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Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos win Nasa contracts for Moon lander Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos win Nasa contracts for Moon lander
- May 01, 2020

The gadget can discover water because of its ability to recognize surface ice situated at the base most pieces of the cavities of the Moon. The company will receive $579 million of the contract. NASA also announced a $253 million contract to the space company Dynetics, in a partnership with Sierra Nevada Corporation, to construct a reusable lander that might be launched from the top of a United Launch Alliance Vulcan rocket. (more...)
NASA Lunar Flashlight Mission Will Explore Moon’s Darkest Craters NASA Lunar Flashlight Mission Will Explore Moon’s Darkest Craters
- April 30, 2020

Take water, for instance: Because it's a heavy and therefore expensive resource to launch from Earth, our future explorers might have to seek out ice to mine. So the scientists aim to be sure before sending in the astronauts. Should the lasers hit bare rock as they shine into the South Pole's permanently shadowed regions, their light will reflect back to the spacecraft, signaling a lack of ice. (more...)
NASA Shares Image Of Asteroid That Will Fly Past Earth This Week NASA Shares Image Of Asteroid That Will Fly Past Earth This Week
- April 30, 2020

The asteroid has been classified as a potentially unsafe object because it is larger than 500 feet and is located within 5 million miles of Earth's orbit. At the higher end of that estimate , it means the space rock could be five times bigger than the Burj Khalifa , the tallest building in the world. This week we have been observing near-Earth asteroid 1998 OR2 , which looks like it's wearing a mask! The center tracks Near-Earth, or NEO, objects that may collide with Earth. (more...)
SpaceX announces deal to send tourists to the International Space Station SpaceX announces deal to send tourists to the International Space Station
- April 30, 2020

The Axiom mission to the ISS is the first of the company's proposed "precursor missions" to the station outlined in its Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA . The remainder was deep-frozen until transport back to Earth for chemical and biological analysis. Its nutritional value was largely the same, as were the microbial communities. (more...)
Pittsburgh researcher helps classify new 'crazy beast' fossil discovery Pittsburgh researcher helps classify new 'crazy beast' fossil discovery
- April 30, 2020

That's what makes this insane beast such an incredible find, giving us an extremely well-preserved and nearly complete skeleton that amounts to the most complete fossil of a Gondwanan Mesozoic mammaliaform ever found, and what might be the oldest mammal ever discovered in the southern hemisphere. (more...)
Huge asteroid 52768 to fly by Earth the morning of April 29
- April 30, 2020

This webcast will be free for anyone to watch. Asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2 ) is categorised as Near Earth Objects and Potentially Hazardous Asteroids as it is not in Sentry Risk Table, it is no threat to Earth . But scientists with the US space agency, NASA , say the object poses no threat to the planet. Earthlings who live another couple of decades might get a chance to see 1998 OR2 come even closer to our planet in the future, according to NASA data . (more...)
More parts of downtown Fort McMurray ordered to evacuate; food bank floods More parts of downtown Fort McMurray ordered to evacuate; food bank floods
- April 30, 2020

Shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday, the river ice began breaking apart and eventually jammed, creating a blockage 25 kilometres long. A second state of local emergency is in effect on top of one declared last month because of the pandemic. Shane Schrieber, managing director of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, said that safe, separate accommodations such as hotels, motels and work camps were accommodating evacuees, rather than communal emergency shelters, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (more...)
Asteroid to fly close to Earth on Wednesday; NASA says no threat
- April 29, 2020

On April 29, it will come within 3,908,791 miles of Earth while moving at a blistering speed of 19,461 miles per hour. The asteroid came within 3.9 million miles of the planet at 5:56 a.m. "It is one catastrophe we won't have", Tucker said . Since they are bigger, asteroids of this size reflect much more light than smaller asteroids and are therefore easier to detect with telescopes. (more...)
This was the ‘most risky place in the history of planet Earth’ This was the ‘most risky place in the history of planet Earth’
- April 29, 2020

While there were many unsafe destinations on ancient planet Earth, one such primeval site now stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to its proliferation of giant dinosaur fossils - the Kem Kem beds of southeastern Morocco. (more...)
2-km-wide asteroid to fly past Earth on Wednesday
- April 29, 2020

It's the largest asteroid expected to zip by Earth within the next two months, but it's not the largest ever. Nevertheless, 1998 OR2 is classified as "potentially hazardous" because over the course of centuries, or millennia, very small changes in the asteroid's orbit around the sun could make it more of a risk to our planet than it now poses. (more...)
Massive asteroid 1998 OR2 to fly by planet Earth today!
- April 29, 2020

