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Capturing eruption from outer space, Photos News & Top Stories Capturing eruption from outer space, Photos News & Top Stories
- June 28, 2019

But this quiet period came to an abrupt end in the early morning of June 22, when Raikoke blew its top sending a vast ash plume up to 8 miles into the sky, according to the Volcanic Ash Advisories Center (VAAC). It sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire , where the Pacific tectonic plate meets other tectonic plates and where most of the worlds' earthquakes and volcanic eruptions take place. (more...)
Space Station astronauts return to Earth Space Station astronauts return to Earth
- June 28, 2019

The three astronauts went into space in early December a year ago, shortly after the Soyuz launch failure in which NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were forced to abort the ascent to the ISS and land some 500 kilometres north-east of Baikonur. (more...)
SpaceX is about to launch the ashes of 152 people into space SpaceX is about to launch the ashes of 152 people into space
- June 25, 2019

Central Floridians could hear multiple sonic booms. The four hour launch window opens at 11:30 p.m. EDT tonight (June 24) and proceedings from Launch Complex 39A will be streamed live on both NASA TV and SpaceX's own YouTube channel (see below) with coverage beginning on the latter around 15 minutes before the targeted lift-off time. (more...)
Mars Curiosity detected high methane levels and scientists are excited Mars Curiosity detected high methane levels and scientists are excited
- June 25, 2019

The research being conducted over the weekend is said to be aimed at determining whether any corroborating evidence could be found to indicate that there are microbes living underground. Pluto has methane ice . What does that mean for life on Mars? One ppbv means that if you take a volume of air on Mars, one billionth of the volume of air is methane, according to the USA space agency. (more...)
SpaceX is Launching the Remains of 152 Dead People Into Orbit SpaceX is Launching the Remains of 152 Dead People Into Orbit
- June 25, 2019

The capsules containing the cremated remains will be launched through the Orbital Test Bed satellite, which is one of the payloads aboard the Falcon Heavy . In an initially elliptical orbit measuring about 186 by 534 miles, the dispenser will release a satellite known as Oculus 13 minutes after launch. "The STP-2 mission will be among the most challenging launches in SpaceX history", SpaceX said , citing four separate upper-stage engine burns, three separate deployment orbits and a total ... (more...)
NASA's Curiosity Detects Highest-Ever Volume of Methane on Mars NASA's Curiosity Detects Highest-Ever Volume of Methane on Mars
- June 24, 2019

Vasavada, project scientist of the mission, told the project's science team via email. The data hints at an even greater discovery - life on Mars - because methane is often generated by underground microbes, known as methanogens, which can survive without oxygen. (more...)
NASA Hack Blamed On Rogue Raspberry Pi NASA Hack Blamed On Rogue Raspberry Pi
- June 23, 2019

Among a number of security flaws at JPL, including inadequate security controls, and a lack of admin visibility into network access, the investigators found that an unauthorised micro computer allowed hackers to gain access to steal the mission data. (more...)
Greenland has lost two billion tons of ice in one day Greenland has lost two billion tons of ice in one day
- June 22, 2019

The melt season typically lasts from June to August, but most actively this process takes place in July. Scientists have said that Greenland's ice sheet, which is more than a mile thick, is melting much faster than previously believed, and although the entire ice sheet is not going anywhere yet, if it did it it would raise sea levels by about 20 feet, plunging coastal cities and island nations like the Cayman Islands underwater. (more...)
Mayor of Hope says he supports Trans Mountain pipeline expansion Mayor of Hope says he supports Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
- June 22, 2019

Peter Robb told CTV News the pipeline twinning project would bring year-round jobs to the people in his community. "This second approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline isn't a victory to celebrate". "That condition has not been met", he said. "We're coming to the table with an open mind". Meanwhile, a new poll is suggesting perceived opposition in British Columbia to Trans Mountain may be overblown. (more...)
EPA finalizes power plant rules to replace Obama's signature climate change policy EPA finalizes power plant rules to replace Obama's signature climate change policy
- June 22, 2019

