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China Preparing For Mission To Far Side Of The Moon

China Preparing For Mission To Far Side Of The Moon China is making its final preparations before launching the first spacecraft to ever attempt a landing on the dark side of the Moon . The biggest challenge will be establishing communication with the far side of the moon, which is unreachable by direct signal and invisible from Earth, said professor Ouyang Ziyuan of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the chief scientist of the China Lunar Explora... [Full Article...]

China's history of lunar exploration

China's history of lunar exploration The Chang'e 4 robotic probe, the first artifact to touch down on the moon's far side, was lifted atop a Long March 3B carrier rocket at 2:23 am Beijing time at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China's Sichuan province, according to a statement from the China National Space Administration. [Full Article...]

EPA To Rollback Obama-Era CO2 Rule For Coal Plants

EPA To Rollback Obama-Era CO2 Rule For Coal Plants Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signs an order withdrawing an Obama era emissions standards policy, at the EPA Headquarters in Washington. The Trump administration will reverse an Obama-era coal emissions rule as part of its effort to loosen restrictions on the coal industry, just days after a U.S. [Full Article...]

Greenland's ice is melting at an alarming rate, researchers warn

Greenland's ice is melting at an alarming rate, researchers warn GREENLAND'S vast mile-thick ice sheet is melting at a scale that is "off the charts" and carries major consequences for changes in climate, a new study warns. An ice core is a sample taken from an ice pack with a hollow drill, revealing a cross-section that effectively looks back in time, a bit like the rings of a tree. [Full Article...]

SpaceX launches cargo, but fails to land rocket

SpaceX launches cargo, but fails to land rocket SpaceX commentator John Insprooker said, "We have done an excellent lift". " Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea", SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet after the missed landing. Broadcast of the launch were SpaceX and NASA. The rocket was initially meant to take off Tuesday but was delayed for a day after engineers discovered moldy mouse food in one of the... [Full Article...]

New NASA lander captures 1st sounds of Martian wind

New NASA lander captures 1st sounds of Martian wind This robotic arm will soon come in handy when it's finally time for the spacecraft to deploy its SEIS seismometer and HP3 heat flow probe - "the only instruments ever to be robotically placed on the surface of another planet", notes NASA . [Full Article...]

Watch SpaceX Launch Supplies to the ISS Astronauts

Watch SpaceX Launch Supplies to the ISS Astronauts Unfortunately the first-stage booster, that was scheduled to land back at the launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida, failed the approach and made a water landing off the coast. The disappointment was offset by the successful flight of the Dragon capsule and its 5,600 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of cargo. The company is contracted with NASA to help bring people in addition to supplies to the space ... [Full Article...]

Seal with eel stuck up its snout gets help from nosy scientists

Seal with eel stuck up its snout gets help from nosy scientists A Hawaiian monk seal with an eel coming out of its nose? Researchers noted that in all the cases, the eels have been successfully removed. "In nearly 40 years of monitoring, we have actually never observed this until a few years ago", Littnan said. [Full Article...]

Liftoff! Rocket blasts into orbit one month after dramatic launch failure

Liftoff! Rocket blasts into orbit one month after dramatic launch failure In particular, the crew will work with the Russian Progress MS resupply ships, load and undock the commercial SpaceX DM1 cargo spaceship, work with the Boe-OFT resupply ship, load and undock the Russian manned Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft for the return of the ISS-56/57 crew to Earth, as well as to conduct onboard photo and video surveys of the flight. [Full Article...]

Technical glitch sees Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon rocket crash land in sea

The sight triggered a mixture of anxious "oohs" and "aahs" from SpaceX employees who were watching, then the booster's video feed cut out from the broadcast. "Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data". It should reach the space station at the weekend. "Recovery ship dispatched", Space X boss Elon Musk said on Twitter . [Full Article...]

NASA’s Osiris-Rex arrives at potentially Earth-bound asteroid Bennu

NASA’s Osiris-Rex arrives at potentially Earth-bound asteroid Bennu As of Sunday afternoon, OSIRIS-REx was less than 20 miles from the asteroid , which itself is now about 76 million miles from Earth in its orbit around the sun. The $800 million probe's mission is monumental in scale and in importance. The thing that excites me most about the OSIRIS REx mission is the fact that we are literally going to a world that we've never been to before. [Full Article...]

Tornadoes touch down in central IL

Tornadoes touch down in central IL Clean-up efforts are underway in central IL after numerous tornadoes tore through the area over the weekend. The National Weather Service says at least 23 tornadoes touched down Saturday in IL, making the outbreak the state's largest on record for December. [Full Article...]

World in 'deep trouble' over climate change, United Nations warns

World in 'deep trouble' over climate change, United Nations warns Natural historian David Attenborough listens to speeches during the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland , on Monday. "Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption", Mr Guterres said . [Full Article...]

Soyuz MS-11 spaceship with three crewmembers docks to ISS

Soyuz MS-11 spaceship with three crewmembers docks to ISS Their Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft launched from the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday at 5:31pm (1131 GMT; 6:31 am EST) then entered a designated orbit just under nine minutes later. It was the first manned launch for the Soviet-era Soyuz since Oct 11, when a rocket carrying Russia's Aleksey Ovchinin and U.S. astronaut Nick Hague failed just minutes after blast-off, for... [Full Article...]

New ISS Crew Safely Blast Off From Kazakhstan

New ISS Crew Safely Blast Off From Kazakhstan If all goes to plan, the spacecraft is due to dock at the ISS at just after 5.30pm tonight - six hours after lift-off. MOSCOW: The first manned Soyuz flight since a failed launch in October successfully docked at the International Space Station on Monday, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said . [Full Article...]

Nasa probe closes in on asteroid that could collide with Earth

The spacecraft has been traveling through the solar system en route to its target Bennu for almost 27 months now and will stay about 12 miles away from the asteroid. For two years after the return, the sample will be cataloged and analyzed. Here, scientists will be able to study it with an array of instruments that will provide a huge leap in our understanding of asteroids. [Full Article...]

Climate change is 'most important issue we face — United Nations chief

Climate change is 'most important issue we face — United Nations chief At his address at the climate talks yesterday, Mr Attenborough said: "The people have spoken: leaders of the world, you must lead, the continuation of our civilisations and the natural world upon which we depend are in your hands". But US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord has dented trust among vulnerable nations, who fear there is not enough cash available ... [Full Article...]

Soyuz with 3 astronauts docks with space station

Last month Russian Federation said the October launch had failed because of a sensor that was damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome but insisted the spacecraft remained reliable. "Looking forward to having a full crew of six up here again, at least for a few weeks". It is the first mission since an aborted launch in October. [Full Article...]

Watch NASA’s Mars InSight landing live right here

Watch NASA’s Mars InSight landing live right here Orbiting satellites have also revealed important puzzle pieces about Mars' climate makeup and orbit, and have even detected what are thought to be flows of salty liquid water . MarCO is a small spacecraft that's flying to Mars with InSight . The robotic geologist - created to explore Mars' mysterious insides - must go from 12,300 miles per hour (19,800 kph) to zero in six minutes flat as... [Full Article...]

SpaceX rocket launch carrying 64 satellites in massive rideshare mission

SpaceX rocket launch carrying 64 satellites in massive rideshare mission The launch was delayed multiple times due to inclement weather and to conduct more inspections before takeoff. SpaceX canceled Sunday's planned launch to send 64 satellites into space using the aerospace company's reusable Falcon 9 rocket . [Full Article...]


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