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NASA will allow TOURISTS aboard the International Space Station starting in 2020 NASA will allow TOURISTS aboard the International Space Station starting in 2020
- June 08, 2019

Two of these short-stay missions will be allowed every year, and the first tourist may go up as early as 2020 using a United States spacecraft by SpaceX or Boeing developed under NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The International Space Station photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking, November 4, 2018. Nasa chief financial officer Jeff DeWit, speaking in NY during the announcement, said: 'Nasa is opening the International Space Station to ... (more...)
Astronomers discover 'forbidden' planet orbiting the Astronomers discover 'forbidden' planet orbiting the "Neptunian Desert"
- June 01, 2019

But unusually, NGTS-4b bucks this trend. Something unusual has to be happening for The Forbidden Planet to still have its atmosphere. NGTS-4b is smaller than Neptune and three times the size of Earth . The hardy planet was discovered by the team using the Next-Generation Transit Survey , an array of 12 ground-based telescopes lying in the Atacama desert in Chile. (more...)
‘Chernobyl’ beats ‘Game of Thrones’ to become IMDB’s highest rating show ‘Chernobyl’ beats ‘Game of Thrones’ to become IMDB’s highest rating show
- May 31, 2019

The show that revolves around the tragic Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine highlights the efforts taken by men and women to lessen and lighten its overall impact. The show is aired on the HBO channel at 9 PM every Monday. Chernobyl Episode 5 debuts Monday night (June 3) at 9:00 p.m. ET. Nope. But you can stream past episodes on HBO GO or Prime Video (with the HBO add-on). (more...)
Mallory's Morning Forecast - Stormy start to Memorial Day Mallory's Morning Forecast - Stormy start to Memorial Day
- May 28, 2019

Highs will top out in the low to mid-80s, with muggier dew points in the 60s. Low pressure tracks out from the west slinging showers and thunderstorms over the region by early Memorial Day and this could run for most of the day. A Level 2 risk, indicating a greater likelihood of severe storms, is in effect for the eastern part of the viewing area, along and east of a line from Washington to Manchester and south of U.S. (more...)
NBC26 Storm Shield weather forecast NBC26 Storm Shield weather forecast
- May 27, 2019

Tomorrow night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 4am. Storms over central Kansas will move east and another round of storms will develop across far western Kansas during the afternoon. But this year's Memorial Day isn't expected to break a record. New records could be set for high temperatures in several dozen cities, from Louisiana to Virginia, setting the stage for potentially deadly conditions. (more...)
Risk of severe storms, flooding through tonight Risk of severe storms, flooding through tonight
- May 26, 2019

The storms will be quick moving, Mike says, with most exiting the area by 7 p.m. Washington, D.C. will be under a slight risk for sever weather heading into the afternoon while some areas to the north will be under an enhanced risk. Those storms will continue with us through the overnight into Friday morning. Unfortunately, this will be round one since another round of severe weather is possible for Saturday afternoon and evening. (more...)
Dallas Man Explores the Deepest Ocean on Earth Dallas Man Explores the Deepest Ocean on Earth
- May 18, 2019

The 15-foot-long, 12-foot-high submersible features a 3.5-inch-thick titanium pressure hull that can accommodate two people, and dives can be conducted solo or as a pair. Prior to Cameron's dive, the first-ever expedition to Challenger Deep was made by the U.S. Navy in 1960, reaching a depth of 10,912 meters. A key mission objective was to capture video evidence of what was at the bottom of the Challenger Deep, which was first explored in 1960. (more...)
SpaceX Launches Cargo Mission To ISS SpaceX Launches Cargo Mission To ISS
- May 07, 2019

He congratulated ground teams for their help, in both English and French. Hans Koenigsmann, a SpaceX vice-president was present at the launch site and at some point in time, he left this control post and run outside to watch the rocket as it made its way into the night sky. (more...)
Appeal Court to rule on Saskatchewan's carbon tax challenge Appeal Court to rule on Saskatchewan's carbon tax challenge
- May 06, 2019

It argued the federal tax is unconstitutional because it's not applied evenly across the country and oversteps into provincial jurisdiction. Moe said Saskatchewan would be intervening in the other provinces' challenges, too. "We promised to fight the federal government's job-killing carbon tax with every tool at our disposal, which includes supporting our friends in Saskatchewan in court", said Premier Ford after the court decision. (more...)
Hubble Legacy Field Image Shows 500 Million Year Old Universe Hubble Legacy Field Image Shows 500 Million Year Old Universe
- May 04, 2019

