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NASA to proceed with Soyuz launch despite recent rocket failure


A Russian cosmonaut and a USA astronaut survived an aborted liftoff after a Soyuz rocket bound for the ISS failed in mid-air two minutes after the launch in Kazakhstan, leading to a dramatic emergency landing. 11. He holds out a hand. "And then we start cracking a few jokes between us about how short our flight was". NASA's Hague has already flown back to the United States following the landing, after undergoing a medical check and being questioned about the accident. Read More »

Six dead after floods hit southern France


In the town of Villegailhenc, resident Ines Siguet said floodwaters rose so quickly after the rains swept in from the Mediterranean that residents fled to rooftops. She posted video of a ripped-up road where a bridge used to be, torn away by a flood torrent that cut the town in half. Alain Thirion, the prefect of the Aude, said some of the dead appeared to have been swept away by floodwaters. Read More »

After Hurricane Michael, hard-hit communities begin picking up the pieces


Hurricane Michael is rapidly intensifying as it enters the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to strike Florida on Wednesday, forecasters said. An unknown number of people were still missing. Except for the emergency 911 system, authorities in Bay County, the epicentre of the disaster, were virtually without telephone or internet service until late on Friday, making communications internally and with the public hard. Read More »

Hurricane Michael weakens to tropical storm as it crosses Georgia


What the 9-foot (2.7-meter) storm surge didn't destroy, the 155 miles per hour (250 kph) winds finished off. Trees were downed in Panama City , northwest of Mexico Beach , buildings flattened, boats and electrical cables scattered. Six deaths have been confirmed - four in Florida, one in Georgia and one in North Carolina. Five deaths were reported in Virginia , in addition to four in Florida, one in Georgia and one in North Carolina. Read More »

US, Russian astronauts survive Soyuz emergency landing


NASA astronaut Nick Hague, a member of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 57/58, is helped by specialists as his space suit is tested at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 11, 2018. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who watched the launch at Baikonur tweeted that Hague and Ovchinin are in good condition . The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the International Space Station following the retirement of the ... Read More »

3 companies win major Air Force rocket contracts


Strap-on solid-fuel boosters also can be attached to the rocket for additional liftoff power depending on payload requirements. Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, formerly Orbital ATK Inc., was awarded $792 million and will manufacture its OmegA Launch System. Read More »

Hurricane Michael's death toll could rise as Florida searches intensify


Brandon Clement shot helicopter footage of the devastation left by the Category 4 storm on October 11. Homes washed away by Hurricane Michael were shown in this aerial photo, today, in Mexico Beach, Fla . State officials issued disaster declarations in Alabama and Georgia and the storm is also expected to bring heavy rainfall to North and SC. Some fear the toll can only rise as rescue teams get around storm debris blocking roads and reach isolated areas. Read More »

Moment Soyuz rocket failed captured on camera from SPACE


A few minutes after launch Roscosmos informed NASA that there had been an issue with the Soyuz booster . In 2003, when Expedition 6 crew members Ken Bowersox and Don Pettit and their cosmonaut counterpart Nikolai Budarin returned from a five-month stay aboard the ISS , their automated controls failed , forcing the re-entry in ballistic mode. Read More »

Hurricane Michael Obliterates Mexico Beach, Florida


Entire blocks of homes near the beach were obliterated, reduced to concrete slabs in the sand. Most of the rain was blamed on a low-pressure system off the Pacific coast, but Hurricane Michael in the Caribbean could have also contributed. Read More »

Crew Safe After Soyuz Launch Abort


NASA said that rescue teams have reached Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin and they have been taken out of the capsule and were in good condition. In English, Gerst says, "I'm glad our friends are doing well". The incident comes as the US has been making progress in its quest to end Russia's monopoly on manned flights to the ISS by encouraging private companies to conduct launches. Read More »

Pipeline explodes near Prince George, B.C.: RCMP


The explosion has knocked out oil refineries in Washington state that rely on natural gas to power the facilities. "The duration of the price impact will depend on the length of time that the pipeline is out of service", he says. Homebuilders are not expecting to feel any impact unless a shortage becomes a long-term problem. Thousands of FortisBC customers would be without natural gas without the pipeline. Read More »

