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How to watch the ‘buck moon’ lunar eclipse this weekend

How to watch the ‘buck moon’ lunar eclipse this weekend

Look for a slight darkening of part of the moon on July 4 and 5. NASA Those celebrating Independence Day in the US this year may get to enjoy a bonus celestial show. A "buck moon" lunar eclipse is set for the night of July 4 and the morning of July 5, depending on where you're…
There’s A Place On Earth Getting Cooler, Not Hotter. A New Study Sheds Light On Why

There’s A Place On Earth Getting Cooler, Not Hotter. A New Study Sheds Light...

Earth's oceans are simmering with the heat trapped by increasing amounts of greenhouse gases. But one patch of water in the North Atlantic is stubbornly resisting the trend, and actually dropping in temperature. This 'cold blob' has been a subject of interest for climatologists ever since it was first spotted back in 2015. Unfortunately, the…
Fastest-Growing Black Hole as Big as 34 Billion Suns

Fastest-Growing Black Hole as Big as 34 Billion Suns

Fastest-Growing Black Hole as Big as 34 Billion Suns The fastest-growing black hole ever observed has been given an approximate weight, and it tips the scale at 34 billion times the mass of the Sun. The researchers who’ve estimated its weight also say it continues to grow, devouring a Sun’s worth of matter per day.…
If you have to travel, these are 2 states to avoid because of coronavirus surges

If you have to travel, these are 2 states to avoid because of coronavirus...

Anyone who wants the most comprehensive US-focused coronavirus update right now could do a lot worse than to check out this new interactive map that’s been prepared by researchers and health experts, which assigns a color code based on risk down to the state and county level around the country. Using this map helps identify…
SpaceX nails second Falcon nosecone recovery in one month

SpaceX nails second Falcon nosecone recovery in one month

SpaceX has successfully recovered two pairs of Falcon 9 payload fairings (nosecones) – one twice-flown – in one month after twin ships GO Ms. Tree and GO Ms. Chief returned to port on July 2nd. Around 45 minutes after Falcon 9 B1060 lifted off for the first time with the US military’s third upgraded GPS…
Monstrous black hole found devouring about one sun every day

Monstrous black hole found devouring about one sun every day

Black holes still provide some of the biggest mysteries - and superlatives - in existence. NASA/JPL-Caltech The fastest-growing black hole known to humans is astonishingly large, and apparently very hangry, according to new research from an international team of astronomers.  "The black hole's mass is also about 8,000 times bigger than the black hole in…
NASA shares timelapse footage of the sun, as SDO watches sun nonstop for 10 years | ABC News

NASA shares timelapse footage of the sun, as SDO watches sun nonstop for 10...

NASA shares timelapse footage of the sun, as SDO watches sun nonstop for 10 years | ABC News - ABC News
What’s Up: July 2020 Skywatching Tips from NASA

What’s Up: July 2020 Skywatching Tips from NASA

What's Up: July 2020 Skywatching Tips from NASA - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Charcoal a weapon to fight superoxide-induced disease, injury

Charcoal a weapon to fight superoxide-induced disease, injury

Artificial enzymes made of treated charcoal, seen in this atomic force microscope image, could have the power to curtail damaging levels of superoxides, toxic radical oxygen ions that appear at high concentrations after an injury. Credit: Tour Group/Rice University Artificial enzymes made of treated charcoal could have the power to curtail damaging levels of superoxides,…
This Forest Fire Was So Huge, NASA Spotted It From Space

This Forest Fire Was So Huge, NASA Spotted It From Space

17 hours ago__Jon Christian__Filed Under: Earth & EnergyBlazing UpThe Bighorn Fire is a vicious blaze that’s been raging in Arizona since the beginning of June — forcing evacuations as recently as this week.In fact, the fire has grown so large that satellites can easily see it from space, according to a new post by NASA’s Jet…
NASA delays Mars rover launch until at least July 30th

NASA delays Mars rover launch until at least July 30th

This isn’t the first delay. NASA had pushed back the Mars 2020 takeoff from its original July 17th date to the 22nd after a problem with encapsulating the spacecraft.While there’s only so much time left for the mission to start, the patience is easy to understand. NASA has been developing Perseverance and the Mars 2020…
NASA Just Released a Spectacular 10-Year Timelapse of Our Mesmerising Sun

NASA Just Released a Spectacular 10-Year Timelapse of Our Mesmerising Sun

(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO) For once, we're going to break with the usual advice and tell you that you very much should stare into the Sun. Specifically, into NASA's new 10-year timelapse video of activity on the solar surface. Lasting 61 minutes in total, the awe-inspiring video has been produced from high-resolution imagery captured…
New Zealand’s ancient monster penguins had northern hemisphere doppelgangers

New Zealand’s ancient monster penguins had northern hemisphere doppelgangers

Plotopterids like these Copepteryx looked remarkably like penguins. Credit: Mark Witton. Available for media and current affairs use; all other rights reserved New Zealand's monster penguins, which lived 62 million years ago, had doppelgangers in Japan, the U.S. and Canada, a study published today in the Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research has found.…
Starship SN5 set to begin test campaign with cryogenic proof

