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Russian spacewalkers carve away at Soyuz spaceship to inspect plugged hole

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Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are embarking on a spacewalk to investigate a mysterious hole that caused a loss of air pressure in August. But Russian officials stated a few days after the hole was discovered that, based on its shape, it looked to have been drilled. The damage was apparently patched before the Soyuz actually launched into space, and it wasn't until it was attached to the space station that the makeshift repairs broke loose and started ... Read More »

Chang’e-4 Lunar probe is on its way to the moon

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Chang'e-3 landed on the moon's near side, however, which makes Chang'e-4 a very ambitious jump. The far side of the moon is so intriguing that China is sending a rover just to explore it, and that spacecraft just started on the first leg of its long journey. Read More »

NASA's Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space

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Data from Voyager 2 is beamed back to Earth at the speed of light. "Voyager has a very special place for us in our heliophysics fleet", Nicola Fox, director of the Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters, said in a NASA statement . "My personal goal is to get them to last 50 years total". Both probes are landmark missions that continue the journey of exploration in unexplored territory, the agency said. Read More »

NASA’s new Mars robot just sent back some awesome photos

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To get high-quality data from the incredibly sensitive seismometer onboard the lander, the team needs to be able to cancel out all the commotion coming from the Martian surface, looking only at signals coming from inside the planet. A rock can be seen near the lower edge of the picture, near a footpad visible at lower right corner. These vibrations were detected by an ultra-sensitive seismometer developed in the United Kingdom and an air pressure sensor sitting on the lander's deck. Read More »

China launches probe to explore dark side of Moon

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China is making final preparations for the launch of its latest lunar lander and rover spacecraft, Chang'e 4, in the early hours of Saturday, which will be humankind's first attempt to land on the far side of the moon. The first two Chang'e missions sent probes into orbit around the Moon, while the third successfully landed a lander and rover on the Moon's near side. Read More »

China rover blasts off for first landing on moon's 'dark side'

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While the terrain on the near side of the moon has many flat areas to touch down on, the far side is rugged and mountainous. If the landing turns out to be successful, the spacecraft, Chang'e-4 will also move ahead to conduct the first-ever experiments based on radio astronomy from the extreme side of the Moon . Read More »

Trump administration rolls back coal rules

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Let's be clear: New conventional coal-fired power plants are simply not a smart bet in today's power market dominated by cleaner generation sources and weakening carbon pollution standards for new plants will not alter that basic fact. A panel of United Nations scientists said in a recent report that coal and gas plants still operating need to be equipped with carbon-capture technologies to achieve the reduction in carbon emissions necessary for keeping the world under 1.5 degrees Celsius of ... Read More »

Greenland ice sheet melting 'off the charts' as climate warms

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The melting is not just increasing - it's accelerating. Total ice sheet melt-water runoff had increased 50% compared with the start of the industrial era, and had seen a 30% increase since the 20th century alone, she said. A contemporary study portrays this enormous melt out wasn't only an irregularity juxtaposed with the last 40 years but the last 350. The scientists drilled at these elevations to ensure the cores would contain records of past melt intensity, allowing them to extend ... Read More »

SpaceX launches cargo, but fails to land rocket

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The Dragon capsule should reach the orbiting lab on Saturday. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:10 pm. In a response to someone else's tweet , Musk clarified that SpaceX may use this Falcon 9 "for an internal SpaceX mission", but no further information on that was provided. Read More »

SpaceX Falcon 9 First Stage Spins Out Of Control, Lands In Ocean

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It's carrying an in-space refueling experiment, a new forest-monitoring sensor for the station , and supplies for the six astronauts aboard the orbiting lab, three of whom just arrived after launching aboard a Russian rocket Monday . After it released its payload into Earth's orbit, the SpaceX booster was recovered safely in the Pacific Ocean, according to a SpaceX spokesperson. Read More »

The sound of Mars

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The sounds were recorded by an air pressure sensor inside the lander that is part of a weather station, as well as the seismometer on the deck of the spacecraft. The air pressure sensor recorded the vibrations directly from changes in the air. The wind is estimated to be blowing at between 10 and 15mph. But the scientists warned not to get too attached to these recordings, because they won't last long. Read More »

3 astronauts dock safely at International Space Station

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Veteran Kononenko said the crew would conduct a spacewalk on 11 December as part of an investigation into a mysterious hole that has caused an air leak on the ISS. The ship successfully launched into orbit. The past few months had been tense at Roscosmos, Russia's space agency. Thirsk is no stranger to long-duration space flight. Read More »

Hawaiian Monk Seal Gets Eel Stuck Up Its Nose

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No, it's not a tongue-twister for your office Christmas party, it's something that's actually been happening in Hawaii. Endangered Hawaiian monk seals are facing a odd new threat, on top of the usual challenges from disease and becoming caught in fishing nets. Read More »

Taylorville IL got 41-minute warning of December tornado

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A wind gust of 75 miles per hour was recorded at 5:30 p.m.in Springfield, breaking the last windspeed record for December set in 1972, the weather service said. That year, 25 tornados tore through Southern Illinois and parts of Missouri, killing 17 people and injuring 273 more. He said it was an odd time of year for tornadoes in IL, and added that it was in part due to the "unseasonably warm and humid weather". Read More »

Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018

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UN General Assembly president Maria Espinosa told AFP that mankind was "in danger of disappearing" if climate change was allowed to progress at its current rate. meeting that's scheduled to run until December 14. Coal is centre-stage at the United Nations summit, which is taking place three years after a landmark deal in Paris set a goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Read More »

Spacecraft carrying Canadian astronaut docks at International Space Station

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Russian Federation said last month the launch of the Soyuz rocket failed because of a sensor that was damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome. This is the first launch of manned spacecraft after the accident the carrier rocket "Soyuz-FG" with manned spacecraft "Soyuz MS-10", which was wrecked soon after launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome on October 11. Read More »

New Caledonians ordered to shelters in tsunami alert after big quake

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A second powerful quake, of magnitude 7, has hit off New Caledonia, just hours after one measuring 7.6, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC). There were no reports of immediate damage, injuries or casualties. The natural disaster made impact at 3.18pm local time in New Caledonia. The spokesperson said he had felt the quake, describing it a strong but not long-lasting shaking. Read More »

Canadian David Saint-Jacques reaches the International Space Station

It is the first attempt to send astronauts to space after a mission in October that saw two crew members only narrowly escape after being forced to make an emergency landing just minutes after take-off. "OSIRIS-REx will return the sample to Earth in September 2023". They managed to emerge safely despite the harrowing ordeal. Russian Federation said last month the launch failed because of a sensor that was damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome but insisted the spacecraft ... Read More »

Keep an eye on the sky for another SpaceX launch this week

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Eastern, carrying 64 satellites to low Earth orbit. A SpaceX rocket launch lights up the sky above San Diego. Minutes later, the first stage landed on an unmanned ship in the Pacific. According to SpaceX, this kind of reusability is the future of spaceflight . Some of the satellites are aiming to build an internet network that could support smart devices. Read More »

NASA's MarCO flew by Mars on Monday

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MarCO-B, one of the experimental Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats, took this image of Mars from about 4,700 miles (7,600 kilometers) away during its flyby of the Red Planet on November 26, 2018. The images will help researchers to decide the best locations to place the spacecraft's scientific instruments. InSight's surface-operations phase began a minute after touchdown and one of its first tasks was to deploy its two decagonal solar arrays, which will provide power. Read More »

Too soon to create gene-edited babies, say scientists

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But, he added, there were many other promising therapies for treating HIV , and he didn't think many in the HIV research community were "putting a lot of hope" in genetic editing. "I personally don't think that it was medically necessary". Consent: Many of the questions from attendees revolved around the consent process. The scientist has sought for and received approval for this project from Shenzhen Harmonicare Women's and Children's Hospital, which was not one of the 4 hospitals that ... Read More »

Elon Musk Won't Smoke Weed on a Podcast Again

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President Trump signed a directive past year which ordered the agency to make plans for a lunar return, and today the agency took another step on that journey by announcing a slew of commercial partnerships aimed at getting payloads off the ground and moon-bound. Read More »

Draper launches bid for moon trip

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America's next Moon landing will be made by private companies - not NASA. NASA's objective is encouraging competition among the private companies in order to set up an orbiting outpost near the moon as fast as possible. SpaceIL, an Israeli company and former X Prize contestant, says it will send a robotic lander to the moon's surface with SpaceX's help early next year. Read More »

NASA spacecraft nears Red Planet on mission to detect 'marsquakes'

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The mission control team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Los Angeles prepared to conduct a final adjustment to the InSight's flight path on Sunday to maneuver the spacecraft closer toward its entry point over Mars . Only 40 percent of missions to Mars have successfully landed on the planet. The atmosphere on Mars is about 1 percent as thick as Earth's, making it hard for spacecraft to slow down enough for a safe landing. Read More »

'I don't believe' own administration's climate report

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However, it offered hope if changes could be made. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of voters said the United States needs to be doing more to address climate change, according to a poll by Quinnipiac University in August, up from 57% who said the same in December 2015 . Read More »

Investigation launched into 'monstrous' claims scientist has genetically edited humans

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He Jiankui of Southern University of Science and Technology of China told the Associated Press that embryos from seven couples who underwent in vitro fertilisation had been edited . He is scheduled to talk about human embryo editing on Wednesday and its "moral principles" on Thursday. He in a YouTube video. Many scientists working in genetics say they believe such experimentation is risky. Read More »

Climate change could cost U.S. 'hundreds of billions' a year

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The report catalogs the steps the U.S.is already taking in response. The White House tried to downplay the new report's conclusions Friday, claiming that they are "largely based on most extreme scenarios". For starters, we can expect more extreme weather events like the California wildfires , the continued spread of climate change-related diseases like Lyme, worsening pollution, and a very, very steep bill that we'll all be picking up. Read More »

Watch NASA's InSight land on Mars tomorrow starting at 2PM ET

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Engineers at JPL hope to get real-time electronic confirmation of the spacecraft's safe arrival from miniature satellites that were launched along with InSight and will fly past Mars. "I am completely comfortable and completely nervous at the same time", he said. "Landing on another planetary body is in my opinion one of the toughest things that we do in our field". Read More »