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SpaceX launches Dragon Cargo Ship, Rocket Landing for the First Time Failed

SpaceX launches Dragon Cargo Ship, Rocket Landing for the First Time Failed If that first test of the unpiloted SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft goes well, a second test will fly astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station in June. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon", he wrote. Until today, the company's most recent landing failure happened in summer 2016. Ocean platform landings have proven a bit trickier, but Spac... [Full Article...]

Here Are the First Pictures from the Mars InSight Probe

Here Are the First Pictures from the Mars InSight Probe 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. 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". [Full Article...]

SpaceX launches cargo, but fails to land rocket

SpaceX launches cargo, but fails to land rocket SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that a grid fin hydraulic pump stalled was the likely cause of the failed landing attempt. 'Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data. See that small space station? The crew-carrying version of Dragon is scheduled to fly a test mission next month , and if all goes well, will carry astronauts to the station later in the year in what would be the first crewed f... [Full Article...]

Silly Seal Gets An Eel Stuck In His Nose

Silly Seal Gets An Eel Stuck In His Nose A monk seal spotted with eel stuck up its nose in Hawaii. NOAA says of the slippery phenomenon, which has been recorded several times. "Mondays...it might not have been a good one for you, but it had to have been better than an eel in your nose", the agency said in a Facebook post . [Full Article...]

Liftoff! Rocket blasts into orbit one month after dramatic launch failure

Liftoff! Rocket blasts into orbit one month after dramatic launch failure Canadian astronauts Bob Thirsk and Jenni Sidey-Gibbons watched the launch of astronaut David Saint-Jacques for the global space station from Kazakhstan at the Canadian Space Agency headquarters Monday, December 3, 2018 in St. McClain, Saint-Jacques and Kononenko will spend more than six months at the space station doing research and experiments in biology, Earth science, physical sciences and tech... [Full Article...]

SpaceX has a Falcon 9 landing failure during supply mission

Christmas turkey is rocketing toward the International Space Station , along with cranberry sauce, candied yams and the obligatory fruitcake. SpaceX usually lands the rocket's booster and refurbishes it for another flight. Musk has the Pentagon beat when it comes to euphemisms, though. The early Falcon 9 rocket stages proved that the model was viable, but the Block 5 is capable of being used up... [Full Article...]

NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe arrives at asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe arrives at asteroid Bennu The mission - which stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer - is NASA's first asteroid sample return mission. "The OSIRIS-REx team is proud to cross another major milestone off our list - asteroid arrival", said Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona , Tucson. [Full Article...]

Taylorville IL got 41-minute warning of December tornado

Taylorville IL got 41-minute warning of December tornado Around 20 people were injured, but there were no deaths. If most are confirmed as tornadoes, Miller said that would be the most tornadoes in IL in a December storm since Dec. Among the hardest hit areas appears to be Taylorville, a small town that sits about 25 miles South and East of Springfield. The owner says that about 200 cars were damaged in both of the garages and shed. [Full Article...]

Climate change is 'most important issue we face — United Nations chief

Climate change is 'most important issue we face — United Nations chief The 2016 Paris climate talks (COP21) saw nearly 200 nations commit to a variety of national goals created to keep global temperatures "well below" 2°C above pre-industrial levels and try to limit to them to 1.5°C. "Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale". President Donald Trump has threatened to pull the US out of the Paris agreement because of what he says is the economi... [Full Article...]

Soyuz heads to ISS on first manned mission since failure

Soyuz heads to ISS on first manned mission since failure The new crew includes Anne McClain of NASA , David Saint-Jacques of the Canadia Space Agency, and Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos . Following a four-orbit, six-hour journey, the three arrived at the station to finally replace the crew that was left stranded there since October. [Full Article...]

Leaders gather for key United Nations climate talks in Poland

Leaders gather for key United Nations climate talks in Poland Negotiators from around the world opened the United Nations' annual climate change conference Sunday in a Polish city built around mining coal, widely seen as a main culprit behind global warming. "The impacts of climate change are increasingly hard to ignore", said the statement, a copy of which was obtained by AFP. The meeting in Katowice is regarded as a key test of countries' willingness... [Full Article...]

Normal flight: Soyuz with a new crew heading to the ISS

Normal flight: Soyuz with a new crew heading to the ISS Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko , U.S. astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian Space Agency's David Saint-Jacques appeared briefly before relatives and reporters on Monday morning, waving and blowing kisses as they left a hotel to board a bus on their way to prepare for the flight. [Full Article...]

Russia launches first manned voyage to space station since rocket accident

American Anne McClain, Canadian David Saint-Jacques and Russian Oleg Kononenko successfully took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday on their way to the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos were greeted upon arrival Monday by the station's current ... [Full Article...]

Nasa's latest Mars craft nears landing for unprecedented seismic mission

Nasa's latest Mars craft nears landing for unprecedented seismic mission The 363kg lander, which aimed for an afternoon touchdown, must go from 20,000 km/h to zero in six minutes flat as it penetrates the Martian atmosphere, deploys a supersonic parachute , fires its descent engines and - hopefully - lands on three legs. [Full Article...]

Rocket Launch Rescheduled for Monday

Rocket Launch Rescheduled for Monday SpaceX has delayed its Falcon 9 rocket launch for the third time. Monday's flight got underway at 10:32 a.m. PST (GMT-8; 1:32 p.m. EST) when the Falcon 9's nine Merlin 1C first stage engines ignited with a rush of flame and steaming exhaust, pushing the slender 130-foot-tall rocket away from pad 4-East at Vandenberg. [Full Article...]

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques set to launch into space

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques set to launch into space This will be the first launch of a manned spacecraft after the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle crash on October 11. On Oct. 11, a rocket failure forced a Soyuz capsule carrying two astronauts to abort and make an emergency landing. "We are psychologically and technically prepared for blast-off and any situation which, God forbid, may occur on board". Russian Federation said last month the October ... [Full Article...]

Over 100 scientists say baby gene editing is ‘crazy’

Over 100 scientists say baby gene editing is ‘crazy’ According to He Jiankui, the goal of his work was not to prevent an inherited disease in babies, but to bestow them with a trait to resist any possible future infection with HIV . The committee organizing the Hong Kong conference where He is due to speak - the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing - said in a statement on Monday it had only just been informed of He's work on... [Full Article...]

Ghanaian engineer built NASA's new spacecraft to land in Mars

Ghanaian engineer built NASA's new spacecraft to land in Mars It will operate on the surface for one Martian year, plus 40 Martian days, or sols, until November 24, 2020. InSight has already been busy. These initial images are grainy because the dust shields haven't been removed from the camera lenses yet. [Full Article...]

Elon Musk Won't Smoke Weed on a Podcast Again

Elon Musk Won't Smoke Weed on a Podcast Again NASA will be one of multiple customers using these lunar services. The space agency says it will award a total of $2.6 billion to private businesses for the moon effort over the next 10 years. He passed away on December 21, 2017 at the age of 80. The goal is to get science and technology experiments to the surface of the moon as soon as possible, and the first flight could be next year. [Full Article...]

Draper Tapped For NASA's 'Space Race' To Go Back To The Moon

Draper Tapped For NASA's 'Space Race' To Go Back To The Moon They include some longtime players in the aerospace industry, like Lockheed Martin , but are mostly newer names with start-up cultures, like Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic and Masten Space Systems in Mojave, California. The company is also an official partner with NASA through the Lunar CATALYST Program. "We believe that there is a lot of wonderful science that we can do on the surface of the Mo... [Full Article...]


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