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Russian Cosmonauts Take Samples on 6th Hour of Spacewalk to Crack Mystery Russian Cosmonauts Take Samples on 6th Hour of Spacewalk to Crack Mystery
- December 12, 2018

The hole, which was patched from the inside the station, was exposed and inspected by Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev , both Expedition 57 flight engineers, during a December 11, 2018 spacewalk. The spacewalkers reported seeing no drill marks around the black dot, like on the inside. But as they've investigated the hole in the Soyuz capsule, astronauts can't figure out what created it. (more...)
Chinese rover aims for dark side of the moon Chinese rover aims for dark side of the moon
- December 12, 2018

Heading to a rugged, little-explored land populated with high mountains and one of the largest craters in the Solar System is China's Chang'e 4 spacecraft. This will be the first time humans have tried to grow plants and raise insects on the Moon. "The main thing about this mission is not science, this is a technology mission", he said. (more...)
NASA Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space NASA Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space
- December 11, 2018

For example, it took a whole year to officially confirm that Voyager 1 had reached the interstellar medium of space - the first spacecraft to ever do so. Both were launched within weeks of each other in 1977 on missions to fly by Jupiter and Saturn. Besides passing the interstellar milestone, Voyager 2 is also NASA's longest running mission. (more...)
Space mission: China launched a spacecraft on dark side of the moon Space mission: China launched a spacecraft on dark side of the moon
- December 10, 2018

Chang'e-4 comes five years after China sent Chang'e-3 lander to the moon's far side. Actually, China has conducted four lunar probe missions since 2004. Perhaps due to the high stakes of this project, the scientists involved with Chang'e-4 have devised a kind of all-in-one mission, which serves to achieve clear and measurable objectives, as well as show the potential of China to design, perform and complete successful space missions. (more...)
Splashdown! SpaceX Rocket Topples into Water Following Technical Glitch Splashdown! SpaceX Rocket Topples into Water Following Technical Glitch
- December 08, 2018

SpaceX and Boeing have signed a contract with NASA to send U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station . Falcon 9 is now the only reusable rocket booster, which is a major selling point for SpaceX. The effort is aimed at reducing the cost of launches by re-using expensive components, instead of jettisoning them in the ocean after each mission. (more...)
NASA InSight hears 'haunting low rumble' on Mars NASA InSight hears 'haunting low rumble' on Mars
- December 08, 2018

InSight, which landed on 26 November 2018, will study the inside of Mars to learn how planets, moons and meteorites with rocky surfaces, including the Earth and its Moon, formed. It's been less than two weeks since InSight touched down on the surface of the Red Planet, but it is already sending back awesome things for us to marvel at. (more...)
SpaceX set to send cargo to space station SpaceX set to send cargo to space station
- December 08, 2018

The Falcon 9 rocket launch was scheduled for Tuesday, but the night before liftoff NASA announced technicians found mold on food bars for the space station rodent investigation. The mission had been a complete success until the aborted landing. SpaceX engineers were less happy with the first-stage booster which dropped into the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast, missing its designated landing zone on ground. (more...)
Scientists: Greenland Ice Sheet is melting on 'overdrive' as planet warms Scientists: Greenland Ice Sheet is melting on 'overdrive' as planet warms
- December 07, 2018

Rising sea levels The study found that melting from the Greenland ice sheet began in the 1800s, around the time of the Industrial Revolution. A primary takeaway from the study, Trusel said in a statement , is the speed of melting, especially over the past 25 years. (more...)
Why have seals been getting eels stuck up their noses? Why have seals been getting eels stuck up their noses?
- December 07, 2018

It's believed the eel likely entered the monk seal when it was feeding in coral reefs , as they feed by sticking their noses into the sand and start digging around, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. But researchers are still baffled as to why and how this happens. The seals were all fine, but the eels did not make it, according to the scientists' post. (more...)
Soyuz spacecraft successfully docks with ISS Soyuz spacecraft successfully docks with ISS
- December 07, 2018

NASA astronaut Anne McClain , David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos docked with the station at 11:33 p.m. Until December 20, the new ISS crew will perform a large number of experiments that will return to Earth the crew of Sergey Prokopyeva. On Monday, NASA announced Hague and Ovchinin will now launch to the space station on February 28, along with NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch. (more...)
NASA opens $2.6 billion in contract services for Moon to Mars missions NASA opens $2.6 billion in contract services for Moon to Mars missions
- December 07, 2018

