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Dragon capsule successfully separates from rocket: SpaceX

Dragon capsule successfully separates from rocket: SpaceX They rushed there from Florida after watching the Dragon rocket into orbit early Saturday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. After about five days docked, the crew is expected to place some return equipment inside before closing the hatch. [Full Article...]

SpaceX launches Crew Dragon's first test flight

SpaceX launches Crew Dragon's first test flight But the Dragon capsule won't carry humans, rather a test dummy-named Ripley after the tough heroine in the " Alien " films-in the same white SpaceX spacesuit that astronauts will wear. From there, the astronauts on board the space station will take over the receiving process. Acknowledging that there may be delays with the SpaceX and Boeing crew capsules, NASA has purchased two more futu... [Full Article...]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal could cost $93 trillion, group says

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal could cost $93 trillion, group says Ivanka Trump is among those who are positively befuddled over Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) economic policies, particularly her Green New Deal . "If this Green Raw Deal is enacted, you can kiss the American dream goodbye". In fact, in her Sunday Instagram stream, Ocasio-Cortez answered a question from a viewer who asked whether it was "still OK" to have children in the era of clim... [Full Article...]

Israeli Spacecraft Successfully Launched on Journey to Moon

Israeli Spacecraft Successfully Launched on Journey to Moon The unmanned robotic lander dubbed Beresheet - Hebrew for the biblical phrase "in the beginning" - soared into space from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at about 8:45 p.m. The company continued to develop the lander that's now en route to the moon. Shortly before the main PSN-6 satellite was deployed from Falcon 9's upper stage, one of SpaceX's launch network operators verbally confirm... [Full Article...]

SpaceX Is Launching Three Spacecraft Tonight-Including an Israeli Moon Lander

SpaceX Is Launching Three Spacecraft Tonight-Including an Israeli Moon Lander The spacecraft, called " Beresheet ", a reference to the first words of the Bible in Hebrew: "In the beginning.", was launched into space at 8:45 p.m. "Nusantara Satu is Indonesia's first high-throughput satellite that will serve to improve internet connectivity in the region", SpaceX said in a press release. [Full Article...]

Hello there, Super Snow Moon

Hello there, Super Snow Moon When it comes to the science behind the cosmic phenomenon, according to NASA , a super moon unfolds when the moon's orbit is closest ( perigee ) to Earth at the same time it is full. And, hey, it's the second to the last one for the year, so enjoy. The moon will be 221,734 miles from Earth, around 17,000 miles closer than average. [Full Article...]

How much snow will we get in Tuesday night’s storm?

How much snow will we get in Tuesday night’s storm? Paul tweeted . Temperatures will remain in the negative double digits in most locations for the entire day, with record all-time cold lows and highs possible. Zoo officials say they expect to reopen the zoo on February 1. Forecasters say the temperature in northern IL could dip to negative 27 degrees (negative 33 Celsius) with wind-chill values as low as negative 55 degrees (negative 48 Cels... [Full Article...]

China is Growing Cotton on the Moon

China is Growing Cotton on the Moon A cotton seed planted by Chinese scientists on the moon has officially sprouted, marking the first time humans have successfully grown biological matter on a planet other than Earth. Once on the Moon's far side, ground control commanded the lander to water the seeds. In a hypothetical habitable lunar environment, the cotton seeds could provide material to make fabric, the potatoes and rockcress ... [Full Article...]

It's onward and outward for New Horizons

It's onward and outward for New Horizons After the quick flyby , New Horizons will continue on through the Kuiper Belt with other planned observations of more objects - but the mission scientists said this is the highlight. According to Stern, the team has far less than one percent of all the data now onboard New Horizons in hand. The New Horizons probe, about the size of a piano, has been flying through space for more than a... [Full Article...]

New Zealand disappointed at Japan's decision to resume commercial whaling

New Zealand disappointed at Japan's decision to resume commercial whaling At a September meeting of the IWC in Brazil, Japan attempted to establish a number of measures that would allow the commercial hunting of "abundant whale stocks/species"; as the BBC reports , Japan primarily kills minke whales, which are protected by the IWC but not now endangered. [Full Article...]