Starship SN5 set to begin test campaign with cryogenic proof

SpaceX’s Starship SN5 prototype is expected to perform a cryogenic proof test at the launch provider’s Boca Chica, Texas facility as early as Tuesday evening. The test will mark a rapid recovery for SpaceX – managing to return to testing a month after the previous vehicle exploded on the pad. The cryogenic proof is when…
Incredible Amber Fossils Reveal the True Colors of Ancient Insects

Incredible Amber Fossils Reveal the True Colors of Ancient Insects

A fly trapped in amber, showing its original coloring. Image: Chenyang Cai et al., 2020Fossils rarely retain evidence of an organism’s original color, but these 99-million-year-old amber fossils found in Myanmar are revealing the vibrant hues of another world. New research published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B highlights dozens of amber fossils…
SpaceX launch of Space Force GPS satellite could break a record

SpaceX launch of Space Force GPS satellite could break a record

SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, perched atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket, takes off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station.  SpaceX On Tuesday, SpaceX will attempt its third launch since its historic flight of NASA astronauts to…
South pole warming three times faster than rest of the world, our research shows

South pole warming three times faster than rest of the world, our research shows

Climate scientists long thought Antarctica’s interior may not be very sensitive to warming, but our research, published this week, shows a dramatic change. Over the past 30 years, the south pole has been one of the fastest-changing places on Earth, warming more than three times more rapidly than the rest of the world. My colleagues…
Beavers are gnawing away at the Arctic permafrost, and that’s bad for the planet

Beavers are gnawing away at the Arctic permafrost, and that’s bad for the planet

(CNN)The beaver may be an unlikely agent of climate change, but the cuddly-looking creatures are transforming the Arctic landscape in a way that could be exacerbating global warming, a new study has …
Mystery of how flying snakes move is solved by scientists

Mystery of how flying snakes move is solved by scientists

Flying snakes are able to undulate their bodies as they glide through the air, and those unique movements allow them to take flight, scientists have found.These snakes, such Chrysopelea paradisi, also known as the paradise tree snake, tend to reside in the trees of South and Southeast Asia. While up there, they move along tree branches…
NASA: Help Us Make Pooping on the Moon Even Better

NASA: Help Us Make Pooping on the Moon Even Better

Has there ever been a more important duty? (heh... duty)When the Apollo astronauts went to the moon back in the ‘60s, they got there on a spacecraft with precisely zero bathrooms. For going number one, NASA provided them with a rubber tube the crew could put on like a condom that would whisk pee away either…
Scientists Have Demonstrated Quantum Entanglement on a Tiny Satellite Orbiting Earth

Scientists Have Demonstrated Quantum Entanglement on a Tiny Satellite Orbiting Earth

In the strange field of quantum physics, quantum entanglement – what Einstein called "spooky action at a distance" – stands out as one of the most intriguing phenomena. And now scientists just managed to successfully demonstrate it again, this time onboard a CubeSat satellite orbiting Earth. Quantum entanglement is where two particles become inextricably linked…
Declining eyesight improved by looking at deep red light

Declining eyesight improved by looking at deep red light

IMAGE: This is an example of hand held LED torch used in study. view more  Credit: UCL Staring at a deep red light for three minutes a day can significantly improve declining eyesight, finds a new UCL-led study, the first of its kind in humans. Scientists believe the discovery, published in the Journals of Gerontology, could…
Canadarm3 to support Lunar Gateway space station

Canadarm3 to support Lunar Gateway space station

Canada is marching forward with its international partners to establish a permanent research installation near the Moon, the Lunar Gateway. As it did for the Shuttle and Station programs before, the Canadian Space Agency, via a partnership with MacDonald, Dettwiler, and Associates, Inc., will build the next-generation robotic system: Canadarm3. This smart robotic system will…
At Least 110 People Needed to Start Life on Mars, Space Expert Says

At Least 110 People Needed to Start Life on Mars, Space Expert Says

Click here to read the full article.A new study claims that humanity would need to send a minimum of 110 people to Mars to build a self-sustaining civilization there.  The paper, written by Jean-Marc Salotti from France’s Bordeaux Institut National Polytechnique and published in Scientific Reports, took a big swing in trying to solve this seemingly…
Lockdown could leave people more vulnerable to dangerous viruses, Oxford epidemiologist warns

Lockdown could leave people more vulnerable to dangerous viruses, Oxford epidemiologist warns

Long periods of lockdown could weaken the immune system and leave people more vulnerable to dangerous viruses, Oxford epidemiologist warnsSunetra Gupta said lockdown could leave people more vulnerable to diseaseOxford professor's team had argued that coronavirus arrived in UK in DecemberRivalled advice given by Professor 'Lockdown' Neil Ferguson of Imperial College By Jack Wright For Mailonline…
Mukupirna: What is the new creature? It’s a wombat bear, study says