Hurricane Michael grows stronger on way to Florida


It was, in other words, a hurricane: the product of multitudinous forces that blend heat, wind and moisture into a potent threat, with a whopping dose of chance thrown in. "So many lives have been changed forever". But without extensive study, they can not directly link a single weather event to the changing climate. Modern models predicting warming have been borne out in thousands of studies showing phenomena like rising ocean temperatures and shrinking glaciers. Read More »

Terrifying climate change warning: 12 years until we’re doomed


To limit warming to around 1.5°C with no or limited overshoot, global net carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions need to decline by about 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net zero around mid-century. Adaptation needs are also more moderate at the 1.5 °C threshold, though adaptation limits (the point at which there are no feasible adaptation options available to avoid a given climate risk) may still be exceeded for threats including partial coral reef loss and stress to coastal-dependent ... Read More »

Virgin Galactic is weeks away from reaching space, CEO says


He admitted that it has taken him "at least seven years longer than I thought it would" for Virgin Galactic to reach this point, but he says the countdown is on for the first spaceship, which will take off in a matter of weeks. A Virgin Galactic spacecraft can accommodate two astronauts who will pilot it, along with six paying passengers. Virgin Galactic has so far this year completed three successful rocket-powered test flights of its latest SpaceShipTwo plane, VSS Unity , but ... Read More »

Hurricane slams Florida panhandle, Georgia — WHAT'S HAPPENING


It destroyed everything", Jason Gunderson, a member of a group of rescue workers that calls itself the Cajun Navy, told CNN early on Thursday from Callaway, a suburb of Panama City. Wakulla County issued a dire warning, saying it won't open any of its shelters - because they're safety-rated only for storms up to Category 2 strength, WFSU reports. Read More »

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Historic Hurricane Michael hits Florida


In the D.C. area, its effects are a few days off and should be limited. The NHC said: "On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move through eastern Georgia into central SC this morning, then moves across portions of central and eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia into the Atlantic Ocean by late tonight or early Friday". Read More »

Trump suggests the climate may actually be 'fabulous' after ominous United Nations report


BECCS is a theory for "negative emissions" using large scale plant growth to absorb Carbon dioxide; the crops are burned to create energy while the Carbon dioxide is captured and buried in the ground. They say it excludes scientists who downplay the effect of burning fossil fuels. It has said it has no intention of scaling back fossil fuel production because of concerns that without coal household power bills would continue to soar. Read More »

Rocket failure forces astronauts to make emergency landing

But they got into trouble and were forced to make an emergency exit. It comes weeks after a hole was discovered in the International Space Station amid talk from the Russian space authorities of deliberate sabotage. They set the trajectory for the flight, and if they aren't running at full capacity could send the rocket in completely the wrong direction. A statement issued by NASA said: "The Soyuz MS-10 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space ... Read More »

Hurricane Michael: Videos show destruction in US

There were no immediate reports of casualties but officials were fearing the worst. Michael is predicted to be a tropical storm by the time it reaches the SC border with Georgia, according to the National Weather Service. "We will take care of each other". The latest minimum central pressure based on data from the reconnaissance aircraft has dropped to 928 millibars, meaning the eye of the storm is strenghtening. Read More »

Hubble in 'safe mode', but science operations suspended


The six gyros on the Hubble were replaced in 2009 during the final servicing mission to the instrument by NASA's space shuttle. Hubble is equipped with six gyroscopes, but it's been operating with only three active gyros. These six gyroscopes were replaced during a 2009 fix mission to the telescope. Hubble uses its gyroscopes to keep itself aimed precisely at what astronomers are using it to observe. Read More »

Updates, tracking resources as storm makes landfall


The storm's rapid intensification over the past two days, despite shifting winds, "defies traditional logic", according to hurricane forecasters . At 11 a.m. Winds 252km/h+ Serious damage to buildings, severe flooding further inland. "The storm surge is absolutely deadly". " No long-time residents of this area will have seen a hurricane this strong before ", said the Weather Channel . Read More »