Japan to leave whaling commission to continue hunting

Japan to leave whaling commission to continue hunting A hunt in the Antarctic was, however, even after withdrawal from the IWC is unlikely, the unconfirmed report. This photo taken on September 14, 2018, shows a meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Florianopolis, Brazil. The IWC was established in 1946 to conserve and manage the world's whale and cetacean population. A situation described by a government source as "the IWC being unabl... [Full Article...]

NASA spacecraft lands on Mars after six-month journey

NASA spacecraft lands on Mars after six-month journey The seismic waves marsquakes produce will be used by InSight to create a 3-D picture of Mars's interior-but they can also be used to study meteorites thudding into the surface. "It is wonderful news that the InSight spacecraft has landed safely on Mars", said Sue Horne, head of space exploration at the UK Space Agency. A second instrument, furnished by Germany's space agency, consists of a dri... [Full Article...]

Court order blocks permit for Keystone XL pipeline pending environmental review

Court order blocks permit for Keystone XL pipeline pending environmental review According to Carmen, Trump's January 2017 executive order to expedite high priority energy and infrastructure projects, such as the Keystone XL pipeline , is in clear violation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the American Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples. [Full Article...]

Pompeo, Brazilian president-elect speak over phone on ties, Venezuela

Pompeo, Brazilian president-elect speak over phone on ties, Venezuela The former army captain has confessed he himself understands "nothing" about economics, but has a top economic advisor well-liked by the markets, liberal economist Paulo Guedes. The Paris deal aims to limit temperature rises to " well below" two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. He threatened to join Trump in withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, but recently backtracked. [Full Article...]

Oscar now Atlantic hurricane, no threat to land

Oscar now Atlantic hurricane, no threat to land Hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean usually starts from the month of June and lasts till November 30. NHC forecasters say that a westward to west-southwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected today and tonight, followed by a reduction in speed on Sunday. [Full Article...]

‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Willa aims for Mexico’s west

‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Willa aims for Mexico’s west Image: Hurricane Willa is threatening tourist resorts in Mexico. Hurricane Willa is forecast to accelerate forwards towards the Mexican coastline, but the NHC continues to warn that some weakening is possible prior to landfall, which makes forecasting its potential to trigger this cat bond fraught with difficulty. [Full Article...]

Northrop Grumman Awarded $792 Million Launch Services Agreement from US Air Force

Northrop Grumman Awarded $792 Million Launch Services Agreement from US Air Force The Air Force program dates back to 2003, and is an effort to modernize the Air Force's rocket fleet and move it away from its reliance on ULA's Delta II rocket, which was costly, and ULA's Atlas V rocket, which used Russian RD-180 engines. [Full Article...]

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

Florida St. Withdraws from Tri-Meet as Hurricane Michael Approaches The National Hurricane Center says the storm is centered about 60 miles (100 kilometers) off the western tip of Cuba , and about 485 miles (785 kilometers) south of Apalachicola, Florida. The storm's rapid intensification over the past two days, despite shifting winds, "defies traditional logic", according to hurricane forecasters . [Full Article...]

SpaceX lights up California sky in successful West coast landing zone debut

Now standing just ~1400 feet away from the SLC-4E pad, B1048 could very likely become the first booster SpaceX launches three times - perhaps as soon as November or December, depending on its condition after landing. Saocom-1A has an L-band payload created to study soil moisture for agriculture, disaster monitoring and scientific research. SAOCOM 1, together with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed X-Band ... [Full Article...]

We may see Tropical Storm Michael form today

We may see Tropical Storm Michael form today We will have to continue to monitor the disturbance in the Caribbean through the weekend. Michaels is the next name up. With a movement of 3 mph, it's nearly loitering 100 miles east northeast of Chetumal, Mexico, and 240 miles south southwest of Cuba's western tip. [Full Article...]


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