Mukupirna: What is the new creature? It’s a wombat bear, study says

A group of paleontologists recently revealed a new creature that resembles a wombat — only it’s four times as big and almost bear-like. What happened: A new study — published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports — revealed the discovery of this creature, which is “so unusual it’s got its own family classification,” according to…
Arianespace scrubs Vega’s Return To Flight With Small Satellite Rideshare Launch

Arianespace scrubs Vega’s Return To Flight With Small Satellite Rideshare Launch

After a lengthy grounding following a failed launch in July 2019, the closure of the Guiana Space Centre due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and a further postponement because of high-altitude winds, Arianespace’s small-lift Vega rocket was set to launch its Return To Flight (RTF) mission. However, a scrub was called deep into the countdown,…
People Who Can’t See Things in Their Mind Could Have Memory Trouble Too, Study Finds

People Who Can’t See Things in Their Mind Could Have Memory Trouble Too, Study...

(Paula Daniëlse/Moment/Getty Images) TESSA KOUMOUNDOUROS 27 JUNE 2020 Not everyone can see pictures in their minds when they close their eyes and summon thoughts - an ability many of us take for granted.While people have been aware of this phenomenon since the 1800s, it hasn't been widely studied, and was only recently named 'aphantasia'. This…
Scientists spot promising super-Earth planets just 11 light-years away

Scientists spot promising super-Earth planets just 11 light-years away

A team of German astronomers has discovered two super-Earths near the red dwarf star Gliese 887 and just a short 11 light-years away from Earth.Super-Earths are planets with a mass greater than Earth's, but less than those of the ice giants Uranus and Neptune. The two exoplanets -- or planets located outside of our solar system -- were…
Spacewalking Astronaut Loses Mirror, Newest Space Junk

Spacewalking Astronaut Loses Mirror, Newest Space Junk

A spacewalking astronaut added to the millions of pieces of junk orbiting the Earth on Friday, losing a small mirror on his sleeve as soon as he emerged from the International Space Station for battery work. Commander Chris Cassidy said the mirror quickly floated away. The lost item posed no risk to either the spacewalk…
Facial Reconstruction of a Prehistoric Man Whose Head Was Mounted on a Stake

Facial Reconstruction of a Prehistoric Man Whose Head Was Mounted on a Stake

Left: Facial reconstruction of a Mesolithic man from Sweden. Right: His skull, from which the reconstruction was based. Image: Oscar Nilsson/S. Gummesson et al., 2018In 2011, Swedish archaeologists found human skulls that had been mounted on stakes at an 8,000-year-old burial site, representing a behavior rarely seen among prehistoric hunter-gatherers. An incredible, computer-aided facial reconstruction finally…
Dream Chaser receives thermal protection system, on track for 2021 debut

Dream Chaser receives thermal protection system, on track for 2021 debut

The Sierra Nevada Corporation has announced its Louisville, Colorado production center has received the Thermal Protection System tiles for Tenacity, the first space-worthy Dream Chaser, and has started bonding them to the vehicle. This is another major milestone Tenacity has reached as she walks down the path to her first launch to the International Space…
Ancient Maya reservoirs contained toxic pollution: study

Ancient Maya reservoirs contained toxic pollution: study

The ancient city of Tikal rises above the rainforest in northern Guatemala. Credit: David Lentz/UC Reservoirs in the heart of an ancient Maya city were so polluted with mercury and algae that the water likely was undrinkable. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati found toxic levels of pollution in two central reservoirs in Tikal, an…
SpaceX Starlink: How to watch the record-chasing launch on Friday

SpaceX Starlink: How to watch the record-chasing launch on Friday

SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, perched atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket, takes off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station.  SpaceX With two more launches planned for June, SpaceX is on schedule to launch five of its…
Two black holes collided in deep space. We may have seen it happen for the first time

Two black holes collided in deep space. We may have seen it happen for...

Artist's concept of a supermassive black hole and its surrounding disk of gas. Embedded within this disk are two smaller black holes orbiting one another. Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC) Black hole collisions are so mighty they distort the very fabric of space-time, sending out gravitational waves across the cosmos. The waves wash over the Earth, and…
Coronarvirus testing bot probes nose with incredibly long stick

Coronarvirus testing bot probes nose with incredibly long stick

Coronarvirus testing bot probes the nose with an incredibly long stick through movements of a human operator who can 'feel' the procedure using a joystickA robot could replace healthcare workers administrating coronavirus testsThe system is operated using a joystick, allowing staff to direct the machine A long swab is attached to the end that is insert…
COVID-19’s impact documented by satellite imagery in new initiative from NASA, Japan and Europe

COVID-19’s impact documented by satellite imagery in new initiative from NASA, Japan and Europe

In addition to being a public health crisis, COVID-19 has also had a dramatic impact on the environment and the economy.Three space agencies -- NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) -- are keeping track of how the novel coronavirus has altered the world environmentally and economically with the help…
New maps reveal lost continent of Zealandia

New maps reveal lost continent of Zealandia

Scientists studying the lost continent of Zealandia have produced a series of detailed maps that show the continent sitting beneath the ocean surface.  Zealandia is a huge underwater landmass beneath present-day New Zealand. The continent, if it were above sea level, would multiply the size of New Zealand several times over. There’s a continent you’ve…
Heat gave Jupiter’s icy moon Europa layers. That may be good news for the search for life.

