Four commercial rockets headed into space on Tuesday

First up on the schedule is SpaceX , which plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket at around 9:11 am local time from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It will carry a U.S. National Reconnaissance Office satellite called the NROL- 71, which th... More..

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Saturn's rings could vanish much sooner than expected
by | Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Saturn's rings could vanish much sooner than expected

That's the conclusion of a new investigation into a phenomenon called " ring rain ", which pulls water out of Saturn's rings and into the planet's midlatitude regions. Rather than forming along with the pla...More..

Astronomers Discover 'Farout,' the Most-Distant Solar System Object
by | Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Astronomers Discover 'Farout,' the Most-Distant Solar System Object

In addition to Farout being so distant, Sheppard said that when he first saw the planet he shouted out loud: "far out!" The Carnegie Institution's Scott Sheppard says the object is so far away and moving so...More..

Climate change negotiators agree on Paris Agreement rule book
by | Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Climate change negotiators agree on Paris Agreement rule book

After two weeks of talks in the southern Polish city, diplomats were coming closer to agreeing on the rules that govern the 2015 Paris climate accord. "Those rules, known as the 'transparency framework, ' are v...More..

Poacher Ordered to Watch 'Bambi' Repeatedly
by | Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Poacher Ordered to Watch 'Bambi' Repeatedly

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the operation was one of the largest deer-poaching cases in state history. According to court records, Berry's predicament stretches back to 2016, when he was bu...More..

Comet zooming by Earth will be visible Sunday night
by | Monday, December 17, 2018

Comet zooming by Earth will be visible Sunday night

The comet should be ahead of the constellations between Taurus and the Pleaiades. Wirtanen's unusual composition (it includes methane and carbon), as well as its close orbit to the sun, made it the original t...More..

Virgin Galactic Has Launched its SpaceShipTwo Into Space
by | Monday, December 17, 2018

Virgin Galactic Has Launched its SpaceShipTwo Into Space

The mated jet and rocket ship lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday. But it didn't reach the Karman Line, the common line used to represent the border between Earth's atmospher...More..

Virgin Galactic flew an engagement ring to space
by | Monday, December 17, 2018

Virgin Galactic flew an engagement ring to space

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2) took two pilots above 50 miles (80 kilometers) in altitude today, which some consider the demarcation between air and space. Virgin Galactic's spaceship did not launch on a...More..

The Geminid meteor shower is peaking right now: Here’s how to watch
by | Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Geminid meteor shower is peaking right now: Here’s how to watch

The Geminids result from the mysterious asteroid 3200 Phaethon , which, thanks to periodic heating from the Sun, has left a trail of material in its orbit. According to AccuWeather , people in the central USA...More..

Dracula ant's jaw snap is fastest on Earth at 320km/h
by | Saturday, December 15, 2018

Dracula ant's jaw snap is fastest on Earth at 320km/h

The movement of the ants' mandibles is so fast that scientists had to use incredibly fast cameras to observe them. The Dracula ant actually presses the tips of its jaws together, increasing the force ...More..

NASA’s InSight Lander Just Took Its First Selfie On Mars
by | Friday, December 14, 2018

NASA’s InSight Lander Just Took Its First Selfie On Mars

One of InSight's 7-foot (2.2 meter) wide solar panels was imaged by the lander's Instrument Deployment Camera, which is fixed to the elbow of its robotic arm. He notes, "We're glad to see that". This mosaic...More..

Howard County officer catches meteor shower on dash cam
by | Friday, December 14, 2018

Howard County officer catches meteor shower on dash cam

This is when they will be high in the sky. In ideal conditions, you will be able to see up to 120 shooting stars an hour . The Geminid meteor shower peaks over the northern hemisphere tonight, providing a ...More..

NASA Rejected Russia's Proposal to Jointly Probe Hole in Soyuz
by | Friday, December 14, 2018

NASA Rejected Russia's Proposal to Jointly Probe Hole in Soyuz

However, Russian officials have said they believe it was caused by a drill and may have been deliberate. The two Russians performed the space walk on December 11, as part of an effort by Roskosmos to pinp...More..

Virgin Galactic successfully launches tourism rocket ship into space for first time
by | Thursday, December 13, 2018

Virgin Galactic successfully launches tourism rocket ship into space for first time

In the meantime, a commercial space race is underway as companies rush to build spacecraft that can carry astronauts and tourists into microgravity. It added: "We also plan to burn the rocket motor for durati...More..

