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Sunita Williams among 9 astronauts relaunching US space travel

He was selected by NASA in 2009, and spent 166 days aboard the International Space Station during a mission that launched on a Russian rocket in 2013. "But looks like it might". "Oh, it better, " Bridenstine chimed in. Georgia Tech graduate Eric Boe is going back to space. ABOVE, via NASA: "The astronauts are, from left to right: Sunita Williams , Josh Cassada , Eric Boe , Nicole Mann , Christopher Ferguson , Douglas Hurley , Robert Behnken , Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover ". Read More »

NASA Taps 9 Astronauts For First Crewed Boeing, SpaceX Test Flights

Here's what we know about the first-ever astronauts to take part in a new space race . "Today's announcement advances our great American vision and strengthens the nation's leadership in space". NASA's partners on the International Space Station program - the Russian space agency Roscosmos, the European Space Agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency - are expected to assign members of their own astronaut corps to the CST-100 and Crew Dragon crew rotation ... Read More »

Aussie supermarket backflips over plastic bags

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Well it seems not after supermarket giant Coles backflipped on their promise to ban the plastic bag and announced it will offer reusable plastic bags for free indefinitely. Also whilst we're here, can we talk about how stupid and useless that new Coles "mini-collectables" campaign is. "I'm calling this for what it is: high farce", he wrote. Read More »

Humans Have Already Depleted Earth’s Resources For The Year

Every year, The Global Footprint Network (GFN) calculates how much of the Earth's resources humans use, from water to air, and the day each year when humans overshoots the planet's ability to annually regenerate itself. Climate change, wildfires, untimely and unnatural rain fall, excessive heat, drought and floods are all the results of the over usage of natural resources. Read More »

NASA to announce new astronaut class on Friday

Additional crew members will be assigned by NASA's global partners in the space station at a later date, the agency said. In 2014, SpaceX and Boeing received contracts for $2.6 billion and $4.2 billion, respectively, to develop so-called space taxis that can ferry astronauts to and from the space station. Read More »

Mars is the closest it has been to Earth in 15 years

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Skywatchers flocked to astronomical observatories and science museums across Japan on July 31 as Mars made its closest approach to Earth in 15 years. "It won't be this close again until the year 2050, and it will appear bigger and brighter than usual because it's closer to earth", Culbertson said. Add a telescope and you can see a detailed view of the planet's surface and its polar caps. Read More »

Crewmembers For Boeing, SpaceX First Test Flights To Be Named Friday

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NASA's Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry as companies develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems created to carry crews safely to and from low-Earth orbit. After a month from the engine test issues, Boeing will have to delay the first two major test flights to the ISS of their future passenger spacecraft - The CST-100 Starliner. Read More »

Trump's EPA proposes rollback of Obama emission standards

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Arnold Schwarzenegger says President Donald Trump is "out of his mind" for terminating Obama-era fuel emission standards while denying his home state of California the legal right to impose its own regulations. The argument may prove a tough sell in court, where attorneys for states and environmental groups will come armed with a wealth of data undermining it. Read More »

Turkey's annual natural resource consumption higher than average

As a result of this overuse, fisheries are collapsing, freshwater is scarce, soils are being eroded and wildlife is vanishing, while the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is leading to climate change, more severe droughts, wildfires and hurricanes, the researchers said. Read More »

'Blood moon' to appear today for 21st Century's longest lunar eclipse

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The Red Planet was closer to the Earth and brighter than it has been in 15 years , making for some spectacular images. This full moon in July was also known as the Full Buck Moon and the Thunder Moon, occurring when a male deer's antlers are in full growth and at a time of frequent thunderstorms, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. Read More »

NASA’s TESS Space Telescope Begins Hunt for Undiscovered Planets

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TESS , also known as the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite , has begun scouring the stars just outside the solar system for signs of alien planets in orbit, NASA reports . The TESS telescope equipped with four telescopes with matrices a resolution of 16.8 megapixels, which operate in the spectral range from 600 to 1000 nanometers. Read More »

Mars makes closest approach to Earth in 15 years

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As Mars will be in the nearest position to the Earth, people can get the view from sunset until sunrise. At only 35.8 million miles / 57.6 million kilometres from us, the Red Planet is closer to Earth this summer than at any time during the 32-year interval 2003 - 2035, allowing those with clear skies and without light pollution to see it quite clearly. Read More »

