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Russian cosmonauts complete spacewalk to examine Soyuz hull damage

Russian cosmonauts complete spacewalk to examine Soyuz hull damage Now, with the Soyuz nearing its reentry date, Russian cosmonauts aboard the ISS will venture out into space to get a better look at the damage from the outside. "That is exactly the hole we've been looking for, guys", Mission Control told the pair. This part of the capsule will be jettisoned as usual before atmospheric re-entry, and so poses no risk for descent. [Full Article...]

Virgin Galactic aims 'to reach space' on test flight

Virgin Galactic aims 'to reach space' on test flight Virgin Galactic launched the fourth test of its SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert Thursday, sending the spacecraft closer to space than ever before. "I hope we go to space today", he said ahead of liftoff. "Our team's biggest priority is to use meticulous planning and preparation to ensure that stages are dealt with safety, and that every outcome informs and improves future performance", Virgin... [Full Article...]

Meteor shower to light up sky

Meteor shower to light up sky The asteroid named after Greek God Apollo's son, 3200 Phaethon's orbit brings it closer to our sun than Mercury. The first recorded observation was from a riverboat on the Mississippi River in 1833, and it's got more intense each year since. [Full Article...]

How to Watch the 2018 Leonid Meteor Shower This Weekend

How to Watch the 2018 Leonid Meteor Shower This Weekend If you're looking to understand the reason behind the Leonid shower, it occurs when meteoroids fall towards the planet after breaking off from the Comet Tempel-Tuttle. Catching a glimpse of a meteor shower is definitely something many people want to experience at least once in their lifetime. This is not a particularly active year but still, there could be around 15 meteors an hour and the peak is... [Full Article...]

Space station crew to inspect mysterious hole on spacewalk

Space station crew to inspect mysterious hole on spacewalk In late August, the ISS crew discovered an insignificant air leak, caused by a microfracture on a wall of the living section of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, docked to the ISS. Back when the hole was discovered, Russian MP and former cosmonaut Maxim Surayev suggested that the hole could have been drilled by someone who wanted to return home, although that that would have been a " really low " me... [Full Article...]

China dispatches mission to investigate clouded side of the Moon

China dispatches mission to investigate clouded side of the Moon However, very few things are known about the dark side of the Moon. Chang'e-4 is carrying multiple other experiments on board. As a solution, China in May blasted the Queqiao ( "Magpie Bridge ") satellite into the moon's orbit, positioning it so that it can relay data and commands between the lander and earth. [Full Article...]

NASA's Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space 41 Years After Launch

NASA's Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space 41 Years After Launch Both probes still carry Golden Records containing pictures, messages and sounds from Earth because the spacecraft could outlast human civilization by billions of years. The space agency said Voyager 2 will leave the Oort Cloud, "a collection of small objects that are still under the influence of the Sun's gravity", in approximately 30,000 years, so it is still being influenced by the Sun's gravi... [Full Article...]

NASA's Mars InSight flexes robotic arm, captures new views

NASA's Mars InSight flexes robotic arm, captures new views Winds blowing between 10 and 15 miles per hour over InSight's solar panels caused the spacecraft to vibrate, and short-period seismometers recorded the vibrations. Nasa said that the air pressure sensor used to collect meteorological data recorded these air vibrations directly. NASA's Insight lander has captured audio that it labelled an " unplanned treat ", where motion sensors on the ves... [Full Article...]

China launches mission to land spacecraft on dark side of moon

China launches mission to land spacecraft on dark side of moon If successful, the Chang-e 4 will unlock valuable clues to the mysteries about the moon and the universe. Ten experiments - six from China and four from overseas - include planting potatoes and other seeds. It's the type of crater that just might have frozen water mixed in with soil, potentially providing resources for lunar settlement. Yutu conquered those challenges and, after initial setb... [Full Article...]

SpaceX Launches 20th Rocket but fails to make the Landing Spot

SpaceX Launches 20th Rocket but fails to make the Landing Spot The first stage of the rocket fell into the ocean during an attempted return to the launch site in Florida . But even with the landing not going as planned, Insprucker emphasized the successful launch. " Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea", he said. It appeared to be undamaged and was transmitting data, Musk said, adding that a recovery ship was sent to retrieve i... [Full Article...]

