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Toyota will develop a manned fuel-cell lunar rover

Toyota will develop a manned fuel-cell lunar rover The pressurized vehicle proposed this week by Toyota is six meters long and 3.8 meters high - or, about the size of two microbuses, the auto company says. In the future, Toyota and JAXA will conduct joint studies with the latter exercising the automaker's technology know-how to accelerate the development of a pressurized lunar rover. [Full Article...]

SpaceX Crew Dragon returns from ISS to Earth

SpaceX Crew Dragon returns from ISS to Earth But if all goes well, the next flight will see two U.S. astronauts book a return trip to the ISS, sometime before the end of the year, according to NASA . But now, SpaceX has taken a major leap forward and is poised to fly its first test mission with two Nasa astronauts on board later this year. To say that the Crew Dragon did well would be a huge understatement. [Full Article...]

SpaceX Capsule Successfully Arrives At International Space Station

SpaceX Capsule Successfully Arrives At International Space Station While NASA broadcast video of everything from the launch to the docking, McClain's image of the capsule nearing the ISS should stand out as one of the most memorable documents of the Demo-1 test flight. A new experiment planned for launch to the space station in August 2022 will, for the first time, gather global observations of an important driver of space weather in our upper atmosphere. [Full Article...]

SpaceX successfully launches spacecraft designed for astronauts

SpaceX successfully launches spacecraft designed for astronauts This handout photo released by NASA shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is seen seen on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A as preparations continue for the Demo-1 mission on March 1, 2019 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. [Full Article...]

Mars Opportunity rover is dead, NASA confirms

Mars Opportunity rover is dead, NASA confirms The golf-cart-sized rovers were created to operate as geologists for just three months, after bouncing onto our planetary neighbor inside cushioning airbags. The solar-powered rover last communicated with Earth on June 10, 2018, as a "planet-wide dust storm was blanketing the Red Planet". That included finding evidence of past water on Mars that had a neutral pH, rather than acidic. [Full Article...]

2018 fourth warmest year on record: NASA, NOAA

2018 fourth warmest year on record: NASA, NOAA At 4th warmest, only 2016, 2017, and 2015 have been warmer than 2018, and the past five years, taken together, are the warmest years in the modern temperature record. The Earth experienced its fourth-hottest year in more than 136 years in 2018. Each new year may not set a temperature record but the long-term warming "resembles riding up an escalator over time and jumping up and down while on tha... [Full Article...]

Green New Deal Guarantees Economic Security for Those ‘Unwilling to Work’

Green New Deal Guarantees Economic Security for Those ‘Unwilling to Work’ Advocacy of stronger environmental laws has been an important part of the agenda of Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, and other progressives in the new Congress. "Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal represents an quake in the Democratic Party and American politics where a working class Latina bartender from the Bronx is now proposing and leading the most serious solution to rewrite America's social... [Full Article...]

Impact on the Moon during the total lunar eclipse

Impact on the Moon during the total lunar eclipse A blood moon is another name given to a total lunar eclipse , which happens when the Earth moves in between the sun and the moon. If that wasn't quite cool enough, review of the footage taken of the moon has revealed that, during the eclipse, it was struck by a meteorite. [Full Article...]

Total eclipse of the … moon! Send us your photos

Total eclipse of the … moon! Send us your photos But what does the name mean? A supermoon - it was 2019's first - is when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit during its full phase, making it appear bigger and brighter. North and South America, Europe and western Africa could see a total lunar eclipse, but eastern Africa and Asia could only observe a partial eclipse. [Full Article...]

'Super Blood Wolf Moon' visible in South Florida this Sunday

'Super Blood Wolf Moon' visible in South Florida this Sunday This moon will be of the "super" variety because it will be closer to earth, making it appear bigger than usual. Sunday's is the first of three supermoons in a row, appearing next in February and then March. Asia, Australia and New Zealand are out of luck. This will save you being out in the cold for hours on end. "It's looking like it will be around zero degrees if not in the negatives during... [Full Article...]

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...]


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