Mars Closest to Earth in 15 Years Today

The maximum separation of the two planets is about 249 million miles (401 million km), and the average distance between them is 140 million miles, or 225 million km. To view specific details of Mars' surface, stargazers can view the planet through a telescope. The red planet comes close enough for viewing only once or twice every 15 or 17 years. Read More »

Half whale, half dolphin . . . just call me a wolphin

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An animal that appears to be a hybrid of a rough-toothed dolphin and a melon-headed whale was spotted off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii, in August of 2017, according to The Huffington Post . The researchers also determined that the hybrid is a male and that he stayed particularly close to its melon-headed whale companion for the duration of the observation period. Read More »

EPA reverses order allowing 'polluting' diesel truck engines

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Pruitt's decision to suspend enforcement of the glider rule was based on a discredited study by Tennessee Technological University, funded by Fitzgerald Gliders, the largest manufacturer of glider trucks. Meanwhile, some glider kit makers, such as Freightliner, have made a decision to go ahead with their planned phase-down of glider kit production no matter what the final outcome is, saying they are abiding by the spirit of the GHG2 rules. Read More »

Don’t miss your date with century’s longest Lunar Eclipse on July 27

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The partial eclipse starts in India at 11:44pm IST, while the total eclipse begins at 1am IST. According to TimeandDate.com, the partial eclipse will begin at 2.24 a.m. In Germany, sky gazers will have a chance to see the Friday's "blood moon" at approximately 22:22 hours local time (20:22 UTC) and clear skies are expected for much of the country, except eastern and southeastern Germany. Read More »

This planet will be extra bright tonight

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This is when observers will have their closest view of the red planet since 2003. In this position [opposition], the Sun, Earth, and Mars form a straight line. Mars will be at its brightest Friday night due to an opposition surge that is affected by the planet's angle of the sun - giving you the clearest view of the Red Planet. Read More »

Total Lunar Eclipse, July 2018

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Incredible "blood" moon can be seen from different parts of the world. The lunar eclipse was particularly special because it brought with it an eerie blood moon, with earth casting a shadow on the moon for 1 hour and 43 minutes. Some Britons had better luck however, with the Grenadier Guards stationed in Iraq posting images showing troops gazing at a red-sheened moon hanging in a clear sky. Read More »

Bengaluru shuns sleep to watch the total lunar eclipse

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The total phase of the eclipse lasted for one hour and 43 minutes, while the entire eclipse , including the partial phases, lasted for over six hours. Whether a full moon turns coppery red depends entirely on the atmospheric conditions and how much dust is in the air to bounce off the light from the sun. Read More »

Solar and Heliospheric Observatory Captures the Sounds of the Sun

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USA space agency NASA is preparing to launch a probe in August to study the Sun closer than any human-made object ever has, revealing multiple mysteries behind the star. Using 20 years of data on the dynamic movement of the sun's atmosphere , researchers have made it possible for us to listen to the sun's eruptions, loops, waves and other activity. Read More »

Testing Einstein's general relativity near supermassive black hole

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It was all observed using the Very Large Telescope array in the Chilean desert. The gravitational fields near this black hole are quite strong. The close approach of a star near a supermassive black hole at the center of our Galaxy provided the first opportunity to directly test General relativity in extreme gravitational fields. Read More »

Century's longest 'Blood Moon' eclipse to start shortly

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Meanwhile, Mars is now traveling closer to Earth than it has since 2003, so some observers overnight might have also seen what looked like an orange-red star, but was in fact the red planet. Here are some of the most googled questions about the lunar eclipse answered. When this happens, the moon appears to glow red and is thus called the blood moon. Read More »

Scientists Believe They Have Found Liquid Water on Mars

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With surface temperatures as low as minus 68C, it would not exist as a liquid under normal conditions. This means that scientists can't specify whether it's an underground pool, an aquifer-like body, or just a layer of sludge. which is surrounded by much less reflective areas". He suspects Mars may contain other hidden bodies of water, waiting to be discovered. Brine lakes on Earth can remain liquid at 8.6 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the study. Read More »

Evidence of Water on Mars?

