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Dusk for Dawn: NASA's mission to Vesta and Ceres has ended Dusk for Dawn: NASA's mission to Vesta and Ceres has ended
- November 02, 2018

Dawn, built by Orbital Sciences Corp. As the mission played out, that system gave engineers the flexibility to spend twice as long at Vesta as originally planned and almost five times as long at Ceres . The data Dawn beamed back to Earth enabled scientists to compare two planet-like worlds that evolved very differently. "Ceres and Vesta are important to the study of distant planetary systems, too, as they provide a glimpse of the conditions that may exist around young stars". (more...)
A Brutal Galactic Collision Filled Our Milky Way With Stars, Astronomers Discover
- November 02, 2018

Another piece of evidence was the composition of the stars themselves. "It's a dead galaxy, so that makes it kind of fun". RG: How did this collision affect the Milky Way? Three billion years after the Big Bang, galaxy mergers were starting to slow down, but they were much more common than they are today. (more...)
Oceans have absorbed 60 percent more heat than previously thought
- November 02, 2018

Scientists know that the ocean takes up roughly 90 percent of all the excess energy produced as the Earth warms, so knowing the actual amount of energy makes it possible to estimate the surface warming we can expect, said co-author Ralph Keeling, a Scripps Oceanography geophysicist and Resplandy's former postdoctoral adviser. (more...)
Nasa spacecraft sets record for closest approach to sun Nasa spacecraft sets record for closest approach to sun
- November 01, 2018

On Monday, the Parker Solar Probe surpassed the record of 43 million kilometres set by Helios-2 back in 1976. In addition, in the coming days, the probe should set another record, becoming the fastest ship in the history of space exploration. (more...)
Rare moon rocks set to be auctioned for $1m
- November 01, 2018

The incredible rarity of dust and rocks collected from the lunar surface means that when genuine samples appear for sale, they achieve huge sums at auction. It is "extremely rare" for authentic lunar samples to be put up for public sale, Sotheby's said, adding: "Winning bidders remain anonymous". The U.S. (more...)
Indonesia plastic waste problem addressed with blockchain rewards recycling center Indonesia plastic waste problem addressed with blockchain rewards recycling center
- November 01, 2018

It will also help reduce poverty in neighboring regions, believes Plastic Bank founder and CEO David Katz. The study revealed that over 55% of the waste that the ocean takes in come specifically from five Asian countries - China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. (more...)
Sensor failure led to Soyuz launch failure, says Roscosmos Sensor failure led to Soyuz launch failure, says Roscosmos
- November 01, 2018

The last time Russian Federation saw an aborted manned launch was in 1983, when two Soviet cosmonauts jettisoned and landed safely after a launch pad explosion. That crew includes Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos. "This is the first launch of a rocket from the Soyuz family since the October 11 accident", Russia's space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin wrote on Twitter. (more...)
Global Commitment Aims To Eliminate Plastic Pollution At Source Global Commitment Aims To Eliminate Plastic Pollution At Source
- November 01, 2018

We turn too many barrels of oil into plastic , and design plastic packaging without fully considering what happens to it after it's used. Dame Ellen MacArthur , Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation , said: "We know that cleaning up plastics from our beaches and oceans is vital, but this does not stop the tide of plastic entering the oceans each year". (more...)
North Carolina Mother of Child Killed in Florence Floodwaters Faces Charges North Carolina Mother of Child Killed in Florence Floodwaters Faces Charges
- November 01, 2018

Dazia Ideah Lee, 20, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving on a closed or unopen highway, Union County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post . The water from a rain-swollen creek pushed her vehicle off the road and left her stuck in a group of trees, authorities said. Dazia Ideah Lee, 20, was served a criminal summons because she drove around barricades on state Highway 218. (more...)
Crew, including Canadian, could be heading to space station Dec. 3: Russians
- November 01, 2018

Sergei Krikalyov, a senior Roscosmos official, was quoted by state news agency Tass as saying the next manned launch had been planned for mid-December, but that Russian Federation was trying to bring the date forward so that the ISS is not briefly left without a crew. (more...)
NASA sets world record with Mars 2020 parachute NASA sets world record with Mars 2020 parachute
- November 01, 2018

NASA has not announced where the rover will land on Mars , but it is expected to be launched from Earth by July or August 2020 and then arrived at its destination by February 2021. According to NASA, the payload dove back through the atmosphere and then deployed the parachute when it reached the appropriate distance and Mach number. (more...)
Nasa spacecraft makes closest approach to sun Nasa spacecraft makes closest approach to sun
- October 31, 2018

NASA's Parker Solar Probe hasn't even completed its first historic swing around the Sun, but just this week it broke two space records that have held for over 42 years! Parker Solar Probe, shown in this animation, became the closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun on October 29, 2018, when it passed within 26.55 million miles of the Sun's surface. (more...)
Nasa declares elite planet-hunting spacecraft dead Nasa declares elite planet-hunting spacecraft dead
- October 31, 2018