NASA and the ESA have released a new image called the Hubble Legacy Field that shows the universe as it was 13.3 billion years ago, only 500 million years after the Big Bang . The image comprises the collective work of 31 Hubble programs by different teams of astronomers. MAST, an online database of astronomical data from Hubble and other NASA missions, is located at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. (more...)
American Lung Association Gives Pittsburgh Failing Grade For Poor Air Quality American Lung Association Gives Pittsburgh Failing Grade For Poor Air Quality
- April 26, 2019

They say four in 10 Americans live in counties that have air with unhealthy levels of "particle pollution" or ozone. The report also found, "that an increasing number of Americans-more than 4 in 10-lived with unhealthy air quality, placing their health and lives at risk". (more...)
Pink moon 2019: how to see April's full moon TONIGHT Pink moon 2019: how to see April's full moon TONIGHT
- April 19, 2019

While the moon won't be pink it will still be a wraith site to see. When is the April fill moon and will it turn pink? . The April full moon has been given other names: Fish Moon, Egg Moon, and Sprouting Grass Moon. Despite its nickname, however, the full moon may actually appear yellow, orange or even red depending on atmospheric conditions right as it first rises above the horizon. (more...)
SpaceX Loses Falcon Heavy Rocket Center Core Booster in Atlantic Ocean SpaceX Loses Falcon Heavy Rocket Center Core Booster in Atlantic Ocean
- April 17, 2019

But the central booster didn't complete its homeward journey intact: Rough seas claimed that first stage during the drone ship's voyage back to shore, SpaceX said today (April 15). The fall was a hiccup in an otherwise successful mission - the company's first use of Falcon Heavy since its debut flight in February 2018. The space company has previously re-used first-stage and second-stage rocket boosters, in addition to one of its previously flown Dragon capsules. (more...)
SpaceX Launches ArabSat-6A on Falcon Heavy Rocket SpaceX Launches ArabSat-6A on Falcon Heavy Rocket
- April 15, 2019

Unfortunately, the fairing halves have proven hard to recover. Musk also indicated that the hardware appeared to be undamaged and will be used again later this year to launch some of SpaceX's Starlink global broadband satellites. Believe it or not, the trio of boosters aren't the only things that SpaceX managed to recover. The US Air Force tapped SpaceX in 2018 to launch for Dollars 130 million a classified military satellite and in February added three more missions in a USD 297 ... (more...)
95-year-old American man killed by tornado in Mississippi 95-year-old American man killed by tornado in Mississippi
- April 15, 2019

National Weather Service meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Miss., area. Storms could bring damaging winds and isolated threats of large hail and tornadoes, meteorologists said. In another storm death nearby, an unidentified victim's body was trapped in a vehicle submerged in floodwaters in Calhoun, Louisiana, Springfield said. (more...)
Manitoba to challenge Ottawa's carbon tax in court Manitoba to challenge Ottawa's carbon tax in court
- April 06, 2019

Such plans are necessary if Canada is to meet its worldwide commitments to fight global warming, he said. It will increase the price of gasoline in Ontario by 4.4 cents per litre. Both Liberal leader Dougald Lamont and Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew alleged the court challenge is a waste of taxpayers' money. As outlined in Ontario's environment plan, the province is committed to meeting its share of Canada's 2030 target while recognizing the unique circumstances of our economy. (more...)
All-Female Spacewalk Cancelled Due To Lack Of Smaller Spacesuits All-Female Spacewalk Cancelled Due To Lack Of Smaller Spacesuits
- March 29, 2019

Nasa said the two female astronauts had prepared to continue work outside the International Space Station installing lithium-ion batteries for the space station's solar arrays. McClain worked outside the station last week - with Hague - when she realized that a "medium"-sized upper half of her spacesuit fit her better". The plan is for the pair to lay out jumper cables between the Unity module and the S0 truss, at the midpoint of the station's backbone, during their April 8 spacewalk. (more...)
Judge: Fracking Permits Must Count Future Climate Impact Judge: Fracking Permits Must Count Future Climate Impact
- March 23, 2019

A spokesperson for the Department of Interior would not comment on ongoing litigation. Contreras did not void leases already sold, but he ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to redo the environmental reviews used to approve the leases. (more...)
'Worm moon': Third, last supermoon of 2019 lights up night sky 'Worm moon': Third, last supermoon of 2019 lights up night sky
- March 21, 2019

The supermoon - this one is called the super worm moon - will happen at 7:43 p.m. - several hours after the official start of spring . "Traditional and Native American names for each full moon of the year are derived by how they helped to track the seasons". (more...)
Toyota lunar rover concept is out of this world Toyota lunar rover concept is out of this world
- March 14, 2019