Heat gave Jupiter’s icy moon Europa layers. That may be good news for the...

Home News Search For Lives Jupiter's moon, Europa. (Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute) Jupiter's icy moon Europa experienced enough heat to produce a layered interior and subsurface ocean, scientists say. The finding could help researchers learn about the potential for life on other worlds. Mohit Melwani Daswani, a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California,…
Hope diamond formed stunningly close to Earth’s core

Hope diamond formed stunningly close to Earth’s core

Home News A photograph shows the Hope diamond, taken from India in the 1600s. New evidence suggests this diamond originated hundreds of miles below Earth's crust. (Image: © Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution) Two of the world's most famous diamonds may have originated super deep below Earth's surface, near the planet's core.All of Earth's…
New maps offer detailed look at ‘lost’ continent of Zealandia

New maps offer detailed look at ‘lost’ continent of Zealandia

Earth's mysterious eighth continent doesn't appear on most conventional maps. That's because almost 95 percent of its land mass is submerged thousands of feet beneath the Pacific Ocean.Zealandia — or Te Riu-a-Māui, as it's referred to in the indigenous Māori language — is a 2 million-square-mile (5 million square kilometers) continent east of Australia, beneath…
After nearly a month in space, NASA seems really happy with Crew Dragon

After nearly a month in space, NASA seems really happy with Crew Dragon

A Dragon tale — NASA still hasn't decided whether Dragon will land in the Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico. Eric Berger - Jun 24, 2020 8:46 pm UTC This image shows Dragonship Endeavour approaching the International Space Station. Dragon, with a Canadian robotic arm. NASA Dragon coming in for its final approach. NASA TV After…
NASA will smash DART probe into ‘Dimorphos’, a moon as big as Egypt’s Great Pyramid

NASA will smash DART probe into ‘Dimorphos’, a moon as big as Egypt’s Great...

NASA's DART spacecraft will blast off to asteroid Didymos to crash into its moon.  NASA It sounds like a Hollywood pitch, but it's real. NASA will send a spacecraft to crash into an asteroid's moon. That moon now has a name: Dimorphos, which means "having two forms." Before smash and after smash.NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection…
Scientists Declare an Unprecedented ‘Anthropause’ Due to The Pandemic

Scientists Declare an Unprecedented ‘Anthropause’ Due to The Pandemic

(Gerard Garay/500px/Getty Images) CARLY CASSELLA 24 JUNE 2020 The current pandemic isn't just affecting humans, it's also impacting wildlife. As the world locks down to avoid further spread of the devastating coronavirus, there are suddenly far fewer cars on the road, planes in the sky and ships in the water. And nature has surely noticed.…
NASA video shows what sunsets look like on other planets in our solar system

NASA video shows what sunsets look like on other planets in our solar system

One of the ways to observe the beauty of the world is to watch as the Sun slowly sets in the west, creating a mirage of colors in the sky. Now, imagine if you were observing that same sunset while sitting on Saturn or Venus or Mars. Thanks to a planetary scientist at NASA, that…
Pluto likely has an ocean buried beneath its frozen exterior, study reveals

Pluto likely has an ocean buried beneath its frozen exterior, study reveals

There may be a dispute in the scientific community about whether Pluto deserves to be a planet, but researchers have found evidence that the dwarf planet may have had an ocean billions of years ago.The study, published in Nature Geoscience, suggests that Pluto may have been hot enough when it was forming to allow for…
Wildlife scientists examine the great ‘human pause’

Wildlife scientists examine the great ‘human pause’

Image copyright Paola Semenzato Image caption Bio-logging devices are trackers fitted to animals, like this Alpine ibex, that record their movements A UK-led team has launched an initiative to track wildlife before, during and after lockdown. The researchers' aim is to study what they have called the "anthropause" - the global-scale, temporary slowdown in human…
Antares is a supergiant star that would fill the Solar System beyond Mars, but its atmosphere is 12 times bigger than that

Antares is a supergiant star that would fill the Solar System beyond Mars, but...

Antares, the angry red eye of the constellation Taurus the bull, is a red supergiant star near the end of its life. And astronomers with the VLA and ALMA have realized that it’s much, much bigger than we ever imagined. So when I say that Antares is a big star, I don’t think you really appreciate…
Giant squid washes ashore on South African beach: ‘I was in awe’ -TV

Giant squid washes ashore on South African beach: ‘I was in awe’ -TV

Beachgoers were stunned to find a giant squid that had washed ashore on a beach in South Africa's Western Cape province earlier this month."It looked like a majestic prehistoric animal as I have never seen anything like that in our oceans. I love the ocean so I was in awe," Adéle Grosse, who shot video…
Scientists home in on pairs of atoms that boost a catalyst’s activity

