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How to watch the Indy 500 this Sunday – CNN

(CNN)The 104th running of NASCAR’s Indianapolis 500 takes place this weekend. And like most sporting events these days, the race will take place without fans in the stands.

The event was originally scheduled to take place in May, but it was postponed due to the pandemic. This is the first time the Indy 500 will be held without spectators.
NASCAR has already held a number of races without spectators, so this is nothing new. Despite the lack of spectators, the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is still one of the biggest races of the year.
The 500-mile race spreads out over 200 laps and takes nearly three hours to complete.
Here’s what you need to know ahead of the race:

How to watch

Pre-race coverage starts at 1:00 p.m. ET on NBC on Sunday, August 23. You can also stream it via the NBC Sports app and NBC Sports Gold, NBC’s subscription streaming TV service.
Pilots will be given the command to start their engines at 2:23 p.m. ET, and the green flag to start the race will drop at 2:30 p.m.
Race coverage is expected to end at 6:00 p.m.

What you need to know

The ‘Andretti Curse’
Marco Andretti, the grandson of legendary driver Mario Andretti, won the 2020 Indy 500 pole position — the first position at the start of the race that is typically awarded to the racer with the top qualifying time.
This is the first time that a member of the Andretti family has won the pole position in 33 years, when Mario did it in 1987.
All eyes will be on Andretti to see if he can end the “Andretti Curse.” Mario is the only member of the Andretti family to win the Indy 500 in 29 starts, in 1969. Michael Andretti, Marco’s father, never won in 16 starts. Marco Andretti has led more Indy 500 laps than 27 other drivers who have won the race, according to sportswriter Curt Cavin.
Tight competition at the top
Scott Dixon will be right on the heels of Andretti, starting from the second position after he missed out on the pole position by 0.017 seconds. Dixon has been hot in 2020, winning the first three races of the season along with two top-5 finishes.
Behind Dixon is Takuma Sato, who won the Indy 500 in 2017.
While Simon Pagenaud, who won the event last year, will be starting from the 25th position, he is still dangerous and could easily creep up.
Chase for the Triple Crown of motorsports
The triple crown of motorsports involves three of the most prestigious races in the sport: the Indy 500, F1’s Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
While several pilots have won two of the three legs of the triple crown, only one driver has won all three races: Graham Hill.
Fernando Alonso, who has won F1’s Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, qualified for the Indy 500 this year.

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shows Sunday

Sunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase | TheHill – The Hill

States’ efforts to reopen their economies during the coronavirus are expected to dominate the Sunday show circuit as partisan debates over easing restrictions rage across the country.

All 50 states are in some stage of their reopening, though some states like Georgia and Texas have taken more aggressive actions to allow businesses to open their doors.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump in new ad: ‘The death toll is still rising.’ ‘The president is playing golf’ Brazil surpasses Russia with second-highest coronavirus case count in the world Trump slams Sessions: ‘You had no courage & ruined many lives’ MORE and Republicans allies have been vocal in their concerns over the coronavirus’s economic fallout, which has shuttered businesses across the country and sent tens of millions of Americans into unemployment. 

However, a Brookings Institution analysis released this week showed that the coronavirus is spreading into rural counties in the South and Midwest. Many of these counties voted overwhelmingly for Trump over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump escalates fight against mail-in voting Sunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase The Electoral College is not democratic — nor should it be MORE in 2016. 

From the Trump administration, National security adviser Robert O’Brien will appear on NBC’s “Meet The Press” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” and White House adviser Kevin Hassett will be featured on CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

Deborah Birx, a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, will also be on ABC’s “This week” and “Fox News Sunday.” 

During a White House press briefing this week, Birx said that while Americans need to be cautious and maintain social distancing, they should be able to enjoy their Memorial Day Weekend outside doing outdoor activities such as  hiking or playing golf. 

Democrats and health experts have expressed concerns that the country is reopening too quickly and risks a resurgence in coronavirus cases.