Meanwhile, a startup called Orbit Beyond is in the running for NASA's moon payloads, and it's working with TeamIndus, the Indian spaceflight company that nearly won the Lunar X Prize competition. In December, President Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1 , giving NASA a new direction: "The directive I am signing today will refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery". (more...)
These Astronaut Photos of a Soyuz Launch from Space Are Just Incredible! These Astronaut Photos of a Soyuz Launch from Space Are Just Incredible!
- December 06, 2018

Russian Federation said last month the October launch had failed because of a sensor damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome, but insisted the spacecraft remained reliable. Three astronauts have blasted off on the first manned Soyuz rocket launch since a dramatic failure in October. The existing ISS crew is supposed to get its ride back home in a Soyuz capsule that is docked to the station. (more...)
SpaceX launches cargo, but fails to land rocket
- December 06, 2018

The sight triggered a mixture of anxious "oohs" and "aahs" from SpaceX employees who were watching, then the booster's video feed cut out from the broadcast. His interest in space, and his background in journalism and public relations suit him for his focus on research and development activities at NASA Glenn Research Center, and its Plum Brook Station testing facility, both in northeastern Ohio. (more...)
NASA's OSIRIS-REx arrives at asteroid target Bennu NASA's OSIRIS-REx arrives at asteroid target Bennu
- December 06, 2018

Over two-years after launch, the NASA probe OSIRIS-REx will land on a skyscraper-sized asteroid on Monday for the first U.S. mission to carry asteroid samples back to Earth. It was "flexed" in space for the first time on November 14. This mission, which will bring grains back for us to study on Earth, is the latest to return asteroid samples to Earth after the Japanese Space Agency's missions Hayabusa 1 and 2 and StarDust . (more...)
Over 100 Taylorville Homes, Businesses Damaged By Tornadoes Over 100 Taylorville Homes, Businesses Damaged By Tornadoes
- December 06, 2018

That was the most tornadoes in IL during a December storm since a Dec. 18-19, 1957, outbreak produced 21, Smith said Monday afternoon. Clean-up efforts are underway in central IL after numerous tornadoes tore through the area over the weekend. (more...)
Nations pressed on 'urgent threat' of climate change Nations pressed on 'urgent threat' of climate change
- December 06, 2018

And U.N. General Assembly President Maria Espinosa said at the rate we're seeing today, mankind is "in danger of disappearing". "Right now, we're facing a man-made disaster of a global scale - our greatest threat in thousands of years, climate change ". (more...)
Soyuz heads to ISS on first manned mission since October failure Soyuz heads to ISS on first manned mission since October failure
- December 05, 2018

They are set to launch at 1131 GMT Monday aboard a Soyuz from Baikonur in Kazakhstan for a six-and-a-half month mission. The International Space Station is about to get three new residents. Astronauts from Russian Federation, the U.S. and Canada onboard the Soyuz MS-11 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan bound for the International Space Station today at 6:31 a.m. (more...)
Tsunami warnings for Vanuatu, New Caledonia after magnitude-7.6 quake Tsunami warnings for Vanuatu, New Caledonia after magnitude-7.6 quake
- December 05, 2018

New Zealand's ministry of civil defence and emergency management tweeted that there was no tsunami threat to the nation's coasts. Production of nickel, New Caledonia's dominant export, was briefly interrupted by the quake, however. When the sirens sounded, the population headed for higher ground for safety. "We get a lot of earthquakes every year", he said. A spokesperson for the Vanuatu geohazards observatory said the sparsely populated island of Tanna was expected to be most ... (more...)
NASA's probe reaches asteroid that is a potential threat to Earth
- December 04, 2018

In July 2020, after a year and a half of detailed mapping and rehearsals, OSIRIS-REx will briefly push TAGSAM , shaped somewhat like an inverted pie dish, into contact with the surface of Bennu . Why did NASA select Bennu out of the 780,000 known asteroids in our solar system? The asteroid fits a number of criteria that make it intriguing and convenient. (more...)
Leaders gather for key United Nations climate talks in Poland Leaders gather for key United Nations climate talks in Poland
- December 04, 2018