Scientists home in on pairs of atoms that boost a catalyst’s activity

A study at SLAC and Stanford identified which pairs of atoms in a catalyst nanoparticle are most active in a reaction that breaks down a harmful exhaust gas in catalytic converters. The most active particles contained the biggest proportion of one particular atomic configuration - one where two atoms, each surrounded by seven neighboring atoms,…
New design for ‘optical ruler’ could revolutionize clocks, telescopes, telecommunications

New design for ‘optical ruler’ could revolutionize clocks, telescopes, telecommunications

Experimental setup to generate a set of stable frequencies in a cryogenically cooled laser microresonator frequency comb. The ring-shaped microresonator, small enough to fit on a microchip, operates at very low laser power and is made from the semiconductor aluminum gallium arsenide. Credit: NIST Just as a meter stick with hundreds of tick marks can…
Rare ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse seen in Asia and Africa, partially visible in Hong Kong

Rare ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse seen in Asia and Africa, partially visible in...

Subscribe to our YouTube channel for free here: https://sc.mp/subscribe-youtubeA “ring of fire” solar eclipse was visible in parts of Asia and Africa on June 21, 2020. People in Hong Kong were only able to see a partial eclipse, as 89 per cent of the sun’s diameter was obscured by the moon. The last “ring of…
This California Earthquake Swarm Lasted 4 Years. We May Finally Know Why

This California Earthquake Swarm Lasted 4 Years. We May Finally Know Why

(Adapted from Fig 1., Ross et al., Science, 2020) With the help of 3D modelling and machine learning, scientists think they've solved the mystery of the tiny earthquakes that regularly rumbled under Cahuilla, California from early 2016 to late 2019 – a period of almost four years. Some sort of natural fluid, such as water…
Paleontologists find enormous prehistoric egg laid by Late Cretaceous marine reptile

Paleontologists find enormous prehistoric egg laid by Late Cretaceous marine reptile

Entering the record books as the second-largest animal egg ever found on Earth, paleontologists at Chile's National Museum of Natural History and the University of Texas at Austin have identified a giant fossilized egg belonging to an extinct marine reptile that once swam the waters of Antarctica some 66-68 million years ago. The super-sized Cretaceous…
There are Features on Titan That Really Look Like Volcanic Craters

There are Features on Titan That Really Look Like Volcanic Craters

On Sept. 15th, 2017, NASA’s Cassini Orbiter concluded its mission by diving into Saturn’s atmosphere. Over the course of the 13 years it spent studying the Saturn system, it revealed a great deal about this gas giant and its largest moon, Titan. In the coming years, scientists are eager to send another mission to Titan…
Kathy Lueders now has the job of making NASA’s 2024 moon landing happen | TheHill

Kathy Lueders now has the job of making NASA’s 2024 moon landing happen |...

NASA’s selection of Kathy Lueders to become the new associate administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate has been met with universal praise. Even former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, who is on record as wanting to cancel the Artemis return to the moon program, was quite effusive.Lueders is coming off a…
Solar eclipse 2020: See June’s annular eclipse on Sunday

Solar eclipse 2020: See June’s annular eclipse on Sunday

Solar eclipse 2020: See June's annular eclipse on Sunday - CNN
One-fifth of Earth’s ocean floor is now mapped

One-fifth of Earth’s ocean floor is now mapped

Image copyright Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project Image caption The black is where we still need modern measurements at a reasonable resolution We've just become a little less ignorant about Planet Earth.The initiative that seeks to galvanise the creation of a full map of the ocean floor says one-fifth of this task has now been…
Enjoy two brilliantly colorful views of distant nebulae, from Hubble

Enjoy two brilliantly colorful views of distant nebulae, from Hubble

Image: NASA, ESA, and J. Kastner (RIT) By Adam Rosenberg2020-06-20 21:17:41 UTC Is Earth getting you down these days? Then take a break and look to the stars for a while. A pair of newly released images from the Hubble Space Telescope afford us Earthlings impressive views of two distant celestial bodies. They're both shots…
Solar eclipse 2020: How and when to watch the June annular eclipse

Solar eclipse 2020: How and when to watch the June annular eclipse

Solar eclipse 2020: How and when to watch the June annular eclipse - CNN
Boeing shifts its team leaders for space station and Starliner space programs

Boeing shifts its team leaders for space station and Starliner space programs

Boeing’s John Mulholland gives a briefing to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine during a visit to the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2018. Hardware for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner space taxi can be seen in the background. (NASA Photo / Kim Shiflett)As a new commercial-centric era dawns for…
Cape Canaveral sewage from Memorial Day, SpaceX launch week shows jump in coronavirus

Cape Canaveral sewage from Memorial Day, SpaceX launch week shows jump in coronavirus

CLOSEThroughout May testing of the raw sewage at the Cape Canaveral Wastewater Treatment Facility detected no presence of the novel coronavirus - that is, until the week of May 26.That week tests yielded a concentration of the virus that corresponded to at least 85 COVID-19 patients flushing away the presence of the virus in their stools.The testing was carried…
Telescope captures breathtaking new X-ray map of the sky

