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Trump meets with Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins Trump meets with Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins
- July 21, 2019

Armstrong was the first one out, proclaiming: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". Hours later, at 21:56 CT (0356 GMT), Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first person to walk on the moon. At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, cars were backed up for miles Saturday morning outside the visitor complex. The crew deliberately modeled its mission patch after Apollo 11's: no astronaut names included to show the universal nature of space flight. (more...)
Tiangong-2: China's first space lab Tiangong-2: China's first space lab
- July 20, 2019

The station was brought down in a controlled re-entry over a safe area in the Southern Pacific Ocean . Scientists from China , Switzerland, Germany and Poland plan to continue their cooperation and develop POLAR-2 on China's space station , which is expected to contribute to the study of questions including the formation of black holes, said Sun. (more...)
Can you feel the heat? You will this weekend Can you feel the heat? You will this weekend
- July 20, 2019

This heat wave stands out for the high humidity that is accompanying it, as a vast heat dome helps drive Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean moisture northward. Outdoors workers and athletes, and their supervisors and coaches, should take extra precautions to prevent overexertion. Highs for Tuesday and Wednesday may not get out of the 70s as lows reach the 50s. (more...)
50th Anniversary of Moon Landing 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing
- July 19, 2019

The Saturn V rocket left the Kennedy Space Station in Florida, July 16, 1969, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Two serious problems, which could have had disastrous consequences for the astronauts, were fortunately averted. (more...)
Excessive Heat Warning begins Thursday for central Indiana Excessive Heat Warning begins Thursday for central Indiana
- July 18, 2019

However, this event will be remembered for its wide geographic scope, stretching from the Plains to the East Coast , as well as the high overnight low temperatures that stand a better chance of breaking records. For example, a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences past year found a fingerprint of climate change in excessive heat events worldwide. (more...)
GSLV rocket glitch rectified, Chandrayaan-2 launch likely next week GSLV rocket glitch rectified, Chandrayaan-2 launch likely next week
- July 18, 2019

The technical snag was observed in the launch vehicle system an hour before the launch on July 15. India's second mission to the moon , Chandrayaan-2, is scheduled to be launched at 2.43 pm on July 22 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, the Indian Space Research Organisation announced on Thursday. (more...)
July Full Moon 2019: 7 Things to Know About the ‘Buck Moon’ July Full Moon 2019: 7 Things to Know About the ‘Buck Moon’
- July 17, 2019

Stargazers have been treated to a cosmic spectacle as a partial lunar eclipse was visible across parts of the UK. On Tuesday, astronomers forecast the Moon to leave this darker shadow at about midnight. Unlike solar eclipses, it is perfectly safe to view lunar eclipses with the naked eye and special equipment is not required, the BBC reported. This deepest stage of the eclipse will take place at 21:30 UTC, when the dark red-brown umbra will cover the northern 65% of the moon's diameter. (more...)
Extinction Rebellion activists hold protests across the UK Extinction Rebellion activists hold protests across the UK
- July 17, 2019

Monday's are the latest demonstrations under the " Extinction Rebellion " banner - following several others earlier this year . Some of the 1,000 people arrested during that protest appeared in court this week . It's only going to get worse. Frances, an 18-year-old Extinction Rebellion Youth member protesting in Leeds, said: "We are facing the sixth mass extinction". (more...)
Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit unveiled at Smithsonian Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit unveiled at Smithsonian
- July 17, 2019

Safire's lunar disaster plan- which the speechwriter sent to Nixon's chief of staff H.R. Haldeman on July 18, 1969, and shared with the news media 30 years later - included instructions on how the president should first call the astronauts' widows before delivering a public address to the nation explaining how "fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace". (more...)
"Planet B" -NASA’s Plans for Making Mars a Refuge for Homo Sapiens
- July 17, 2019

SpaceX is gearing up to head over to Mars in a few years and NASA's moon missions are now seen as a stepping stone tot he Red Planet . A new study published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy proposes that the material silica aerogel could be used to mimic the greenhouse effect in our own atmosphere to make parts of Mars habitable for humans. (more...)
High temperatures, humidity and showers expected this week in MA High temperatures, humidity and showers expected this week in MA
- July 17, 2019

