Sci-tech

by | December 13, 2018 | 23:54

On Thursday, the SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship took off from the Mojave Desert in California. The two test pilots - Mark "Forger" Stucky and former NASA astronaut Rick "CJ" Sturckow - will be awarded commercial astronaut wings, said Federal Aviation Administration official Bailey Edwards.

by | December 13, 2018 | 20:47

Like all meteor showers, the Geminid is caused by particles of comet debris entering our atmosphere. Clear skies, unfortunately, have been something of a rarity, but if stargazing is your thing, keep your fingers crossed for clear conditions later this week because the skies are going to light up with the biggest meteor shower of the year.

by | December 13, 2018 | 20:04

This is when viewers will be able to avoid glare from a waxing gibbous moon (which sets before 2 a.m. local time) and the radiant will climb well up in the southeastern sky. Now astronomers may know where it came from. However, you can see the meteors in all directions. For the best views, EarthSky suggests going to the countryside or an open field where there are few lights or trees.

by | December 11, 2018 | 00:55

The spacecraft is now beyond the outer boundary of the heliosphere, some 18 billion kilometres from Earth. It was this instrument that observed a "steep decline" in solar wind particle speeds on November 5, this being "the most compelling evidence" of entering interstellar space, according to NASA.

by | December 10, 2018 | 05:43

Chang'e-4 will be the second Chinese probe to land on the moon . Ten experiments - six from China and four from overseas - include planting potatoes and other seeds. "The main thing about this mission is not science, this is a technology mission", he said. Chang'e 4's rover has six wheels, two solar panels, a radar dish as well as multiple cameras, show pictures published by the China National Space Administration.

by | December 08, 2018 | 22:27

The audio was picked up by both an air pressure sensor and the seismometer aboard InSight . It's been almost two weeks since NASA successfully landed its InSIght lander on Mars and the craft is getting ready to start its important work on the planet.

by | December 08, 2018 | 17:42

The rocket Falcon 9 production for 16 SpaceX mission to the ISS is scheduled from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral in Florida (USA). "Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea", SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet after the missed landing.

by | December 08, 2018 | 15:26

Videos swirling across the internet shows that the booster got out of the control as it headed towards the designated landing spot. Wednesday's Falcon rocket was brand new, while the Dragon cargo carrier was recycled by SpaceX . If all goes well, the spacecraft will reach the station around 6 a.m. Saturday morning, pulling up to within about 30 feet and then standing by while station commander Alexander Gerst, operating the lab's robot arm, locks onto a grapple fixture.

by | December 07, 2018 | 21:53

According to the final post in this saga, researchers were able to trap the seal and extract a 60cm-long goddamn eel from its nose, noting that it "was surprising as only about 10cm were hanging out" of its nose before extraction. One theory is that seals, which often regurgitate their meals, are simply throwing up eels through their noses. The program reported another eel-in-nose incident on Facebook in 2016.

by | December 07, 2018 | 18:21

Kazakhstan-A Soyuz rocket carrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts took off from Kazakhstan and reached orbit on Monday, in the first manned mission since a failed launch in October. In March, the station will again return to a full complement of six crew members when they are joined for Expedition 59 by NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos.

by | December 06, 2018 | 23:14

The launch of the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft carrying Saint-Jacques, Anne McClain of NASA and Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, appeared to go exactly as planned, lifting off at precisely 6:31 a.m. She offered Saint-Jacques a "Bravo, bravo, bravo" and told the space station crew they were an inspiration for humanity. They are scheduled to return to Earth on December 20.

by | December 06, 2018 | 20:28

It's not done, however, as it will head back into SpaceX's refurbishing program to be used again. The sight triggered a mixture of anxious "oohs" and "aahs" from SpaceX employees who were watching, then the booster's video feed cut out from the broadcast.

by | December 06, 2018 | 17:47

OSIRIS-REx was within 12 miles of Bennu's surface - about the distance between the White House and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, which manages the spacecraft. CU Boulder scientists have a front row seat today to observe a NASA spacecraft as it arrives at the asteroid Bennu , coming to within 4.5 miles of the space rock.

by | December 06, 2018 | 14:44

Its path was intermittent and mostly caused damage to trees and to some structures. IL has an average of 47 tornadoes a year, not including December, which doesn't have an average, said CNN Meteorologist Allison Chinchar, speaking of the rarity of Saturday's twister cluster.

by | December 05, 2018 | 23:47

Sir David Attenborough encouraged leaders of the world to take a stand and address the issue of climate change while speaking at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland. "They are behind you, along with civil society [who are] represented here today, supporting you in making tough decisions, but also willing to make sacrifices in their daily lives", he added.

by | December 05, 2018 | 14:46

A Soyuz MS-11, carrying one astronaut each from the USA and Canada and a cosmonaut from Russian Federation, has been successfully launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday and has safely reached orbit, the United States space agency NASA said in a statement.

by | December 04, 2018 | 23:00

Duda, the Polish leader, said participants at the conference have backed its proposal of a "just transition" away from coal mining, which calls for helping those people, like coal miners, who are slated to lose their jobs as the world changes its energy mix.

by | December 04, 2018 | 20:18

It will be the first US mission to carry samples from an asteroid back to Earth and the largest sample returned from space since the Apollo era. OSIRIS-REx is equipped with five instruments to characterize its target, as well as a robotic arm with a sampling device, a sample return capsule, a high-gain antenna, two 10 foot long solar panels that generate from 1,226 to 3,000 watts (depending on distance from the Sun ), and 28 engines (4 main engines, 6 medium thrust engines, 16 attitude ...

by | December 04, 2018 | 05:02

You can see more awesome launch photos in our full gallery . It was the first manned mission for Russia since October, when NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were forced to make an emergency landing shortly after launch following a rocket malfunction.

by | December 03, 2018 | 22:47

According to the Principal Investigator for the instrument, Tilman Spohn, the instrument will tell scientists if Mars and Earth formed from the same "stuff", giving a clue to the how the rocky bodies in the solar system evolved. NASA's InSight lander is about to touch down and will immediately begin to decipher the secrets that lie beneath the Martian soil. NASA's InSight lander has been on its way to Mars since May.