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Trump to visit Florida for SpaceX launch with NASA astronauts Trump to visit Florida for SpaceX launch with NASA astronauts
- May 25, 2020

In the 22 years since the first components of the ISS were launched, only spacecraft developed by NASA and by the Russian space agency have carried crews there. The new mission, deemed Demo-2, is "the final major step" to certify Crew Dragon for lengthy missions to the station. Following this, Crew Dragon will continue a number of manoeuvres on its own to raise its elevation up to 400km from Earth, and enter the ISS "Keep-out sphere" - a periphery around the ISS. (more...)
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon arrives for its date with destiny SpaceX’s Crew Dragon arrives for its date with destiny
- May 24, 2020

NASA plans to use Soyuz rockets to send some astronauts into space. U.S. astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are scheduled to blast off from Kennedy's historic Launch Pad 39A on Wednesday for the International Space Station , arriving the next day. (more...)
Trump heads to golf course, says will attend space launch Trump heads to golf course, says will attend space launch
- May 24, 2020

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft are being prepared for a historic Demo-2 mission on Wednesday, which will launch NASA astronauts into space from USA soil for the first time since 2011. Marine Corps. He noted that SpaceX tweaked the Crew Dragon's design after last year's successful uncrewed demonstration flight to the space station, to address a potential collision risk that the Russians called to attention. (more...)
China's Hubei reports no new confirmed COVID-19 cases China's Hubei reports no new confirmed COVID-19 cases
- May 23, 2020

A civet cat, the wild animal believes to have carried SARS to humans in another outbreak nearly two decades ago, will fetch 600 yuan. The city at the center of the coronavirus , Wuhan has banned the eating of wild animals. One-off payments will be provided for current exotic stock, according to AFP . The civet cat, believed to have passed on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to humans around 20 years ago would fetch 600 yuan or Rs 6,380. (more...)
Satellites and spacecraft malfunction as Earth's magnetic field mysteriously weakens Satellites and spacecraft malfunction as Earth's magnetic field mysteriously weakens
- May 23, 2020

The biggest impact of a magnetic field reversal will be on the birds, turtles, and more animals that are using the field to navigate. For years, the weakened field has been on the experts' radar - they know it has lost nine percent of its intensity over the past 200 years. (more...)
NASA and SpaceX are go for historic launch NASA and SpaceX are go for historic launch
- May 23, 2020

Images from NASA and footage from SpaceX show the Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon spacecraft in position on the launch pad as preparations continue for Demo-2 a week before the historic launch. Now, with the launch fast approaching, it's an all-hands-on-deck scenario for SpaceX and NASA staff at Kennedy. The launch is now set for Wednesday at 4:33 p.m. (more...)
Iron Man VR demo available today, new PSVR bundle announced Iron Man VR demo available today, new PSVR bundle announced
- May 22, 2020

It isn't long before trouble comes knocking, however, forcing Tony into battle against renegade drones of his own creation. Speaking of which, you will need a pair of PlayStation Move controllers to play the demo as well as the full game. (more...)
Wuhan is Banning the Sale of Wild Animals at Wet Markets Wuhan is Banning the Sale of Wild Animals at Wet Markets
- May 22, 2020

For more stories go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za . Published on the city government's official website on Wednesday, the new regulations totally ban the consumption of all terrestrial wild animals, rare and endangered aquatic wildlife that are under special state protection and other wildlife, and other wildlife that are protected by provincial or national laws. (more...)
Renewables installations to shrink 13% this year: IEA Renewables installations to shrink 13% this year: IEA
- May 22, 2020

The agency, which had expected 2020 to be a bumper year for green energy, slashed its two-year forecast for growth in renewable capacity by almost 10 percent. It, however, added that a rebound was expected in 2021 with capacity additions exceeding 2019 levels. "The resilience of renewable electricity to the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis is good news but can not be taken for granted", said Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA executive director. (more...)
Antarctica is Turning Green with Climate Change Causing Spike in Algae Bloom Antarctica is Turning Green with Climate Change Causing Spike in Algae Bloom
- May 22, 2020