Heads up! Geminid meteor shower peaks this week
by | Thursday, December 13, 2018

Heads up! Geminid meteor shower peaks this week

Avoid using flashlights, or use flashlights with red-color settings, to preserve your night vision. Experts recommend dedicating at least 45 minutes to viewing the meteor shower - as eyes can require up to 30...More..

by | Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Space station crew to inspect mysterious hole on spacewalk

Russian Federation said that it will share its findings with NASA to conduct its own investigation. A pair of Russian cosmonauts will investigate a hole in the Soyuz MS-09 capsule attached to the Intern...More..

China dispatches mission to investigate clouded side of the Moon
by | Wednesday, December 12, 2018

China dispatches mission to investigate clouded side of the Moon

Although the landing date has not yet been officially announced, Chang'e-4 is expected to attempt to touch down on the Moon's surface sometime early next month. Like its predecessor, this rover will also carry ...More..

Voyager 2 enters interstellar space
by | Monday, December 10, 2018

Voyager 2 enters interstellar space

However, due to its distance, the lag between sending information and receiving it back on Earth takes approximately 16.5 hours, NASA said . "Voyager has a very special place for us in our heliophysics fle...More..

NASA's InSight lander
by | Monday, December 10, 2018

NASA's InSight lander "hears" Martian winds

The space agency released a raw audio sample of the sound on Friday, which could be heard through mobile and laptop speakers. "A haunting low rumble " was recorded by the rover, which detected the vibrations...More..

China set to launch the first ever rover to Moons far side
by | Monday, December 10, 2018

China set to launch the first ever rover to Moons far side

China's robotic Chang'e 4 spacecraft streaked away from Earth today (Dec. 7), launching atop a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at about 1:23 p.m. China has launched a ground-brea...More..

China launches lunar probe to study moon’s far side
by | Monday, December 10, 2018

China launches lunar probe to study moon’s far side

On board is a lander which, if all goes smoothly, will soon make history by touching down on the far side of the Moon . Ten experiments - six from China and four from overseas - include planting potatoes a...More..

EPA to ease constraints on construction of coal power plants
by | Sunday, December 09, 2018

EPA to ease constraints on construction of coal power plants

New coal plants are unlikely in the US, no matter what Trump does, because of cheap and cleaner-burning natural gas, along with increasingly cheap renewables. He and other Republicans frequently attacked former...More..

SpaceX Sends Cargo Ship To International Space Station But Booster Landing Fails
by | Saturday, December 08, 2018

SpaceX Sends Cargo Ship To International Space Station But Booster Landing Fails

It also became known that SpaceX postponed the launch of the Falcon Heavy with the satellite for the Arabsat company at the end of 2018. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off successfully at 1:16 pm Eastern Standa...More..

Here Are the First Pictures from the Mars InSight Probe
by | Saturday, December 08, 2018

Here Are the First Pictures from the Mars InSight Probe

NASA announced Friday that it has heard the first-ever " sounds " of wind on Mars. The space agency estimates the wind was blowing between 10 and 15 miles per hour (5 to 7 meters a second) on December 1 when In...More..

SpaceX to Launch Dragon Resupply Mission Wednesday
by | Saturday, December 08, 2018

SpaceX to Launch Dragon Resupply Mission Wednesday

It should reach the space station at the weekend. The webcast below should begin about 20 minutes before liftoff. - Three days and 3,000 miles apart, SpaceX accomplished its second successful rocket launc...More..

Greenland’s Ice Sheet Is Melting At A Fast Pace, Scientists Say
by | Friday, December 07, 2018

Greenland’s Ice Sheet Is Melting At A Fast Pace, Scientists Say

They added that Greenland's dramatic melting was directly linked to the greenhouse gases belched into Earth's atmosphere since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Trusel's team of global researchers ana...More..

Why have seals been getting eels stuck up their noses?
by | Friday, December 07, 2018

Why have seals been getting eels stuck up their noses?

Earlier this week, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's ( NOAA ) Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program shared a photo showing a juvenile Hawaiian monk seal with a long eel st...More..

Ispace to bid on Nasa lunar payload contracts
by | Friday, December 07, 2018

Ispace to bid on Nasa lunar payload contracts

The enlisted companies - all American companies, was released by NASA on Friday. The announcement on future moon flights came just three days after NASA successfully landed its InSight spacecraft on Mars....More..

3-nation crew blasts off to space station
by | Thursday, December 06, 2018

3-nation crew blasts off to space station

Three new Expedition 58 crew members are preparing to blast off to the space station on a Russian Soyuz crew ship early next week. NASA and Roscosmos said all onboard systems operated normally and the a...More..

by | Thursday, December 06, 2018

Technical glitch sees Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon rocket crash land in sea

SpaceX chief Elon Musk said the booster appeared to be undamaged. The company also lands boosters on its drone ships in the ocean, but all of its land landings had been successful - until now. "Given this eve...More..