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Mars getting first US visitor in years, a three-legged robot geologist

Mars getting first US visitor in years, a three-legged robot geologist The Rover mission is scheduled to launch in July 2020 as NASA's next step in exploration of the Red Planet. NASA reveals that it has chosen a site known as the Jezero Crater to be the landing area for Mars 2020 . Furthermore, it may give scientists some clues about the planet's capacity to support life, due to Jezero Crater's unique history - scientists believe the crater was once home to an ... [Full Article...]

The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend!

The Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend! We're still a week away from a full moon, but the half-moon will be bright enough to wash out the sporadic meteors. Dr John Mason, from the British Astronomical Association, said: "If you are in the countryside you may see a few meteors, if it is the town or city, you may not see any at all". [Full Article...]

Scientists confirm massive impact crater beneath Greenland’s ice

Scientists confirm massive impact crater beneath Greenland’s ice A team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen's Centre for GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark first spotted the crater in July 2015. In the video below, NASA says that it is unlikely that another half-mile wide meteorite will strike Earth anytime soon, but they hope that studying recent impact craters like the one in Greenland is "essential to assessing th... [Full Article...]

Google Doodle celebrates humanitys first message into space

The aim of the binary digits is that when arranged in a specific way, they can briefly explain human existence to extraterrestrials. His team from Cornell University in NY sent the message using an Arecibo radio telescope, which was the largest and most powerful in the world at the time. [Full Article...]

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Ready To Liftoff From NASA's Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Ready To Liftoff From NASA's Kennedy Space Center If that happens, it would be a major first to see the same rocket successfully carry out three orbital missions. The carrier rocket was used to send into space Qatari satellite Es hail-2 ("Suhail-2") from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral. Two firings were required to put the Es'hail 2 relay station into the required elliptical "transfer" orbit, one with a predicted low point of just 115 miles and a... [Full Article...]

How will UK agriculture respond to the new climate change report?

How will UK agriculture respond to the new climate change report? The other is a series of increasingly testy reports from the Committee on Climate Change . "What we're saying is not that the answer is vegetarianism, that would be the wrong answer, it's that people will eat better meat, eat less of it, get the balanced diet that the Government wants". [Full Article...]

Astronomers Reckon They've Found A "Frozen Super-Earth"

Astronomers Reckon They've Found A The cold planet spins around the Bernard's star, our fourth-closest neighboring star overall, after Alpha Centauri's triple-star system. A super-Earth has been discovered orbiting a star just six light-years away from Earth. This image shows the surroundings of Barnard's Star. This is not the first time that astronomers have thought they had found a planet around Barnard's Star. [Full Article...]

Gaia Satellite Finds Strange 'Ghost' Galaxy Right Outside Milky Way

Gaia Satellite Finds Strange 'Ghost' Galaxy Right Outside Milky Way Dubbed Antlia 2 (or Ant 2), the galaxy is remarkably faint but is located only about 130,000 light-years away from our galaxy. The Ant 2 "ghost" galaxy is a large, dim dwarf galaxy that scientists have discovered near the edge of the Milky Way. [Full Article...]

Researchers Have Created an Artificial Sun, And It’s Way Hotter

Researchers Have Created an Artificial Sun, And It’s Way Hotter EAST is a large, donut-shaped machine set inside a round box. This differs from nuclear power plants now in operation, which produce energy - as well as radioactive byproducts - by splitting uranium atoms in a process known as fission. EAST, the nickname for China's artificial sun , made its remarkable achievement during the superconductor's four-month-long experiment campaign this year. [Full Article...]

New storm system developing in Atlantic Ocean

New storm system developing in Atlantic Ocean As of Monday morning the system has a 90-percent chance of turning into a named storm, the National Hurricane Center forecasts. The wave is now producing a large area of disturbed weather, and the NHC said conditions should be conducive for it to develop into a full-fledged tropical storm or hurricane Tuesday or Wednesday. [Full Article...]

