Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Greg Bowman

CAMPUS:

  • Western University is heavily looking into missions to the moon after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada’s commitment to an international effort to get technology and eventually humans there. 
  • Dubbed CanMoon, this simulated mission is using the island of Lanzarote, Spain, as a stand-in for the Moon. With its volcanic rocks and lack of vegetation, Lanzarote makes an excellent analogue for the dark mare patches on the Moon.
  • Equipped with a series of cameras and instruments, the field team receives commands from Mission Control on Western’s campus.
  • The CanMoon mission is driven by a series of science questions, just like an actual lunar mission. Over the next two weeks, the Western team will seek to address a variety of science objectives, including sampling the most volatile-rich rocks and exploring for mantle xenoliths.
  • In addition, a major reason to conduct analogue missions is to develop and test operational approaches for future missions.
  • Some of the things the CanMoon team is studying is the best approach to selecting samples with a robot and how the use of virtual reality can improve the mission control’s ability to visualize planetary surfaces.
  • Funded by the Canadian Space Agency through its Lunar Exploration Analogue Deployment (LEAD) program, the CanMoon mission provides training to 40 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as more than a dozen faculty and other researchers.

LOCAL:

  • Last month was the best July for residential sales since the London and St. Thomas Association of Realtors (LSTAR) began tracking home sales in 1978, with 1,043 homes changing hands, an increase of 5.4 per cent over July 2018.
  • The organization points out in the same statement that Middlesex County’s eight municipalities including Strathroy and Parkhill – had its best July in a decade. Of 121 listings in Middlesex County, 99 units sold last month.
  • Buyers who can’t afford the perfect home in the city are casting a wider net, according to realtors.
  • Recently, a home in Rodney was sold that drew 13 offers. Two years ago, by comparison, a similar property would have had one showing and one offer,
  • Record July sales follow a slight slowdown in sales activity in June. Sales in St. Thomas continued to be strong in July, where there were 73 home sales, which is on par with the 10 year average.

 

  • You’ll be able to get away this winter just a little bit easier, with Sunwing announcing more flights out of the London International Airport to destinations like Cuba and the Dominican Republic. They are a part of an all-inclusive package offered by the airline company.
  • The low-cost airline is also bringing back flights to Jamaica, and multiple locations in Cuba.
  • The flights will run from December until April. Sunwing says that Cayo Santa Maria and Punta Cana are the airline’s two most-travelled to destinations.

SPORTS:

  • The London Majors opened up their IBL playoff series yesterday evening in Welland against the Jackfish.
  • The Jackfish took Game 1 of the series last night by a score of 6-3. London outhit Welland 11-9 in the game, but the Jackfish had a balanced attack throughout the game, scoring runs in the first, second, sixth and eight innings.
  • Miles Miller went a perfect 4/4 on the evening at the plate, while on the Jackfish side, Brendon Dadson and Nolan Pettipiece both had 2 RBI on the evening.
  • Game 2 of the series will go tomorrow night in Welland, with Game 3 slated for Friday night back here in London. 

WEATHER:

  • High of 26 this afternoon with a chance of thundershowers.
  • Skies will clear up tonight with the temperature staying around 19 degrees.
  • Tomorrow will see a high of 24 feeling like 30 with a risk of thundershowers again.
  • Then Friday can expect a high of 24 with clear, sunny skies to cap off your work week.