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Virgin Galactic trying to reach edge of space with test flight today

Virgin Galactic trying to reach edge of space with test flight today That's about a mile and a half past what the USA government recognizes as the edge of space. That differs from a long-held view that the boundary is reached at 100 kilometers. The crash led to major delays in the company's progress in taking tourists to space. While critics point to Branson's unfulfilled space promises over the past decade, the maverick businessman told a TV interviewer in Oct... [Full Article...]

NASA's New Mars Lander Takes 1st Selfie, Scopes Out Workspace

NASA's New Mars Lander Takes 1st Selfie, Scopes Out Workspace Image released December 11, 2018. The resulting photo shows InSight's solar panels and deck, along with the scientific instruments on top of the deck and the lander's weather sensor. "This might seem like a pretty plain piece of ground if it weren't on Mars, but we're glad to see that", Banerdt added. Over the next few weeks, scientists and engineers at NASA will determine where those instrume... [Full Article...]

How to Watch the Geminids 2018 Meteor Shower

How to Watch the Geminids 2018 Meteor Shower Head for dark, clear skies tonight-overnight December 13-14-to see the shooting stars of the Geminid meteor shower overhead. Cooke suggests taking binoculars or a small telescope outside with you to try and get a better look. The spectacular event is set to coincide with a space rock dubbed the Christmas comet , tipped to be the brightest of the year, passing overhead tonight. [Full Article...]

NASA Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space 11 billion miles from Earth

NASA Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space 11 billion miles from Earth Voyager 2's plasma science experiment provided the first direct look at what happens to the solar wind as the spacecraft enters interstellar space . This is the border that NASA believes both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 have sailed past. That is a zone between 0.16 and 1.6 light-years away from the sun . [Full Article...]

Russian Cosmonauts Investigate Mysterious Hole In ISS During Six-Hour Space Walk

Russian Cosmonauts Investigate Mysterious Hole In ISS During Six-Hour Space Walk Kononenko arrived at the ISS on a Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft last Tuesday, along with NASA's Anne McClain and the Canadian Space Agency's David Saint-Jacques, weeks after the previous launch had to be aborted shortly after takeoff. The samples, data and photographs taken from the leak site will be brought back to Earth and analyzed by Russian specialists. This part of the capsule will be jettiso... [Full Article...]

Geminids Meteor Shower Peaking Tonight

Geminids Meteor Shower Peaking Tonight As per a famous space website, these Geminids encounter Earth at around 35 km/second. When the debris hits our planet's atmosphere - at speeds of up to 70 kilometres per second - they burn up, producing streaks of light. The Geminid meteors are so called because they seem to originate from the constellation of Gemini. As the night gets darker, and each shooting star starts to fall, one can obs... [Full Article...]

Branson's Virgin Galactic successfully reaches space

Branson's Virgin Galactic successfully reaches space Virgin Galactic says its tourism spaceship has climbed more than 50 miles high, which the company considers the boundary of space. When asked about Virgin Galactic's competitors in a recent interview with CNN Business, Branson said it was not a "race". [Full Article...]

China's history of lunar exploration

China's history of lunar exploration China on Saturday, December 8, launched the world's first probe to study the dark side of the moon . Scientists believe the special electromagnetic environment and geological features on the far side of the moon will be suitable for low-frequency radio astronomical observation and research into lunar substances composition. [Full Article...]

SpaceX Launches Cargo Ship to Space Station, Misses Rocket Landing

SpaceX Launches Cargo Ship to Space Station, Misses Rocket Landing The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off successfully at 1:16 pm Eastern Standard Time from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station , carrying 2,500 kilos of supplies, including science experiments and food for six astronauts now on board the ISS. [Full Article...]

NASA InSight hears 'haunting low rumble' on Mars

NASA InSight hears 'haunting low rumble' on Mars In the near future, InSight will place the seismometer tool used to detect the vibrations on the planet's surface. The recorded sounds were "consistent with the direction of dust devil streaks in the landing area, which were observed from orbit", NASA said. [Full Article...]

SpaceX launches resupply mission to International Space Station

SpaceX launches resupply mission to International Space Station The most recent previous landing failure for SpaceX was the core first-stage booster on its debut Falcon Heavy launch; the two side boosters made a flashy synchronized landing, but the central booster crashed. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that a grid fin hydraulic pump stalled was the likely cause of the failed landing attempt. The launch was initially scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed ... [Full Article...]

