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Leonids meteor shower to peak this week Leonids meteor shower to peak this week
- November 19, 2020

Leonid meteor shower: Have you been wanting to watch a meteor shower? The meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Leo the Lion, as the meteors will be coming from the stars that make up the lion's mane. The occasion ought to be broadly obvious across a significant part of the United States starting around 12 PM, likely sending at any rate twelve flares of light over the sky every hour. (more...)
Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine reported to be 94.5% effectiveNews Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine reported to be 94.5% effectiveNews
- November 19, 2020

Pfizer reiterated that it expects to make as many as 50 million vaccine doses this year, enough to protect 25 million people, and then produce up to 1.3 billion doses in 2021. Meanwhile, reacting to the update, UK's medicines regulator said the final late-stage trial results from Pfizer and BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine candidate were very encouraging, adding it would need to see the full data before making an assessment of the shot. (more...)
Vega flight VV17 SEOSAT-Ingenio / TARANIS mission failure Vega flight VV17 SEOSAT-Ingenio / TARANIS mission failure
- November 19, 2020

Investigation determined that an "inversion of cables" during the construction of the Italian-built final launcher stage had caused the flight deviation - and that, therefore, such was the result of human error rather than flawed design. At about eight minutes into the flight, the engine on Vega's upper stage ignited. Less than 24 hours later, the launch provider published a statement identifying a problem with the integration of the fourth-stage AVUM nozzle activation system. (more...)
The Russian spacewalk will build a space station for the new block The Russian spacewalk will build a space station for the new block
- November 18, 2020

Ryzhikov, designated EV1 (short for "extravehicular crewmember 1"), will don a spacesuit with red stripes, while Kud-Sverchkov will sport blue stripes as EV2. The zero gravity indicators, which are usually gentle games, inform the crew when they are in space after launch. As soon as the toy starts to float, they know they are in space. (more...)
Baby Yoda tags along on SpaceX's first operational mission for NASA Baby Yoda tags along on SpaceX's first operational mission for NASA
- November 17, 2020

The four astronauts on Sunday became part the second-ever crewed flight of a SpaceX spacecraft . As four astronauts began their journey from Earth to the International Space Station on Sunday, an additional crew member made a surprise appearance: Baby Yoda . (more...)
SpaceX Falcon 9 Successfully Launches Again Sending Astronauts to International Space Station SpaceX Falcon 9 Successfully Launches Again Sending Astronauts to International Space Station
- November 16, 2020

The nighttime launch lit up the sky over Brevard County to the delight of thousands of spectators lining the coast. The crew consists of three NASA astronauts - U.S. "And now it's time for us to do our part, Crew 1 for all", Hopkins said . Since 2006, NASA has spent $4 billion buying seats on the Soyuz rocket. But NASA doesn't intend to rely exclusively on SpaceX or want to be the only entity doing launches. (more...)
The Leonid meteor shower will shoot fireballs across the sky this week The Leonid meteor shower will shoot fireballs across the sky this week
- November 16, 2020

Generally, meteors are best seen on a cloudless night, with the entire sky visible and when the Moon is not extremely bright. The best time to watch meteor showers anywhere in the world is from two in the morning until midnight. In 2034, researchers predicted that observers would have the opportunity to witness 2,000 meteors per hour in a "Leonid storm". This is described as a meteor shower . (more...)
NASA seeks crowdsourced help designing a better moon toilet NASA seeks crowdsourced help designing a better moon toilet
- November 16, 2020

Space toilets that already exist aren't equipped to handle lunar gravity . There's a reward for the second-best and third-best invention as well as they will win 10,000 and 5,000 dollars respectively. To give you an idea, any of the Apollo astronauts, fully suited up, would have weighed about 500 pounds on Earth if you included their average body weight and that monster of a suit. (more...)
Mike Pence flies to Florida to watch NASA-SpaceX launch Mike Pence flies to Florida to watch NASA-SpaceX launch
- November 16, 2020

The Pences applauded and then embraced as the ship flew out of sight. The planned launch is drawing attention as it marks the start of a new era for the commercial space industry. Besides its sleek design and high-tech features, the Dragon capsule is quite spacious - it can carry up to seven people. Both Pence and Trump were on hand for the launch. (more...)
SpaceX's Upcoming NASA Launch Heralds Rise of Space Commerce SpaceX's Upcoming NASA Launch Heralds Rise of Space Commerce
- November 16, 2020

