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NASA certifies SpaceX's Crew Dragon flight system NASA certifies SpaceX's Crew Dragon flight system
- November 12, 2020

According to Space.com , the Falcon 9 rocket's test-fire was done this Wednesday, November 11, in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Kennedy Space Center. 2015: The team working on the mission completed the pad abort test of Crew Dragon . This certification is a pretty big deal, and now, months after the actual trip, NASA has finally bestowed it upon SpaceX's high-tech people-carrier. (more...)
Air quality in Delhi-NCR on brink of ‘emergency’ Air quality in Delhi-NCR on brink of ‘emergency’
- November 11, 2020

New Delhi, Nov 10 (IANS) The Ministry of Earth Sciences on Tuesday said that no quick recovery from the severe air pollution is in sight unless the wind speed improves and moisture content declines in the National Capital Region. According to the IMD, Delhi recorded calm winds and a minimum temperature of 10.8 degrees Celsius on Tuesday morning. Recently, the Indian Medical Association said pollution increased COVID-19 cases in Delhi by 13 percent. (more...)
NASA chief Bridenstine to leave under Biden administration NASA chief Bridenstine to leave under Biden administration
- November 11, 2020

You have to have those relationships. Representatives from NASA added that Bridenstine's retirement as a political appointee at the end of a presidential administration was not unusual. Bridenstine reportedly said a new chief of the U.S. space agency under the new administration would be in the best interest of America's space exploration programme. (more...)
Tropical Storm Moving Toward US Could Become Hurricane Tropical Storm Moving Toward US Could Become Hurricane
- November 09, 2020

LCSD says if Eta threatens the safety of students, staff, and district or school buildings, they will make a decision and notify families and staff on Sunday. South Florida should start feeling Eta's continuous tropical-storm-force winds (39 miles per hour and higher) late Sunday night, although some high gusts might make an appearance earlier in the day. (more...)
New Research Claims Earth's Closest Dwarf Planet Ceres Is An 'Ocean World' New Research Claims Earth's Closest Dwarf Planet Ceres Is An 'Ocean World'
- November 08, 2020

While there is not now another mission planned for checking out Ceres, two impending missions will explore Jupiter and its icy moons Ganymede, Callisto and Europa: Europa Clipper and JUICE , or JUpiter ICy moons Explorer. Hydrohalite is another mineral present on Ceraelia Facula that could support the existence of a subsurface ocean. These eye-catching attributes ended up found to be sodium carbonate , or a compound which includes oxygen , carbon and sodium. (more...)
Watch for the Orionid Meteor Shower Watch for the Orionid Meteor Shower
- November 08, 2020

While the peak of the southern Taurid continues, the northern Taurid will be most active on November 11-12. Southern Taurid and Northern Taurid Shower have become active and will soon illuminate the sky. The Orionid meteor show happens each fall when the Earth passes through the trail of space debris (rocky dust and ice) left in the wake of Comet Halley, according to NASA. (more...)
Guatemala digs through Hurricane Eta landslide where 150 people are believed buried Guatemala digs through Hurricane Eta landslide where 150 people are believed buried
- November 07, 2020

Photos of the Queja landslide showed a lengthy strip of brown mud peeled from the lush green hillside. WIND: Like the rain, the wind speeds hinge on how close the storm gets to us and how strong it's able to get. Near the Costa Rican border in Panama's Chiriqui province, five people, including three children, died in flooding, authorities said. On Friday, the storm was off Belize's coast and heading out to the Caribbean Sea, charting a course to Cuba and Florida this weekend, according ... (more...)
SpaceX's Attempt To Launch GPS Satellite Aborted | KFI AM 640 SpaceX's Attempt To Launch GPS Satellite Aborted | KFI AM 640
- November 07, 2020

For now, weather is looking okay for launch with a 70 percent chance of favorable conditions. Originally scheduled for September, the launch was postponed several times, including twice last week due to weather, twice in one case due to heavy clouds and abnormal ground sensor readings in other cases. (more...)
9000-year-old remains of female teenager 'challenges man-the-hunter hypothesis' 9000-year-old remains of female teenager 'challenges man-the-hunter hypothesis'
- November 06, 2020

The stereotypical view of hunter-gatherer groups is that they involve a gendered division of labour, with men hunting and women being more likely to stay nearer home with young children, or fish and forage, though even then there is some variation . (more...)
Delaware-Sized Iceberg Could Decimate Wildlife on South Atlantic Island Delaware-Sized Iceberg Could Decimate Wildlife on South Atlantic Island
- November 06, 2020