Climate change a man-made disaster on global scale, warns Attenborough

Climate change a man-made disaster on global scale, warns Attenborough The Arc de Triomphe is illuminated in green with the words "Paris Agreement is Done", to celebrate the Paris U.N. COP21 Climate Change agreement in Paris, France, Nov. "We are here to enable the world to act together on climate change", said Poland's environmental envoy, Michal Kurtyka, who is presiding over the United Nations meeting, known as COP24. [Full Article...]

Major UN climate conference in Poland

Major UN climate conference in Poland The 20 warmest years on record have all occurred within the last 22 years, and the top four in the past four years, The Guardian noted. "The upcoming climate talks are the most important round of negotiations since the Paris Agreement was reached three years ago", Lou Leonard, the World Wildlife Fund's senior vice president for climate change and energy, told CNBC of the talks that gather ... [Full Article...]

Musk’s SpaceX Launches More Than 60 Small Satellites Into Orbit

Musk’s SpaceX Launches More Than 60 Small Satellites Into Orbit Monday's success sets a new SpaceX record for the number of launches in one year, after a total of 18 in 2017. As part of the mission, Spaceflight, a SpaceX customer, will send 64 small satellites for a ride on the rocket. Lifting off into the partly-cloudy sky, the vehicle continued to build speed as it arced out over the Pacific Ocean, reaching the moment of maximum dynamic pressure-the time w... [Full Article...]

Russian Soyuz rocket successfully launches three astronauts to ISS

Russian Soyuz rocket successfully launches three astronauts to ISS Aboard the International Space Station, he will conduct a number of science experiments, with some focusing on the physical effects of the weak gravity astronauts experience in orbit as well as how to provide remote medical care. RFE also quoted McClain, 39, saying: "We feel very ready for it". The trio blasted off aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket two months after a similar rocket launched from t... [Full Article...]

NASA hopes InSight will illuminate Mars' unknown core

NASA hopes InSight will illuminate Mars' unknown core The InSight mission team waited and "watched" for the probe's landing by monitoring InSight's radio signals with radio telescopes on Earth and a variety of spacecraft, according to a NASA press release . EST touchdown. The thee-legged, one-armed InSight will operate from the same spot for the next two years. The data gleaned will help scientists better understand the makeup of Mars' molten co... [Full Article...]

NASA Chief: Elon Musk Smoking Weed 'Not Appropriate Behavior'

NASA Chief: Elon Musk Smoking Weed 'Not Appropriate Behavior' SpaceX and Boeing are developing spaceships with NASA that will carry USA astronauts into space for the first time since the last space shuttle flight in 2011. Crewed test flights are expected next summer but that timeline is also likely to change, the report said. Remarks made on Thursday, Nov. 29 reinforced NASA's assertion it was returning to the Moon. [Full Article...]

NASA's InSight spacecraft sends back first pictures from the Red Planet

NASA's InSight spacecraft sends back first pictures from the Red Planet This time is called the " seven minutes of terror " - when the spacecraft enters Mars' atmosphere and a ton of small steps and events have to go 100 percent correctly in order to have a successful touchdown. NASA's robotic InSight lander on Tuesday successfully landed on Mars after the six-month journey. And for the team that worked on MarCO, the success of the mission is just the beginning... [Full Article...]

New Zealand rescuers save stranded whales

New Zealand rescuers save stranded whales Werner said the whales were then placed in a tidal stream to relieve the pressure on their bodies. "They are scattered along the beach over a long distance". She said her friend ran 15 kilometers (9 miles) to a hut to tell rangers and she stayed with the whales, dragging the smallest baby back into the water every few minutes before it would beach itself again. [Full Article...]

Brexit deal: How the numbers stack up against Theresa May

Brexit deal: How the numbers stack up against Theresa May Addressing the Commons the day after returning from Brussels, Mrs May said: "I can say to the House with absolute certainty that there is not a better deal available". In todays prices, this would amount to a loss of £1,000 for each British person every year by 2030 and would mean the overall United Kingdom economy would shrink by 3.9 per cent each year. [Full Article...]


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