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United Nations chief says world is 'way off course' on climate change United Nations chief says world is 'way off course' on climate change
- December 05, 2018

Calling Mr Trump "meshugge" - Yiddish for "crazy" - for deciding to withdraw from the Paris accord , Schwarzenegger insisted the climate deal had widespread support at local and state levels in the US. "Climate change is running faster than we are and we must catch up sooner rather than later, before it's too late", he said. The delegates of COP24 will have taken Sir Attenborough's words seriously after he called climate change, "our greatest threat in thousands of years". (more...)
Soyuz rocket launches flawlessly, weeks after malfunction Soyuz rocket launches flawlessly, weeks after malfunction
- December 05, 2018

The first manned space mission to the since an unprecedented accident in October, which raised concerns about Moscow's Soviet-designed spacecraft , will launch on Monday. The crew is scheduled to be onboard during the first test flights of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which will return human spaceflight launches to USA soil. (more...)
Canadian David Saint-Jacques reaches the International Space Station Canadian David Saint-Jacques reaches the International Space Station
- December 05, 2018

EST. Monday's launch was needed to guarantee that the ISS was not left unmanned after the station's current crew returns to earth later this month. The International Space Station is about to get three new residents. They are scheduled to return to Earth on December 20. They managed to emerge safely from a harrowing ordeal. (more...)
Tornado outbreak in Central Illinois Tornado outbreak in Central Illinois
- December 04, 2018

Meteorologist Dan Smith with the weather service's Lincoln, Illinois , office says crews had confirmed 23 tornado touchdowns across central Illinois by Monday afternoon. Taylorville's assistant fire chief, Andy Goodall, estimated that more than 100 homes were damaged , while Country Classic Cars Dealership owner Russel Noel said about 200 vehicles were damaged by the tornadoes. (more...)
REx, meet asteroid Bennu
- December 04, 2018

At that age, it holds clues to how the Solar System formed, clues that aren't available here on Earth because of Earth's geological activity and living processes. OSIRIS-REx is NASA's first asteroid sample return mission, and the largest sample return since Apollo returned moon rocks. Asteroids may have played a role in the origins of life here on Earth by delivering organic molecules to our planet in its early days. (more...)
Soyuz heads to ISS on first manned mission since October failure
- December 04, 2018

PT. After launching at 11.31am GMT the three are set to dock at the International Space Station at exactly 5.36pm GMT. The trio will be flying in the same kind of Soyuz launch craft and FG rocket booster that crashed at Baikonur in October, almost costing the lives of Russian commander Alexei Ovchinin and Nasa astronaut Nick Hague. (more...)
Watch SpaceX launch a twice-used rocket tomorrow at 1:31PM ET Watch SpaceX launch a twice-used rocket tomorrow at 1:31PM ET
- December 03, 2018

Having now completed three launches in an impressively routine fashion, Falcon 9 B1046 may be on a fast track to become the first SpaceX rocket to launch four or more times in the near future. Some of those smaller satellites aim to build an internet network capable of supporting smart devices back on Earth's surface. Falcon 9 rocket is flying on its third mission, a first because no SpaceX rocket has ever flown more than twice. (more...)
Soyuz Successfully Launched Into Orbit, Says Russia's Space Agency Soyuz Successfully Launched Into Orbit, Says Russia's Space Agency
- December 03, 2018

PT. Last month, Roscosmos tweeted a video of the October 11 failed Soyuz rocket launch that forced NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin into making a harrowing emergency landing. October's aborted trip saw two astronauts forced to make an emergency landing just minutes after take off. There, they'll meet the European Space Agency's Alexander Gerst, NASA's Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos' Sergey Prokopyev, the current crew of the ISS who'll use the Soyuz ... (more...)
Chinese Scientist Claims First Gene Edited Babies Chinese Scientist Claims First Gene Edited Babies
- December 03, 2018

The conference has been upended by the gene-edited baby revelations claims, after university professor He posted a video claiming the twin girls - born a few weeks ago - had had their DNA altered to prevent them from contracting HIV . (more...)
CO2 emissions on the rise for first time in four years CO2 emissions on the rise for first time in four years
- December 01, 2018

