Russia charging NASA $70M per rocket seat 11B gallons of sewage dumped School apologizes to airman
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA is paying $424 million more to Russia to get U.S. astronauts into space.
NASA announced its latest contract with the Russian Space Agency on Tuesday. The $424 million represents flights to and from the International Space Station aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft, as well as training, for six astronauts in 2016 and the first half of 2017.
That's $70.6 million per seat -- well above the previous price tag of about $65 million.
Russia currently provides the only means of getting people to and from the space station, and its ticket prices have soared with each new contract.
Several U.S. companies are working on rockets and spacecraft to launch Americans from U.S. soil. But that's still a few years away. The ability to launch crews into orbit from America ended with NASA's shuttle program in 2011.
Superstorm Sandy released 11 billion gallons of sewage from East Coast treatment plants into bodies of water from Washington, D.C., to Connecticut, according to a report released Tuesday by a science journalism group.
Princeton, N.J.-based Climate Central compiled data from state agencies and treatment plant operators after the storm struck in late October.
The collective overflows -- almost all in New York and New Jersey and due to storm surges -- would be enough to cover New York City's Central Park with a pile of sewage 41 feet high, Climate Central said.
The group said the estimated cost of repairing damage to sewage treatment plants after Sandy is nearly $2 billion in New York and $2.7 billion in New Jersey.
WICHITA, Kan. -- A Kansas high school principal who barred a member of the Air Force, who recently returned from Afghanistan, from escorting his sister to prom has apologized, saying the intent was not to dishonor him.
The southwest Kansas community of Liberal is now changing its policy to quell a firestorm fueled by a YouTube video and the girl's letter to the newspaper.
Courtney Widener said Tuesday that she feels proud for standing up for herself and for what she thought was right.
The video shows her 22-year-old brother, Casey, standing at attention at the foot of the red carpet. He crisply saluted her as she went inside before leaving amid applause from bystanders.
Deputy Superintendent Paul Larkin said Tuesday a policy change allowing exceptions to the age restriction will be presented at Monday's school board meeting.