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NASA’s InSight lander takes selfie with robotic arm from Mars

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For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today. One of InSight's 7-foot (2.2 meter) wide solar panels was imaged by the lander's Instrument Deployment Camera, which is fixed to the elbow of its robotic arm. He notes, "We're glad to see that". The hollow where the spacecraft now sits is a depression made by a meteor impact that filled with sand later. That will definitely make things easier for the heat-flow probe once it is drilled 16 feet below the surface. Read More »

Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week

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You will want to find a big open space where you can see as much sky as possible. For a better view, get as far away from city lights as possible, face South, and keep in mind to dress warmly as you enjoy one of the greatest shows on - or above - earth, recommends Google . Read More »

Russian Cosmonauts Take Spacewalk to Check Site of Capsule Leak

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In line with the instructions from the control centre, they also took pictures of the external side of the hole. Photos of the hole from inside the spacecraft circulated online. The samples will be sent to Earth to "get at the truth" of the cavity's origins, the space agency said. Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko (in the spacesuit with red stripes) and Sergey Prokopyev (with blue stripes), both Expedition 57 flight engineers, cut into the exterior insulation of the Soyuz MS-09 ... Read More »

Virgin Galactic ready for milestone SpaceShipTwo flight

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The space tourism company's feat marks the first successful manned space flight launched on USA soil since NASA retired its space shuttle program in 2011. "Safety's all that matters if you're putting people into space", he said. The planned sub-orbital lobs have been delayed repeatedly since the passenger-toting rocketplane's lavish unveiling back in 2009 and the firm has had to overcome a number of setbacks, including an incident that led to the inflight destruction of its predecessor ... Read More »

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: What, when and where to watch in India?

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Geminid meteor showers occur when moves through the debris from asteroid 3200 Phaeton as it orbits the sun. They are the only major meteor shower not originating from a comet and were first observed in the 19th century. It is recommended that you try to get away from city lights as it can make it harder to see because of the light pollution . Phaethon was discovered in October 1983 and named after the Greek myth about the son of Helios, the sun god, because it closely approaches our sun. Read More »

How to see the Leonid Meteor Shower in MI this weekend

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The best time for people in the Northern Hemisphere to head outside should be at around 3 a.m. ET, when moonlight won't interfere too much with viewing the shower, according to NASA . This time will be most favorable for observing the meteor shower. Fireballs are brighter and larger and can last longer than the average meteor, while earthgrazers appear close to the horizon with long, colorful tails. Read More »

NASA's Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space

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They might not call it just yet, as Voyager 1 entered the interstellar medium at around 121 AU (or 121 times the distance between the Sun and Earth), but Voyager 2 is now at only 119 AU . The discovery, announced at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union here, comes six years after Voyager 1 also crossed the heliopause into interstellar space. Read More »

NASA's InSight Lander Sends Back Sounds of Mars

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Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator at NASA's JPL called the audio "an unplanned treat ". The second audio sample from APSS was sped up by a factor of 100, which shifted it up in frequency. This image from InSight's robotic-arm mounted Instrument Deployment Camera shows the instruments on the spacecraft's deck, with the Martian surface of Elysium Planitia in the background. Read More »

China's history of lunar exploration

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It is expected to soft land on the far side of the Moon in January , unveiling the mysterious dark side which is unknown. Months before launch, China's Xinhua news agency reported that Chang'e-4 might also be carrying a "lunar mini-biosphere" containing potato seeds and mustard seeds as well as silkworm eggs. Read More »

NASA's Insight lander records wind heard on Mars

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory released audio clips of the alien wind on Friday. InSight's solar panels appear in this image from Mars on December 7. InSight science team member Tom Pike says the lander acts like a giant ear as the solar panels respond to the wind. When InSight is conducting its science mission, the seismometer won't be able to hear the wind, attuned only to the grumblings of the planet's interior . Read More »

Capsule carrying Christmas dinner rockets towards space station

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SpaceX plans to land the new Falcon 9 booster back at Cape Canaveral a few minutes after launch, the first onshore landing since the Falcon Heavy launch in February. The Dragon capsule, which previously traveled to the Space Station in February 2017, will be loaded with almost three tons of equipment, food, spare parts and scientific experiments. Read More »

Melting of Greenland's ice sheet has 'gone into overdrive'

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Water from the melt is adding to rising sea levels "more than any time during the last three-and-a-half centuries, if not thousands of years", scientists claim. The researchers found that the rate translated to a 50-percent increase in the runoff of meltwater into the sea compared with the preindustrial era. Read More »

3 astronauts safely aboard International Space Station

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The mission marked the 100th orbital launch of 2018, and the first time in 28 years that humanity reached that number of launches within a calendar year. "We are psychologically and technically prepared for blastoff and any situation which, God forbid, may occur on board". The new arrivals to the ISS will join the European Space Agency's Alexander Gerst, NASA's Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russia's Sergey Prokopyev, who have been in orbit since June but are due to fly back to Earth on ... Read More »

