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NASA gives SpaceX green light for first Crew Dragon launch NASA gives SpaceX green light for first Crew Dragon launch
- February 26, 2019

Russian space officials dissented from Nasa and SpaceX's flight-readiness decision, arguing that a separate computer system should be installed to help govern the craft's "velocity vectors" on its approach to the station in case of a main computer failure. (more...)
Israel aiming to land on moon with SpaceX launch Israel aiming to land on moon with SpaceX launch
- February 24, 2019

EST Thursday evening with several payloads on board. It would also become the first private enterprise to make a controlled landing on the moon, with the smallest spacecraft to do it, and by far the least expensive mission. But as the competition wore on, it became apparent that none of the companies were going to be able to meet the deadline to land on the moon, and so Google ultimately scrapped the competition in March 2018. (more...)
Sen. Feinstein debates children over climate change Sen. Feinstein debates children over climate change
- February 23, 2019

The reaction online to the video was split, with those on the political left - many of whom attacked the Covington Catholic kids for smiling at a Native American - declaring that Feinstein was being rude to the children who were being disruptive in her office. (more...)
SpaceX launches moon lander, lands booster despite tough conditions
- February 23, 2019

It was the third mission for the booster, which first flew in July with 10 Iridium Next communications satellites and again in October with a radar satellite for the Argentine space agency CONAE. The two other payloads set for deployment are a telecommunications satellite for Indonesia and an experimental satellite for the U.S. Air Force. Winetraub pointed out that the moon and the earth had to be in sync before the rocket could launch, adding, "The moon is coming around, and we're ... (more...)
"THANKS FOR NOTHING AOC" Billboard Lights Up Times Square
- February 23, 2019

The billboard references Democrat New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's latest battle with Amazon , which forced the company to pull out from its plans to move business into New York. "We could hire out more teachers". The billboard, however, is a direct response to Ocasio-Cortez's role in scrapping plans to open a new Amazon headquarters in the heart of New York City. (more...)
Wilson-Raybould says she wants opportunity to 'speak my truth' Wilson-Raybould says she wants opportunity to 'speak my truth'
- February 23, 2019

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to journalists before the start of a Liberal Party caucus meeting in the West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada February 20, 2019. Wilson Raybould on September 17th". As part of these examinations, Trudeau said he welcomes Wilson Raybould testifying before the House Justice Committee. (more...)
Israeli startup partners with Elon Musk's SpaceX to launch lunar lander
- February 22, 2019

SpaceX plans to stream live footage of the launch via YouTube , and you can watch the company's broadcast using the embedded video player below. Israel will launch its spacecraft dubbed " Beresheet ", or "beginning" in Hebrew, in the nation's first mission to land on the Moon's surface. (more...)
Keen stargazers enthralled with super moon Keen stargazers enthralled with super moon
- February 22, 2019

Some North Americans missed out on the photo opportunity due to a storm system spanning the continent coast-to-coast. Last night, the second and largest supermoon of the year overtook the night sky and Montrealers landed some pretty gorgeous shots on Instagram. (more...)
SpaceX rocket launch: Falcon 9 spacecraft take-off from Cape Canaveral
- February 22, 2019

SpaceX landed the first-stage booster close to nine minutes after liftoff on the drone ship " Of Course I Still Love You ", in the Atlantic Ocean. Falcon 9's first stage for the Nusantara Satu mission previously supported the Iridium-7 mission in July 2018 and the SAOCOM 1A mission in October 2018. (more...)
CBBC Newsround: Japan space probe to collect rock from asteroid CBBC Newsround: Japan space probe to collect rock from asteroid
- February 22, 2019

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said it received and is now analyzing data suggesting the probe has landed. "I'm really relieved now". The probe was due to fire a bullet at the Ryugu asteroid, to stir up surface matter, which the probe will then collect for analysis back on Earth. (more...)
Scientists reveal why zebras have stripes Scientists reveal why zebras have stripes
- February 22, 2019