Telescope captures breathtaking new X-ray map of the sky

A Russian and German telescope has completed its first full sweep of the sky — and it's provided some breathtaking images to mark the occasion. A new map, roughly four times the depth of its predecessor, captures what the universe looks like through X-ray vision.  The eROSITA X-ray telescope, mounted on the space observatory Spektr-RG,…
How quantum computers could make future humans immortal

How quantum computers could make future humans immortal

As best we can guess, life started on planet Earth about 3.5 billion years ago. Unfortunately, so did death. And the reaper remains undefeated. About 99 percent of all species that ever lived are now extinct. There’s almost no scientific reason to believe humans won’t join them in a relatively insignificant amount of time. I…
Physicists Detect Unexplained Particle Interactions While Searching For Dark Matter

Physicists Detect Unexplained Particle Interactions While Searching For Dark Matter

XENON1T photodetectors. (Xenon Collaboration) MICHELLE STARR 19 JUNE 2020 Deep beneath the mountains of Gran Sasso in Italy, the world's most sensitive dark matter experiment has made a surprise detection. No, it's not dark matter. Instead, the experiment has detected significantly more particle interaction events than predicted by the standard model of particle physics. Instead…
‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse set to blot out (most of) the sun this weekend

‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse set to blot out (most of) the sun this...

Photographer Kristen M Caldon captured this annular solar eclipse sequence at the Grand Canyon National Park in 2012. Kristen M. Caldon/NPS/Grand Canyon National Park The first of two 2020 solar eclipses will turn the sun into a glowing "ring of fire" on June 21 (or June 20 depending on your location). People along a narrow…
Dark matter detector picks up unexplained and ‘unexpected’ signals

Dark matter detector picks up unexplained and ‘unexpected’ signals

The detector at Gran Sasso  Xenon Collaboration An underground dark matter experiment, about a mile below Italy's Abruzzo mountains, has detected unexplained "excess events," hinting at the possibility researchers have stumbled upon some tantalizing new physics. The Xenon1T experiment, as it's known, has a track record for interesting physics observations. Last year, it observed "the rarest…
NASA needs your help teaching its Curiosity rover how to drive on Mars

NASA needs your help teaching its Curiosity rover how to drive on Mars

Home News Tech NASA's Mars rover Curiosity snapped this selfie after drilling a hole at a rock feature called "Hutton" and making its way up to the Greenheugh Pediment, the rocky mound seen here behind the rover and to the left. This panorama combines 86 images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera…
NASA’s new head of human spaceflight says SpaceX’s Dragon is in good shape

NASA’s new head of human spaceflight says SpaceX’s Dragon is in good shape

NASA’s Kathy Lueders beams with joy as the hatches are opened between SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule and the International Space Station on May 31. (NASA Photo / Joel Kowsky)NASA’s newly named associate administrator for human exploration and operations, Kathy Lueders, says that SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule “has been doing great” at the International Space Station…
SpaceX is looking to add an offshore rocket launch facility in south Texas

SpaceX is looking to add an offshore rocket launch facility in south Texas

SpaceX is looking to add an offshore rocket launch facility to the infrastructure it’s building in South Texas, according to company job postings seeking offshore operations engineers and offshore system technicians. Founded by billionaire Elon Musk, SpaceX has been developing and testing prototypes of its Starship spacecraft planned to take people to the moon, Mars…
“The Dad Gang” on a mission to change views of black fatherhood

“The Dad Gang” on a mission to change views of black fatherhood

Last Updated Jun 17, 2020 8:50 PM EDT When Sean Williams moved to a mostly white area of Long Island, he said his neighbors would often compliment him for spending time with his own kids. It bothered him."The stereotype is just not true ... to get a compliment about sticking around for your child or…
Astronomers find the first known regular pattern of fast radio bursts

Astronomers find the first known regular pattern of fast radio bursts

Just what’s causing the bursts isn’t certain. The scientsists know that it’s coming from a “star-churning” area on the outskirts of a giant spiral galaxy, but not what it is. Neutron stars are believed to be a frequent source, but there are a number of possible explanations. They may be coming from a single star…
Dinosaur footprints found near Oakey identified as Australia’s largest meat-eating theropod

Dinosaur footprints found near Oakey identified as Australia’s largest meat-eating theropod

The discovery of 80-centimetre dinosaur footprints puts Australia in the "big league" when it comes to discovering evidence of dinosaurs, says palaeontologist Anthony Romilio.Key points:The tracks were discovered in a Queensland coalmine in the 1950s and 60sNew research has identified them as belonging to the largest meat-eating theropod in AustraliaA palaeontologist says it fills in…
NASA’s next Mars rover carries tribute to healthcare workers fighting coronavirus

NASA’s next Mars rover carries tribute to healthcare workers fighting coronavirus

Home News Spaceflight Attached to the Perseverance Mars rover, this 3-by-5-inch (8-by-13-centimeter) aluminum plate commemorates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and pays tribute to the perseverance of healthcare workers around the world. (Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech) NASA's next Mars rover will bear to the Red Planet a tribute to brave healthcare workers fighting a pandemic…
NASA to allow reuse of Crew Dragon spacecraft and boosters

