• Elon Musk's SpaceX capsule splashes down off Florida coast
Elon Musk's SpaceX capsule splashes down off Florida coast

As early as July, Ripley the dummy astronaut could be followed by the real deal , as two Americans are scheduled to take off aboard the first crewed Crew Dragon , ending a drought of astronaut launchings from American soil that began in the summer of 2011 when the last space shuttle flew and the program was mothballed.

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  • Space X's Crew Dragon capsule docks with International Space Station
Space X's Crew Dragon capsule docks with International Space Station

It's expected to parachute into the Atlantic Ocean, which will be a couple of hundred miles off Florida's coast. It marks the 35th such recovery by SpaceX . Boeing aims to conduct the first test flight of its Starliner capsule in April, with astronauts on board possibly in August. All this particular mission is carrying is a test dummy and 90kg ...

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  • Photos from the launch of SpaceX's first spacecraft created to transport humans
Photos from the launch of SpaceX's first spacecraft created to transport humans

Both Boeing and SpaceX are hoping to have a manned flight later this year. After the shuttle program was shuttered in 2011 after a 30-year run, NASA began outsourcing the logistics of its space missions. At Saturday's post-launch news conference, Musk said he'd be happy to fly on the revamped Dragon. Crew Dragon is carrying a dummy named Ri...

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  • World’s largest bee with giant jaws rediscovered in the wild
World’s largest bee with giant jaws rediscovered in the wild

The creatures are about 1.5 inches long, has a 2.5 inch wingspan, and has been referred to as a " nightmare bee ". It wasn't seen again for decades, making it the "holy grail" of bees. Last month, Bolt and his colleagues embarked on a search for termite mounds in trees in Indonesia , the last place a scientist spotted the species.

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"Super snow moon" will be 2019's biggest and brightest

Tonight you will see a bigger and brighter full moon . "In ancient times, people across Europe and Native Americans used the moon to track the seasons", according to the Old Farmer's Almanac . Whatever names the February moon may be known by, one thing you can be sure of is that you won't need any special equipment to see it. Generally, a sup...

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  • Timeline: SNC-Lavalin and Jody Wilson-Raybould
Timeline: SNC-Lavalin and Jody Wilson-Raybould

SNC-Lavalin faces the possibility of being banned from federal contracts - a key portion of its work - for a decade if the company is convicted of bribery and fraud linked to the company's efforts to secure business in Libya. Any accusation that "I or the staff put pressure on the Attorney General (Wilson-Raybould) is not true", Butts said in a sta...

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  • NASA Says Mars Rover Opportunity Is Dead
NASA Says Mars Rover Opportunity Is Dead

Created to last only about 90 Martian days and travel only 1,100 yards on the Red Planet, the Opportunity rover went on to explore Earth's dusty neighbor for over 14 years, zig-zagging almost 30 miles across the planet. The Opportunity rover's legacy is firmly in place as the Mars InSight lander, which touched down on Mars last fall, is now beg...

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  • Critics mock Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'brainless' Green New Deal
Critics mock Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'brainless' Green New Deal

Screenshot of Ocasio's House website. The announcement of the Green New Deal came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tapped eight Democrats to serve on a special committee to address climate change . 'The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?' she said , mocking the democratic socialist's effort.

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  • More school, office closures due to Midwest cold
More school, office closures due to Midwest cold

Translation: Unless your travel is essential this week, stay home. Elsewhere, a bridge in the western MI community of Newaygo, 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Grand Rapids was closed as the ice-jammed Muskegon River rose above flood stage.

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  • Blood Moon explained in 20 seconds
Blood Moon explained in 20 seconds

The term blood moon isn't a scientific term but one coined colloquially. Laura Clays captured a stunning photograph of the moon just after the eclipse. "At that time, the Earth's shadow will begin to pass in front of the moon, blocking nearly all of the sun's light from reaching it. Observers will see the moon appear to be progressively "swallo...

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  • Total Eclipse of the Moon Coming Sunday Evening Jan. 20, 2019
Total Eclipse of the Moon Coming Sunday Evening Jan. 20, 2019

He plans to attend an eclipse party at Hallock State Park Preserve on New York's Long Island. A Super Moon is when the moon is on it's closest part of its orbit around Earth, it's perigee. As NASA explains , Earth casts a red shadow because of how our atmosphere scatters light. You will be able to see the eclipse with the naked eye, but if y...

