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Hubble Space Telescope Goes Into 'Safe Mode' After Failure of Another Gyroscope
- October 09, 2018

Most of the giant Hubble Space Telescope can be seen as it is suspended in space by Discovery's Remote Manipulator System (RMS) following the deployment of part of its solar panels and antennae. Osten also noted that the team has had a "very stressful weekend" and that the Hubble is now "in safe mode while we figure out what to do". The gyro lasted about six months longer than we thought it would (almost pulled the plug on it back in the spring). (more...)
San Diegans photograph Sunday night's launch of Falcon 9 rocket at Vandenberg San Diegans photograph Sunday night's launch of Falcon 9 rocket at Vandenberg
- October 09, 2018

Some of the visuals came from the launch itself, which put an Argentinian Earth-observation satellite into orbit. Elon Musk's rocket company launched a commercial satellite for Argentina on Sunday evening, marking SpaceX's 17th mission of 2018 in the type of steady success that so far has eluded his electric vehicle maker Tesla. (more...)
'Couldn't believe my eyes': social media lights up with SpaceX satellite launch 'Couldn't believe my eyes': social media lights up with SpaceX satellite launch
- October 08, 2018

The private spaceflight company has launched multiple satellites and shuttled supplies and science gear to the International Space Station, with its Falcon 9 being the first spacecraft from a private company to reach the station in 2012. Between then and now, the company chalked up 10 more successful landings at the Air Force Station and another 18 on off-shore droneships. About three minutes after launch, the rocket detached from the "second stage", including the satellite, stopped its ... (more...)
Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K
- October 08, 2018

Even though Dr. Sirbescu knew exactly what it was, it had to be sent to the Smithsonian Museum for verification, it wasn't until Thursday word came back it definitively is a meteorite , the 6th largest ever found in MI. It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located. The man, who lived on the farm for a few years, moved, and took the meteorite with him. (more...)
Sonic-boom UFO show! SpaceX launches satellite, lands rocket booster in California Sonic-boom UFO show! SpaceX launches satellite, lands rocket booster in California
- October 08, 2018

Earlier, the launch had been planned for Saturday, but SpaceX said Wednesday it was rescheduling the launch and would use the extra time to complete pre-flight checks. SpaceX calls its California touchdown site Landing Zone 4, presumably because it's part of Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex 4 (SLC-4). SAOCOM 1A 3,000-kilogram satellite built by INVAP and this deployment was done in conjunction with Argentina's space agency with the objective of radar-imaging the earth. (more...)
Tropical development in Gulf possible by next week Tropical development in Gulf possible by next week
- October 07, 2018

Longer range forecast data is in general agreement that Invest 91 will move north into an environment more favorable for strengthening over the central Gulf of Mexico by Tuesday or Wednesday. According to Weather Underground's Cat 6 blog , a similar system became Tropical Depression 16 at this time past year and would later become Hurricane Nate, which made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 1 storm on October 7. (more...)
Scientists May Have Found The First Exomoon Scientists May Have Found The First Exomoon
- October 06, 2018

A candidate exomoon refers to a moon orbiting planets in other star systems . Since researchers first began detecting exoplanets, or worlds orbiting stars other than our Sun, in the early 1990s, we've gone on to catalogue nearly 3,800 alien planets, with thousands more sightings waiting for confirmation. (more...)
Exomoons: astronomers report first ever discovery Exomoons: astronomers report first ever discovery
- October 06, 2018

Researchers stumbled upon one example in Kepler 1625b , that had conspiring inconsistencies. While this is an exciting discovery, it's still not confirmed - it will take more time on the Hubble Space Telescope to confirm this remarkable find. (more...)
Leslie becomes 6th hurricane of 2018, spot in Caribbean still under watch Leslie becomes 6th hurricane of 2018, spot in Caribbean still under watch
- October 06, 2018

Leslie is packing sustained winds of 70 miles per hour; the storm is expected to intensify into a hurricane by or early Wednesday. Forecasters expect the hurricane to stay way out in the ocean for the next few days and the Met Office says it is still too early to say exactly what impact it will have on the UK. (more...)
Rock used as doorstop revealed to be meteorite worth $100K Rock used as doorstop revealed to be meteorite worth $100K
- October 05, 2018

An examination found that the rock is an iron-nickel meteorite composed of mostly iron with 12 percent nickel. "I walked in there and there's this rock and i said you got everything all cleaned up but what's this? and he said oh that's a meteorite ", says David, who owns the meteorite. (more...)
MI man's doorstop rock turns out to be a $100k meteorite MI man's doorstop rock turns out to be a $100k meteorite
- October 05, 2018