NASA to allow reuse of Crew Dragon spacecraft and boosters

by Jeff Foust — June 16, 2020 The Falcon 9 first stage that launched the Demo-2 mission returning to Port Canaveral, Florida, after a droneship landing. While the booster for the Demo-2 mission was new, NASA will allow SpaceX to use previously flown boosters and Crew Dragon spacecraft on ISS missions starting next year. Credit:…
You Can Livestream a Rare Solstice “Ring of Fire” Solar Eclipse This Weekend

You Can Livestream a Rare Solstice “Ring of Fire” Solar Eclipse This Weekend

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Scientists Say There Are at Least 36 Intelligent Civilizations in Our Milky Way Galaxy

Scientists Say There Are at Least 36 Intelligent Civilizations in Our Milky Way Galaxy

According to a group of scientists at the University of Nottingham, there could be intelligent life beyond earth within our galaxy as reported by Forbes. They point out that it’s possible that at least 36 ongoing intelligent civilizations exist in the Milky Way, all based on a “cosmic evlolution” calculation/estimation. The claim and studies have…
SpaceX’s Starlink Broadband Service Might Be Too Slow for the FCC

SpaceX’s Starlink Broadband Service Might Be Too Slow for the FCC

A SpaceX rocket carrying Starlink satellites a few seconds after launch on June 3, 2020.Photo: SpaceXBased on requirements and procedures detailed in a Federal Communications Commission report published last week, SpaceX might not have good enough broadband service to qualify for phase one of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction in October. In fact, the…
A chilling first: Physicists create exotic “fifth form of matter” on board the ISS

A chilling first: Physicists create exotic “fifth form of matter” on board the ISS

BECS in spaaaaace! — JPL built Cold Atom Lab to make so-called Bose-Einstein condensates in microgravity. Jennifer Ouellette - Jun 15, 2020 11:44 pm UTC Enlarge / This sequence of false-color images shows the formation of a Bose-Einstein condensate in the Cold Atom Laboratory prototype at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the temperature gets progressively…
A new, recurring radio wave burst from space could reveal more about its mysterious origins

A new, recurring radio wave burst from space could reveal more about its mysterious...

A new radio wave burst in space is capturing scientists' attention because of what it may tell us about its source. Known as fast radio bursts (FRBs), these signals have been one of the most perplexing phenomenons in astrophysics because of the difficulty studying them. Since they only last a millisecond, telescopes often can't focus on them in time to…
NASA Curiosity rover snaps captivating view of Earth and Venus from Mars

NASA Curiosity rover snaps captivating view of Earth and Venus from Mars

This annotated composite image shows a Curiosity rover selfie with the vehicle's view of Earth and Venus as an inset. NASA/JPL-Caltech You don't have to be human or even be on Earth to enjoy the wonders of the night sky. NASA's Curiosity rover recently snapped a lovely panorama of its home planet and Venus from…
Secrets Near the Earth’s Core: Revealed?

Secrets Near the Earth’s Core: Revealed?

Photo: Fabio Pagani / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm What do you think exists around the Earth’s core, just below the solid mantle layer? I’ll give you some time to guess. Okay. Did you say: “Large structures (which are much more common and expansive than they were previously thought to be) made of a hot, dense material (the…
Green fireball believed to be asteroid streaks across night sky in Australia

Green fireball believed to be asteroid streaks across night sky in Australia

Green fireball believed to be asteroid streaks across night sky in Australia - ABC7
Unprecedented Discovery Shows The Resilience of Aboriginal Culture in Australia

Unprecedented Discovery Shows The Resilience of Aboriginal Culture in Australia

The tree in question. (Caroline Spry) CAROLINE SPRY ET AL., THE CONVERSATION 14 JUNE 2020 Trees marked by Aboriginal cultural practices are a distinctive part of the Australian landscape.A recent discovery on Wiradjuri country in New South Wales shows some of these "culturally modified trees" may be much younger than anybody thought. What are culturally…
Solar Orbiter: Europe’s Sun mission makes first close pass

Solar Orbiter: Europe’s Sun mission makes first close pass

Europe's Solar Orbiter (SolO) probe makes its first close pass of the Sun on Monday, tracking by at a distance of just over 77 million km.SolO was launched in February and is on a mission to understand what drives our star's dynamic behaviour.The close pass, known as a perihelion, puts the probe between the orbits…
An ancient Roman city has been fully mapped using ground-penetrating radar

An ancient Roman city has been fully mapped using ground-penetrating radar

What lies beneath — Archaeologists have found a monument, market, temple, bath complex, and water pipes. Jennifer Ouellette - Jun 14, 2020 9:27 pm UTC Enlarge / Ground-penetrating radar map of the temple in the Roman city of Falerii Novi, Italy.L. VerconckFalerii Novi was once a walled town just north of Rome, likely founded around…
Astronauts: Falcon 9 rocket was ‘totally different’ ride than the space shuttle