During its mission, Kepler found 2,681 confirmed exoplanets - the term for planets outside our solar system - and another 2,899 candidates, bringing its tally to 5,580. To make such discoveries, Kepler relied on three spinning "reaction wheels", with a fourth available as a spare, to keep the spacecraft rock-steady during its science observations. (more...)
It lives! Hubble Space Telescope reawakens after breakdown It lives! Hubble Space Telescope reawakens after breakdown
- October 31, 2018

The telescope resumed operations Saturday by staring down a distant star-forming galaxy in the infrared. However, it did not cause concern because the spacecraft is equipped with six gyros, three of which are meant to be in storage for situations like this. (more...)
NASA probe gets closer to the sun, breaks record
- October 30, 2018

Nasa's Parker Solar Probe is now closer to the sun than any spacecraft has ever gotten. It also emerged on Monday that the mission set the speed record for spacecraft traveling relative to the Sun, surpassing 153,454 miles per hour (shy of 247,000 km/h) and breaking the record set by Helios 2 back in 1976. (more...)
NASA is anxious to hear from its dust-silenced Opportunity Mars rover
- October 30, 2018

If the team doesn't hear back from Opportunity during that period of time, the space agency will assume that something has impacted the rover in a way that prevents its recovery. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ. Back in 2016, Opportunity was visited by one such whirlwind , which are common on the Red Planet . (more...)
Tropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic Ocean Tropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic Ocean
- October 30, 2018

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, "Oscar is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 miles per hour [19 km/h]". Under the heading Hazards Affecting Land, the hurricane center said: "None". The storm is continuing to transition from a hybrid storm to a full-fledged tropical system on Saturday night. Oscar will be steered west until Monday when the storm system now impacting the U.S. (more...)
Mars Water Has Enough Oxygen to Support Simple Life Mars Water Has Enough Oxygen to Support Simple Life
- October 29, 2018

The oxygen levels in Mars water could theoretically exceed the threshold needed to support simple aerobic life. With over seven years of experience in online journalism, Vadim is passionate about everything related to science and the environment. (more...)
Washington state nuke site workers ordered to stay inside Washington state nuke site workers ordered to stay inside
- October 29, 2018

The warning to take cover was lifted at 12.15pm as officials said "there is no indication of a release of radiological release", in a message to employees on the plant's official website . The Hanford Site once produced plutonium for atomic weapons. A tunnel is in danger of collapsing and cement is being used to stabilize it. However, a month later, the US Department of Energy warned that another waste-filled tunnel was at high risk of collapsing as well. (more...)
Subtropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic; no threat to land Subtropical Storm Oscar forms in Atlantic; no threat to land
- October 28, 2018

The storm is expected to morph into a hurricane later on October 28, the National Hurricane Center said. Oscar strengthened into a tropical storm late on October 27 over open waters and is centered 815 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and 780 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands, the NHC said. (more...)
Archaeologists Find 15,500-Year-Old Spear Points in Texas | Archaeology Archaeologists Find 15,500-Year-Old Spear Points in Texas | Archaeology
- October 28, 2018

The team reveals they found 3 to 4-inch weapons, including spear points made of chert , under sediment they believe to be at least 15,500 years old. "There is no doubt these weapons were used for hunting game in the area at that time", Waters said. (more...)
Here's What Earth Looks Like When You're Heading to the Sun Here's What Earth Looks Like When You're Heading to the Sun
- October 28, 2018

The spacecraft turned its WISPR (Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe) imaging instrument towards Earth - taking a picture which shows how tiny our planet looks from space. In this case, it's from the very bright Earthshine. The image also showed some objects like Pleiades, to the low-left of Earth in the right-hand image and the two bright objects. (more...)
NASA Releases More Pics Of Freaky Rectangular Iceberg NASA Releases More Pics Of Freaky Rectangular Iceberg
- October 28, 2018

A68, which is about the size of the state of DE, calved off the Larsen C ice shelf in July of 2017. Large tabular icebergs located between Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf and the A-68 ice island, which calved off of the Larsen C previous year, as seen on a NASA Operation IceBridge mission on October 16, 2018. (more...)
'Genome-wide study confirms six tiger subspecies' 'Genome-wide study confirms six tiger subspecies'
- October 27, 2018

Six different sub-species of tigers are left on our planet in current times , a group of scientists are amazed to see this dwindling figure of the big cats who are close to extinction with just 4,000 free-range remaining. Fossil evidence showed that tigers date back two to three million years, but genomic evidence revealed that living tigers only trace back about 110,000 years ago, when the species suffered a historic population bottleneck, according to the study. (more...)
Arctic offshore production wells approved off Alaska’s coast | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Arctic offshore production wells approved off Alaska’s coast | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
- October 27, 2018

Further from the reports, the approval from BOEM came after the Trump administration proposed a huge offshore oil and gas drilling plan in January, for allowing it in nearly all federal waters, which include sales off the Alaska coast. About 1.3 million cubic yards of gravel will be required for the construction of the island, which is planned to have a base of 24 acres and surface of nine acres, created to sit about 15 feet above the surface of the water. (more...)