A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is actually worth more than A$140,000. She examined it and determined the meteorite was 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel. -is the sixth-largest meteorite ever found in MI, according to the museum. He and his father dug it out the next morning and it was still warm. He then kept the meteorite with him for the next years, and even allowed his children to bring it to school for show and tell. (more...)
3 scientists awarded Nobel Chemistry Prize for work in evolutionary science 3 scientists awarded Nobel Chemistry Prize for work in evolutionary science
- October 05, 2018

The chemical name of the drug is adalimumab, which has several trade names including Humira, one of the top-selling drugs in the world. Sold as Humira in the US and under other brand names elsewhere, it brought AbbVie $18.4 billion in revenue previous year, in part because of its price: about $5,000 a month without insurance coverage in the U.S. (more...)
Ruling out manufacturing defect doesn't mean astronauts drilled hole on ISS Ruling out manufacturing defect doesn't mean astronauts drilled hole on ISS
- October 05, 2018

The hole has since been fixed with tape and sealant, stopping the oxygen break, and authorities said the current group, comprising of three US space explorers, two Russian cosmonauts and one German, were never in any threat. After undocking TPK Soyuz MS-08 with the ISS and to arrive aboard the next expedition working in orbit will continue the crew cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyeva (Roscosmos), astronaut Serena Augen-Chancellor (NASA) and astronaut Alexander Gerst (ESA). (more...)
Engineers design spacecraft to take humans to moon and beyond Engineers design spacecraft to take humans to moon and beyond
- October 05, 2018

Plans for the Lunar Gateway were unveiled at a conference in Germany on Wednesday. To fulfill its vision, the space agency wants to rely on private space enterprises to meet its hardware needs, and Lockheed Martin is taking this role very seriously. (more...)
LNG Canada project in British Columbia given final approval by shareholders LNG Canada project in British Columbia given final approval by shareholders
- October 05, 2018

Now that Shell and its partners in the $ 31 billion LNG Canada project have chose to proceed with the investment on Canada's West Coast, it could become more hard to make the economic case for greenfield LNG export proposals on the U.S. The announcement was immediately cheered by the energy industry and decried by the B.C. Green Party, which is part of the coalition supporting the NDP government. (more...)
Tropical Storm Rosa heads for Baja, US Southwest Tropical Storm Rosa heads for Baja, US Southwest
- October 05, 2018

Southwest. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert mobilized about 200 National Guard soldiers Monday to prepare for potential flooding in areas where recent wildfires left burn scars that could increase runoff. The weather service said a record 2.35 inches (5.97 centimeters) of rain had fallen at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as of Tuesday night. (more...)
The Goblin: Newly discovered dwarf planet hints at expansion of solar system The Goblin: Newly discovered dwarf planet hints at expansion of solar system
- October 05, 2018

For 99 percent of its orbit, it would be too faint to see. Scientists said its current location is about two-and-a-half times farther from the sun than from Pluto . A round frozen world just 186 miles (300 kilometers) across, the Goblin was spotted by astronomers in 2015 around Halloween, thus its spooky name. (more...)
Extremely distant solar system object discovered
- October 04, 2018

Dwarf planet 2015 TG387, or Goblin, has an orbit that takes it much further from the Sun than other Inner Oort Cloud Objects Sedna and 2012 VP113 . The discovery gives further credence to the hypothesis that Planet X , which could be 10 times the size of Earth, could be influencing the orbits of objects like 2015 TG387 within the Kuiper Belt. (more...)
Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to three evolutionary scientists
- October 04, 2018

In the 1990s, Arnold was the first to demonstrate how to use directed evolution to produce new enzymes. Winter says he realized afterward there was a "moral imperative" to ensure "what was produced could be used for public benefit ". "Her own work took off from a group of people doing directed evolution , but she came up with some very, very clever ways of doing it and then really took off, with applications in green chemistry and even some applications in the area of biofuels", Blanch ... (more...)
Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 Awarded For Revolutionary Work in Lasers Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 Awarded For Revolutionary Work in Lasers
- October 03, 2018

Dr Mourou , now based at the Ecole Polytechnique in France and University of MI, and Prof Strickland who works at the University of Waterloo in Canada, conducted research at the University of Rochester in the U.S. "This new tool allowed Ashkin to realize an old dream of science fiction", the press release states, "using the radiation pressure of light to move physical objects". (more...)