The rover would be able to travel more than 10,000 km on the moon, letting Japan's astronauts explore the lunar surface. Toyota is an off-road specialist brand that manufactures and sells more 4x4 vehicles globally than any other auto company, so it was the logical choice for the new moon rover, or should we say "Moon Cruiser". (more...)
SpaceX capsule splashes down in Atlantic after ISS mission SpaceX capsule splashes down in Atlantic after ISS mission
- March 09, 2019

Crew Dragon began its six-hour trip back to Earth after pulling away from the International Space Station , or ISS. It was the first time in 50 years that a capsule designed for astronauts returned from space by plopping into the Atlantic. (more...)
SpaceX successfully launches spacecraft designed for astronauts SpaceX successfully launches spacecraft designed for astronauts
- March 03, 2019

And if all goes well, a flight with humans could happen as soon as this year. After the Space Shuttle program retired in 2011, NASA turned for the first time to the private sector to build the next generation of human spaceflight hardware. (more...)
Watch February's super snow moon, year's brightest Watch February's super snow moon, year's brightest
- February 20, 2019

We get a supermoon when the moon is full or almost full and also at its closest point to Earth along its slightly elliptical orbit. February's full moon is known as the " snow moon " as a result of the heavy snowfall that often occurs at that time of year, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac . (more...)
NASA Says Goodbye to Its Mars Opportunity Rover NASA Says Goodbye to Its Mars Opportunity Rover
- February 15, 2019

It landed on Mars' Meridiani Planum plain near its equator on January 25, 2004. Its twin, Spirit , had arrived just three weeks earlier. The rover reached Mars in 2004, but NASA lost contact with the vehicle past year following an epic dust storm that enveloped the red planet and prevented sunlight from reaching its surface. (more...)
2018 fourth hottest year on record 2018 fourth hottest year on record
- February 11, 2019

It was also an expensive year for natural disasters. The obvious long-term trend of steady warming makes it easier to more accurately predict near future warming, NASA chief climate scientist Gavin Schmidt said . The conclusion reaffirms NASA's long-established finding that man-made emissions are driving climate change , which President Donald Trump and some senior administration officials frequently challenge. (more...)
AOC says being left off climate crisis committee not a snub AOC says being left off climate crisis committee not a snub
- February 08, 2019

However, many Democrats including a number of 2020 presidential hopefuls have expressed their support for a "Green New Deal". Here are 5 bold moves the Green New Deal and its accompanying FAQ calls for. The document, unveiled by rising political star Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward Markey, marks the first formal attempt by lawmakers to define potential legislation to create big government-led investments in clean energy and infrastructure to transition the USA ... (more...)
Rover Team Beaming New Commands to Opportunity on Mars Rover Team Beaming New Commands to Opportunity on Mars
- February 01, 2019

NASA's Curiosity rover has taken its last selfie on the twisting ridge on Mars that has been the robotic explorer's home for more than a year, the U.S. Curiosity, which landed on Mars in 2012, was created to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. (more...)
Greenland's Ice Sheet Melt May Be Hitting a 'Tipping Point,' Scientists Say Greenland's Ice Sheet Melt May Be Hitting a 'Tipping Point,' Scientists Say
- January 25, 2019

Because it is superimposed on more steady and progressive global warming of the atmosphere. Those researchers said the data shows that Greenland's ice could be nearing a new tipping point where slight changes in temperatures can result in massive losses of ice, leading to coastal flooding around the world. (more...)
Twofer! Total lunar eclipse with supermoon bonus Twofer! Total lunar eclipse with supermoon bonus
- January 22, 2019

Earth's atmosphere. As sunlight passes through it, the small molecules that make up our atmosphere scatter blue light, which is why the sky appears blue. Watchers in North and South America, parts of Europe and western Africa, who were lucky enough to have clear skies, saw a total lunar eclipse - but eastern Africa and Asia observed a partial eclipse. (more...)
'Super blood wolf moon' eclipse to darken skies 'Super blood wolf moon' eclipse to darken skies
- January 19, 2019

This is known as the blood moon . This TLE will be a particularly special form of an eclipse - a Wolf Blood Super Moon . The beginning of the total eclipse phase starts at 11:41 pm ET, lasting 62 minutes. The Super Moon eclipse on September 28, 2015 as seen from Avon, Conn. The third and final supermoon of 2019 occurs in March. What's the best way to view the super blood wolf eclipse? "This attack was more than just one on the Moon , however, for the Mesopotamians linked what ... (more...)
NASA beaten by China to grow first plants on the Moon NASA beaten by China to grow first plants on the Moon
- January 16, 2019