ANDREW WHEELER: We can't deny the fact that fossil fuels will continue to be a key part of the energy mix both at home and overseas. Republican Rep. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the finalized CPP replacement rule to a room full of coal miners. At least one coal plan did end up shutting its doors after the implementation of the Clean Power Plan. (more...)
Astronomers find 2 new planets that have ingredients to support life Astronomers find 2 new planets that have ingredients to support life
- June 22, 2019

Both of the planets orbiting the star have minimum masses similar to Earth and orbit within the star's habitable zone . "We are a bit hampered in what we can infer about these planets because we don't know their radii, but this is a very exciting find, and I hope we will get more observations of this system in the future", Amy Barr Mlinar, senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, told Gizmodo. (more...)
Trump’s EPA Replaces Obama Climate Rule Trump’s EPA Replaces Obama Climate Rule
- June 20, 2019

West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney was cautiously optimistic about the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy Rule. "The Clean Power Plan was designed largely to put coal out of business", Gunasekara said. Obama's Clean Power Plan had aimed to slash power plant carbon emissions by more than a third from 2005 levels by 2030, which would have forced utilities to drop coal in favor of cleaner fuels like natural gas. (more...)
This Could Be The Most Earth-Like Exoplanet Discovered Yet
- June 20, 2019

Despite its proximity, this nearby Teegarden's star was only discovered back in 2003. "We have been observing this star for three years to look for periodic variations in its velocity", said Mathias Zechmeister, a researcher at the University of Gottingen in Germany . (more...)
Women Set To Visit The Moon For The First Time Women Set To Visit The Moon For The First Time
- June 19, 2019

Women have been visiting space since 1963, but all twelve astronauts who walked on the surface of the moon in the Apollo programme were men. Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission will open at the Cincinnati Museum Center on September 28 and run through February 7, 2020. (more...)
NY lawmakers OK licenses for immigrants in USA illegally NY lawmakers OK licenses for immigrants in USA illegally
- June 19, 2019

It is constitutional & the bill contains ample protections for those who apply for driver's licenses. The bill was hotly debated, and passed in both houses of the state senate, which have been controlled by the Democrats since January, by a narrow majority. (more...)
Full Strawberry Moon: June's full moon could glow red tonight Full Strawberry Moon: June's full moon could glow red tonight
- June 19, 2019

The United Kingdom will see the return of the " Strawberry Moon " as June's full Moon takes on a red hue. Budding astronomers would've been able to see the moon at its fullest at 4:30 a.m. So you're not disillusioned or confounded, first of all: The moon won't really resemble a major, round strawberry. While the moon won't be as colourful as ripe strawberry, it may actually change colour slightly, if you live in northern side. (more...)
Strawberry Moon 2019: Best times to watch and special viewing bonus Strawberry Moon 2019: Best times to watch and special viewing bonus
- June 17, 2019

According to the Farmer's Almanac , why this one is named the Strawberry Moon is being it is the peak time for harvesting strawberries. The moon hits its "fullest" at 3:31AM early Monday morning, but it will appear full through Sunday and Monday. (more...)
Oceans on Jupiter's Moon Europa Have Oceans on Jupiter's Moon Europa Have "Table Salt" Compound
- June 16, 2019

Flybys from the Voyager and Galileo spacecraft have marshaled scientists to terminate that Europa is enshrouded by the layer of salty liquid water framed by an icy shell. The findings are detailed in a new study led by researchers from the California Institute of Technology and published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances . (more...)
NASA honors 'Hidden Figures' by renaming street NASA honors 'Hidden Figures' by renaming street
- June 16, 2019

The work of three mathematicians - Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration during the 1960s was captured in the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures . Cruz said that he hopes the street's new name will "inspire generations after generations of kids, and particularly little girls, who may be told in school, 'You can't do something'". (more...)
SpaceX's RADARSAT Constellation Mission Lifts Off From Vandenberg Air Force Base SpaceX's RADARSAT Constellation Mission Lifts Off From Vandenberg Air Force Base
- June 14, 2019

The booster used to launch RADARSAT had previously seen service in Florida, sending the Crew Dragon demonstrator to the International Space Station before landing on a drone ship stationed in the Atlantic ocean. This data will be used for marine disaster response, with the trio of satellites able to provide accurate pictures of weather and pollution activity, regardless of climate conditions or time of day. (more...)