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International Space Station crew relocates Soyuz capsule International Space Station crew relocates Soyuz capsule
- August 26, 2019

The move from Soyuz MS-13 former docking port to its new spot at the aft end of the station's Zvezda module is intended for an unmanned spacecraft, Soyuz MS-14, which is now safely trailing to the ISS awaiting its next chance at parking, after it had to abort an attempt to dock itself to the orbiting lab on Saturday. (more...)
ISRO releases images of Moon craters clicked by Chandrayaan-2 ISRO releases images of Moon craters clicked by Chandrayaan-2
- August 26, 2019

ISRO has shared photos of Prithvi taken from Chandrayaan 2's Vikram Lander LI4 camera on 3 August 2019 in several tweets. After a few circular orbits, the Vikram lander is expected to separate from the orbiter, on 2 September. The next lunar bound orbit manoeuvre is scheduled on August 28 between 5:30 am to 6:30 am IST. The duration of the manoeuvre was 1228 seconds and the orbit achieved was 118 km x 4412 km. (more...)
Brazilian War Planes Dump Water on Amazon Fires Brazilian War Planes Dump Water on Amazon Fires
- August 26, 2019

Al Jazeera's Daniel Schweimler reports from Karipuna in the state of Rondonia in northwest Brazil. "I'm very anxious because of the environment and health", Delmara Conceicao Silva told AFP . Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said four of nine Brazilian states in the Amazon have requested support: Para, Rondonia, Roraima and Tocantins. (more...)
Dark side of the moon: Spacecraft makes historic lunar landing Dark side of the moon: Spacecraft makes historic lunar landing
- August 25, 2019

The transfer mechanism unlocked as planned with one side reaching the moon's surface , allowing the rover to descend to the surface from the slope. The photo of the rover was sent via the Queqiao (Magpie Bridge) satellite, which was blasted into the moon's orbit in May to relay data and commands between the lander and Earth. (more...)
No Evidence Yet Drinking Water Microplastics Pose Health Risk No Evidence Yet Drinking Water Microplastics Pose Health Risk
- August 25, 2019

The researchers believe the threat posed by microplastics is potentially three-fold - the physical risk of the particles themselves, the chemicals leached from degraded plastics, and " biofilms ". On average, people could be ingesting approximately 5 grams of plastic every week, which is the equivalent weight of a credit card, according to a study published in May this year by the University of Newcastle, Australia. (more...)
Spokane astronaut scrutinized for accessing estranged wife’s bank account from space
- August 25, 2019

Ms McClain wanted to adopt the child, according to the New York Times's description of the divorce battle, but Ms Worden resisted. Instead, McClain claims she was doing what she has always done: checking her family's finances to ensure there were sufficient funds in the account to pay bills and care for the son that McClain and Worden have raised together. (more...)
Nasa reportedly investigating the first alleged crime committed in space Nasa reportedly investigating the first alleged crime committed in space
- August 24, 2019

Summer Worden, a former Air Force intelligence officer and National Security Agency employee, filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission accusing Anne McClain of identity theft for improperly viewing the account. Worden told the outlet she had no reason to believe her son needed protection from McClain. " I was shocked and appalled at the audacity by her to think that she could get away with that, and I was very disheartened that I couldn't keep anything private ", she said. (more...)
NASA declares New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule a huge success NASA declares New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule a huge success
- August 24, 2019

End to end, the world measures 19 miles (31 kilometers) in length. Is it two icy objects orbiting each other, or a single "peanut"? The rotation variables here are figured by watching the light curve given by Ultima Thule - it's most certainly a spinning set of buddies. (more...)
Russian Humanoid Robot Fyodor's Spacecraft Failed to Dock at the ISS Russian Humanoid Robot Fyodor's Spacecraft Failed to Dock at the ISS
- August 24, 2019

NASA said that Russian flight controllers had blamed the International Space Station , rather than their spaceship, for the problems with docking. NASA controllers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston then radioed the station's other four crew members to make sure they were up and aware of the apparent malfunction with the Soyuz KURS rendezvous system. (more...)
Disturbance on Florida's doorstep has 90% chance of development Disturbance on Florida's doorstep has 90% chance of development
- August 24, 2019

The low is forecast to move near or over the Florida peninsula tonight, which should limit development during that time. A low pressure area may develop on the front and the high pressure ridge, that has directed our winds out of the east, will sink south. (more...)
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope sheds light on Moon-like exoplanet
- August 23, 2019