China is to continue lunar exploration with its Chang'e-5 sample return in late 2019 and follow up with missions to the Moon's South Pole, namely Chang'e-6, 7 and 8, in the early 2020s. The greatest challenge according to Chinese scientists is the constant weather changes on the moon. Many have questioned whether the experiment is likely to contaminate the moon, however, experts believe this is unlikely also considering there are more than 100 bags of human waste on the Moon left behind ... (more...)
Repetitive Radio Burst From Distant Galaxy, Detected By Scientists in Okanagan Valley Repetitive Radio Burst From Distant Galaxy, Detected By Scientists in Okanagan Valley
- January 13, 2019

Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs ) are very energetic, fleeting radio signals (they only last a few milliseconds), which are supposed to come from deep space . At distances of billions of light years it's obviously very hard to test any of these theories, but detecting more FRBs, especially those that have a habit of repeating , could bring us closer to an explanation. (more...)
Nasa shows first photo of distant world from New Horizons probe Nasa shows first photo of distant world from New Horizons probe
- January 05, 2019

Seeing MU69, then, is like peering into the solar system's past. Stern and other team members discussed early findings on Wednesday from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md ., where the spacecraft was designed and built and also is operated. (more...)
A Severe Winter Storm Is Already Affecting Flights After Christmas A Severe Winter Storm Is Already Affecting Flights After Christmas
- December 28, 2018

Temperatures are forecast to plunge as the storm progresses in the heavy snow area on north and west. The added moisture and "heat" will give at least half of the viewing area, including the metro, precipitation-type issues from moving from snow to rain. (more...)
Winter Arrives With A Full Moon And Meteors Winter Arrives With A Full Moon And Meteors
- December 22, 2018

It will officially begin at 5:23 p.m.in NY this year. In the astronomical calendar, the start and end dates are based on the changing position of the Earth in relation to the sun and the resulting solar events of equinoxes and solstice. On December 22 at 17:49 UTC, people will be able to see the last full moon of the year. The Geminid meteor shower occurs each December. The American Meteor Society says the Ursids should be visible in the mid-Northern Hemisphere. (more...)
NASA says Saturn's rings are disappearing at 'alarming speed' NASA says Saturn's rings are disappearing at 'alarming speed'
- December 20, 2018

The rate at which the rings might waste away depends not only on how much material is still in the rings, but on other physical forces, Saturn's shifting seasons and the way in which ring material is replenished. NASA's Cassini mission made more detailed observations of ring rain, and that data indicates the rings could disappear in just 100 million years. (more...)
NASA's InSight robotic lander beams first 'selfie' from Mars back to Earth NASA's InSight robotic lander beams first 'selfie' from Mars back to Earth
- December 15, 2018

NASA's InSight spacecraft has only been on the surface of the Red Planet for a short while, and already it has shown off some cool photos and first ever facts about Mars . Then, the lander's robotic arm will grab the heat probe and seismometer and carefully place them on the Martian surface. The hollow where the spacecraft now sits is a depression made by a meteor impact that filled with sand later. (more...)
Virgin Galactic aims to reach space with tourism rocket Virgin Galactic aims to reach space with tourism rocket
- December 14, 2018

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson and a star-studded list of supporters were on the ground cheering on the mission throughout the daring flight. "That's a very exciting position to be in, and I feel some sense of responsibility to have it be successful on their inaugural flight", Colwell said. (more...)
How did an eel get stuck up a seal's nose? How did an eel get stuck up a seal's nose?
- December 08, 2018

The phenomena could cause potential problems for the seals in terms of infections or even by affecting their ability to dive and feed on marine creatures. "They get stuck in there really snug, so you have to restrain the seal and give the eel a firm tug to get it out", said Littnan. Hawaiian monk seals forage by shoving their mouth and nose into the crevasses of coral reefs , under rocks, or into the sand, he said, in search of prey that like to hide, such as eels. (more...)
India’s carbon emissions projected to rise 6.3% this year India’s carbon emissions projected to rise 6.3% this year
- December 07, 2018

Even a 2C ceiling above pre-industrial levels may not be enough to avoid catastrophic impacts, the UN's climate science panel concluded in a landmark report in October. and decrease by 0.7 percent in the EU. Almost 200 nations are huddled at UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland until December 14. This year's growth in emissions has been attributed to the strong economic growth. (more...)

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