to get black astronauts into space in the U.S. began under President John. F. Kennedy.

His brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy pressured an Air Force program to make sure its astronaut project had a person of color.

The life journeys of black astronauts are shared in the new documentary that looks at the final frontier of civil rights: getting black astronauts into space amid Jim Crow, danger, discrimination and the Cold War.

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Within four generations, they went from slavery to space.

The film shows how the former Soviet Union beat the U.S. and sent into space Cuban cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez.

He was the first Latin American and first person of African descent to reach space.

After his mission, he became a Cold War hero for Cuba — and his accomplishment was largely ignored.

Here is the story of five visionary Americans:

RONALD MCNAIR

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In this Jan. 27, 1986, file photo, the crew for the Space Shuttle Challenger flight 51-L leaves their quarters for the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Mission Spl. Ronald McNair, center, was only the second African American chosen to go to space. He died in the Challenger launch. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library.

The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call the police if he didn’t leave.

McNair was black.

Years later, McNair was selected to become only the second African American to travel to space, overcoming segregation, poverty and racist hidebound stereotypes in an intellectual act of resistance that inspired a generation.

Tragically, McNair died in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy.

ED DWIGHT

Air Force Capt. Ed Dwight was selected for a trainee program and became an overnight hero in the black press.

However, the NASA program did not select him for the astronaut program.

ROBERT LAWRENCE

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FILE – In this June 30, 1967, file photo, Maj. Robert H. Lawrence Jr., the first black astronaut in the U.S. space program, is introduced at a news conference in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo, File)

U.S. Air Force officer Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. was chosen instead.

The U.S. Air Force selected the Chicago-born Lawrence as the first African-American astronaut, and he may have made it to the moon.

Unfortunately, Lawrence died after his F-104 Starfighter crashed in 1967 at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

No African Americans would make it to the moon.

FREDERICK GREGORY

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FILE – In this June 22, 2004, file photo, Deputy Administrator of NASA Frederick D. Gregory, left, talks as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science Lee M. E. Morin, looks on at a news conference at the India-United States Conference on Space Science, Applications and Commerce in Bangalore, India. (AP Photo/Gautam Singh, File)

During the Space Race era, Star Trek Communication Officer Lieutenant Uhura, played by Nichelle Nichols in the 1960s NBC television series, got the closest to space, even though she was a fictional character.

Nichols would later speak out in public service announcements to recruit black scientists and pilots to NASA.

 Frederick Gregory, now 79, saw some of those ads.

“She was inside my TV one morning. She pointed at me and said, ‘I want you to apply for the NASA program,’” Gregory said. “She was talking to me.”

The U.S. Air Force pilot would apply and later become the first African-American shuttle pilot.

GUION BLUFORD

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In this Sept. 5, 1983, file photo, Guion Bluford, Jr., shuttle Challenger mission specialist, is shown in portrait on returning to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. (AP photo, File)

Guion Bluford would become the first African-American astronaut to go to space. The aerospace engineer made it to space in 1983 as a member of the crew of the Orbiter Challenger.

His trip came nearly 20 years after Kennedy sought to get a black man in space.

PROGRESS

Gregory said he’s proud of his role in breaking barriers and contributing to space exploration.

However, he’s now concerned about what comes next.

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In an interview with The Associated Press, Gregory said he recalls looking down at Earth while floating in space and traveling at high speed.

“Your concept of neighbor changes significantly,” Gregory said. “I began saying, ‘Hey, this is a world, and we are all part of it.’ When you go to space, you don’t see boundaries on the ground. You wonder, why do these people dislike each other. Your concept of what your home is changes.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Michael Guillen: Why is Pluto no longer a planet? The answer may surprise you (here’s why it also must change)

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Pluto was a planet in good standing for seventy-six years when in 2006, out of the blue, it was demoted and booted from our solar system’s family of planets. The stunning event – still hotly debated among astronomers – reveals more about astronomy’s messy subjectivity than Pluto’s stature.

In 1915 Percival Lowell predicted the existence of a planet beyond Neptune. In 1930 Clyde Tombaugh – using the Lowell Observatory in Arizona – actually found it!

