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NASA to conduct historic spacewalk featuring all-female team NASA to conduct historic spacewalk featuring all-female team
- March 08, 2019

The all-female makeup of the team conducting the spacewalk obviously won't have any impact on the work being done, as all NASA astronauts are held to the exact same standards and are equally qualified to handle any scenario whether they're men or women. (more...)
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Departs Space Station, Heads Home to Complete Maiden Voyage SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Departs Space Station, Heads Home to Complete Maiden Voyage
- March 08, 2019

The deorbit burn, powering the Crew Dragon back to Earth will occur not long after that at 4:50 a.m. and then the all important splashdown will occur at some point between 5:30 a.m. Once aloft, the SpaceX craft traveled to the space station, whizzing around the Earth at 17,500 miles per hour, catching up early the next morning. (more...)
Privately Funded Israeli Spacecraft Heads Toward Lunar Landing Privately Funded Israeli Spacecraft Heads Toward Lunar Landing
- March 08, 2019

Get our weekly newsletter directly in your inbox! The sign also has an inscription that reads "Small country big dreams". It was taken some 37,600 kilometers (20,000 miles) away from Earth. "Privately Funded Israeli Spacecraft Heads Toward Lunar Landing" is part of Aviation Week & Space Technology's subscription package. During its weeklong science mission, Beresheet will measure the moon's magnetic field and send back high-resolution views of its surroundings - no doubt including an ... (more...)
NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk Will Happen During Women's History Month NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk Will Happen During Women's History Month
- March 08, 2019

As part of Expedition 59 , NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will carry out the spacewalk on March 29. Anne also will join Nick Hague for the March 22 spacewalk. A spacewalk looks like something from your favourite sci-fi film, and for the first time ever one will take place with a team exclusively made up of female astronauts. (more...)
SpaceX Dragon Capsule Docked Successfully To The ISS SpaceX Dragon Capsule Docked Successfully To The ISS
- March 07, 2019

As CNN famous, there was additionally a danger that it might harm the ISS . On March 8, Crew Dragon will detach from the ISS to splash down in the Pacific Ocean. If the spacecraft's descent proceeds in a normal regime, it will travel to the orbital outpost with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on its board in July. (more...)
Ex-Attorneys General Call For RCMP Probe Into SNC-Lavalin Affair Ex-Attorneys General Call For RCMP Probe Into SNC-Lavalin Affair
- March 07, 2019

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet on Friday after Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from Veteran's Affairs last month. Wilson-Raybould testified on Wednesday that when she was justice minister previous year, officials in the Liberal government leaned on her to help construction firm SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a corruption trial. (more...)
SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully completes docking test with ISS SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully completes docking test with ISS
- March 07, 2019

After five days on the ISS , the Crew Dragon will return to Earth on March eight for an aquatic touchdown within the Atlantic Ocean. A dummy named Ripley is onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket during liftoff Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (more...)
Milestone: Capsule with dummy aboard docks at space station Milestone: Capsule with dummy aboard docks at space station
- March 06, 2019

Flight computers guided the craft directly into a docking port, unlike previous cargo Dragon spacecrafts that have been attached to the space station after capture by a robotic arm. The successful maneuver was also greeted with cheers from the Hawthorne, Calif., headquarters of Elon Musk's ambitious space company. The test dummy - or Smarty as SpaceX likes to call it, given all the instrumentation - is named Ripley after the lead character in the science-fiction " Alien " films. (more...)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez still can't believe her success is real Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez still can't believe her success is real
- March 05, 2019

A conservative government watchdog group filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission accusing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's top aide of funneling $1 million in donations into his private accounts in a possible violation of the law, according to a report. (more...)
Gallery: 1st Crew Dragon takes flight Gallery: 1st Crew Dragon takes flight
- March 03, 2019

That's the name of the space-suited dummy aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon that launched Saturday, a hat tip to Ellen Ripley, the heroine of the sci-fi movie series. Anne McClain, the American aboard the space station, says she's looking forward to saying hello . Musk said the redesigned capsule has "hardly a part in common" with its predecessor. (more...)
Danger mouse! Potent rodents 'see' infrared after eyeballs injected with nanoparticles Danger mouse! Potent rodents 'see' infrared after eyeballs injected with nanoparticles
- March 03, 2019

