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NASA unveils schedule for 'Artemis' 2024 Moon mission NASA unveils schedule for 'Artemis' 2024 Moon mission
- May 26, 2019

This illustration depicts the power and propulsion element, a high-power 50-kilowatt solar electric propulsion spacecraft that will constitute the foundation of the Gateway , NASAs lunar orbiting staging point to send astronauts to the Moons surface in five years. (more...)
Memorial Day Weekend Forecast: Warm, humid and rainy Memorial Day Weekend Forecast: Warm, humid and rainy
- May 26, 2019

Through Thursday , it was the third coldest May in the last 30 years in Phoenix, with an average of 76.3 degrees, according to the National Weather Service . Temperatures will climb to near 90 degrees by the afternoon. In addition to packing warm clothes - it's expected to fall near freezing around Flagstaff overnight and into the low 40s in the Payson area - campers should check with the National Forest Service for availability. (more...)
Winds Calm Down Tonight, Decent Memorial Day Weekend Winds Calm Down Tonight, Decent Memorial Day Weekend
- May 25, 2019

Otherwise, look for a blend of clouds and sunshine and mild temperatures getting into the 70s and even 80s. Tuesday and Wednesday are set to send us back to damp spring days with all-day showers forecast and respective highs of 74 and 86 degrees. (more...)
Surat: Fire in a coaching centre, at least fifteen dead
- May 24, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the tragic incident. Many have been rescued and sent to hospital. Most of the victims were teenagers who had been studying at a tuition centre. Gujarat's CM has declared financial help of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of children who died in this incident and has ordered an investigation into the incident. (more...)
NASA offering chance to put your name on Mars NASA offering chance to put your name on Mars
- May 24, 2019

A lab for microdevices at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will use an electron beam to stencil in the names that the public submits, NASA said. The names will be dispatched with the Mars 2020 rover, which is now under construction. This marketing drive is NASA's way of getting the public involved and interested in the space agency's ongoing mission to both the Moon and Mars. "Miles (or kilometers) are awarded for each 'flight, ' with corresponding digital mission patches available for ... (more...)
SpaceX just deployed 60 Starlink Internet Satellites, the first of 12,000 SpaceX just deployed 60 Starlink Internet Satellites, the first of 12,000
- May 24, 2019

SpaceX has previously estimated that its proposed Starlink array could involve as many as 12,000 satellites in varying orbits to provide global internet coverage, with the project taking at least a decade to implement. The satellites will then use onboard propulsion to reach an operational altitude of 550 km. As per report of Bryce Space and Technology released on 8 May there are around 2100 working satellites in the orbit today. (more...)
Illegal ozone-depleting gases traced to rogue factories in eastern China Illegal ozone-depleting gases traced to rogue factories in eastern China
- May 24, 2019

After studying atmospheric data from South Korea and Japan, they estimated CFC-11 emissions from eastern mainland China during the 2014-17 period were around seven million kilograms per year higher than they were from 2008 to 2012. What is more disconcerting is that a major chunk of these emissions are probably the result of "new unreported production and use". A report a year ago by the UK-based non-profit Environmental Investigation Agency , said it had collected evidence from 18 ... (more...)
Greenpeace activists shut down BP offices ahead of AGM Greenpeace activists shut down BP offices ahead of AGM
- May 22, 2019

Paula Radley, a Greenpeace activist now encased inside one of the metal containers, wrote in a blog post published Monday that companies like BP "need to stop exploring for oil or wind down their business". BP said of the demonstration: "We welcome discussion, debate, even peaceful protest on the important matter of how we must all work together to address the climate challenge, but impeding safe entry and exit from an office building in this way is unsafe and clearly a matter for the ... (more...)
NASA Fires Up 'Astrobee' Space Station Robots NASA Fires Up 'Astrobee' Space Station Robots
- May 21, 2019

As you can see in the image, the docking station where the Astrobees recharge is located to her right. NASA astronaut Anne McClain performed the first series of tests on Bumble during a hardware checkout recently, that took a closer look at its avionics, cameras, propulsion and docking for power and data transfer. (more...)
'Big Bang Theory' cast praise series finale on 'Late Show' 'Big Bang Theory' cast praise series finale on 'Late Show'
- May 20, 2019

For those in the back, Jim Parsons may very well have continued on with The Big Bang Theory for another 10-20 years if he would have been born a Libra or a Virgo. "My first episode. Or my first "step-isode" - if you will". The second-to-last episode begins where it all started: in Leonard and Penny's (formerly Leonard and Sheldon's ) apartment. (more...)
How this weekend's full moon is known as a 'Blue Flower Moon' How this weekend's full moon is known as a 'Blue Flower Moon'
- May 20, 2019

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac , this moon is referred to as "blue" not because of its color or appearance, but because it marks the third time in a season that there's been a full moon . However, there is another way for a full moon to earn the "blue moon " label. This season's blue moon has other nicknames as Hare moon , Milk Moon along with blossoms it's named as Flower Moon and Budding Moon. (more...)
Mourned Aussie prime minister raises ballot bar Mourned Aussie prime minister raises ballot bar
- May 20, 2019

Polling stations have opened in eastern Australia in elections that are likely to deliver the nation's sixth prime minister in as many years. " Bob Hawke and Paul Keating and their governments modernised the Australian economy, paving the way for an unprecedented period of recession-free economic growth and job creation". (more...)
Budget boost 'good start' to put astronauts on moon Budget boost 'good start' to put astronauts on moon
- May 20, 2019