“My concern is that if some areas, city, states or what have you, jump over those various checkpoints and prematurely open up without having the capability of being able to respond effectively and efficiently, my concern is that we will start to see little spikes that might turn into outbreaks,” Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Science alone can’t tell us whether to open up our states US enters risky new phase of coronavirus fight MORE, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said earlier this month.

Gov. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.) and Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Mnuchin: More COVID-19 congressional action ahead The Memo: Activists press Biden on VP choice MORE (D-Fla.), whose states have both been hit hard by the pandemic, will be on “State of the Union.”

Here’s the full Sunday show lineup:

ABC’s “This Week” — Birx; former White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert; Dr. Atul Gawande of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” —O’Brien; Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio); Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital; Dr. Dan Barouch of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — O’Brien; former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb; Eric Rosengren, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Geoffrey Ballotti, president and CEO of Wyndham Hotels Group.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.); Murphy; Demings; Hassett. 

Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” — Birx; Gov. Asa Hutchinson; R-Ark.; Mark Parkinson, CEO of the American Health Care Association. 

Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures” – Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services; Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Commerce Department cracks down on Huawei’s access to chips Senate approves bill to sanction China over Uighur rights MORE (R-Tenn.); Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.); Matthew Whitaker, Former Acting United States Attorney General; Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Pass the Primary Care Enhancement Act Trump campaign launches new fundraising program with House Republicans MORE (R-Calif.); Gordon Chang, Asia Analyst and Author of Nuclear Showdown

“America This Week With Eric Bolling” – Megyn Kelly, former Fox News and NBC anchor; Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Brzezinski says she arranged call with Twitter CEO to discuss banning Trump Trump taps new prosecutor for DOJ office at center of Flynn, Stone controversies MORE, Trump ally and GOP operative; Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Moussaoui says he now renounces terrorism, bin Laden Democrats launch probe into Trump’s firing of State Department watchdog, Pompeo MORE, former New York City Mayor; Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Congress headed toward unemployment showdown Doctors push Trump to quickly reopen country in letter organized by conservatives MORE (R-Ky.); Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Senate Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Planned Parenthood loans Overnight Defense: Trump to withdraw US from Open Skies Treaty | Pentagon drops ban on recruits who had virus | FBI says Corpus Christi shooting terror-related MORE (R-Ark.); Nunes

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Sunday’s launch of a secret space plane produced some eye-catching images – Ars Technica

Must see delta-v —

We may not see the X-37B in space, but we can still enjoy its Earth departure.


  • An Atlas V rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday morning.


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  • Skies were partly sunny for the launch and the photos benefited greatly from the extra light.


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  • Well, not all the photos. This remote camera encountered a bit of material thrown up by liftoff.


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  • And it was downright dark in the maw of the rocket.


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  • But the broader context shows brilliant blue skies.


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  • This was the sixth launch of the Space Force’s X-37B spacecraft.


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  • It has flown five times on the Atlas V, and once on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.


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  • The space plane will return on a runway at Kennedy Space Center when its mission of unspecified duration ends.


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  • The X-37B is shown inside the rocket’s payload fairing prior to launch.


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  • Hey, nice LOX ball!


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  • The Atlas V rocket carried this nice message into space.


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On Sunday morning, an Atlas V rocket built by United Launch Alliance took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rocket hauled the secretive X-37B space plane into orbit for the US Space Force.

The launch webcast ended just five minutes after the launch due to the classified nature of the mission, but the rocket company said it inserted the spacecraft into its target orbit. As a result, this X-37B (there are two different vehicles that rotate flights) successfully began what is likely to be an approximately two-year mission to conduct scientific research (and who knows what other kinds of activities for the military).

This launch was delayed from Saturday morning due to poor weather over the Florida-based spaceport, and selfishly we’re glad for the one-day scrub. Clearer skies on Sunday meant that images captured by remote cameras set up by Ben Cooper, who shoots photos for United Launch Alliance, benefited from clear skies and brilliant sunlight.

The end result, in the gallery above, is quite spectacular.

Listing image by ULA

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