With such tight orbit, the LHS 3844b planet is most likely to be "tidally locked", which means that when one side of a planet is permanently facing the star, the JPL statement said. Understanding factors which can preserve or destroy planetary atmospheres is part of how space scientists plan to search for habitable environments beyond our solar system. (more...)
ISRO successfully carries out second Lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for Chadrayaan-2 ISRO successfully carries out second Lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for Chadrayaan-2
- August 22, 2019

Mare Orientale basin and Apollo craters are identified in the picture. According to ISRO, all spacecraft parameters are normal. The crucial process of taking up soft landing of the lander "Vikram" onboard the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft will be taken up in the early hours of September 7, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said today. (more...)
Russian Federation sends humanoid robot to International Space Station on unmanned Soyuz spacecraft Russian Federation sends humanoid robot to International Space Station on unmanned Soyuz spacecraft
- August 22, 2019

The new Russian rocket, that is expected to replace the current model sending manned missions into space, blasted off from Kazakhstan on Thursday, carrying a Soyuz capsule with a humanoid robot . Such robots will finally perform harmful operations equivalent to house walks, Bloshenko informed RIA Novosti state information company. Fedor is also considered as potentially useful on Earth for working in high radiation environments, de-mining and hard rescue missions. (more...)
Spacewalking astronauts add parking spot to space station Spacewalking astronauts add parking spot to space station
- August 22, 2019

They also attached reflectors for navigation. Ever since its space shuttles retired in 2011, NASA has been limited to Russian rockets for getting astronauts to the space station. They are installing a new docking port today, Space .com reports. It turned into as soon as the third spacewalk for Hague and the first for Morgan, an Military doctor who moved into the placement a month ago. (more...)
Space Command to Officially Launch on August 29 Space Command to Officially Launch on August 29
- August 22, 2019

Joseph Dunford said Tuesday. Joe Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, said that US interests in space are "increasingly threatened as China and Russian Federation develop and build destructive weapons placing USA and allied space systems at risk". (more...)
Pence: US Space Command Will Launch Next Week
- August 22, 2019

It will become the Defense Department's 11th unified combatant command , alongside the U.S. Strategic Command, the U.S. Special Operations Command and other commands that serve specific functions or geographic regions. Gen. Joe Dunford, outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the SPACECOM will inherit 87 units, including "missile warning, satellite operations, space control and space support", Defense News reported . (more...)
Elton John slams media for criticizing Harry, Meghan over private jet use Elton John slams media for criticizing Harry, Meghan over private jet use
- August 21, 2019

The coverage of their holidays prompted Sir Elton to take to social media to defend the couple, saying he paid for their flights to France and ensured the trip was carbon-neutral. The Rocket Man singer also called on the press to cease their "relentless and untrue assassinations on their character". "Let's show our children that it's cool to be kind", added the mother of two, who has an 8-year-old daughter, Willow, and a 2-year-old son, Jameson, with husband Carey Hart. (more...)
Did a Black Hole Swallow a Neutron Star 900 Million Years Ago? Did a Black Hole Swallow a Neutron Star 900 Million Years Ago?
- August 21, 2019

As per a report by the Australian National University (ANU), on August 14, a violent event was detected by the gravitational-wave discovery machines in the U.S. The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) hosts the Virgo detector near Pisa in Italy, and is funded by Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France, the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) in Italy, and Nikhef in the Netherlands. (more...)
ISRO mission Chandrayaan 2 enters Moon's orbit ISRO mission Chandrayaan 2 enters Moon's orbit
- August 21, 2019

If the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft successfully touches down on the moon , India will be the fourth nation to make a soft landing on the lunar surface . This manoeuvre increased the apogee, or the point on the orbit farthest from Earth, to 418,000km. Chandryaan-2 comprises an Orbiter, Lander ( Vikram ) and Rover (Pragyaan). (more...)
ISRO to inject Chandrayaan2 into lunar orbit on Tuesday ISRO to inject Chandrayaan2 into lunar orbit on Tuesday
- August 21, 2019

The duration of manoeuvre was 1738 seconds. On August 20, when Chandrayaan-2 will be just around 150km from the lunar orbit , we will do the reorientation. The Mission Operations Complex at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bengaluru is continuously monitoring "the health of the spacecraft". (more...)