The Chinese scientists behind the work said that it could pave the way for soldiers to be given "super vision" and help to treat forms of colour-blindness. Nanoparticles (white) bind to rods and cones in the retina of mice, allowing the rodents to sense infrared. The nearby rod then absorbs these wavelengths and sends abnormal signal to the brain. (more...)
'This is the stuff of nightmares' 'This is the stuff of nightmares'
- March 03, 2019

The researchers published their observations in the February issue of the Amphibian & Reptile Conservation journal (PDF link ). "Invertebrates preying on vertebrates is common, but it's generally not assumed to be an important source of mortality for amphibians and reptiles", says study leader Rudolf von May , a biologist at the University of MI. (more...)
Farm Bureau Statement on Confirmation of EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Farm Bureau Statement on Confirmation of EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler
- March 03, 2019

And Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper added, "We congratulate Administrator Wheeler on his Senate confirmation". "Mr. Chamber of Commerce's Global Energy Institute, said Wheeler's "extensive experience" had prepared him to serve as the nation's top environmental official. (more...)
SpaceX, NASA successfully launch Crew Dragon on historic test flight SpaceX, NASA successfully launch Crew Dragon on historic test flight
- March 02, 2019

He added: "We are looking forward to being one customer of many customers in a robust commercial marketplace in low-Earth orbit, so we can drive down costs and increase access in ways that, historically, have not been possible". "And we'll be ready when SpaceX and NASA are ready for us to fly it". "It's been a long eight years", said Bob Cabana, the Kennedy Space Center's director and a former astronaut. (more...)
Schumer: A Forced Vote on the Green New Deal Is a 'Sham' Schumer: A Forced Vote on the Green New Deal Is a 'Sham'
- March 02, 2019

Those are the words of youth climate activists who confronted California Senator Dianne Feinstein last week in San Francisco, demanding she sign on to the Green New Deal. The recent teachers' strikes are an instructive example for thinking through what is "possible" and "impossible" - and how change actually gets made. (more...)
Spider eating opossum: Tarantula drags, eats opossum in Amazon rainforest
- March 02, 2019

Though it's not unusual to see one of these large spiders in the rainforest, Grundler says they're usually spied eating smaller prey, such as a frog or cicada. A news release from the university about the research project noted that "this is the stuff of nightmares". Michael Grundler , a University of MI doctoral candidate, said he and other students heard rustling in the leaves. (more...)
SpaceX set for crew demo launch SpaceX set for crew demo launch
- March 01, 2019

In a nod to the iconic movie " Alien ", SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted a picture that appeared to show the dummy sat in the capsule. A Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon space capsule on top, rolls out from the horizontal integration facility at Kennedy Space Center and begins to make its way toward the launch pad on February 28, 2019. (more...)
Trudeau looking forward to Wilson-Raybould testimony on SNC-Lavalin controversy Trudeau looking forward to Wilson-Raybould testimony on SNC-Lavalin controversy
- March 01, 2019

Wilson-Raybould was bound by her solicitor-client privelege with the Prime Minister which prevented her from speaking on the SNC-Lavalin political interference allegations. On Monday Wilson-Raybould wrote to the committee chair, Liberal MP Anthony Housefather, stating that she is "anxious" to appear. The waiver does not, however, permit Wilson-Raybould to discuss conversations she may have had with the director of public prosecutions on SNC-Lavalin, a restriction that's meant to "uphold the ... (more...)
White House to select scientists to reassess climate findings White House to select scientists to reassess climate findings
- February 28, 2019

The idea of a new working group, which top administration officials discussed Friday in the White House Situation Room, represents a modified version of an earlier plan to establish a federal advisory panel on climate and national security. (more...)
Feinstein confrontational with Green New Deal kids Feinstein confrontational with Green New Deal kids
- February 27, 2019

She lectures the kids that she just won re-election by a million votes and reiterates "I know what I'm doing". A group of kids and their adult handlers representing an activist group called Sunrise Movement Bay Area visited Sen. 'I always welcome the opportunity to hear from Californians who feel passionately about this issue and it remains a top priority of mine, ' she continued. (more...)