Years ago I interviewed Tombaugh for ABC News; he was a warm, sweet man. Mercifully he died in 1997, well before Pluto’s scientific character assassination.

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The drama traces back to 1992 when astronomers found a region of our solar system beyond Neptune that teems with small, icy worlds. It’s named after Gerald Kuiper, father of modern planetary science.

Pluto exists within this Kuiper Belt and resembles its icy neighbors in certain ways, but is much bigger. In 2003, however, astronomer Mike Brown and others discovered a beltway denizen that rivaled Pluto in size. It was named Eris.

The find made headlines and triggered an internal debate about what actually constitutes a planet. Unbelievably, it was a question that scientists for more than two thousand years had never formally settled.

Yes, it <em>does</em> matter what we call things. Science is all about classifying nature.

The debate boiled down to this: Should Eris be invited into our solar system’s exclusive country club of planets? Or should Pluto be shown the door?

In 2006 astronomers gathered in Prague for the triennial general assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). On the assembly’s final day attendees voted to approve an unprecedented definition of planet; one clearly designed to exclude Pluto.

A legitimate planet, the IAU declared: 1) orbits the Sun, 2) has a “nearly round shape,” and 3) “has cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit.” Pluto fails the third criterion.

Presumably, because it knew how unpopular its definition was going to be, the IAU also voted to approve a booby prize – a category of second-class citizens called “dwarf planets,” which did not satisfy the killer third criterion. Just like that, Pluto became a dwarf planet!

Why would the IAU do such a thing?

Mainly because a more open-minded definition would allow – God forbid – hordes of celestial objects into the ultra-exclusive country club of planets. One group of astronomers recently proposed that planets are simply “round objects in space that are smaller than stars.” If so, our solar system has 110 planets.

My favorite of all proposed definitions is this: a planet has a radius of at least 1,000 kilometers (about 621 miles). That makes it gravitationally hefty enough to assume a round shape – exactly how we picture a planet. This solution implies our solar system has ten planets, including Pluto and Eris.

Options aside, here are three big reasons why the IAU’s decision, not Pluto, should be ditched.

One: “If you take the IAU’s definition strictly, no object in the solar system is a planet,” explains NASA planetary scientist Alan Stern. “No object in the solar system has entirely cleared its zone.” Even Earth’s neighborhood is cluttered with more than 20,000 asteroids – Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) – routinely threatening to hit us.

Two: the IAU definition is ambiguous, completely arbitrary – not based on scientific precedent – and specifically intended to discriminate against planetary diversity. There is not an objective, scientific reason to lock out worlds such as Pluto simply because they’re different than the eight country clubbers.

The truly impartial thing to do is admit that planets – like stars and galaxies – come in a far greater variety of sizes, appearances, and behaviors than we ever imagined.

Three: the IAU ratification process was not legitimate. The votes were taken during the assembly’s closing ceremonies, ****after*** most of its 2,500-plus attendees had vamoosed. Only 424 astronomers ended up voting, out of IAU’s 10,000 total members.

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Recently, when some astronomers refused to abandon Pluto’s cause, Mike Brown – Eris’s co-discoverer, you’ll recall – tweeted, “Oh god the stupid Pluto stories are back. Yes, someone has proposed making Pluto a planet again.”

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His colleague Konstantin Batygin agreed, tweeting, “let’s all remember that astrophysical bodies are characterized by mass, radius, orbit, etc. These quantities are what’s important, not what we call them.”

But if Batygin really believes categories don’t matter, then why have he and Brown spent so much energy fighting against planetary diversity and for Pluto’s categorical downgrading – and boasting about it? Brown’s Twitter handle is @PlutoKiller.

It’s because they know it does matter what we call things. Science is all about classifying nature.

Sure, Pluto is a small, cold oddball. But thanks to the ongoing analysis of eye-popping photos and data from the New Horizons spacecraft that flew past it in 2015, we’re now learning that Pluto, with its five moons, is one of the most spectacular worlds in our solar system. It even looks to have key attributes possibly conducive to life, including water and organic chemicals.

