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by | June 10, 2019 | 05:22

Missions can last as long as 30 nights and NASA will leave it up to the Commercial Crew Program to plan the trips and provide the training required to prepare private astronauts for space . "We recognize there is a physical end to the station", said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.

by | May 16, 2019 | 06:51

A team of American researchers designed an algorithm to analyze seismic data recorded by NASA's Apollo missions in 1960s and 1970s which provided epicenter locations of 28 quakes on the Moon from 1969 to 1977. Astronauts maneuvered their lunar rover up and over the fault scarp. Unlike our planet, the Moon doesn't have tectonic plates; instead, its tectonic activity occurs as it slowly loses heat from when it was formed 4.5 billion years ago.

by | May 04, 2019 | 07:40

As of 5 p.m. local time, the Mississippi River at Davenport was recorded at 21.88 feet - the fifth highest for the spot ever recorded approaching the record crest of 22.6 feet set in July 1993. The Air Force is raising its cost estimate to $420 million to fix and replace structures damaged at Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base following severe flooding that inundated buildings with water.

by | April 24, 2019 | 22:53

According to Spaceflight Now , the test "sent a reddish-orange plume into the sky visible for miles around", suggesting a fairly serious malfunction of the engine systems. " Our teams are investigating and working closely with our NASA partners ". Both capsules were supposed to start flying in 2017, but SpaceX and Boeing have been hampered with delays.

by | April 15, 2019 | 04:56

The Robertson County Sheriff's Office said that the tornado was spotted near FM 485, 1644, and FM 46. Multiple structures in Franklin, Texas were destroyed by a tornado on Saturday, as severe weather swept through eastern Texas toward Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

by | April 12, 2019 | 10:50

The new and improved Falcon Heavy blasted off Thursday evening with a communication satellite called Arabsat - the rocket's first paying customer. "Three for three boosters today", a SpaceX webcast commentator said. But everything went exceedingly well, with SpaceX employees at company headquarters in Southern California cheering at every launch milestone, especially the three touchdowns.

by | April 12, 2019 | 09:46

The head of NASA , Jim Bridenstine, said he regretted the mission didn't succeed, but "I have no doubt that Israel and SpaceIL will continue to explore and I look forward to celebrating their future achievements". NASA, for example, spent about US$469 million in the 1960s on seven similarly sized Surveyor lunar landers. "I knew it would give us in Israel a sense of pride".

by | April 11, 2019 | 02:43

The researchers said they hoped the image of M87 would help them analyze another black hole , known as the Sagittarius A , which sits at the center of the Milky Way with a mass of around 4.3 million times that of the sun and located 25,000 light years from earth.

by | March 30, 2019 | 15:41

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA ) are paying volunteers a handsome stipend of United States dollars 19,000 to lie in bed for two months, Cnet reports. NASA has been conducting studies under its Human Research Program (HRP) that is dedicated to discovering the best methods and technologies to support safe and productive human space travel.

by | March 28, 2019 | 07:25

The first all-female spacewalk , originally scheduled for this Friday, March 29, has been dumped because they couldn't get two lady-size spacesuits ready in time , according to a statement from NASA . But NASA said they are going to adjust the assignment personnel because there is only one suitable spacesuit available for two women. The cancellation of NASA's all-women spacewalk is disheartening given the circumstances.But the future looks bright as, Koch and McClain were part of ...

by | March 18, 2019 | 09:43

That's too late, she says. If human-generated greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, the planet will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels as soon as 2030. The young protestors believe that adults have been apathetic towards the climate crisis and these protests are their way of drawing attention to this grave issue.

by | March 08, 2019 | 10:44

The Crew Dragon used the station's new global docking adapter for the first time since astronauts installed it during a spacewalk in August 2016, following its delivery to the station in the trunk of a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft on its ninth commercial resupply services mission.

by | March 06, 2019 | 21:46

Beijing ranks now as the 122nd most polluted city in the world in 2018 and China, the 12th most polluted country in the world. The city's average PM2.5 level past year was 40.8 micrograms per cubic meter of air as opposed to 45.8 in 2017, according to Switzerland-based air quality monitor IQAir AirVisual's 2018 World Air Quality Report .

by | March 04, 2019 | 08:54

The SpaceX Crew Dragon , as its name implies, is created to carry human crew along with around 220 lbs of cargo. It docked autonomously under the station astronauts' watchful eyes, instead of relying on the station's robot arm for berthing.

by | February 22, 2019 | 07:12

And this big, black wasp-like bee was "thought by some to be extinct" since it hadn't been seen since 1981, according to a statement from the University of Sydney. The giant bee's build "communal nests on termite dwellings", according to CBS news . "My dream is to now use this rediscovery to elevate this bee to a symbol of conservation in this part of Indonesia, and a point of pride for the locals there".