NASA’s new Mars robot just sent back some awesome photos

NASA’s new Mars robot just sent back some awesome photos An air pressure sensor and a seismometer recorded the noise through the vibrations in the air and vibrations around the aircraft "caused by the wind moving over the spacecraft's solar panels". Readings from the air pressure sensor have been sped up by a factor of 100 times to make them audible. 'The solar panels on the lander's sides are flawless acoustic receivers, ' Prof Pike said. [Full Article...]

SpaceX Suffers Malfunction in Landing of Falcon 9 ISS Resupply Mission

SpaceX Suffers Malfunction in Landing of Falcon 9 ISS Resupply Mission The hydraulic pump for the landing fins apparently stalled, but the engines stabilized the approximately 160-foot-tall booster just in time, allowing for "an intact landing", Musk noted via Twitter . - Three days and 3,000 miles apart, SpaceX is aiming for their second launch this week, this time with a cargo flight to the space station. It will arrive with more than 5,500 pounds of supplies an... [Full Article...]

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

Greenland's ice is melting at an alarming rate, researchers warn Published today in Nature , the research finds that rates of melting at Greenland's surface have skyrocketed in recent decades and are now far out of bounds of what was considered natural variability over the last few centuries. Instead of escaping the ice sheet, the short-lived meltwater forms icy bands that stack up layers of densely packed ice over time. Ice core samples were brought back to ... [Full Article...]

3 astronauts blast off to International Space Station

3 astronauts blast off to International Space Station EST. Kononenko added that the crew would conduct a spacewalk on December 11 as part of the investigation into a mysterious hole that has caused an air leak on the ISS. "We are psychologically and technically prepared for blast-off and any situation which, God forbid, may occur on board". Cosmonaut Kononenko said on Sunday, Dec. [Full Article...]

Silly Seal Gets An Eel Stuck In His Nose

Silly Seal Gets An Eel Stuck In His Nose The seals were all fine, but the eels did not make it, according to the scientists' post . And, the phenomenon has only popped up recently. "You know what they say". Either way, all can agree it doesn't look comfortable. So, they go for the food, like eels, whose strategy is to hide. They also suggested that the seals could have swallowed the eels and regurgitated it, causing the eels to come... [Full Article...]

ISS’ newest crewmembers arrive at the space station

ISS’ newest crewmembers arrive at the space station The agency said that NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin have been assigned to the crew of Soyuz MS-12, the next crewed mission to the ISS, joining NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch. But most importantly, this is the crew that will handle the first flight tests for NASA's Commercial Crew program. There are now six people calling the International Sp... [Full Article...]

Rocket heads to ISS; booster misses mark

The Dragon cargo capsule is carrying an in-space refueling experiment, a new carbon-monitoring sensor for the station , and supplies for the six astronauts aboard the orbiting lab, three of whom just arrived after launching aboard a Russian rocket . [Full Article...]

David Attenborough: Humanity's Collapse Looming Amid Climate Change Failure

David Attenborough: Humanity's Collapse Looming Amid Climate Change Failure Adapting implementation guidelines of a climate change accord to combat global warming is the crucial objective at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Poland from December 2 to 14. [Full Article...]

Russian Federation successfully launches manned Soyuz rocket following October failure

Russian Federation successfully launches manned Soyuz rocket following October failure It was the first manned Russian rocket launch since a dramatic aborted Soyuz failure in October. The 48-year-old doctor and astronaut lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan this morning aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket with NASA astronaut Anne McClain and cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos. [Full Article...]

Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia

Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes in Pacific near New Caledonia The New Caledonian high commission issued a tsunami warning for all of New Caledonia, ordering the "immediate evacuation" of people to refuge areas and the "application of safety instructions". "The building shook, but there was no damage. For now, nothing serious has happened". "We get a lot of earthquakes every year", he said. He said a warning satyed in place for other parts of the island... [Full Article...]


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