FILE - A rift across the Larsen C Ice Shelf is seen during an airborne survey of changes in polar ice over the Antarctic Peninsula from NASA's DC-8 research aircraft, November 10, 2016. If these inhabitants have to do a big detour, it will take them a long time to return to their younger ones to prevent them from starving to death in the interim. (more...)
Hellscape lava planet rains rocks, suffers from supersonic winds Hellscape lava planet rains rocks, suffers from supersonic winds
- November 06, 2020

The team of researchers employed sophisticated software simulations to anticipate the environmental conditions that might be encountered on K2-141b, an exoplanet that is as large as Earth and is dominated by the presence of rocks in its sky, on the surface, and in the oceans. (more...)
SpaceX launches US Space Force GPS 3 satellite SpaceX launches US Space Force GPS 3 satellite
- November 06, 2020

Now the Falcon 9 is set for liftoff during a 15-minute window that opens at 6:24 p.m. Built by Lockheed Martin, these GPS III satellites are supposed to be three times more accurate than their predecessors and have more advanced "anti-jamming" capabilities to prevent cyberattacks, thanks to a new M-Code signal embedded in the satellite. (more...)
REx capsule closed following successful Bennu sample collection REx capsule closed following successful Bennu sample collection
- November 05, 2020

Six seconds after the planet's surface, OSIRIS-RX fired the thrusters to return from Bernou. "After a few seconds, the spacecraft causes a posterior burn and the shadow of the sampling arm is visible on the obstructed surface material". Short touchdown data on the asteroid showed that the spacecraft's robotic arm sank up to 19 inches (48 cm) on Bennu's smooth surface. If the return sample does successfully reach Earth, it will be scrutinized for organic compounds that might have seeded ... (more...)
US formally quits Paris agreement but Biden pledges return US formally quits Paris agreement but Biden pledges return
- November 05, 2020

Climate scientists have warned the unless drastic action is taken, global temperatures may rise more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, triggering a series of catastrophic climate tipping points by the end of the century. On Wednesday, one day after our closely contested presidential election, the United States stepped away from its adherence to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, a decision announced by President Trump back in June, 2017 as the rhetorical centerpiece of his ... (more...)
Energy bursts in space outshine Sun Energy bursts in space outshine Sun
- November 05, 2020

A powerful X-ray burst erupts from a magnetar - a supermagnetized version of a stellar remnant known as a neutron star - in this illustration. It houses an incredibly strong magnetic field that stores mind-blowing amounts of energy that can distort the shapes of atoms. (more...)
Humpback whale appears to almost swallow kayakers while breaching Humpback whale appears to almost swallow kayakers while breaching
- November 05, 2020

McSorley sent the video to her Facebook page and also wrote that she thought she and Cottriel were a safe distance from the whales. In the 1-minute video above, captured by Julie McSorley at Avila Beach , we see that birds were circling above peaceful waters when suddenly fish started flopping around McSorley's kayak. (more...)
Now, a perfume will bring the fragrance of outer space to earth Now, a perfume will bring the fragrance of outer space to earth
- November 02, 2020

The scent was originally created by chemist Steve Pearce who was contracted by NASA in 2008 to develop a scent that mimicked the smell of outer space. The makers are partnering with STEM for an experimental education program, so that every pledge amounts to a bottle of Eau de Space that is donated to a school of the backer's choosing. (more...)
Asteroid's Odd Trait Means It's Worth a Fortune Asteroid's Odd Trait Means It's Worth a Fortune
- November 02, 2020

If the Psyche were the metal nucleus of a planet like never before, studying it closely could tell us a lot about the core of our planet, which we would never have been able to find, Becker said. "In the past, when we've seen that on certain planetary bodies, including the moon, that often tells us that it's due to the charge particles from the sun interacting with the materials on the surface, causing this brightening". (more...)
USA astronauts make historic landing - NationNews Barbados USA astronauts make historic landing - NationNews Barbados
- November 02, 2020

Their mission, named Demo-2, also marked the first time Nasa had launched astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years. "We also want to have numerous providers that are competing against each other on cost, innovation and safety, driving down cost and increasing access to space in a way that's never been seen before", Bridenstine said. (more...)
Mars-sized rogue planet found drifting through the Milky Way Mars-sized rogue planet found drifting through the Milky Way
- November 02, 2020

In a new study , the same astronomers have now found the smallest such planet to date. Prof. Andrzej Udalski, the PI of the OGLE project, said, "Our discovery demonstrates that low-mass free-floating planets can be detected and characterized using ground-based telescopes." . (more...)