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Tell us about the significance of this spacecraft crashing into Saturn.
Well the crashing was an interesting way to end the nation. The reason was that the space craft could maybe possibly have had some organisms from Earth still stuck to it and they really didn’t want to crash into Titan or Enceladus 2 of Saturn’s moons because they had begun to see evidence that those moons could possibly maybe maybe maybe possibly harbor some form of life and the last thing they wanted to do was contaminated another planet’s life who with some junk from Earth . So they said , okay , we’re just going to have a destroyed which it did when it went into Saturday . There was , it was demeanor burned up and then got crushed so not nothing happening after that . But the mission itself . As I said it discovered these amazing things about Saturn’s moons it showed all sorts of interesting things about the rings of Saturn they learn about how the solar system formed and it was just an amazing mission 13 years in orbit around around Saturn and and it had to end and hearing that tape . I was in the control room at jet propulsion laboratory and in Pasadena . It was emotional , I mean people were in there crying . You know , losing this this mission after so many years .
That’s NPR’s Science correspondent Joe Palca and we will link you to his list of the top stories of the year in science that here in.org Joe , thanks so much.
Well , it was great.
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This is here now from NPR and WBUR I’m Jeremy Hobson , the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Trump administration is planning to roll back some offshore oil drilling regulations. The rules were put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill . Emily Glazer is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal . She joins us now . Hi , Emily . Hi , Jeremy . And we all remember the Deepwater arising spill 11 workers were killed 200 million gallons of oil were spilled into the Gulf of Mexico first vote . What were the regulations that were put in place after that disaster that the trip administration now wants to change .
So Deepwater horizon is the biggest oil spill in US history. My colleagues reported around April 2014 that the Obama administration putting regulations that were designed to prevent some of the equipment failures that occurred on Deepwater Horizon so that included things like imposing new standards on equipment designed to keep control of a well and required real-time monitoring uncertain kinds of drilling undertaken in deep water or under high pressure .
And had these regulations done what they were intended to do.
You know it depends who you ask my colleague turned that Ted Mann reported that after President Trump took office industry groups flooded the agency that regulates offshore oil and gas drilling. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement with suggested rollback to the so-called well control rule and the proposed government roll back that we reported on . Earlier this week would actually give those industry groups . Much of what they’ve sought .
The body in charge of regulation. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement , says the changes could save the industry more than $900 million in the next 10 years has the industry really been hurt by these regulations .
You know , in general , when industries become more heavily regulated and I’ve seen this a lot you know covering businesses are over tapes of years they have to pay for the new process even measures that are taking place and that often cost a lot of money to get there and the industry groups in these cases this case would argue that yes , you know , those costs have hurt them. Where is environmentalists would argue that the additional regulations are necessary to prevent another crisis down the line .
Well , and of course a spill like the one that we saw that everybody watched for like about a month on TV and on the internet , you could see that oil just coming out of the ground that obviously had a big environmental toll as well if there is another spill if these regulations get cut who foots the bill for that.
You’re totally right Jeremy and you know if memory serves crack Deepwater Horizon that well leaked for EDF says Vin Diesel imported at least 3.1-9 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. So to put some numbers and contacts , BP said in mid 2016 that Deepwater Horizon caustic around $62 billion pre-tax that’s run 44 billion after-tax that includes anything from several settlements with federal and state authorities shareholders property owners consumers we’re talking hotels in Mississippi shrimp fisherman the EPA and it really did it a lot of the damage . Whether it was medical cost property damage economic losses in cleanup . So in that case . BP did pay alive . It’s hard to know what would happen if another spill occurs down the line . Since so much of this is circumstantial .
And just a few seconds , but because their opposition to the change in the rules.
So this is run into some funny holiday tightening or the Wall Street Journal article posted on Christmas Day. So we haven’t seen too much opposition yet and our reporting about a proposal that isn’t public . So I’d expect down the line now .
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