The observatory announced the asteroid's approach last week, saying images of the rock looked similar to a face mask worn during the coronavirus pandemic . It will be back, according to the Near-Earth Object Observations Program, on September 2, 2057. It further said that the planetary defense experts are always watching the skies to safeguard Earth from future potential threats. (more...)
New skyline What to do with forgery Art in beast Crossing New skyline What to do with forgery Art in beast Crossing
- April 29, 2020

Animal Crossing is a game where you're able to enjoy seasonal changes throughout the year, and it syncs with real-time and through that, you are able to basically sync your real life with the game. It's a shame that when the game was released on March 20, 2020, it felt like it had less content than was available in its direct predecessor. It's a relatively new but beloved feature by some fans. (more...)
An Asteroid An Asteroid "Coming Near Earth" Looks Like It's Wearing A Face Mask
- April 29, 2020

EDT (1851 GMT). At 1 mile in diameter, it's also large enough to cause "global effects" if it impacted Earth but doesn't now pose a threat. To date, astronomers have discovered 22,776 near-Earth objects, and new ones are being found at a rate of 30 each day, NASA officials said. (more...)
A huge 'mask-wearing' asteroid will zoom past Earth this week
- April 28, 2020

It will be 6.3 million kilometres from Earth, which is the closest that it's come to the planet since it was discovered in 1998. On Saturday (April 18), the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico captured a radar image of the asteroid 1998 OR2, which will zoom within 3.9 million miles (6.3 million kilometers) of our planet on April 29. (more...)
North Pole’s largest-ever ozone hole finally closes
- April 28, 2020

All these factors are thought to have led to the formation of this year's Arctic Hole that had a maximum extension of less than 1 million sq km. In a bit of good news amid stressful coronavirus times, European satellite system Copernicus has discovered that the largest hole in the ozone layer over the Arctic has finally closed. (more...)
Mile-long asteroid 1998 OR2 dons 'mask' before Earth flyby Mile-long asteroid 1998 OR2 dons 'mask' before Earth flyby
- April 28, 2020

The observatory additionally captured the picture of the 1998 OR2 and it options make it appear to be it's carrying a masks, mentioned Anne Virkki , the top of Planetary Radar at Arecibo. Dr Masi, head of the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy, said: "Later today, April 27, 2020, the near-Earth asteroid 2020 HP6 will have an extremely close, but safe encounter with our planet, coming as close as about 130,000km, a third of the average lunar distance". (more...)
Jessie J wishes ex Channing Tatum happy birthday
- April 28, 2020

Taking to her official Instagram handle, Jessie shared a series of posts in her stories to wish Tatum. The picture shows Tatum floating alone in the middle of the ocean. "They had tried again to make it work but realized they were better off as friends", a source said. Jessie J , who attended the DeGrisogono "Love On The Rocks" during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France, released a new song on Friday. (more...)
Lockdown: The largest hole on Ozone layer closed?
- April 28, 2020

While it is reported that the healing of the earth's widest ozone layer hole happened due to the coronavirus lockdown, the scientists say that the closing of the hole has nothing to do with it. This is the high-altitude currents that bring cold air into the polar region. Copernicus scientist Antje Inness told Euronews that it is "very unusual for such a strong ozone depletion to occur in the northern hemisphere", but this year's polar vortex was "exceptionally strong and persistent, and ... (more...)
Russia Launch 2.5 Tons of Space Station Cargo Aboard Progress MS-14 Russia Launch 2.5 Tons of Space Station Cargo Aboard Progress MS-14
- April 27, 2020

Special memorial markings were visible during factory assembly of the Roscosmos "Victory Rocket", which launched the Progress 75 resupply craft ahead of its rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station on April 25, 2020. There are three astronauts at the ISS - Russians Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, and Christopher Cassidy of the US. The cargo ship is set to remain at the station until December, when it will leave and burn up in Earth's atmosphere. (more...)
Giant asteroid set to race past earth Giant asteroid set to race past earth
- April 27, 2020

The Earth is getting a visitor from afar this week-an asteroid by the name of 1998 OR2 . And, what's funnier in this entire thing is that it appears that it is wearing a face mask , kind of defending itself from the pandemic. When scientists at the observatory examined the asteroid as it comes closer to our planet, it looks as if it's wearing its own mask, as if knowing it's heading near a planet with a deadly virus now ravaging it. (more...)