Jim Bridenstine said the history of moon landings shows little opportunities were offered to women. The space agency also revealed the new mission's name will be Artemis , the Greek goddess of the moon and twin sister of Apollo. The story of the first men setting foot on the lunar surface is still a big thing for all of us. The newly accelerated goal - an endeavour likely to cost tens of billions of dollars - comes as NASA has struggled with the help of private partners to resume ... (more...)
Game Of Thrones Is Too Far Gone To Save Game Of Thrones Is Too Far Gone To Save
- May 20, 2019

They were so disappointed, especially by Cersei Lannister's ( Lena Headey ) death, that many of them went to Rotten Tomatoes and scored the HBO show's lowest ever rating on the site. Daenerys was the runaway victor with 52 per cent of the vote, and it could have something to do with the fact that she's clearly turning into the Mad Queen and needs to be stopped. (more...)
Victor Vescovo Makes Deepest Submarine Dive in History Victor Vescovo Makes Deepest Submarine Dive in History
- May 18, 2019

However, he also made an unsettling discovery as he descended almost 6.8 miles to a point in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench that is the deepest place on Earth, seeing something he was not expecting to come across so deep beneath the surface - trash. (more...)
Musk says Starlink Musk says Starlink "economically viable" with around 1,000 satellites
- May 17, 2019

Future plans are for almost 12,000 satellites to go into low-Earth orbit, which will provide downlink data from space to internet users. SpaceX shared details about its largely secretive Starlink constellation program March 15, providing updated targets for commercial service, details about satellite design and the thought process behind why the company's upper target is 12,000 satellites - about six times the number functioning in orbit for the rest of the world combined. (more...)
Space shocker: Earth's moon is shrinking, experiencing seismic activities Space shocker: Earth's moon is shrinking, experiencing seismic activities
- May 15, 2019

Many in the space industry are concerned that the proposal may face opposition because of the Office of Management and Budget sought to offset the increased spending for NASA , and smaller, unrelated increases to other agencies, by proposing to cut Pell Grant funding, used to help low-income students pay for college, by almost $1.9 billion. (more...)
Texas explorer completes deepest ocean dive in history Texas explorer completes deepest ocean dive in history
- May 15, 2019

Over the past six months, Vescovo's expedition conducted dives in the Puerto Rico Trench in the Atlantic Ocean, the South Sandwich Trench in the Southern Ocean and the Java Trench in Indian Ocean. There are now at least five giant garbage patches located in the North Atlantic, the South Atlantic, the North Pacific, the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean. (more...)
The Moon Is Shrinking and It’s Causing ‘Moonquakes’ on the Lunar Surface The Moon Is Shrinking and It’s Causing ‘Moonquakes’ on the Lunar Surface
- May 14, 2019

Other evidence that these faults are active comes from highly detailed images of the Moon by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. This work was supported by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Project and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Schmerr designed the algorithm that re-analyzed the Apollo data. (more...)
Tanker Collides With Tug Boat Pulling Two Oil Barges In Houston Tanker Collides With Tug Boat Pulling Two Oil Barges In Houston
- May 13, 2019

About 3,600 feet of boom has been put in place and efforts are underway to deploy an additional 12,000 feet in the most pressing areas, said Jim Guidry, executive vice president of vessel operations for Kirby Inland Marine, operator of the tug involved. (more...)
'Breakthrough' find in plastic crisis 'Breakthrough' find in plastic crisis
- May 11, 2019

PDK plastic can be disassembled at molecular levels and can be repeatedly reassembled into another object with a different shape, color, and texture without the material losing its performance or quality. "We're keen on the science that diverts plastic lifecycles from straight to round", said Helms. Billions of tons of plastic are produced each year, and much of it ends up in landfills. (more...)
Jeff Bezos Just Unveiled Blue Origin's Moon Lander, And It's Quite Something Jeff Bezos Just Unveiled Blue Origin's Moon Lander, And It's Quite Something
- May 10, 2019

The announcement seems targeted at NASA, which happens to be in need of a lunar lander for its 2024 mission to the moon . At a Washington DC, press conference , the jeans- and blazer-clad Amazon CEO showed off a circular craft called "Blue Moon " that is created to land on and bounce back off the moon's surface. (more...)
SpaceX shipment reaches space station after weekend launch SpaceX shipment reaches space station after weekend launch
- May 09, 2019

A SpaceX shipment arrived at the International Space Station on Monday with a "cosmic catch" by a pair of Canadians. An external cable that normally comes off during launch dangled from the capsule, but did not interfere with the grappling. (more...)
Research: New 3-foot-tall relative of Tyrannosaurus rex Research: New 3-foot-tall relative of Tyrannosaurus rex
- May 09, 2019

The newest dinosaur known to scientists was named Monday by a Virginia Tech paleontologist, Sterling Nesbitt, an assistant professor with Department of Geosciences . The first skeleton was discovered in 1997 by Robert Denton, who's now a senior geologist with Terracon Consultants. The fossil exhibited much slimmer skull and feet than the T. (more...)
Israel's first spacecraft successfully rockets towards moon Israel's first spacecraft successfully rockets towards moon
- May 08, 2019

If successful, the mission will make Israel the world's fourth country to land on the moon, after Russian Federation, the USA and China . Sixteen years after the accident, an Israeli startup company called SpaceIL aims to tackle another momentous first by launching not just the first Israeli space mission, but also the world's first privately funded lunar lander . (more...)