Researchers found that nearly two thirds of the blooms were on small, low lying islands, and said that as the Antarctic Peninsula warms due to rising global temperatures, these islands could lose their summer snow cover and algae - although in terms of mass the majority of snow algae is found in areas where they can spread to higher ground when snow melts. (more...)
Wuhan bans consumption of wildlife animals as COVID-19 cases surge Wuhan bans consumption of wildlife animals as COVID-19 cases surge
- May 22, 2020

The five-year ban also prohibits the breeding of wild animals for food, according to the Independent . Wildlife in China is still being used for making alternate medicines and research and experts have said that only a complete ban on wildlife trade can prevent another virus outbreak. (more...)
Astronomers spot likely first evidence of a new planet being born Astronomers spot likely first evidence of a new planet being born
- May 21, 2020

This large young planet is forming around a star called AB Aurigae that is about 2.4 times the mass of the sun and located in our Milky Way galaxy 520 light-years from Earth , researchers said on Wednesday. Observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter / submillimeter Array (ALMA) showed rough spiral shapes in 2017 , which might be sought after signatures of the formation of planets. (more...)
Australia backs technology in new carbon emissions plan Australia backs technology in new carbon emissions plan
- May 21, 2020

In 2019, the world emitted around 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per day by burning fossil fuels and cement production, the research said . Early indications of the global impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic show a dramatic fall in global greenhouse gas emissions , and particularly in transport as the shift to working from home drive and the cut-back in worldwide travel delivered massive cuts in transport emissions. (more...)
Tropical Storm Remains A Tropical Storm Remains A "Potential Threat"
- May 21, 2020

The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season sent rain over North Carolina Monday and forecasters warned to expect risky surf and rip currents for another day along parts of the U.S. Tropical Storm Arthur has weakened, but its remnants are expected to pass over the island later this week. The arrival of Arthur continued a trend of preseason development in recent years. (more...)
Astronauts arriving for NASA’s 1st home launch in decade Astronauts arriving for NASA’s 1st home launch in decade
- May 21, 2020

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will depart Ellington Field aboard a Gulfstream plane to travel to the Kennedy Space Center . America Returns to Space, hosted by Chris Jacobs, will air live on May 27 at 2 p.m. NASA has been depending on Russia's space agency for manned launches since the ending of the Space Shuttle program in 2011. The two are scheduled to blast off next Wednesday afternoon atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, bound for the International Space Station. (more...)
What can a COVID-19 antibody test tell us? What can a COVID-19 antibody test tell us?
- May 20, 2020

Akiona noted that those who come back positive for antibodies are also given the standard nasal swab test to determine if they are now ill and contagious. One week after the first symptoms, either IgG or IgM could be detected in 60% of patients, with nearly 100% of patients displaying either antibody by the end of 3 weeks. (more...)
Cape Canaveral rocket launch: Watch liftoff for the X-37B mystery mission Cape Canaveral rocket launch: Watch liftoff for the X-37B mystery mission
- May 20, 2020

The aircraft that was launched on Sunday - Operational Test Vehicle 6 - carries several USA military and NASA science experiments. "In collaboration with the U.S. A live video stream of the launch showed the Atlas V lifting off into space and the separation of the rocket's first stage from the Centaur upper stage. (more...)
NASA's human spaceflight chief ousted just before big launch NASA's human spaceflight chief ousted just before big launch
- May 20, 2020

Doug Loverro has resigned as Associate Administrator of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate. In an email that Loverro sent to NASA employees, he said he was leaving the agency due to a mistake he made during his tenure, but did not elaborate on the nature of the mistake. (more...)
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov hospitalized with COVID-19 Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov hospitalized with COVID-19
- May 20, 2020

Peskov said he last saw Putin face-to-face over a month ago. Peskov made his last public appearance on April 30 at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin. The country's cases continue to rise significantly day-to-day, although the rate is mostly stable. "Let's remember this", opposition politician Alexei Navalny tweeted after Putin's speech. (more...)
Tropical Storm Arthur forms off Florida's east coast Tropical Storm Arthur forms off Florida's east coast
- May 20, 2020

Arthur was anticipated to accentuate because it moved northeastward away from the East Coast early this week. The tropical storm is about two weeks earlier than expected, as Atlantic hurricane season doesn't officially begin until June 1. (more...)