According to IPCC, 57 countries which represent 60% of global greenhouse emissions are on the path to cause their emissions to peak before 2030. Institutions such as city, state and regional governments; companies; investors; higher education and civil society organisations are increasingly committing to climate action and are an important element in achieving global emissions goals. (more...)
Launch of the probe Insight : a journey into the heart of March Launch of the probe Insight : a journey into the heart of March
- December 01, 2018

This includes the intrepid Curiosity rover - whose team took to Twitter to share their enthusiasm ahead of the big Mars landing scheduled to take place on November 26 . The mission will study the deep interior of Mars, collecting data on its pulse (seismology), temperature (heat flow) and its reflexes (radio science). (more...)
NASA looks to outsource Moon delivery services NASA looks to outsource Moon delivery services
- December 01, 2018

The last USA mission to the moon was Apollo 17 in 1972. "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. NASA already is utilizing the private sector on a commercial basis. Both companies have been contracted to fly astronauts to the International Space Station , but have suffered setbacks and delays as their work to develop their spacecraft. (more...)
Lockheed, Draper among NASA partners for new lunar payload services Lockheed, Draper among NASA partners for new lunar payload services
- November 30, 2018

In December, Trump signed a policy directive instructing NASA to "refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery". Its multi-year plan looks to deliver several small payloads of instruments and rovers to the surface of the Moon with manned missions planned for later. (more...)
Tragic end to multiple mass whale strandings in New Zealand Tragic end to multiple mass whale strandings in New Zealand
- November 30, 2018

The pod of around a dozen became stranded near Te Paki Stream at the northern end of 90 Mile Beach along a 5km stretch of sand three nights ago. These pilot whales stranded themselves at about two kilometers apart on an island named stewart during the last Saturday. (more...)
NASA's InSight lander successfully reaches Mars NASA's InSight lander successfully reaches Mars
- November 30, 2018

After successfully touching down on the Red Planet just before midday PT on November 26, InSight quickly beamed back its first image: a gritty, dust-covered view of the Martian soil. The 800-pound InSight is stationary and will operate from the same spot for the next two years, the duration of a Martian year. Now, after years of development, and months of tracking their charge through space, it was finally safe on the surface of Mars, ready to proceed with its groundbreaking science. (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
- November 30, 2018

The relatively small and low-cost payloads delivered via the CLPS program would be followed by more traditional medium- and large-class missions, Bridenstine said, including an eventual crewed mission to the Moon. Although not tied to the aerospace giant's human-rated spacecraft, the company noted its experience with developing vehicles similar to this new lander. (more...)
"What Lies Beneath" -NASA 1st Scientific Deep Dive of Mars Interior Mysteries
- November 30, 2018

In the background are plains of the planet's surface. "Dust devils on Mars, when those go by even from several hundred meters away from the lander, we should be able to see the pressure perturbation from that", said Banfield. Most spectacular is the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package . That's deeper than any instrument that has ever been to Mars. The dust at the landing site needs to settle, once that's done the lander can start to unpack its experiments and place them on the surface ... (more...)
Australia struck by flooding in Sydney, bushfires in Queensland Australia struck by flooding in Sydney, bushfires in Queensland
- November 28, 2018

Sydney Airport , the country's busiest, said it cancelled at least 20 flights after closing two of its three runways, while the majority of flights that continued suffered delays. New South Wales state Assistant Police Commissioner Michael Corboy said: "We are asking all road users to reconsider the need to be on the roads throughout what will be a severe rain event today". (more...)
Chinese scientist's claim of gene-edited babies 'extremely concerning' Chinese scientist's claim of gene-edited babies 'extremely concerning'
- November 27, 2018

He Jiankui, the scientist who led the effort, announced the outcome in a promotional video on YouTube Sunday, just days ahead of participating in an global conference on human genome editing scheduled to take place this week in Hong Kong. (more...)
Trump on his government's climate warning: 'I don't believe it' Trump on his government's climate warning: 'I don't believe it'
- November 27, 2018

The report also says these higher sea levels will cause storm surges to travel farther inland, causing more damage to property. It's fun. There are pictures. The report also said projections of damage could change if greenhouse gas emissions were curbed, although numerous impacts of climate change, like powerful storms, droughts and flooding, have already begun. (more...)