by | February 20, 2019 | 05:55

The Moon's orbit around the Earth has an oval or elliptical shape. You can choose to be an unapproachable elitist snob who poo-poos the whole notion of calling any Moon "super". The super snow moon is the second of three super moon's this year. Tonight you will see a bigger and brighter full moon. The time between the moon being at its closest point and being at its furthest point is about 13 and a half days.

by | February 19, 2019 | 06:43

A "supermoon" is when a moon is simultaneously full and at its perigee , the point in its orbit when it is closest to Earth. Also, this month's perigee is the closest of this year's 13 perigees. On display in the night sky will be a super full moon on Tuesday, bigger and brighter than you can hope to see in the next seven years. If you really want to be wowed, your best bet is to check out the full moon when it rises in the east as the sun is setting in the west.

by | February 14, 2019 | 12:16

The new report looked at dozens of existing studies on insect decline published over the past three decades, and examined the reasons behind the falling numbers. The scientists suggest that liberal use of pesticides as well as rising global temperatures and extreme weather events due to climate change are the likely culprits.

by | February 14, 2019 | 09:58

Opportunity's mission has led to many discoveries about the Red Planet, but perhaps the most exciting was when the rover found evidence that Mars once had water and supported conditions for sustaining microbial life. NASA's InSight lander touched down last November , while the Curiosity rover has been exploring the Gale Crater for more than six years. Callas speculated that the balky heater may have played a role in Opportunity's demise.

by | February 07, 2019 | 12:41

Earth's magnetic north pole is moving away from the Canadian Arctic toward Siberia, according to scientists. Normally, new WMM maps are released every five years, and the next release was due at the end of 2019. "Due to unplanned variations in the Arctic region, scientists have released a new model to more accurately represent the change of the magnetic field between 2015 and now", said NOAA in a news release on February 4.

by | February 01, 2019 | 08:09

The brutal blast known as the polar vortex is a stream of cold air that spins around the stratosphere over the North Pole, but whose current has been disrupted and is now pushing south into the United States . The weather service warned drivers to allow for extra travel time and "possibly hazardous travel" because of accumulating snow and single-digit temperatures impeding road treatment tactics.

by | January 20, 2019 | 18:26

A supermoon occurs when the moon is full and closest to Earth in orbit. On a more modern note, National Geographic explains that this lunar eclipse corresponds with the wolf moon which is the traditional name for January's full moon .

by | January 18, 2019 | 15:39

This means the moon will appear slightly larger in the sky. "There will be other total lunar eclipses between 2019 and 2032 but they will happen as the Moon sets or rises from Ireland thus spoiling the view", said editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine, David Moore.

by | January 15, 2019 | 22:01

Inside you'll find soil, yeast, fruit fly and silkworm eggs, as well as cotton, potato, tomato, and (flowering) thale cress seeds. A photograph taken on January 7 and released on Tuesday by China's National Space Administration showed the seeds sprouting on the far side of the moon .

by | January 11, 2019 | 16:30

During their research of data from the fourth batch of observations from Kepler's K2 mission , the three of them noticed that there were two likely planetary transits. So far, it's right on schedule: About a quarter of the sky has been photographed, eight months after its launch and six months after it began its two-year primary science mission .

by | January 09, 2019 | 14:02

A host of former ministers, including Michael Fallon, Justine Greening and Sir Oliver Letwin, voted to amend the finance bill to restrict the ability of the Treasury to make tax changes in the event of a no deal - and threatened to target other legislation in the coming months.

by | January 09, 2019 | 12:09

In this photo provided January 3, 2019, by China National Space Administration via Xinhua News Agency, Yutu-2, China's lunar rover, leaves wheel marks after leaving the lander that touched down on the surface of the far side of the moon .

by | January 03, 2019 | 07:30

Together they form Ultima Thule, a frozen world that is almost 4.5 billion miles from Earth, more distant than Pluto. The small object appeared as a point source in Hubble Space Telescope images, where it was discovered in 2014, and in images from New Horizons itself until a couple days before the flyby .

by | December 20, 2018 | 17:44

The planet's magnetic field is causing the rings to be pulled inward by gravity, creating a dusty rain of ice particles. Estimates suggest that the rings are draining water at such a rate that the volume could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool every 30 minutes.

by | December 18, 2018 | 16:40

The comet's closest approach to Earth will come on Sunday (Dec. 16). Comet Wirtanen has already been visible in larger amateur telescopes, and there is the possibility that, during its closest approach this weekend, comet Wirtanen could be visible with binoculars or to the naked eye.