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NASA astronaut Christina Koch to set record longest spaceflight by a woman

NASA astronaut Christina Koch to set record longest spaceflight by a woman Koch will come close to Scott Kelly's "Year in Space" which was 340 days. Koch will, however, eclipse the 288 days former rocketeer Peggy Whitson spent in space from 2016-17. "Christina's extended mission will provide additional data for NASA's Human Research Program and continue to support future missions to the Moon and Mars ", said Jennifer Fogarty, chief scientist of the Human Research Prog... [Full Article...]

London climate-change protesters vow to continue blockades

London climate-change protesters vow to continue blockades The pace of reduction in emissions called for by Extinction Rebellion is far faster than that urged by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which past year recommended they be cut to zero on a global basis by 2050. [Full Article...]

Black hole scientist excited for future after breathtaking image revealed

Black hole scientist excited for future after breathtaking image revealed But the Event Horizon Telescope (a worldwide network of radio telescopes) could soon produce something even more dazzling - a video of a black hole in motion. "Aside from being the first time a black hole has been imaged by humans (which is an accomplishment in and of itself), this also provides exciting new opportunities to numerically test these predictions of general relativity very precisely a... [Full Article...]

April's 'Full Pink Moon' to rise on Good Friday

April's 'Full Pink Moon' to rise on Good Friday They knew it as the pink full moon because it rises over a landscape of the pink flowers of wild ground phlox , one of the first wildflowers to bloom in spring. So what is actually a "pink moon"? These nicknames can be traced back by centuries to the Native Americans or early Colonials from Europe. When's the best time to see it? It will peak at 7:12 p.m., Philippine time, and will be... [Full Article...]

UM touts contribution to historic black hole imaging

UM touts contribution to historic black hole imaging OK, that's still really hard. There is quite a bit of stuff around to fall under the sway of the black hole's powerful gravitational pull. Even so, these supermassive black holes capture our imagination. Getting an image of a black hole is one of those things that seem impossibly challenging, but with the efforts of astronomers all around the world, humanity is finally getting a direct glimpse o... [Full Article...]

Full 'Pink Moon' will rise in the night sky this Easter

Full 'Pink Moon' will rise in the night sky this Easter The rules date from the First Council of Nicaea in 325BC, with the council deciding that the moon would help pilgrims travel for Easter. Other nicknames for April's full moon include the Sprouting Grass moon, the Egg moon and the Fish moon. [Full Article...]

SpaceX Falcon Booster Lost At Sea After Bout With Bad Weather

SpaceX Falcon Booster Lost At Sea After Bout With Bad Weather SpaceX chief Elon Musk says the engines seem OK. SpaceX doesn't expect future missions to be affected by the core's loss. Despite a good landing, the central core booster didn't come home in one piece, since large swells caused it to shift on the drone ship's journey back to shore. [Full Article...]

Climate protesters climb on top of train at Canary Wharf

Climate protesters climb on top of train at Canary Wharf A man dressed in a dark suit and a woman wearing a black jacket stood on the roof of a train at the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station in Canary Wharf , holding a banner which read: "Climate Emergency". He added: "We are here because we are supporters of Jeremy Corbyn and he is the best hope this country has got to get us out of this". Despite hundreds having been arrested so far, climate ch... [Full Article...]

Strong storms in US South kill at least 8 and injure dozens

Strong storms in US South kill at least 8 and injure dozens A line of powerful storms with heavy winds is expected to batter the New Orleans metro area Saturday night into Sunday morning, the National Weather Service said. The Robertson County Sheriff's Office said that the tornado was spotted near FM 485, 1644, and FM 46. After arriving at the scene, police were able to determine "that two children age 8 and 3 were trapped in the back seat of the au... [Full Article...]