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“It’s more dynamic and alive than Mars,” says University of Central Florida planetary scientist Philip Metzger. “The only planet that has more complex geology is the Earth.”

For all of these reasons and others, I believe it’s high time for us to restore Pluto’s rightful place in the solar system and call it what it is: a planet!

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‘Flammable ice’ discovery could offer new clue to potential alien life, study claims

Scientists studying what’s known as “flammable ice” in the Sea of Japan recently discovered the existence of life with microscopic bubbles.

The microhabitats are grown by microbes within tiny bubbles of oil and water found in sheets of frozen gas and ice, according to researchers, who used analytical techniques to show that oil was being degraded in the microenvironments within the methane hydrate (also called “flammable ice”).

“In combination with the other evidence collected by my colleagues, my results showed that even under near-freezing temperatures, at extremely high pressures, with only heavy oil and saltwater for food-sources, life was flourishing and leaving its mark,” Stephen Bowden, from the University of Aberdeen’s School of Geosciences, said in a statement.

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Scientists have called this image of a microhabitat that grew in methane hydrate the ‘Death Star’ – it grew from microbial activity at very cold temperatures, far underwater. (University of Aberdeen)

The scientists’ findings were published on Wednesday in the journal Scientific Reports.

“It certainly gives a positive spin to cold dark places, and opens up a tantalizing clue as to the existence of life on other planets,” Bowden explained. “Providing they have ice and a little heat, all those frigid cold planets at the edge of every planetary system could host tiny microhabitats with microbes building their own ‘death stars’ and making their own tiny little atmospheres and ecosystems, just as we discovered here.”

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Space Force vice commander: Service members won’t be called ‘spacemen’

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Members of the newly created Space Force still don’t have a title, officials said Wednesday, while also saying they won’t be referred to as “spacemen.”

Leaders have been conducting research on what to call the troops, said Lt. Gen. David Thompson, vice commander of the Space Force, Military Times reported.

“We need to go through a process with Congress to provide authorization for specific individuals to transfer,” he said at an event while speaking to reporters.

The sixth branch of the armed forces has around 16,000 Air Force service members and civilians assigned to it. Thompson said plans will be made to integrate soldiers, sailors and Marines who end their enlistments or resign their officer commissions with their current branches of service and opt to enter the Space Force.

The Air Force will transfer certain personnel to the new branch in the fiscal year 2021, with the Army and Navy to follow the year after.

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“We also want to make absolutely sure that when these individuals transfer in, that all of that is in place,” Thompson said.

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Spectacular ‘rainbow cloud’ in space created by cosmic battle between stars

A stunning rainbow-colored cloud of gas surrounds two stars that battled in deep space several hundred years ago.

Astronomers were able to observe the binary star system known as HD101584 by using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and saw a strange gas cloud that they think resulted from the two stars doing battle, according to a European Southern Observatory (ESO) statement.

The new observations from ALMA have shown scientists that what happened with HD101584 was something like a stellar confrontation.

The main star grew large enough to swallow its lower-mass partner. In response, the ESO explains, the smaller star zoomed towards the giant’s core but didn’t collide with it. Instead, the larger star was triggered into an outburst, scattering its gas layers and exposing its core.

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The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array captured the bright blue and red clouds of gas surrounding the binary star system known as HD101584. (ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Olofsson et al. Acknowledgement: Robert Cumming)

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“This stunning image of the circumstellar environment of HD101584 would not have been possible without the exquisite sensitivity and angular resolution provided by ALMA,” co-author Elizabeth Humphreys, from ESO in Chile, said in the statement.

Researchers hope to gain more insights into the final evolution of stars like our sun.

“Currently, we can describe the death processes common to many Sun-like stars, but we cannot explain why or exactly how they happen. HD101584 gives us important clues to solve this puzzle since it is currently in a short transitional phase between better studied evolutionary stages. With detailed images of the environment of HD101584 we can make the connection between the giant star it was before, and the stellar remnant it will soon become,” said co-author Sofia Ramstedt, from Sweden’s Uppsala University, in the statement.

