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‘Like Gym on Earth’: New study reveals about International Space Station ‘Like Gym on Earth’: New study reveals about International Space Station
- April 10, 2019

Space bugs " Whether these opportunistic bacteria could cause disease in astronauts on the ISS is unknown", says Dr Checinska Sielaff, first author of the study. The most prominent bacteria were Staphylococcus (26% of total isolates), Pantoea (23%) and Bacillus (11%). Over the course of three flights and 14 months, the astronauts collected and analyzed samples from eight locations within the space station, including the toilet, dining table, exercise room, viewing window and ... (more...)
SpaceX Falcon Heavy Block 5 Rocket, Unveiled In The First Official Image SpaceX Falcon Heavy Block 5 Rocket, Unveiled In The First Official Image
- April 10, 2019

EST (22:35 GMT). But more importantly, the launch will mark the second ever flight of the incredible Falcon Heavy launch system. A launch on a Falcon Heavy carries a price tag of $90 million, compared to competitor United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy, which costs more than $300 million. (more...)
Astronauts complete spacewalk to swap space station’s batteries Astronauts complete spacewalk to swap space station’s batteries
- April 09, 2019

The batteries store power generated by the station's solar arrays to provide power to the station when the station is not in the sunlight, as it orbits the Earth during orbital night. These new ISS batteries are preferred as they're more light-weight and more efficient than their nickel-hydrogen predecessors. Well, the same thing happens to space station batteries. (more...)
Hayabusa2 probe makes crater on asteroid in historic first Hayabusa2 probe makes crater on asteroid in historic first
- April 09, 2019

Further data from the spacecraft indicate that it was not hit by any debris and is operating normally as it moves to its home station 20 kilometers from the asteroid. The mission's Twitter account confirmed the spacecraft did not encounter any problems during the evacuation, adding in its most recent update that the mission was "steadily progressing". (more...)
'Groundbreaking' photographs of a black hole to be released Wednesday 'Groundbreaking' photographs of a black hole to be released Wednesday
- April 09, 2019

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is comprised of dozens of observatories that scan the area around the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, named Sagittarius A*, to piece together a silhouette of the black behemoth and provide humanity with its first-ever glimpse of a real black hole (as opposed to an artist's rendering). (more...)
Israeli spacecraft Genesis sends remarkable photos of far side of the moon Israeli spacecraft Genesis sends remarkable photos of far side of the moon
- April 09, 2019

The moon is in reach for Israel's Beresheet mission. Morris Kahn, chairman of SpaceIL who donated over $40 million to the project, said in a statement, "The lunar capture is an historic event in and of itself - but it also joins Israel in a seven-nation club that has entered the moon's orbit". (more...)
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket test fire scrubbed SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket test fire scrubbed
- April 08, 2019

SpaceX completed a static fire of the massive rocket today ahead of lift-off next week, which is now planned for April 9 . The company originally anticipated that it would need a week between their fire static test and launch. SpaceX has even snagged a military mission for the rocket - a $130 million deal to launch an Air Force Space Command satellite. Last May, just months after Falcon Heavy's debut, SpaceX made a long-awaited transition to a more capable version of the Falcon 9. (more...)
DRDO organises special interactive session to give first-hand account of Mission Shakti DRDO organises special interactive session to give first-hand account of Mission Shakti
- April 08, 2019

The United States military is now tracking 23,000 objects in space, of which 10,000 are debris. That will cover most of the orbiting satellites in LEO. DRDO Chief GS Reddy said, "Space has gained importance in the military domain". Reddy said the simulations by the DRDO had shown that the debris from the test will fall back and burn up in the atmosphere within 45 days. (more...)
Biggest python EVER: Snake found in Florida Everglades had 73 eggs Biggest python EVER: Snake found in Florida Everglades had 73 eggs
- April 08, 2019

She was captured after officials said pythons had to be rounded-up to stop their numbers getting out of control. "The team not only removes the invasive snakes, but collects data for research, develops new removal tools and learns how the pythons are using the Preserve". (more...)
Poacher hunting rhinos trampled to death by elephant then eaten by lions Poacher hunting rhinos trampled to death by elephant then eaten by lions
- April 07, 2019