Temperatures could steam past the century mark by this weekend as a hot and humid airmass builds into the region, promising the state's most miserable and potentially unsafe heat of the year. By late century this would increase to areas where more than 118 million people-over one-third of the US population-live. Saturday will be 94 with heat index of 104. (more...)
Planetarium recalls importance of local connection in Apollo 11 landing Planetarium recalls importance of local connection in Apollo 11 landing
- July 16, 2019

That launch was a great accomplishment for them, but also for the thousands behind the scenes who made mankind's giant leap possible. Such is the passage of time. In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the goal of landing a man on the surface of the moon before the end of the decade. These fearless men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. (more...)
SpaceX blames Crew Dragon explosion on an oxidizer leak SpaceX blames Crew Dragon explosion on an oxidizer leak
- July 16, 2019

Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of mission assurance for SpaceX, said sending people up in a Dragon capsule this year still was possible, but would require a lot of things to go right in the remaining months. The burst disks seal completely until opened by high pressure. Koenigsmann says he's "entirely hopeful" that the organization will most likely dispatch before the year's end, yet that hitting this objective has progressed toward becoming "progressively troublesome". (more...)
Lunar eclipse marks Moon landing's 50th anniversary Lunar eclipse marks Moon landing's 50th anniversary
- July 16, 2019

In India, the Partial Eclipse will begin at 1:31 a.m and the maximum eclipse will occur at 3 a.m. A partial lunar eclipse , or "Half Blood" eclipse, will occur tonight, and the weather forecast looks clear across large parts of the UK. The Royal Observatory Greenwich said: "In the United Kingdom, the eclipse will be visible from Moon rise at 9.06pm BST (16 July) to 1.17am BST (17 July)". (more...)
Mars scientists discover way to MAKE Red Planet more habitable Mars scientists discover way to MAKE Red Planet more habitable
- July 16, 2019

It opens the door to habitation domes with year-round drinking water - or even self-contained biospheres. Clouds and ice caps on the red planet. Polar ice caps on Mars are a combination of water ice and frozen CO2. "Of course, this plan wouldn't allow a human to walk around on the surface of Mars without a space suit, but it could be a great way to melt water now frozen as ice under the surface or collect oxygen released by photosynthetic organisms living under the aerogel sheets". (more...)
Barry dumping more rain as flood worries continue Barry dumping more rain as flood worries continue
- July 16, 2019

Even though Tropical Depression Barry did not unleash catastrophic flooding in Louisiana, many across the Gulf Coast were urged to take heed of tornado and flash-flood warnings Monday as the storm moved north. The water level on the river has already been officially at flood stage for the longest period in recorded history, swollen with water from rain and snow from the Midwest. (more...)
5 must-see photos, videos of Tropical Storm Barry's impact 5 must-see photos, videos of Tropical Storm Barry's impact
- July 15, 2019

In New Orleans , a group of neighbours cleaned out the storm drains on their street. Though Barry will continue to dump rain throughout the weekend, forecasters downgraded rainfall estimates for the city through Sunday to between 2 to 4 inches. (more...)
Ireland to experience partial lunar eclipse on anniversary of moon landing Ireland to experience partial lunar eclipse on anniversary of moon landing
- July 14, 2019

At around 4.30 am, the partial lunar eclipse will end and the Moon will leave penumbra at around 5.49 am. When the Moon completely passes through the umbra or when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are perfectly aligned, a total lunar eclipse occurs. (more...)
Tropical Storm Barry tracks northward; What that means for the Arklatex Tropical Storm Barry tracks northward; What that means for the Arklatex
- July 14, 2019

But Mayor LaToya Cantrell said 48 hours of heavy downpours could overwhelm pumps created to purge streets and storm drains of excess water. "So that when a storm moves through an area that has warmer, wetter air, there's more of a source for the precipitation". (more...)
The Bills: What Does NASA's Leadership Shakeup Mean For Moon Plans? The Bills: What Does NASA's Leadership Shakeup Mean For Moon Plans?
- July 13, 2019

He said that Ken Bowersox, a former astronaut, who had served as the deputy associate administrator for the human exploration office would take over in an acting capacity. Wednesday's shakeups are the latest as NASA aims to transform itself into "a leaner, more accountable and more agile organization", as Pence said in the March speech to the National Space Council. (more...)