Florida braces for lethal floods as hurricane nears


The center warned heavy rain, risky winds and life-threatening storm surges were possible across Western Cuba on Monday as winds picked up speed on the Gulf Coast. A separate map shows Columbus could see rain totals between 2 and 4 inches from the storm. "You can not hide from storm surge, so get out if an evacuation is ordered". Read More »

Star Trek: Discovery - New season 2 trailer and NYCC recap


In addition to that enigma (and the one of Spock's facial hair), we also got a look at Rebecca Romijn as Number One , and the return of Michelle Yeoh as Phillipa Georgiou. After the January 17, 2019 premiere of season 2 , Star Trek: Discovery the 13 episodes will be available on-demand weekly on Thursdays on CBS All Access . Read More »

Florida St. Withdraws from Tri-Meet as Hurricane Michael Approaches


This is in contrast to recent major storms , such as Harvey in 2017 and Florence in 2018, which made landfall in the United States and then stalled out. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles. The storm was centered about 390 miles (627 kilometers) south of Apalachicola and 420 miles (675 kilometers) south of Panama City, Florida . Read More »

NASA staff working 24/7 to deal with Hubble space telescope issues

While the telescope is not expected to be at risk of being permanently out of order, two of the four gyroscopes used to direct the telescope towards its targets in the sky have failed. Thus, each problem brings the telescope, one of the most famous and productive observatories in the history of astronomy, one step closer to its eventual end. Read More »

SpaceX First-Stage Rocket Returns to Vandenberg After Deploying SAOCOM 1A


SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on Sunday evening. Two minutes later, the second stage engine shut down as planned and two-and-a-half minutes after that, the SAOCOM 1A satellite was released into the planned polar orbit. Both the launch and landing took place at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Air Force said before the 7:22 p.m. launch that it expected that people as far away as Sacramento and Southern California would see the rocket's contrail. Read More »

First SpaceX West Coast rocket landing lights up California sky


Following stage separation, Falcon 9's first stage will return to land at SpaceX's Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg Air Force Base . SpaceX used the same first stage for the Saocom-1A mission that launched 10 satellites for Iridium about 10-and-a-half weeks ago, also from Vandenberg. Read More »

Rock that was used as a doorstop a meteorite worth $100000


According to Central Michigan University , the 22-pound meteorite rock was brought in to be examined by an unnamed man who said he had been using it as a doorstop for several decades. The farmer said that it had come down onto the property in the '30s - "and it made a heck of a noise when it hit ", the new owner recalled him saying, according to CMU's statement. Read More »

Potential Tropical Storm Could Impact North Georgia


Right now, there is just a low-end chance for tropical storm-force wind across our area. A hurricane center graphic showed the disturbance gaining storm-level winds of over 39 miles per hour on Monday and maintaining those speeds as it potentially hits the Florida coast east of Pensacola on Wednesday. Read More »

Hubble finds compelling evidence for a moon outside the solar system


This moon candidate, which is 8,000 light-years from Earth in the Cygnus constellation, orbits a gas-giant planet that, in turn, orbits a star called Kepler-1625. Scientists are convinced that have received the exact proof of the existence of the moon orbiting the exoplanet Kepler-1625b. It helps, if the moon your searching for is rather big too; say on the scale of a medium to large planet. Read More »

First 'exomoon' may have been found


Now the researchers say that what Hubble saw seems to confirm the idea that this planet has a moon. Kipping has spent a decade working on the " exomoon hunt". The team then used the Hubble telescope to monitor the planet and detected a second dip in brightness. This catalog included 284 planets found by Kepler with wide orbits around their host stars. Read More »

MI man's doorstop rock turns out to be a $100000 meteorite

But Sirbescu said she knew "within seconds" that this rock was special. The charred hunk of space debris is the sixth largest meteorite ever found in the state, and it's estimated worth tops $100,000. The current owner kept it for 30 years, using it as a doorstop and sending it to school with his children for show and tell . David says the man who sold him the barn described the unbelievable tale of the meteorite making an impact crater in the backyard. Read More »