Hawaiian Monk Seal Gets Eel Stuck Up Its Nose

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This phenomenon, eels getting stuck in seals' noses, is rare; the team has observed only three or four cases of eel-nose in the past four decades, said Charles Littnan, a monk seal conservation biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( NOAA) Fisheries . Read More »

NASA Announces New Partnerships for Commercial Lunar Payload Delivery Services

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Rather, NASA says the nine USA companies will be eligible to bid delivery services for getting science payloads to the moon. But the newly announced contracts for the Commercial Lunar Payload Services Program came with a ceremony and extra fanfare given the newly energized push to return to the moon with help from private companies under the Trump administration. Read More »

NASA's asteroid-chasing craft successfully reaches 'Bennu'

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NASA's first-ever mission created to visit an asteroid and return a sample of its dust back to Earth arrived Monday at its destination, Bennu , two years after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida. " Bennu is also one of the most potentially hazardous asteroids, as it has a relatively high probability of impacting the Earth late in the 22nd century". Read More »

Almost two dozen tornadoes hit Illinois Saturday

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IL has an average of 47 tornadoes a year, not including December, which doesn't have an average, said CNN Meteorologist Allison Chinchar, speaking of the rarity of Saturday's twister cluster. The weather service sent crews Sunday to survey the hardest-hit areas in IL, which included Taylorville, 25 miles (40 kilometres) southeast of Springfield. Read More »

'Time is running out': David Attenborough's dramatic warning on climate change

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Renowned nature broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has told world leaders that climate change could lead to collapse of civilizations, and much of the natural world. Mr Guterres called for a "huge increase in ambitions" during the negotiations in Poland, adding, "We can not afford to fail in Katowice". Duda, the Polish leader, said participants at the conference have backed its proposal of a "just transition" away from coal mining, which calls for helping those people, like coal ... Read More »

Soyuz crew successfully docks at ISS - Met by jubilant astronauts

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Russia's Soyuz rocket, the first manned space mission to the International Space Station since an unprecedented accident in October was launched on Monday. The launch was closely scrutinised because of the abortive mission to the ISS on October 11, which ended two minutes after take-off when a rocket failure forced its two-man crew to perform an emergency landing. Read More »

Soyuz MS-11 Blasts Off to ISS From Baikonur Cosmodrome

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It will be the fourth visit to the ISS for Russian cosmonaut Mr Kononenko, while the trip will be the first for both Anne McClain from the U.S. and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency . The pair escaped unharmed, but the failed launch was the first such incident in Russia's post-Soviet history and a new setback for the country's once proud space industry. Read More »

NASA probe Osiris-Rex becomes ancient asteroid's first visitor

OSIRIS-REx will continue doing this over the next four weeks, during close flybys over Bennu's north pole, equator and south pole that will bring the probe as close as 4.4 miles (7.1 kilometers ) to the asteroid's surface. Only five asteroids met all criteria. Both Bennu and Ryugu are considered potentially hazardous asteroids. The rapid rotation also sends small rocks on the asteroid's surface flying into space, meaning there's nothing there for the spacecraft to collect. Read More »

United Nations chief says world is 'way off course' on climate change

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Attenborough also promoted the "ActNow.bot", a Facebook campaign the U.N.is launching that will recommend actions people can take to protect the planet. Eighty percent of Polish energy comes from coal, and the COP24 itself is being held on the site of a decommissioned plant in the mining city of Katowice . Read More »

Russian rocket launches trio to space station, two months after aborted trip

The launch was closely scrutinised because of the abortive mission to the ISS on October 11, which ended two minutes after take-off when a rocket failure forced its two-man crew to perform an emergency landing. Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, is now the only organisation transporting astronauts to the ISS after Nasa ended its space shuttle flights in 2011. Read More »

SpaceX postpones rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base

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PST to 11:01 a.m. PST. For SpaceX, the mission, called SSO-A, marked its 19th launch of 2018, surpassing its previous annual record of 18 launches past year. Spaceflight booked the Falcon 9 to launch 64 small so-called "smallsats" provided by 34 government and private-sector companies and organizations representing 17 nations, including the U.S. Read More »

Manned Soyuz rocket successfully launched into space

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This is the first manned Russian rocket launch since a dramatic Soyuz failure on October 11. NASA said, the launch comes less than two months after a booster failure forced a Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and USA astronaut Nick Hague to make an emergency landing. Read More »

Chinese Scientist's Gene Edited Human Babies Claim Triggers Huge Controversy

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While there's lots of research on Crispr gene editing to treat genetic diseases in people who were born with them, there's little reason to use it to prevent inheritance of those diseases in the first place. He, who created two companies based on his studies, is scheduled to present his findings at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing , and will certainly be the target of numerous questions from the leading gene-editing scientists in attendance. Read More »

Nations must triple efforts to meet global climate goal

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The Emissions Gap Report is the UNEP's annual flagship report and assesses the "emissions gap", or the gap between anticipated emission levels in 2030, compared to levels consistent with a 2°C/1.5°C target. 'Increased emissions and lagging action means the gap figure for this year's report is larger than ever, ' the report said. 'The science is clear; for all the ambitious climate action we have seen - governments need to move faster and with greater urgency. Read More »

