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On the Far Side of the Moon, Cotton Grows

On the Far Side of the Moon, Cotton Grows Officials at the briefing declined to give specific figures on the costs of the space program. Weighing below three kilograms, the test payload includes six organisms including seeds of cotton, potatoes, Arabidopsis and rapeseeds, as well as fruit fly pupa and yeast. [Full Article...]

Hubble's detailed image of nearby galaxy

Hubble's detailed image of nearby galaxy You may have spotted the Triangulum Galaxy-also known as Messier 33 or NGC 598-on a particularly clear night: it's that faint, blurry object in the constellation of Triangulum (the Triangle). Image credit: NASA / ESA / Digitized Sky Survey 2 / Davide De Martin. The runt of the litter also lacks the conventional bright bulge at its heart and does not have a bar connecting its spiral arms to the c... [Full Article...]

Brexit: Rival MPs find common cause in blocking 'irresponsible' no deal

Brexit: Rival MPs find common cause in blocking 'irresponsible' no deal She repeatedly sidestepped questions about whether she would keep putting the deal back to MPs if it gets rejected, instead saying: "If the deal is not voted on, this vote that is coming up, then actually we are going to be in uncharted territory". [Full Article...]

Garbage, faeces take toll on USA national parks amid shutdown

Garbage, faeces take toll on USA national parks amid shutdown The Smithsonian Institution will close off its museums and the National Zoo on Wednesday because it has depleted its temporary funding. Key parts of the federal government have been impacted since December 22 by the shutdown , including the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Interior, State and Housing and Urban Development. [Full Article...]

China's Chang'e-4 Lands on Moon's Far Side, Snaps First Image

China's Chang'e-4 Lands on Moon's Far Side, Snaps First Image The far side of the moon has been seen and mapped before, even by astronauts of the Apollo missions . The spacecrafts are aptly named after the legend of the Chinese goddess Chang'e , who is said to have lived on the moon for a Millennia. [Full Article...]

New Horizons completes flyby of Ultima Thule

New Horizons completes flyby of Ultima Thule Brian May of Queen rung in the new year with fellow astronomers. Although the image provided a new look at Ultima Thule , it lacks detail. The probe flew by the rock during a mission to gather information about the creation of the solar system. [Full Article...]

Major Winter Storm Threatens End-of-2018 Travel

Major Winter Storm Threatens End-of-2018 Travel An additional 1 to 3 inches of snow may fall from Thursday night to Friday, which is enough to make roads slippery again. For metro spots, it will be a quick two or three inches of snow followed by a lot of rain which will likely melt any snow that actually falls. [Full Article...]

SpaceX launch scrubbed for fourth time; next try Sunday

SpaceX launch scrubbed for fourth time; next try Sunday This victory is even more special for SpaceX considering that it had dragged the U.S. Air Force to court in 2014, after it awarded the multibillion-dollar contract of 36 rocket launches to United Launch Alliance - a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed. [Full Article...]

Japan withdraws from International Whaling Commission

Japan withdraws from International Whaling Commission Commercial whaling was banned under a 1986 International Whaling Commission moratorium. The environmental group Greenpeace condemned Wednesday's announcement and disputed Japan's view that whale stocks have recovered, and noted that ocean life is being threatened by pollution as well as overfishing. [Full Article...]

Odd light spotted in sky over San Francisco

Odd light spotted in sky over San Francisco A hydrogen leak in one engine halted the launch only minutes before takeoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base Wednesday evening. The United Launch Alliance rocket carrying a reconnaissance satellite had been set to take off at 5:44 p.m. Launches from the base northwest of Los Angeles can light up the sky for hundreds of miles. On Dec. 8, the launch was scrubbed just 7.5 seconds before its scheduled... [Full Article...]

Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight

Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight Today, the aerospace company successfully launched four NASA-supported technologies and two courageous test pilots aboard the suborbital space plane into space and then landed safely back on Earth. "People have literally put their lives on the line to get us here", Branson said. "I think we can authentically say that we're obviously hoping for a good day tomorrow but the risk of a not good day... [Full Article...]

Google Marks Geminid Meteor Shower With Doodle

Google Marks Geminid Meteor Shower With Doodle However, a clear sky will be needed to spot it, and the current weather forecast from Met Éireann shows that the southwest and west of the country will experience a break in the clouds coming into Friday morning. Most meteor showers really don't perform until after midnight. But don't blink! They're estimated to be traveling up to about 100 miles per hour! Believe it or not, that is moderate s... [Full Article...]

Nasa probe reaches for the stars in search for alien civilisation

Nasa probe reaches for the stars in search for alien civilisation Their continuing science will help shed light on how particles flowing off the sun collide with the particles on the interstellar wind beyond . "We are the only facilities in the world that can link communications with the Voyager 2 spacecraft". [Full Article...]

NASA's InSight lander captures first 'sounds' of wind on Red planet

NASA's InSight lander captures first 'sounds' of wind on Red planet NASA's InSight lander touched down on Mars 10 days ago, and has already sent its first pictures. The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA's InSight lander, took this image of the Martian surface the day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet, and was relayed from InSight to Earth via NASA's Odyssey spacecraft, now orbiting Mars, on November 26,... [Full Article...]

SpaceX successfully launches its 20th mission of the year

SpaceX successfully launches its 20th mission of the year Despite the landing, the mission successfully placed in orbit its Dragon uncrewed cargo spacecraft. SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies has arrived at the International Space Station . It's not every Friday that a 156-foot-tall SpaceX rocket booster is towed to Port Canaveral. According to Musk, the rocket could still be re-used as its engines stabilised the spin just in time to ensure an... [Full Article...]

Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018

Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018 Scientists projected Wednesday that over 37 billion tons of carbon dioxide have been released into the atmosphere this year, the highest amount ever. "Possibly, this year is unusual", said lead author Corinne Le Quere at the University of East Anglia. [Full Article...]

NASA Reveal 9 Companies Contacted For Moon Landing Bids

NASA Reveal 9 Companies Contacted For Moon Landing Bids NASA announced several commercial partners Thursday in the USA space agency's quest to return humans to the moon - and eventually Mars . "When we go to the Moon , we want to be one customer of many customers in a robust marketplace between the Earth and the Moon", Mr Bridenstine said. [Full Article...]

Japanese startup among firms chosen for NASA's moon delivery bid

Japanese startup among firms chosen for NASA's moon delivery bid NASA is planning to conduct workplace reviews of SpaceX and Boeing , another contractor, but which were already under consideration before Musk's appearance on the Rogan podcast. Lockheed Martin based its moon lander on InSight , the spacecraft that landed on Mars this week. According to Bridenstine, the new partners will compete to provide the best prices and innovations, creating a mark... [Full Article...]

Look Out Mars, Here Comes InSight

Look Out Mars, Here Comes InSight NASA is attempting to land a spacecraft on the surface of Mars Monday to study the interior of the red planet. The angle of approach and speed are huge factors in ensuring a safe touchdown, and the roughly seven-minute window between InSight's entry into Mars' atmosphere and the actual touchdown are going to be incredibly tense. [Full Article...]

White House Says Dire Climate Report Based on 'Extreme Scenario'

White House Says Dire Climate Report Based on 'Extreme Scenario' The new federal climate report, released by the Trump administration a day after Thanksgiving, issues a dire warning about the economic impact from the deteriorating environment. The report said it was "very likely that some physical and ecological impacts will be irreversible for thousands of years, while others will be permanent". [Full Article...]


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