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The device that can be credited for the new discovery of the liquid lake on the red planet is called the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding instrument (MARSIS) and was held on the orbiter known as the Mars Express, which was deployed by the European Space Agency . Read More »

'Blood moon' to appear for 21st century's longest lunar eclipse

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon , casting a deep shadow over the moon's surface. Some light, though, will still reach it because it is bent by the earth's atmosphere. "It is a conjunction of rare and interesting phenomena", said Pascal Descamps, astronomer at the Institute of Celestial Mechanics and Calculation of eEhemeris (IMCCE) within the Observatory of Paris-PSL. Read More »

The blood moon lunar eclipse

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Including that penumbral time , the eclipse will last for 3 hours and 55 minutes. Totality will begin at 19:30 GMT and last until 21:13 GMT. A Micro Full Moon takes place when the Moon is at its apogee - the point on its orbit farthest from the Earth. Read More »

A blood moon is coming! Here's what you need to know

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The result of this effect is the spectacular Blood Moon lunar eclipse . This was common in the early solar system, when giant impacts and the transfer of meteorites between planets occurred, according to the study. Those gases could have been enough to create an atmosphere. Conditions are expected to be mainly fine in the east of New Zealand. 5 and 3. 8 billion years old provide the earliest evidence for life on Earth. Read More »

The longest lunar eclipse of the century is coming Friday

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For the second phase, as the moon continues on its orbit, there will be another partial lunar eclipse, which will be visible from around 2:43 am IST. Mars will actually be at its closest approach since 2003 on July 30 and 31, at 35.78 million miles away. What's more, the eclipsed moon will on Saturday be close to the planet Mars, which according to Earth Sky , is at its peak brightness. Read More »

Skywatchers looking forward to complete lunar eclipse

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Only those in the Eastern Hemisphere will be able to view the upcoming event, with people in Europe, Africa and Asia getting the best seats for the lunar show. People gather as they wait for the sun to go down and the appearance of the "Blood moon" in Berlin on July 27, 2018 . For thousands of years, man has looked to the heavens for omens of doom, victory and joy. Read More »

Lunar eclipse could be hampered by thunderstorms

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If you are lucky, you may be able to catch some shooting stars associated with the Perseids, an annual meteor shower, while the Moon is totally eclipsed . Mars will be at its brightest Friday night due to an opposition surge that is affected by the planet's angle of the sun - giving you the clearest view of the Red Planet. Read More »

Plastic Straw Bans Grow After Seattle Takes the Lead

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The momentum behind the movement to ban plastic straws in cities across the country doesn't seem likely to slow any time soon, especially in California. While some US and California cities have made a decision to ban plastic straws, some big businesses aren't waiting around for government to act. The same goes for all the juices, soft drinks and other beverages contained in plastic that they continue to consume - not to mention scores of other plastic products they purchase across industries. Read More »

Lunar eclipse: Moon will meet Mars today to create space symphony

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On July 27 at around 10pm, the red planet Mars will be directly opposite to the Sun and at the same time being at closest distance from the Earth at about 56 million kilometres. The longest lunar eclipse is happening soon. It's also what's being called a " blood moon ". Baltimore is missing out on a "blood moon" and will have to settle for a "micro moon" Friday night. Read More »

Century's longest total lunar eclipse will feature a micro moon

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Depending on the weather conditions in your area, it may be rusty, brick-colored or blood-red. At 11:13 pm the moon starts recovering from the eclipse, which will be over by midnight. Eastern time and ending at 7:30 p.m. And unlike solar eclipses, especially the total solar eclipse in August 2017, the lunar eclipse is safe to view with the naked eye or binoculars. Read More »

Nigeria to experience longest lunar eclipse today

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When the three celestial bodies are perfectly lined up, however, the Earth's atmosphere scatters blue light from the sun while refracting or bending red light onto the moon, usually giving it a rosy blush. Lunar Eclipse: When will India witness the next total lunar eclipse? But if you happen to be in eastern South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia or Australia, you are in luck. Read More »

USA park Yosemite partially closed as deadly fire rages

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More than 3,300 fire-fighters are working on the fire, aided by 16 helicopters. Part of the park's glacial valley has already been inundated by smoke blowing in from the fire. Yosemite - the fifth-most visited United States national park in 2017 - is open all year but three-quarters of visitors come from May through October, peaking at more than a million across July and August. Read More »

