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Exclusive: NASA’s Delayed Psyche Launch Presents Major Headache for Ride-Along Mission



NASA’s Delayed Psyche Launch Presents Major Headache for Ride-Along Mission

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Artist’s conception of the twin Janus probes.

Artist’s conception of the twin Janus probes.
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A software glitch has caused the delay of Psyche, a NASA mission to explore a metal-rich asteroid. Two small probes are being included in the launch, but the postponement means they might not be able to rendezvous with their respective target asteroids.

Psyche, a probe designed to explore the unusual metal-rich asteroid 16 Psyche, is currently undergoing preparations at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Mission engineers recently spotted an anomaly that resulted in the launch delay.

“An issue is preventing confirmation that the software controlling the spacecraft is functioning as planned,” NASA announced in a May 24 press release. “The team is working to identify and correct the issue. To allow more time for this work, the launch period is being updated to no earlier than Sept. 20, 2022, pending range availability.”

The Psyche launch was supposed to happen in early August, but this small delay is causing a huge problem for planners with the Janus mission—a project to explore two unrelated binary asteroids. The twin probes are joining Psyche for the same SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch, but the delay means the mission won’t unfold as planned, as Dan Scheeres, the principal investigator of the project and an astronomer at the University of Colorado, explained at a session of NASA’s Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) on Wednesday.

The Janus project is one of three planned missions under NASA’s Small Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration (SIMPLEx-2) program, the other two being Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (EscaPADE) and Lunar Trailblazer. For the $55 million mission, the suitcase-sized twin Janus spacecraft were designed to rendezvous with two pairs of binary asteroids, designated 1996 FG3 and 1991 VH.

Scheeres and his colleagues are hoping to study the complex orbital dynamics of the binary asteroids and create accurate models of the two systems, which they would do using a suite of cameras mounted onto the probes. By studying the asteroids from up-close, scientists will gain an improved understanding of the early solar system and acquire important insights that could improve planetary defense strategies against threatening near-Earth objects.

“The Janus mission, as conceived of and proposed to NASA, will give us information on how rubble pile asteroids evolve over time,” Scheeres explained to me in an email. “There are fundamental questions about how small, weakly bound rubble piles change over time, which has implications for a range of phenomena in the solar system—ranging from the protoplanetary disk to planetary rings to the after-effects of catastrophic disruptions.”


The Janus mission, or at least the original iteration of the mission, was to provide new data about these processes and properties. Scheeres said a modified mission could still address these questions, but at reduced resolutions.

Under the original mission parameters, the Janus probes were scheduled to perform a series of Earth flybys to meet up with the asteroids in four years, but Scheeres said the delayed launch means these critical flybys are no longer possible. “Our spacecraft were designed to be launched during August—it allowed us to be properly timed to get to our target asteroids,” Scheeres wrote. “The slip into September mostly makes this timing not feasible, except for a few days.” That said, there “are launch days when we will be able to flyby our original targets,” he told Gizmodo, but “most of the days we cannot reach them,” adding that the best-case scenario “would be to launch on those days we can get there.”

Scheeres and his colleagues are in the midst of locating other asteroids that are “scientifically interesting which we could reach on other days of the launch period,” he said. “We would just need to refocus our science goals.” One potential target, 1996 FG3, could be reached by both Janus probes should Psyche launch between October 7 and 10, according to SpaceNews. But as a rideshare mission, the team has “no ability to influence the launch dates or the targeting of the launch vehicle, and that arises from our status as a rideshare,” Scheeres pointed out at the SBAG meeting.

Such is the fate of ridesharers, who must stand by and watch situations unfold outside of their control. “It is frustrating, of course,” he told me. “However, these are the rules for rideshares, so it’s not like we didn’t know that this might happen.” Indeed, hitching a ride atop rockets makes low-cost missions to space possible, but it’s not without risks. Speaking to the SBAG meeting attendees, Scheeres said rideshare partners should have their voices heard, adding that some considerations should be made “for small adjustments to launch dates.”

As for pulling out of the Psyche mission and finding a new launch provider, Scheeres says that’s not being considered. He said no known future launch can accommodate and meet the needs of the Janus rideshare mission. That’s unless someone is willing to fund an independent launch, which doesn’t appear to be in the cards. Space is hard, as the saying goes, but in this case it’s getting to space on time that’s proving to be the issue.

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Exclusive: 'Cryptoqueen' Lands a Spot On the FBI's Most Wanted List –




'Cryptoqueen' Lands a Spot On the FBI's Most Wanted List

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Ruja Ignatova standing with a microphone to her lips.

