You Can Send Your Name To The Moon

You Can Send Your Name To The Moon
Jan 8 2024 Share

NASA’s VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover) provides a unique opportunity for the public to participate in lunar exploration by submitting their names online, which will be affixed to the rover bound for the uncharted lunar South Pole. 

The four-wheeled rover, a key component of NASA’s Artemis program, aims to investigate water and essential resources, offering insights into substances like water, carbon dioxide, ammonia, and methane.

Integral to broader lunar aspirations, VIPER aligns with Artemis’ goal to land the first woman and person of color on the moon by 2024, establishing a sustainable human presence by the decade’s end. The rover’s mission involves understanding lunar environments, identifying optimal landing sites, and planning habitats for future exploration.

Participation in NASA’s “Send Your Name with VIPER” initiative allows individuals to receive a virtual boarding pass for their submitted names, attached to the rover. Names collected until March 15, 2024, will be stored on a flash drive accompanying VIPER, contributing to this historic lunar odyssey. Participants can engage via the NASA website and share personalized boarding passes on social media using #SendYourName.

By associating your name with VIPER, you join a pioneering mission set to enhance lunar comprehension, echoing the collective contributions to prior NASA missions like Artemis I, Mars 2020, and Europa Clipper. VIPER’s scheduled late 2024 launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket marks the beginning of a 100-day mission covering 10 miles of lunar terrain and drilling up to 3 feet deep—an immersive and collective venture into the realm of space exploration.


Over 20,000 Tonnes Of Recyclable Waste Back Into Circular Economy

Over 20,000 Tonnes Of Recyclable Waste Back Into Circular Economy
Jan 8 2024 Share

WasteServ processed and returned more than 20,000 tonnes of recyclable waste for reuse in the economy last year, the highest amount in Maltese history.

Simultaneously, there was a 23% reduction in the generation of mixed waste from households, representing the lowest amount received by WasteServ in the last 20 years.

Minister for the Environment, Energy and Regeneration of the Grand Harbour Miriam Dalli announced these achievements during a press conference with WasteServ CEO Richard Bilocca at the Multi-Material Recovery Facility in Ħal Far.

These results mark WasteServ’s most successful year since its inception in 2002, affirming Malta’s encouraging progress in the implementation of its long-term plans towards sustainable waste management.

Commenting on these figures, Minister Miriam Dalli acknowledged the contribution of the public’s waste separation efforts.

“Such positive results can only be attributed to a collective effort – individuals, families, businesses, government entities, voluntary associations, and many others – who are understanding the importance of reducing and recycling waste to protect the environment and the future of our country. These achievements also affirm the Government’s decisions and infrastructural investments in recent years, including new plants for the sustainable and efficient processing of waste, the introduction of new initiatives such as differentiated gate fees for commercial waste, and the implementation of mandatory waste separation for all last year.”

“These encouraging results are a step in the right direction, but also confirm that our country can achieve much more – we must continue working together to attain our ultimate objective of bringing down landfilling of waste to 10% by 2035. We will continue working towards a circular economy to ensure a more sustainable future for all,” concluded Minister Miriam Dalli.

During the press conference WasteServ explained that last year, various materials were processed and exported to international markets to be transformed into other products. These included:

8,199 tonnes of paper and cardboard;
2,206 tonnes of various metals;
7,411 tonnes of glass;
1,422 tonnes of different types of plastics;
142 tonnes of wood;
350 tonnes of gypsum;
297 tonnes of foam.

Additionally, there was also a positive 35% increase in organic waste received from households and the commercial sector when compared to 2022. This waste was converted into 4.1 million units of energy, powering 570 homes for a year.

WasteServ CEO Richard Bilocca thanked WasteServ employees for their dedicated efforts in recent years. He explained that the 2023 results can also be attributed to the opening of two new facilities in the past year. The first one, located at the ECOHIVE Complex, involved a €4 million investment and commenced operations in March. The other, situated in Ħal Far, is a €22 million development that was inaugurated in June.

“We also have several ongoing projects, including a new automated glass sorting line scheduled to be operational by mid-2024, and as part of the ECOHIVE Strategy, a skip management facility that will process bulky waste from open-topped skips, as well as a new organic waste processing facility to replace the current one. Work on the waste-to-energy project is also progressing as the plant’s excavation works were completed last year,” concluded the WasteServ CEO.


People Mostly Agree Priests Should Be Allowed Marriage

People Mostly Agree Priests Should Be Allowed Marriage
Jan 8 2024 Share

On a Facebook poll shared to our social media, MaltaDaily asked whether priests should be allowed to get married.

An overwhelming majority from a total of 232 comments agreed that this should be the case, with many expressing that this should have been implemented long ago.

Meanwhile, 1,400 people reacted to the post with a like – signifying that they agree with the prospect – compared to just 109 reacting with a heart emoji, thus disagreeing. 

What do you think?


Naomi Cachia To Become PL’s Parliamentary Whip

Naomi Cachia To Become PL's Parliamentary Whip
Jan 8 2024 Share

Speaking to journalists, Prime Minister Robert Abela revealed that in the coming days he will be establishing Deputy Naomi Cachia as the Labour Party’s Parliamentary Whip. 

Following the swearing in of new cabinet members, Abela said that this comes due to his beliefs in the capabilities of the youth. 

The 29 year old will be succeeding Andy Ellul if the nomination is approved and was former president of the Labour Party’s youth wing.