Watch SpaceX, Arianespace Launch Wednesday in Early-Morning Doubleheader

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Carrying the satellites was a Falcon 9 rocket , whose payload disengaged itself an hour after launch. The mission has brought the total number of Iridium's satellites in orbit to 65. The satellite will use onboard propulsion to circularize its orbit some 22,300 miles (35,900 kilometers)-geostationary orbit-and move into the orbital slot at 63 degrees west to provide communications coverage between northern Canada and South America. Read More »

US won't see upcoming lunar eclipse

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There are solar and lunar eclipses , which occur in multiple ways. The eclipse , however, will not be visible from North America or most of the Pacific. A blood moon in San Francisco on January 31st, 2018. Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park, Sark Dark Sky Island and Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve have all been recognised for their low level of light pollution as the best spots in Britain to catch the rare blood moon . Read More »

Portugal set for total eclipse of the moon

On a black background. The total eclipse , where the earth will be plunged in total darkness when the earth's shadow completely covers the moon, will last for about one hour and 43 minutes. The eclipse is visible from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, most of Asia and South America and in the United Kingdom from around 21:00 to 22:15 BST. Read More »

'Nigerians Can See Blood Moon Tomorrow From 6:44pm to 9:21pm'

The eclipse will occur just after sunset and last for one hour and 43 minutes. There are solar and lunar eclipses , which occur in multiple ways. The moon appears red (rather than in complete darkness) due to blue light from the earth's atmosphere refracting sunlight onto the surface of the moon. Read More »

Where can you see Friday's 'blood moon'?

Totality (the part of the eclipse when the moon is entirely in the Earth's shadow ) will last for a full 1 hour and 43 minutes. The next total lunar eclipse will happen on January 21st, 2019. The effect of the atmosphere is to bend the light from each celestial object by about half a degree, which also happens to be their apparent diameters in the sky. Read More »

US to propose revoking Calif. authority to set auto emissions rules

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Department of Transportation plan to hold hearings on the matter later, but the proposed ruling could come as soon as Thursday. The Trump administration will also put forth a plan to weaken fuel efficiency rules put in place by President Barack Obama, who aimed to require automakers to sell cars with an average of fuel efficiency of 50 miles per gallon by 2025, according to Bloomberg . Read More »

Longest lunar eclipse to take place on Friday

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So where can you see the total lunar eclipse? Path of the Moon into Earth's Shadows and the times during the Total Lunar Eclipse on July 28 from Brunei DarussalamLooking about West at around 2am from Brunei Darussalam, the Blood Moon and Mars will put on a stellar show on July 28. Read More »

Einstein's theory of relativity passes yet another test

The theory fits well within the accepted framework of modern physics but it had never been observed around a massively powerful gravitational force like a black hole. S2's orbit is also expected to rotate, eventually. Infrared light from the star made its way through intervening clouds of dust across 26,000 light years to Earth where astronomers have been monitoring S2 and other stars near the black hole for the past 26 years. Read More »

Environment Canada issues severe thunderstorm watch for Toronto

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The threat for severe thunderstorms will end in all areas later this evening. The storms will reach portions of the Golden Horseshoe during the late afternoon. Environment Canada issues severe thunderstorm watches when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce large hail, damaging winds and torrential rainfall. Read More »

Astronomers Find Milky Way's Long-Lost Sibling

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One of the researchers, Eric bell noted that the discovery of the destroyed by the Andromeda galaxy will let you know how disk galaxies are able to grow and scale through mergers. It also appears that a fifth of Andromeda's stars formed two billion years ago, the paper reports. It also has a satellite galaxy orbiting it, M32, whose stars contain an abundance of elements heavier than hydrogen or helium. Read More »

Radioactive Fukushima particles found in some Napa Valley wines

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The researchers studied wines that dated from 2009 to 2012 and found increasing levels of cesium-137 in the later years. Some California wines are being affected by the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan. Hubert and his colleagues found measurable amounts of cesium-137 above background levels in the wine produced after 2011. They tested for the cesium-137 in those ashes. Read More »