Ruja Ignatova, the once-founder of OneCoin, is now on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted.
Screenshot: FBI Video

Ruja Ignatova, who in the past dubbed herself the “Cryptoqueen,” is now sitting with a fancy crown in a new royal court: the FBI’s top 10 most wanted.

FBI officials and federal prosecutors announced Ignatova’s new designation in a press conference Thursday. Ignatova was charged in 2019 with wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering for her part in the OneCoin crypto company that prosecutors alleged was just a ponzi scheme.

Michael Driscoll, the FBI’s assistant director-in-charge for New York declined to answer Reuters’ questions whether they had any leads, but said Ignatova “left with a tremendous amount of cash,” adding, “money can buy a lot of friends.”

Ignatova was part of a Bulgaria-based crypto company called OneCoin. The company claimed they were performing a regular crypto mining operation—generating new tokens added to a blockchainand pumped out $3.78 billion in revenue from the end of 2014 to the middle of 2016. But despite the upward momentum, investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice reported that OneCoin’s value was rigged internally, that the coins were essentially worthless, and users could not even trace ownership of the coins. The DOJ alleged those at the head of the company made nearly $2.5 billion in profit that they squirreled away in company bank accounts.

Damian Williams, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, told reporters Ignatova capitalized “on the frenzied speculation of the early days of cryptocurrency.”

In an FBI-provided video of Ignatova speaking at a London company event dated June, 2016, Ignatova boasted about her two million active users, adding “no other cryptocurrency has as many users as we do,”


Bloomberg reported that after Ignatov grew suspicious that the feds were onto her, she fled to Greece and then investigators lost track of her.

In 2019, the U.S. unsealed an indictment against Ignatov, charging her with the previously mentioned litany of financial crimes. That same year, Konstantin Ignatova, one of OneCoin’s founders and Ruja’s brother, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Konstantin managed to get a plea deal, and though his sentencing was set for May 13, his attorneys adjourned the date for 90 days so he could further cooperate with authorities.

The Cryptoqueen has evaded police custody and remains at large to this day. So, the FBI says it’ll pay up to a $100,000 reward for any info that leads to an arrest.

In addition, U.S. prosecutors previously convicted former corporate lawyer Mark Scott of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit bank fraud for laundering around $400 million for the company. Ruja Ignatov testified against Scott at his trial. Scott is contesting his guilty verdict by claiming Ruja lied on the stand, according to Bloomberg.

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Exclusive: How To Put Your iPhone or iPad Into Recovery Mode –




How To Put Your iPhone or iPad Into Recovery Mode

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Apple makes some of the most long-lived mobile devices out there — iPhones and iPads basically just keep on ticking. Nothing is perfect, though, and sometimes things do go wrong. Here’s how you can enter Recovery Mode to fix your device.

Reinstalling iOS on your iPhone or iPad always runs the risk of wiping your data, so it is prudent to make frequent backups on your computer via iTunes, or with iCloud. That said, here’s how you boot your iPhone, iPod, or iPad into Recovery Mode.

Make Sure You Have the Latest iTunes Version

First, you’ll need to make sure you’re using the latest version of iTunes. It comes pre-installed on Macs, and is available for Windows on Apple’s website and in the Microsoft Store.

After it is installed, open up iTunes, click the “Help” tab, then click “Check for Updates.”

If there is an update available for iTunes it should be downloaded and installed immediately. If it fails — or you otherwise have reason to think it isn’t updating properly — you can always redownload the installer from the Apple website if you’re running Windows, or check for updates in the App Store if you’re running macOS. That’ll ensure you’re using the most recent version of iTunes.

With that out of the way, you’re ready to get started. The rest of the procedure varies slightly depending on what device you’re using, so we’ll go over them one at a time.

Entering Recovery Mode on the iPhone 8 or Later

All iPhones manufactured since 2017 have used the same method to access recovery mode. As of June 2022, the included models are:

  • iPhone 8, and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max
  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (Second and Third Generations)
  • iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max

Press and release the volume up button, then press and release the volume down button, and then hold the power button until the recovery mode screen pops up. It won’t happen instantly, so hang on for at least 15 seconds or so before you try it again.

Hit the volume up button, then the volume down button, and then hold the power button until the recovery mode screen appears.

Once the recovery mode screen appears you can plug your phone into your computer with a Lightning cable.


Entering Recovery Mode on the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

If you’re using an iPhone 7, 7 Plus, or the 7th generation iPod start by turning off your phone. Then hold the volume down button and the power button simultaneously until the recovery screen appears. You’ll see the Apple logo first, but don’t release the button when you do — that is still too early.

Hold the volume down button and the power button simultaneously until the recovery screen appears.

It’ll look very similar to this:

iPhone prompting the user to plug in the cable.

