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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 »

Man uses $100,000 meteorite as doorstop for decades

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought a farm in Edmore, Mich., in 1988. A rock that was used as a doorstop on a MI farm for decades has been identified as a meteorite worth $100,000. He and his father dug it out the next morning and it was still warm. He reportedly used the meteorite as a doorstop and sent it to school with his children for show and tell. Read More »

Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to 'power of evolution'


Enzymes "are what all we organisms use to make our chemicals". The research honoured Wednesday mimicked that process by inducing mutations in proteins and selecting those that best met the goals of the research. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry on October 3. "And at first, of course, I thought it was one of my sons, with a problem", says Arnold. Read More »

Crew members of ISS including our compatriot met in Kazakhstan


NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, along with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, touched down in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 5:44 p.m. local time (4:44 a.m. Gerst assumed command of the station as Feustel prepared to depart. A crew of three - Roscosmos's Sergei Prokopiev, and U.S. and German astronauts Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Alexander Gerst - remains on the ISS. Read More »

$40 billion LNG Canada pipeline project in BC gets green light


NDP support for the pipeline could divide the ruling NDP and the B.C. Greens, whose support Horgan needs to maintain government. "Adding such a massive new source of GhGs means that the rest of our economy will have to make even more sacrifices to meet our climate targets", Weaver said in a release. Read More »

Engineers design spacecraft to take humans to moon and beyond


The company offered no details on Wednesday about how it would move from the design phase to moon missions in this timeframe. Lockheed Martin has unveiled the designs for a reusable lander built to ferry four astronauts and 1.1 tons of cargo between lunar orbit and the surface of the moon. Read More »

Astronomers Discover a Distant Solar System Object - 2015 TG387

The Goblin got its name because it was discovered at Halloween. The Goblin's orbit is consistent with the much-talked-about but yet-to-be-proven Planet 9 . Believed to possibly exist in the distant region known as the Oort Cloud, astronomers think its existence could provide an answer for numerous odd orbits observed in the solar system, including The Goblin. Read More »

Nobel Medicine Prize awarded for cancer research


James P. Allison studied the T-cell protein CTLA-4 and how it could help with cancer treatment . Honjo discovered the protein, PD-1, that acts as a brake on the immune system in 1992. That's because our immune systems typically fight off foreign invaders, such as bacteria and viruses, and mostly ignore the cells created within our bodies - which include cancer cells. Read More »

Shell's LNG Canada seen as tip of megaproject iceberg


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the project is expected to be Canada's "largest private-sector investment" in Canadian history. KOGAS said this will be Korea's first major project in Canada. "It will be significantly challenging for all of us but with the revenue, some $23 billion coming to the province from this project, we will be able to innovate, work with renewables, work with Shell and the joint venture partners to bring down emissions over the long term". Read More »

Canadian scientist Donna Strickland shares Nobel physics prize


Along with Donna Strickland, he co-invented a technique called chirped pulse amplification, or CPA, which was later used to create ultrashort-pulse, very high-intensity laser pulses. Marie Curie, shared the 1903 award with two male scientists for research into radioactivity. Strickland became the third female Nobel laureate in physics. Read More »

Hayabusa 2 sends back highest resolution images of Ryugu yet

Now, following the successful deployment of a pair of tiny rovers from Japan's Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, the first color images from an asteroid's surface have been sending back to Earth and boy are they creepy. If that wasn't awe-inspiring enough, Jaxa has just released not only more images, but even a small video from Ryugu's surface, and all their footage is mind-meltingly wonderful. Read More »

'Beluga whale' spotted in River Thames near London


Richard Sabin, principal curator of mammals at the Natural History Museum, said photos and videos he had seen appeared to show a beluga whale . As day turns into evening here in Britain, many hope that the whale of 2018 will have a much happier ending. Read More »

Receding floodwaters leave behind smelly mess on highway


Authorities charged her with 12 misdemeanor counts of "practicing/attempting veterinary medicine without a license" and one count of "solicitation of a Schedule 4 controlled substance", Wayne County officials said in a statement posted to Facebook on Friday. Read More »

Less than 340,000 have flood insurance in North and SC combined


More than 160,000 people in North Carolina were without power as of 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and 850 roads in the state remained closed. It has been disastrous, and it has been widespread. The county reports that 31 buildings have been destroyed and another 510 have received some type of storm damage. Florence County has opened several emergency shelters. Read More »

Tropical Storm Kirk intensifies as it nears Barbados


Another storm forming just east of North Carolina is expected to dissipate Wednesday. The fickle storm is forecast to expire yet again after it crosses the islands and heads into the eastern Caribbean. And while the storms that threaten Florida at this time of the year tend to follow a similar path toward the Caribbean, it doesn't look like the conditions are there to keep a potential Kirk 2.0 alive that long. Read More »

Kirk reforms as tropical storm, gaining strength

That high will help steer the storm west across the Lesser Antilles and into the Caribbean Sea. The storm had sustained winds of about 75 km an hour but was expected to strengthen within the next 24 hours. on September 26. The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph with tropical storm-force winds reaching outward up to 115 miles from the center. Read More »

Beluga Whale Spotted Frolicking In The Thames

Images posted on Twitter showed a white whale in the water. A sighting of a whale on its own could indicate it is lost or disorientated. It said it is ready to provide help to the whale if asked to do so by other agencies. Despite the latest whale sighting prompting excitement on social media, conservationists expressed their worry for the animal. "Beluga whales inhabit cold, arctic waters off Greenland, Svalbard and in the Barents Sea", the group said in a statement. Read More »

See the images rover took on asteroid


The JAEA confirmed the landings in Saturday, with the first photos sent back from the rovers. "I'm proud we now have the means to travel across the surface of a small astronomical body, and that Hayabusa2 was able to contribute", project manager Yuichi Tsuda said in a written comment. Read More »

Tiny robots send home 1st photos from asteroid's surface


Japan's space agency has managed to surpass ESA's achievement of landing a craft on an asteroid by landing two rovers on another. When the rovers were released, JAXA engineers were forced to wait and wonder if they made it to the surface in one piece. Read More »

Power could be out for days in some areas, hours for others


According to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, city police, fire services and paramedics were going door-to-door to check-in on residents and to offer transportation to all who need to get to the relief centre. "I'm still thinking [about] a lot of other people, and it's not just us in this boat". At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out, but as of Sunday morning, the Hydro Ottawa and Hydro Quebec websites reported the number had been reduced to fewer than 80,000 - 70,000 in the ... Read More »

Tropical Storm Kirk of 'immediate concern' to BVI


Tropical Storm Kirk is moving through the Atlantic with winds of about 40 miles per hour. "Later in the forecast period, Kirk should be encountering increasing shear associated with strong upper-level westerlies over the Caribbean, and this will likely cause weakening". Read More »

Two Hopping Robots are about to Land on Asteroid Ryugu


The MINERVA-II-1 - which stands for Micro Nano Experimental Robot Vehicle for Asteroid - separated from the spacecraft at a height of around 50 m (164 feet) from the asteroid's surface. A series of specially-designed cameras - four on the first rover, and three on the second - will take stereo images of the asteroid's surface. The rocket carrying the rovers launched in December 2012 , only arriving at the diamond shaped C-type space rock in June, three years after setting off on its mission ... Read More »

The first science image from NASA's TESS exoplanet hunter is mind-boggling


NASA's newest planet-hunting mission has reported detecting its first alien world - a "super-Earth" that is likely evaporating under the heat from its star, a new study finds. The full strip of images taken in a thirty-minute period on August 7 2018. The result is an equally impressive photo showing over 200,000 stars in the southern sky. Read More »