Astronauts: Falcon 9 rocket was ‘totally different’ ride than the space shuttle

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA - MAY 30: In this NASA handout image, A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft is seen prior to launch on NASAs SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard, Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Launch Complex 39A at…
SpaceX launches 58 more Starlink satellites in Saturday ride-share mission

SpaceX launches 58 more Starlink satellites in Saturday ride-share mission

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida in the predawn Saturday sky, just two weeks after another of the company's workhorse rockets sent NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station in SpaceX's historic first launch of humans. The company had followed up its astronaut launch just a few days later,…
SpaceX’s morning Starlink launch left behind a stunning cloud: Photos

SpaceX’s morning Starlink launch left behind a stunning cloud: Photos

SpaceX launched dozens new internet-providing Starlink satellites on Saturday morning along with a few of Planet Labs' imaging spacecraft.The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the mission to orbit lifted off just before dawn from Cape Canaveral, Florida.This caused the rocket's expanding plume of exhaust fumes to catch beams of morning sunlight, creating an enormous and spectacular multi-colored…
Year 777: Radiocarbon Dating Pinpoints Date for Construction of Mysterious Por-Bajin Complex

Year 777: Radiocarbon Dating Pinpoints Date for Construction of Mysterious Por-Bajin Complex

This is an aerial view of Por-Bajin from the west. The complex is situated on an island in a lake. Scientists have pinned its construction on the year 777 CE, using a special carbon-14 dating technique, based on sudden spikes in the carbon-14 concentration. Credit: Andrei Panin At the border between the Russian Federation and…
Sugar coating locks and loads coronavirus for infection

Sugar coating locks and loads coronavirus for infection

The coronavirus uses a sugary coating of molecules called glycans (deep blue) to camouflage itself as harmless from the defending antibodies. Simulations by the Amaro Lab of UC San Diego on the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Frontera supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) have revealed the atomic makeup of the coronavirus’s sugary shield.…
NASA’s New Horizons probe just nailed another ‘first’

NASA’s New Horizons probe just nailed another ‘first’

NASA’s New Horizons probe was able to help measure the distance between two stars and our home system thanks to its distant location. The probe’s images of the stars were compared with images of those same stars shot from Earth, and researchers calculated the distances. One of the stars, Proxima Centauri, hosts planets that have…
Melting Glaciers Cool the Southern Ocean – Might Explain the Recent Antarctic Cooling and Sea Ice Expansion

Melting Glaciers Cool the Southern Ocean – Might Explain the Recent Antarctic Cooling and...

MIT scientists suggest sea ice extent in the Southern Ocean may increase with glacial melting in Antarctica. This image shows a view of the Earth on September 21, 2005, with the full Antarctic region visible. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Research suggests glacial melting might explain the recent decadal cooling and sea ice expansion across…
Scientists Detect Surprise Structures Wrapped Around Earth’s Core

Scientists Detect Surprise Structures Wrapped Around Earth’s Core

MICHELLE STARR 12 JUNE 2020 Blobs of hot, dense material that curl around Earth's core are much more widespread than previous research suggests.A new method of analysing earthquake data has found even more of the previously detected continent-sized zones at the boundary between the planet's core and mantle. We still don't know what these blobs are…
Here’s how to find out when Elon Musk’s SpaceX may provide you with satellite internet

Here’s how to find out when Elon Musk’s SpaceX may provide you with satellite...

A stack of 60 SpaceX Starlink satellites float in orbit above the Earth.SpaceXSpaceX updated the website for its Starlink satellite internet project on Friday, as the company continues to move closer to its goal of offering direct-to-consumer broadband from space later this year."Get updates on Starlink news and service availability in your area," the website…
A 2nd Planet has been Confirmed for Proxima Centauri

A 2nd Planet has been Confirmed for Proxima Centauri

Our closest stellar neighbour is Proxima Centauri, a small red dwarf star about 4.2 light years away from us. It’s the third member of the Alpha Centauri group, and even though it’s so close, it can’t be seen with the naked eye. In 2016 astronomers discovered a planet orbiting Proxima Centuari, named Proxima Centauri b.…
Fifty-four scientists have lost their jobs as a result of NIH probe into foreign ties

Fifty-four scientists have lost their jobs as a result of NIH probe into foreign...

The National Institutes of Health has been investigating grantees suspected of not disclosing their links to foreign institutions, notably in China. National Institutes of Health By Jeffrey MervisJun. 12, 2020 , 6:00 PM Some 54 scientists have resigned or been fired as a result of an ongoing investigation by the National Institutes of Health into…
A New Lead for Our Human Spaceflight Efforts on This Week @NASA – June 12, 2020

A New Lead for Our Human Spaceflight Efforts on This Week @NASA – June...

7M Want to watch this again later? Sign in to add this video to a playlist. Sign in Like this video? Sign in to make your opinion count. Sign in Don't like this video? Sign in to make your opinion count. Sign in Published on Jun 12, 2020A new lead selected for our human spaceflight…

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