Rocket Lab launches first rocket carrying only commercial satellites from Mahia Peninsula

Rocket Lab launches first rocket carrying only commercial satellites from Mahia Peninsula The Electron arced toward the south from Mahia Peninsula, riding almost 22,680kg of thrust from the Rutherford engines during a two-and-a-half minute first stage burn. "The world is waking up to the new normal", the company's founder and chief executive, Peter Beck, said in a news release. SpaceFlight Now reported the next launch will be somewhere between december 10 and december 18, 2018, cit... [Full Article...]

Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair and Doctoral Thesis Sell in Multimillion Dollar Auction

Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair and Doctoral Thesis Sell in Multimillion Dollar Auction Personal items of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, including his personalized wheelchair, doctoral thesis and medals, have been auctioned for over a million dollars . A motorised wheelchair that belonged to the physicist, who died in March and which was expected to fetch £15,000, went for nearly £300,000. "Stephen Hawking made four appearances in The Simpsons over a period of 10 years, so... [Full Article...]

Stephen Hawking wheelchair auctioned

Stephen Hawking wheelchair auctioned The red motorised wheelchair once used by Hawking went under the stamp for $391.7 million while his Cambridge thesis titled " Properties of Expanding Universes " was sold for $7.6 million. Prof Hawking's book, A Brief History of Time , which he signed with a thumbprint in 1988, sold for £68,750, way above the £3,000 guide price. A total of 22 items were sold during the online auction. [Full Article...]

Keystone XL pipeline: judge rules government 'jumped the gun' and orders halt

Keystone XL pipeline: judge rules government 'jumped the gun' and orders halt A federal judge says the Trump administration did not consider environmental consequences of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline , dealing a setback for the Trump administration and a win for environmental groups. " An agency cannot simply disregard contrary or inconvenient factual determinations that it made in the past, any more than it can ignore inconvenient facts when it writes on a bla... [Full Article...]

China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS days numbered

China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS days numbered Construction is expected to be completed around 2022. The International Space Station - a collaboration between the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan - has been in operation since 1998 but is due to be retired in 2024. NASA has published the night side of Earth was taken by astronauts aboard the global space station. It has been permanently staffed by rotating crews of astronau... [Full Article...]

Earth's ozone layer is healing says UN

Earth's ozone layer is healing says UN Paul Newman, chief Earth scientist at Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center, described the discovery as " really good news ". The Protocol was in response to the revelation that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other ozone-depleting substances - used in aerosols, cooling and refrigeration systems, and many other items - were tearing a hole in the ozone layer and allowing unsafe ultraviolet radiat... [Full Article...]

Theresa May says will not agree Brexit deal 'at any cost'

Theresa May says will not agree Brexit deal 'at any cost' The Prime Minister's spokesperson said ministers needed more time to consider possible mechanisms that will prevent the United Kingdom from being tied to the European Union through a backstop arrangement to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland. [Full Article...]

Harvard Researchers: Space Object Was Alien Spacecraft

Harvard Researchers: Space Object Was Alien Spacecraft Avi Loeb, Harvard's astronomy department chairman and a co-author of the paper , cautions that it's " impossible to guess the objective behind Oumuamua without more data". "But one should not blindly accept this clever hypothesis when there is also a mundane (and a priori more likely) explanation for Oumuamua - namely that it's a comet or asteroid from afar". [Full Article...]

NASA scientists captured in space "silhouette of a bat"

NASA scientists captured in space Two yellow-hued blobs hang atop a sweeping arc of light. According to the USA space agency, the lower arc is created by gravitational lensing - an effect caused by light getting deformed due to the influence of a massive object on its path. [Full Article...]

Nasa declares elite planet-hunting spacecraft dead

Nasa declares elite planet-hunting spacecraft dead K2 lasted as long as the first mission, allowing Kepler to survey more than 500,000 stars total. As of today, Kepler has detected 2,681 confirmed planets, plus 2,899 other candidates yet to be confirmed, said Kepler project scientist Jessie Dotson. [Full Article...]


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