Their research was published in the March issue of the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

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Coronavirus: Satellite images show construction of Wuhan hospitals

Satellite images show the hospitals being built to deal with the deadly coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

The images were captured on Jan. 29, 2020, by satellite technology operated by Maxar Technologies. Images captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite also show Wuhan hospitals.

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Close up view of Leishenshan hospital during construction. (Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies)

“We are continuing to monitor the area closely and will provide new imagery and information as applicable,” said Maxar Technologies in an email to Fox News.

Wuhan is the epicenter of the new virus that has sickened thousands and killed more than 100 people. China has cut off access to Wuhan and 16 other cities in Hubei province to prevent people from leaving and spreading the virus further. In addition to the United States, countries including Japan and South Korea have also planned evacuations. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough and, in more severe cases, shortness of breath or pneumonia.

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Close up view of the Huoshenshan hospital location. (Copernicus Sentinel, January 30, 2019)

The outbreak has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran and The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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2 satellites narrowly avoided hitting each other over Pennsylvania, officials say

Two defunct satellites expected to come within a few feet apart and possibly collide instead sped past each other in opposite orbits Wednesday.

Experts initially warned the satellites, an Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) and the Gravity Gradient Stabilization Experiment (GGSE-4), could collide and send debris through space at remarkable speeds.

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Two satellites crossed path with each other Wednesday, worrying experts who theorized the two could collide and send debris hustling through space. (NASA) (NASA)

The crossover occurred about 560 miles above Pittsburgh around 6:39 p.m., Agence France-Presse reported. The IRAS was launched in 1983 as part of a joint mission with NASA, Britain and the Netherlands, according to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The other was a U.S. Air Force experiment launched in 1967, according to NASA.

Had they hit each other, it could have created thousands of pieces of debris, with some 1,000 pieces possibly measuring more than 10 centimeters, astrodynamicist Dan Oltrogge told the news outlet.

Any debris created would not have posed a threat to Pittsburgh, experts said. Around 20,000 pieces of debris larger than a softball are currently orbiting around Earth.

LeoLabs, a satellite-tracking company, tracked the paths of both satellites and said it had not found evidence of new debris.

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“Thankfully our latest data following the event shows no evidence of new debris. To be sure, we will perform a further assessment upon the next pass of both objects over Kiwi Space Radar occurring later tonight,” its tweet read.

The last collision of large satellites in space occurred in 2009 when a commercial U.S. Iridium spacecraft hit a defunct Russian satellite over Siberia, the BBC reported.

Fox News’ Christopher Carbone contributed to this report. 

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Trump unveils Space Force logo

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President Trump on Friday unveiled the logo for the newly created Space Force, the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces.

“After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military!” he tweeted.

The logo is similar in design to the Air Force Space Command logo, the predecessor to the Space Force.

“The U.S. Space Force seal honors the Department of the Air Force’s proud history and long-standing record of providing the best space capabilities in the world,” a Space Force spokesperson told Fox News. “The delta symbol, the central design element in the seal, was first used as early as 1942 by the U.S. Army Air Forces; and was used in early Air Force space organization emblems dating back to 1961. Since then, the delta symbol has been a prominent feature in military space community emblems.”

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In December, Congress passed a $738 billion Pentagon defense bill that authorized the creation of the Space Force. Its goal is to train and equip space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force, the spokesperson said.

The branch became the butt of wisecracks in recent days when it unveiled its camouflage utility uniform, which resembles uniforms used in the Army and Air Force. Most of the criticism questioned why anyone would need green camouflage in space.

Some also poked some light humor at the new logo, comparing it to the one used for Starfleet, the space exploration group from the Star Trek television series.

“Ahem. We are expecting some royalties from this…,” tweeted Star Trek actor George Takei, who played Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on the USS Enterprise.

Trump floated the idea for a Space Force in 2018 while speaking to Marines at the Miramar Air Station in San Diego. The branch now falls under the department of the Air Force, just as the Marine Corps is part of the department of the Navy.

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“You know, I was saying it the other day cause we’re doing a tremendous amount of work in space,” Trump said. “I said, ‘maybe we need a new force, we’ll call it the space force.’ And I was not really serious, and then I said, ‘what a great idea, maybe we’ll have to do that.'”

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