This mission, known as "Crew-1", is supposed to be the first of many routine flights that will ferry astronauts to and from the station. It touched down on a drone ship floating in the Atlantic Ocean about 10 minutes after liftoff. This is ongoing live coverage of SpaceX's second-ever Crew-1 launch of humans aboard a Dragon Capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket, so be sure to check-in with us for the latest updates. (more...)
Danish government defends order to kill minks with mutated coronavirus Danish government defends order to kill minks with mutated coronavirus
- November 15, 2020

Drug makers and research centers are striving to provide a safe and effective vaccine in an effort to end the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, more than a quarter million Danes went into lockdown in a northern region of the country where a mutated variation of the coronavirus was found. (more...)
Aussies warned to prepare for hotter days and more severe bushfires Aussies warned to prepare for hotter days and more severe bushfires
- November 15, 2020

Karl Braganza, manager of Climate Environmental Prediction Services in BOM, said the report confirmed that there had been a "significant increase in the frequency of risky fire weather days across Australia, particularly during spring and summer, leading to an earlier start to the southern fire season". (more...)
NASA delays first regular SpaceX commercial crewed flight NASA delays first regular SpaceX commercial crewed flight
- November 15, 2020

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule were slated to launch the astronauts to the International Space Station on Saturday (Nov. 14) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch was previously slated for October 31 but was pushed back to November 14 when the Falcon rocket had two engines replaced because of contamination from a red lacquer used in processing. (more...)
Soyuz MC-17 manned spacecraft launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome Soyuz MC-17 manned spacecraft launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome
- November 15, 2020

IMAGESRussia's Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft with two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut on board blasts off to the International Space Station from the Russian-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Rogozin, now the head of Roscosmos, said at a space conference on Monday: "In our view the Gateway in its current form is too US -centric ... so will most likely refrain from large-scale participation in [the project]". (more...)
This is how to see the largest 'pink' supermoon of the year This is how to see the largest 'pink' supermoon of the year
- November 14, 2020

It is the Pink supermoon or Super Pink Moon or the Paschal Moon. Tonight into tomorrow, the pink moon will be a mere 357,000 km from the earth. Stargazers can expect to see the next full moon over the United Kingdom, peaking during the early hour of Wednesday at 3.35am. (more...)
Space: Mining rocks in orbit could aid deep space exploration Space: Mining rocks in orbit could aid deep space exploration
- November 14, 2020

The reactors could help scientists develop ways of sourcing metals and minerals - such as iron and magnesium - essential for survival in space. Here on Earth , bacteria play a very important role in extracting minerals from the ground. Small pieces of basalt, a rock commonly found on the Earth's natural satellite and on the red planet, were loaded into each device and submerged in a bacterial solution for three weeks under space gravity conditions. (more...)
Renewables grow despite pandemic Renewables grow despite pandemic
- November 14, 2020

Even stronger growth is to come. In 2021 the report forecasts that India and the European Union will be the "driving forces" behind a record expansion of global renewable capacity additions of almost 10%, the fastest growth since 2015. "Governments can tackle these issues to help bring about a sustainable recovery and accelerate clean energy transitions", he said. The IEA is forecasting that wind and hydropower are to see the most growth this year, with solar PV to remain at similar ... (more...)
SpaceX's Musk gets mixed virus tests on eve of crew launch SpaceX's Musk gets mixed virus tests on eve of crew launch
- November 14, 2020

But the May launch was still considered a trial run. It wasn't immediately known if Musk would be allowed at the Kennedy Space Center launching site even if later tests came up negative. 'The next era in human spaceflight' © NASA NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. "Knowing Elon the way I do, they will figure out a way for him to be very much connected", Hurley told The Associated Press from Houston. (more...)
SeaDream Caribbean Cruise Cut Short After Postive Covid-19 Tests SeaDream Caribbean Cruise Cut Short After Postive Covid-19 Tests
- November 14, 2020

Despite two negative PCR COVID-19 tests for each passenger prior to boarding, the captain of the SeaDream 1 announced Wednesday that a passenger had tested positive on a less-reliable rapid test, four days into its seven-night voyage from Barbados . (more...)
Jupiter's icy, oceanic moon must shine in the dark Jupiter's icy, oceanic moon must shine in the dark
- November 12, 2020

Scientists speculated that Europa had a liquid ocean under the surface, kept warm by tidal heating from Jupiter's enormous gravitational effects. ICE-HEART was created to replicate the various types of ice present on Europa's surface - sodium salts, magnesium salts, and so on. (more...)