NASA probe's Mars landing imminent

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EST. Then, it will fire its retro rockets to slowly descend to the surface of Mars, and land on the smooth plains of Elysium Planitia . The NASA Viking probes of the mid-1970s were equipped with seismometers, too, but they were bolted to the top of the landers, a design that proved largely ineffective. Read More »

NASA turns to private companies for future moon missions

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According to NASA , nine firms are now eligible to compete for NASA contracts for delivery services to the lunar surface over the next decade. The Commercial Lunar Payload Services contracts announced Thursday have a combined maximum value of $2.6 billion over the next 10 years. Read More »

NASA turning over moon landing efforts to companies in the private sector

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Bridenstine went on to say that Musk "is as committed to safety as anybody, and he understands that that was not appropriate behavior, and you won't be seeing that again", according to an account of the meeting reported by The Atlantic . Although not tied to the aerospace giant's human-rated spacecraft, the company noted its experience with developing vehicles similar to this new lander. Read More »

At least 25 whales dead after mass stranding on remote Australian beach

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Over the weekend a hiker was tramping across Stewart Island , a remote locale in New Zealand's far southern regions, when the crest of a hill brought an unsettling vista into view: scores of dead pilot whales washed ashore on the beach. "Desperately we grabbed their tails and pushed and yelled, before we got hammered by them thrashing around". Half of the whales were already dead and due to the condition of the remaining whales and the remote, difficult-to-access location, the decision was ... Read More »

NASA's InSight lander successfully reaches Mars

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If all goes according to plan, it will drop onto the equatorial plain called Elysium Planitia at about 8km/h - but scientists won't know if its solar panels will have deployed until about 8.35pm EST, when NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter will be in position to relay data to Earth. Read More »

Trump doesn't 'believe' his own administration's climate report

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It warns of more, stronger and longer disasters triggered at least in part by global warming. The president was responding to a stunning report released by his administration Friday that said climate change will cost the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, damaging everything from human health to infrastructure and agricultural production. Read More »

Historic ‘meaningful vote’ on Brexit deal to take place on December 11

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In her third statement to the Commons on leaving the European Union, she said: "I'm looking ahead to December 11th, when this House will be faced with a decision as to whether or not it wishes to deliver on the vote of the British people with a deal that not only delivers on that vote but also protects their jobs". Read More »

MarCO success vindicates use of cubesats on deep space missions

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The three-legged InSight spacecraft reached the surface after going from 19,800 kph (12,300 mph) to zero in six minutes flat, as it pierced the Martian atmosphere, using a parachute and braking engines to slow down. Mars once had flowing rivers and lakes, but the deltas and lakebeds are now dry. A series of instruments, including a drill that can bury down several feet, will be used to measure the internal temperature of Mars and the wobble of its poles. Read More »

Elon Musk says there's a '70 percent' chance he'll move to Mars

But Musk denied that trips to Mars could be an exit strategy for the wealthy on Earth, what Axios' Mike Allen called an "escape hatch for rich people". And even then, how long can you continue to survive there into old age as health inevitably starts to fail? "So... there's a good chance you die there", he said. Read More »

Government climate report warns of worsening USA disasters

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The president "may try to hide the truth , but his own scientists and experts have made it as stark and clear as possible", his statement said. On Friday afternoon, as Americans were nursing their turkey hangovers braving the malls for deals, the White House released a dire new report on the impacts of climate change-a move that was quickly eviscerated by politicians and the media as a cynical attempt to bury its findings. Read More »

NASA Looking Toward Manned Mission To Mars 'Sometime In The 2030s'

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Nasa is planning to broadcast its first Mars landing in six years to viewers "everywhere" using its social media accounts and online television channel . The US investment in InSight thus far is $813.8m, including $163.4m to actually launch the thing. At this point, the probe is still traveling faster than the speed of sound, so InSight has a special parachute designed for supersonic speeds. Read More »

Climate change could cost US 'hundreds of billions' a year

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The congressionally-mandated Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) is the culmination of an enormous effort by the USA government and scientists from a variety of sectors to provide the US public with the state of the science on climate change , the impacts that it is now having on the country, and those that are likely to manifest. Read More »

Isn’t it ionic? A plane that flies with no moving parts

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Barrett, who is lead author of the project, said the idea for the ion plane came from the TV series " Star Trek ". "In the long term, I'm hoping for ultra-efficient and almost silent airplanes that have no moving control surfaces like rudders or elevators, no moving propulsion system like propellers or turbines, and no direct combustion emissions like you get with burning jet fuel", added Barrett, who led the research published in the journal Nature . Read More »

NASA Is Sending Rover to Ancient Mars Delta

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The landing site of Jezero Crater is different because of its abundant carbonate rocks and what they can hopefully reveal about early habitability on Mars, NASA said . Along with the ancient river delta, the site is also surrounded with small impact craters, boulders and rocks, cliffs, and depressions filled with aeolian bedforms that can trap a rover. Read More »