Once that screen appears, go ahead and connect your device to your computer via Lightning cable.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on the iPhone 6s or Earlier

These instructions cover how to access Recovery Mode on the iPhone 6s and earlier models, including:

  • iPhone
  • iPhone 3G and 3Gs
  • iPhone 4 and 4S
  • iPhone 5, 5C and 5S
  • iPhone 6, 6S, 6 Plus, and 6S Plus
  • iPhone SE (First Generation)

First, make sure your device is turned off. Then all you need to do is hold the power button and the Home button simultaneously. Hang on to the buttons until the Recovery Mode screen appears. It will take a few seconds — the Recovery Mode screen isn’t accessible instantly to prevent people from opening it accidentally.

Press the power button and the Home button simultaneously.

Note: The power button is on the side for iPhone 6 or later users, and on the top right for iPhone 5s and earlier.

After the Recovery mode screen appears, go ahead and connect the phone to your computer.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPads with Home Buttons

Some iPads in Apple’s current lineup — like the iPad 10.2 — have retained their home buttons, and most iPads made prior to 2018 had home buttons.

If your iPad has a home button, all you need to do to enter Recovery Mode is press and hold the Home button and the power button simultaneously for 10-15 seconds, just like older iPhones.

Hold the power button and the Home button simultsneously.

The Recovery Mode screen will appear and you’ll be prompted to plug your iPad into your Mac or Windows PC.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPads without a Home Button

Most new iPads don’t have Home buttons anymore — most iPad models transitioned away from it between 2017 and 2018. If your iPad doesn’t have a Home button, the process for entering Recovery Mode is basically the same as all of the newer iPhones.

Press and release the volume button closest to the power button, then press and release the farther button, and then press and hold the power button until the recovery screen appears.

There are a couple of different button configurations you’ll find on iPads, though. If your iPad has the volume buttons along the top, it’ll look like this for you:


Press and release the nearest volume button to the power button, then press the farther button, then hold the power button until the Recovery Mode screen appears.

iPads with the volume buttons on the sides follow the same basic procedure: press and release the top volume button, then the bottom volume button, and then hold the power button. Wait for the Recovery Mode screen to appear, and then release the button.

Press and release the volume up button, then the volume down button, and then hold the power button until the Recovery Mode screen pops up,

The Recovery Mode screen will display a cable connecting to the iPad — once that appears, connect your iPad to your computer.

iPad recovery mode.

What to Do Once You’re in Recovery Mode

Now that your device is in Recovery Mode, you have about 15 minutes before it automatically exits. If you don’t move quickly enough and your phone exits Recovery Mode, repeat the same button presses as explained above to enter it again.

A window like the one below will pop up on your computer once you’ve successfully entered Recovery Mode on your phone or tablet. You will be prompted to Restore or Update.

You should try the “Update” option first. Your issues may very well be fixed by updating your iPhone or iPad without completely reinstalling your operating system. The “Update” option preserves all of your files and settings, which will — at a minimum — save you time and effort setting everything up again. It’ll also save you from losing anything you neglected to back up.

A notice from iTunes informing the user that an update or restore is necessary.

If the “Update” option fails, you’ll need to go back to the Recovery Mode screen again, just like you did before. This time you’ll have to hit “Restore.” It isn’t ideal, but it may very well be the only way to fix your iPhone or iPad.

RELATED: How to Back Up Your iPhone With iTunes (and When You Should)

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Exclusive: Meta warns employees of ‘serious times’ in internal memo listing key product bets –




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Meta is warning of “serious times” and preparing for a leaner second half of 2022, according to an internal memo circulated to employees this week. The note comes from chief product officer Chris Cox and outlines the company’s priorities and challenges to its business going forward.

“I have to underscore that we are in serious times here and the headwinds are fierce,” Cox wrote in the memo obtained by The Verge and published in full below. “We need to execute flawlessly in an environment of slower growth, where teams should not expect vast influxes of new engineers and budgets.”

The biggest revenue challenge comes from privacy changes affecting Meta’s ad business and macroeconomic pressures, Cox says in the memo, which was first reported by Reuters. Cox says monetizing Reels, the company’s short-form video TikTok copy, “as quickly as possible” is a key priority.

Cox also lays out six areas where he believes Facebook needs to deepen its investments. These include metaverse products; AI; messaging; continuing to push Reels; monetization; and meeting new privacy requirements. Cox says teams will have to “prioritize more ruthlessly” without the help of new staff or budgets.

Meta had already told employees that a slowdown was coming. In May, the company froze hiring across a number of teams, including teams working on shopping and video chatting products. The company’s stock has cratered over the past five months, as investors worry about slowing growth and expensive investments in the metaverse that may take years to pay off. Meta didn’t have a comment for this story.

Read the full memo below:

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