Behavioural ecologist Tim Caro of the University of California-Davis, who is the lead author of the research published in the journal PLOS ONE , said that only the fly attack hypothesis stands up to scrutiny. "We saw that these horseflies were coming in quite fast and nearly turning away or sometimes even colliding with the zebra, rather than doing a nice, controlled flight". (more...)
SpaceX launching moon lander, satellite Thursday night
- February 22, 2019

The lander - named Beresheet, Hebrew for "Genesis" - is the first privately funded lunar lander mission. Beresheet will spend seven weeks making its way to the moon, swinging by Earth a few times and using our planet's gravity to build the momentum it needs to get to its destination. (more...)
Watch February's super snow moon, year's brightest Watch February's super snow moon, year's brightest
- February 21, 2019

Bad weather and heavy snows made hunting hard, so this Moon was also called the Hunger Moon. Well, the Moon receives this title if it is the second full Moon of the year. However, this event usually has lesser attention because this kind of moon is invisible from Earth. "When a full moon appears at perigee [its closest point to Earth] it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon-and that's where we get a "supermoon"," explains NASA , on its website, noting that the ... (more...)
Scientists find out why zebras have stripes Scientists find out why zebras have stripes
- February 21, 2019

It is hope the research will help the horse industry, as techniques for avoiding horse flies are now known. The experiments were conducted to better understand how the stripes manipulate the behavior of biting flies as they attempt to land on the animal. (more...)
World's largest bee finally found after going missing for 38 years World's largest bee finally found after going missing for 38 years
- February 21, 2019

Bolt's visit to Indonesia came as part of Global Wildlife Conservation's Search for Lost Species program . "It was absolutely breathtaking to see this " flying bulldog " of an insect that we weren't sure existed anymore", said Clay Bolt , the photographer who took the rediscovered bee's first photos in a statement. (more...)
Great white sharks may hold the answers to beating cancer Great white sharks may hold the answers to beating cancer
- February 21, 2019

Over time they have evolved numerous molecular changes in genes linked to DNA-repair and damage tolerance, the scientists found. According to the study, the great white shark has some formidable genetic traits that help this fearsome predator fish heal wounds faster than usual and fix its DNA. (more...)
Severe weather warnings as Cyclone Oma threatens to batter QLD coastline Severe weather warnings as Cyclone Oma threatens to batter QLD coastline
- February 21, 2019

As a result of the cyclone, abnormally high tides are expected along the southern Queensland coast, in addition to strong winds and increased swell. "Forecast certainly is shaping up to see the most likely scenario that Cyclone Oma will approach the cost this weekend, and a coastal crossing can not be ruled out at this stage", Gunn added. (more...)
The Biggest Supermoon of 2019 The Biggest Supermoon of 2019
- February 21, 2019

Pictures of the Super Snow Moon 2019 are being shared on Twitter and if you haven't been able to see the moon yet in your area, we have got you covered. A new moon at perigee is also often referred to as a supermoon . In fact, a supermoon is also likely in the month of March as well. "The moon will look extremely large when it rises and sets". (more...)
Cyclone Oma makes it way towards southeast Queensland Cyclone Oma makes it way towards southeast Queensland
- February 21, 2019

Cyclone Oma, now affecting New Caledonia , is expected to head towards Queensland on it's south easterly path. While we talk about GFS and ECMWF there are literally hundreds of weather computer models and IBM, who we are partnered with, has New Zealand's most powerful weather super computer which we have exclusve access to and is used to make up your local 10 day forecasts here at WeatherWatch .co.nz. (more...)
A 'Super Snow Moon' will take over Orlando's sky tomorrow night A 'Super Snow Moon' will take over Orlando's sky tomorrow night
- February 19, 2019

That occurred when a full moon came close to the Earth on its elliptic orbit - resulting in a slightly larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as viewed from Earth. The origin of the name is about what you'd expect: February is typically a month with ample snow in many places, hence the name that became associated with its super moon. (more...)