Once the family was aware of his death, they alerted park rangers, who formed a search team. "During this search ... the remains of a body were discovered", South African National Parks said in a statement. They're set to appear in court soon. "It is very sad to see the daughters of the deceased mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains", said Glenn Phillips, the managing executive of Kruger National Park . (more...)
SpaceX Successfully Test-Fires Its 'Starhopper' Prototype Spacecraft In Texas SpaceX Successfully Test-Fires Its 'Starhopper' Prototype Spacecraft In Texas
- April 06, 2019

Starhopper is one of the engines that will hopefully help propel SpaceX's new 100-person spacecraft, called Starship to the Moon and beyond. SpaceX's Starhopper prototype for the company's Starship spacecraft made its first tethered hop on April 3, 2019, at the company's Boca Chica launch site near Brownsville, Texas. (more...)
Fossil of ancient four-legged whale with hooves discovered Fossil of ancient four-legged whale with hooves discovered
- April 06, 2019

According to Olivier Lambert of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. The hind limbs of 42.6 million-year-old P. pacificus were not much shorter than its front legs, and it had tiny hooves on each toe and finger, suggesting that it was still quite capable of hoisting itself out of the water and trotting about on land. (more...)
Great Barrier Reef losing ability to recover from bleaching Great Barrier Reef losing ability to recover from bleaching
- April 06, 2019

Most species of coral in the Great Barrier Reef reproduce in this way, but some, a group labelled brooders, reproduce by releasing larvae that settle nearby. "It's highly unlikely that we could escape a fifth or sixth event in the coming decade", said co-author Morgan Pratchett . He said the mix of species on the Great Barrier Reef was changing very rapidly, for two reasons. (more...)
Manitoba joins two other provinces challenging federal carbon tax in court Manitoba joins two other provinces challenging federal carbon tax in court
- April 06, 2019

It will increase the price of gasoline in Ontario by 4.4 cents per litre. The premier noted the Manitoba court case could be pre-empted if Saskatchewan wins its constitutional challenge against the carbon tax or if October's federal election produces a government that eliminates the pollution levy. (more...)
Japan just blasted a hole in an asteroid Japan just blasted a hole in an asteroid
- April 05, 2019

If successful, it would be the first time a spacecraft took such materials. In a 2005 "deep impact" mission to a comet, the United States space agency Nasa observed fragments after blasting the surface but did not collect them. Jaxa's Hayabusa Two probe is on a mission to study the ancient asteroid Ryugu in a bid to help scientists better understand the origins of the universe. (more...)
Air pollution killed 1.2 million people in India in 2017, says study Air pollution killed 1.2 million people in India in 2017, says study
- April 05, 2019

The life expectancy of children born today will be shortened by 20 months on average by breathing the toxic air that is widespread across the globe , with the greatest toll in south Asia, according to a major study. The study noted India's steps to curb household air pollution. In 2017, an estimated 846 million people in India (60 per cent of the population) were exposed to household air pollution from the use of solid fuels for cooking. (more...)
India's satellite destruction could endanger ISS India's satellite destruction could endanger ISS
- April 05, 2019

He said that Nasa had identified 400 pieces of orbital debris and was tracking 60 pieces larger than 10cm in diameter. The doomed satellite was at an altitude of approximately 300 kilometres (185 miles) when it was destroyed, a height low enough such that the debris should "decay and fall back onto the Earth within weeks", claimed India's foreign ministry after the test . (more...)
Industry key to Labor's climate plan Industry key to Labor's climate plan
- April 05, 2019

Opposition climate change spokesman Mark Butler disagreed, saying Australian companies were allowed to trade in every other kind of worldwide market. "What they have put out would harm the economy, would harm families, would cost jobs, would drive up unemployment and, indeed, Labor would bring back a carbon tax, they would force people across Australia to pay tens of billions of dollars in higher taxes, only for them to send that money overseas to pay for global carbon credits", he told ... (more...)
Astronomers are all set to make a Astronomers are all set to make a "groundbreaking" black hole announcement
- April 05, 2019

Black Hole Hunters will document the efforts of Dr. Sheperd Doeleman of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and his team of top scientific minds from around the world as they attempt to record the first-ever image of a black hole with the Event Horizon Telescope. (more...)
India refuses to comment on NASA allegation India refuses to comment on NASA allegation
- April 04, 2019

India controversially launched an anti-satellite outside the earth's atmosphere last week in a move that has been met with widespread criticism from its waring neighbours and NASA The Pakistani foreign ministry insisted the launch threatened the "sustainability of peaceful space activities" and could have had a catastrophic impact on existing space installations such as the International Space Station (ISS). (more...)