SpaceX successfully recovered Falcon Heavy’s nosecone, and it’s going to space again

SpaceX successfully recovered Falcon Heavy’s nosecone, and it’s going to space again The first two side boosters managed to land eight minutes after launch, touching down nearly simultaneously (again!) on the company's concrete landing pads along the Florida coast. Fans and tourists are expected to flock to the Florida Space Coast for the event, while some can catch the live broadcast on the SpaceX website. This mission (Arabsat-6) was of particular significance since it was t... [Full Article...]

SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters

SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters After a day's delay due to strong winds at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida , Falcon Heavy lifted off at 6:35 p.m. EDT under clear skies and tolerable winds. Then, as it launched, all of this energy poured forth from 27 engines in a meticulously controlled explosion for the objective of sending a 6-ton satellite into geostationary orbit. [Full Article...]

With 117-metre wingspan - completes first flight

With 117-metre wingspan - completes first flight Stratolaunch was financed by Paul Allen , a co-founder of Microsoft as a way to get into the market for launching small satellites. Though Stratolaunch is the largest plane by wingspan, another craft, the helium-filled Airlander 10, takes the title of the longest aircraft now flying with a length of 302 feet (92 m). [Full Article...]

Long-lost cousin of modern humans found analyzing bones from Philippines cave

Long-lost cousin of modern humans found analyzing bones from Philippines cave The discovery of the "Hobbit" fossil, representing the hominin species Homo floresiensis , on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2004, proved some of these experiments made their way to the isolated laboratories of Southeast Asian islands. [Full Article...]

Black hole image gives Twitter a field day

Naturally, this momentous occasion propelled Bouman to well-deserved fame, and social media platforms are still ringing with praise for her achievement. Feryal Ozel, an astrophysicist at the University of Arizona who was the modeling and analysis lead on the project, told ABC News the gender breakdown was "pretty dismal", noting that there were about three senior women, including herself, out of a... [Full Article...]

SpaceX launches mega rocket year after debut with sports vehicle

SpaceX launches mega rocket year after debut with sports vehicle You can catch the moment the side boosters begin to land from the 26 minute mark in SpaceX's live stream video, while the core booster lands at the 29 minute mark. Since then, the USA military and private clients have signed contracts for Falcon Heavy launches, and NASA has raised the possibility it may use the rocket for its planned missions to the Moon. [Full Article...]

This is the first ever photo of a black hole

This is the first ever photo of a black hole Astronomers have captured the first image of a black hole , heralding a revolution in our understanding of the one of the universe's most mysterious objects. This boundary is known as the event horizon . Research techniques and algorithms will continue to be improved until, for example, the matter spinning around the edges of the black hole can be studied further. [Full Article...]

First privately funded spacecraft ‘is about to land on the moon’

First privately funded spacecraft ‘is about to land on the moon’ Joining in the festivities, the Israeli Airports Authority listed the expected moon landing on its arrivals timetable. The landing has been a long time coming, with SpaceIL originally being a participant in the Google Lunar XPrize competition which ended unceremoniously after none of the competitors could deliver a landing-capable spacecraft within the extended deadline date. [Full Article...]

Meet Katie Bouman, woman behind first black hole photo

In the image released Wednesday, the black hole is outlined by an orange ring that is actually emission from hot gas swirling near its event horizon. Three years ago, when she was a graduate student at MIT studying electrical engineering and computer science, Bouman led the creation of special algorithms that allowed the results from the telescopes to be merged into one image. [Full Article...]

Australia clears Adani’s plan for ground water management

Australia clears Adani’s plan for ground water management Bill Shorten - who, like the government, has been caught between the conflicting imperatives of campaigning in central Queensland and in southern Australia on this issue - said the Queensland government now had to go through its processes. [Full Article...]

SpaceX to send Falcon Heavy's 1st commercial payload into space tonight

SpaceX to send Falcon Heavy's 1st commercial payload into space tonight EDT (2235 GMT). According to the US Air Force, an agreement was reached with SpaceX to use the opportunity - an intentionally low-risk mission known as Space Test Program 2 (STP-2) - to gain a much higher-fidelity understanding of how SpaceX launches, lands, refurbishes, and relaunches Falcon boosters. [Full Article...]


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