Fake asteroid? NASA expert IDs mystery object as old rocket


This Sept. 20, 1966 photo provided by the San Diego Air and Space Museum shows an Atlas Centaur 7 rocket on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, Fla. NASA’s leading asteroid expert, Paul Chodas, speculates that asteroid 2020 SO, as it is formally known, is actually a Centaur upper rocket stage that propelled NASA’s Surveyor 2 lander to the moon in 1966 before it was discarded.


The jig may be up for an “asteroid” that’s expected to get nabbed by Earth’s gravity and become a mini moon next month.

Instead of a cosmic rock, the newly discovered object appears to be an old rocket from a failed moon-landing mission 54 years ago that’s finally making its way back home, according to NASA’s leading asteroid expert. Observations should help nail its identity.

“I’m pretty jazzed about this,” Paul Chodas told The Associated Press. “It’s been a hobby of

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Hitachi ID’s New Executive Leadership Modernizes Digital Identity and Access

Leadership team to accelerate secure outcomes against common vulnerabilities and threats for customers

Hitachi ID today announced new executive leadership appointed to modernize how Hitachi ID delivers identity and access to Fortune 5000 companies around the world. With the rising cost of data breaches and interest in protecting its own environments globally, Hitachi, Ltd. completed acquisition of Hitachi ID in early 2020 and appointed Chief Executive Officer Kevin Nix to accelerate secure outcomes for customers against common digital identity and access vulnerabilities and threats.

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Newly appointed CEO of Hitachi ID, Kevin Nix (Photo: Business Wire)

Kevin joined Hitachi Vantara in 2019 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, after more than 30 years in Enterprise Software and SaaS Solutions. Kevin has successfully founded and sold three SaaS startups in the mobile, customer engagement and predictive analytics space. He co-founded SkyData

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The Home Front: The latest in AI technology at IDS Vancouver

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The technology that Neuralink has developed, says Mehin, allows people to control parts of their body (like artificial limbs) through a tiny computer (microchip) that is surgically implanted in the brain.

Last year, Woke designed a wearable product that goes behind the ear and works in conjunction with Neuralink’s brain implant, says Mehin. They also designed the outer layers of the robot Elon Musk presented at the end of August, which will carry out the brain implant surgery.

Neuralink Robot.jpg  Caption: Robot (that carries out brain implant surgery) released by Elon Musk's company Neuralink, designed in part by Afshin Mehin's Woke Studio  Photo credit: Woke Studio for The Home Front: The latest in AI technology at IDS Vancouver by Rebecca Keillor
Robot (that carries out brain implant surgery) released by Elon Musk’s company Neuralink, designed in part by Afshin Mehin’s Woke Studio. Photo by Woke Studio /PNG

“The robot has five degrees of motion, so our role is to create something that’s visually unintimidating, simple and doesn’t feel like it’s an overly complex machine,” he says.

As industrial designers, Mehin says Woke is assisting Neuralink in humanizing this technology.

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