It is aimed at fleshing out the promises agreed in the 2015 Paris climate accord through which nations agreed... But Fiji's prime minister, Frank Bainimarama said any "just transition" should consider the fate of all the people around the world whose lives are affected by climate change . (more...)
Soyuz rocket lifts off with new crew for ISS
- December 04, 2018

They escaped unharmed but the failed launch - the first such incident in Russia's post-Soviet history - raised concerns about the state of the Soyuz programme . "Looking forward to having a full crew of six up here again, at least for a few weeks". October's accident had highlighted the "smart design of the Soyuz and the incredible work that the search and rescue people here on the ground are ready to do every launch", he said. (more...)
SpaceX calls off launch of satellites SpaceX calls off launch of satellites
- December 03, 2018

For SpaceX , the mission, called SSO-A, marked its 19th launch of 2018, surpassing its previous annual record of 18 launches past year. The launch is now postponed until at least December 3 for "additional inspections". These new satellite networks could help companies track agricultural shipments or support pipeline monitoring efforts. While SpaceX webcast hosts and company engineers Laura Lyons and Kate Tice didn't specifically mention the possibility, it's very likely that - should ... (more...)
3 astronauts blast off to International Space Station 3 astronauts blast off to International Space Station
- December 03, 2018

A Soyuz-FG rocket carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin failed two minutes into its flight on October 11, activating an automatic rescue system that sent their capsule into a steep ride back to Earth. "We are psychologically and technically prepared for blast-off and any situation which, God forbid, may occur on board". RFE also quoted McClain, 39, saying: "We feel very ready for it". (more...)
China halts work by team on gene-edited babies China halts work by team on gene-edited babies
- December 03, 2018

He Jiankui says he altered the DNA of twin girls born earlier this month to make them resistant to HIV infection. CRISPR, first described in 2012 , gives scientists the most precise and effective way to edit the human genome by snipping out offending mutations or genes and either allowing the genome to fix itself or providing researchers with the ability to insert new genetic material to correct disease genes. (more...)
Nations must triple efforts to meet global climate goal Nations must triple efforts to meet global climate goal
- December 02, 2018

UNEP Chief Scientist Dr. Jian Liu, skilled in management of ecosystems, agriculture, and climate change at national, regional and global levels. "The emissions gap is much bigger than past year", UNEP's Philip Drost, one of several coordinators for the annual report's ninth edition, told AFP. (more...)
NASA's InSight lander to touch down on Mars NASA's InSight lander to touch down on Mars
- December 01, 2018

After months and months of travel from Earth the InSight lander is now poised to enter the martian atmosphere and touch down on the dusty surface. Two tiny spacecraft that flew with the lander to Mars were able to relay telemetry from the probe as it descended to the surface. InSight was shooting for Elysium Planitia , a plain near the Martian equator that the InSight team hopes is as flat as a parking lot in Kansas. (more...)
NASA looks to outsource Moon delivery services NASA looks to outsource Moon delivery services
- December 01, 2018

By 2023, the first rocket would carry astronauts around the Moon, in an even more distant orbit than the Apollo missions . "When we go to the Moon , we want to be one customer of many customers in a robust marketplace between the Earth and the Moon", Mr Bridenstine said. (more...)
Next US moon landing will be by private companies, not NASA Next US moon landing will be by private companies, not NASA
- November 30, 2018

Zurbuchen said Thursday that a mobile lunar laboratory remains one of NASA's goals for Moon exploration, though such a mission would likely be developed through a more traditional process. The Trump administration has cited Moon missions a key element of the 2019 NASA budget. Bridenstine expects to have humans working intermittently on the moon, along with robots and rovers, within a decade. (more...)
NASA Selects Nine US Companies To Vie For Moon Program Funding NASA Selects Nine US Companies To Vie For Moon Program Funding
- November 30, 2018

The company is now developing a "Peregrine Lander" aimed at orbital and surface operations for any lunar destination. "The directive I'm signing today will refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery", the president said at the signing ceremony. (more...)
New Zealand rescuers save six stranded whales New Zealand rescuers save six stranded whales
- November 30, 2018

More than 140 pilot whales have died after they stranded themselves on a remote beach on Rakiura/Stewart Island in New Zealand over the weekend. "We'll have some people that can carry out euthanasia", said Mr Turner, who said he had never seen a beaching of this scale in 32 years with the department. (more...)