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  • China's Lunar Lander Chang'e 4 Grows First Plant on Moon (See Pictures)
China's Lunar Lander Chang'e 4 Grows First Plant on Moon (See Pictures)

The image from the China National Space Administration shows the first image of the moon's far side taken by China's Chang'e-4 probe. The plans underscore China's ambitions in space at a time when the USA is curtailing NASA's budget and increasingly handing over space exploration to commercial adventurers, the Washington Post reported on Monday...

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  • New Horizons reveals Kuiper Belt object is a contact binary
New Horizons reveals Kuiper Belt object is a contact binary

Alan Stern , principal investigator for New Horizons , said: 'It is only really the size of something like Washington DC and it is about as reflective as garden variety dirt. And the images confirmed what observations using the Hubble Space Telescope had suggested as New Horizons scientists scouted Ultima Thule - that, like parts of Pluto ...

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  • Corporations Should Step Up to Save Our National Parks
Corporations Should Step Up to Save Our National Parks

While most U.S. national parks remain open, the shutdown has left staff at home, facilities unavailable and campsites closed . In Yoshua Tree national Park in California the camping sites close, because there was bickering and not simply ends Ranger.

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  • Winter storm warning issued for areas north of the Sault
Winter storm warning issued for areas north of the Sault

Strong winds are scheduled to arrive with the heaviest snow on Thursday. Travelers are warned to keep up to date with weather forecasts and to know what the weather will be like at their destination, Edwards says. December 27, 2018A major snowstorm will strike New Mexico tonight through Saturday, with significant snow accumulation. The section ...

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  • First launch of the military satellite by Elon Musk’s after four attempts
First launch of the military satellite by Elon Musk’s after four attempts

SpaceX sued the US Air Force in 2014 over the military's award of a multi-billion-dollar non-compete contract for 36 rocket launches to United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Boeing and Lockheed. The following year, SpaceX won a $83 million Air Force contract to dispatch the GPS III satellite, which will have a life expectancy of 15 years. The ...

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  • Winter Solstice 2018: Google Doodle marks shortest day of the year today
Winter Solstice 2018: Google Doodle marks shortest day of the year today

On Friday 21 December the northern hemisphere experiences something called the Winter solstice. CHINA: The Winter solstice marks the end of the harvest season and is celebrated with family gatherings and a big meal, including rice balls called tang yuan.

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  • Virgin Galactic aims 'to reach space' on test flight
Virgin Galactic aims 'to reach space' on test flight

The spacecraft was piloted by Mark Stucky and former NASA astronaut Frederick "CJ" Sturckow. The rocket motor burnt for 60 seconds and the aircraft travelled at 2.9 times the speed of sound in today's test flight . The US government has awarded astronaut wings to pilots who ventured farther than roughly 80km beyond earth's surface. Reaching th...

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  • NASA's Mars InSight flexes robotic arm, captures new views
NASA's Mars InSight flexes robotic arm, captures new views

Two sensors picked up the vibrations: an air pressure sensor inside the lander and a seismometer on the lander's deck, awaiting to be deployed to the surface by InSight's robotic arm. JPL's Tom Hoffman, project manager for the InSight mission, said the view will be a bit hazy, due to dust and debris that was thrown up during last week's landin...

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  • SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station
SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

Company CEO Alan Musk wrote on Twitter , "The grid in hydraulic pump stops, that's why the Falcon could only land in the sea". But trying to get back to the launch site in Florida, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket fell into the Atlantic ocean.

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  • China and United States greenhouse gas levels to new highs
China and United States greenhouse gas levels to new highs

China's emissions accounted for 27% of the global total, having grown an estimated 4.7% in 2018 and reaching a new all-time high. Mohamed Adow, worldwide climate lead for Christian Aid, said poor people in developing countries most exposed to climate hazards simply can not wait.

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  • Insight Spacecraft Touches Down On Mars
Insight Spacecraft Touches Down On Mars

Having launched on May 5, 2018 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as it enters the atmosphere of Mars, InSight will be traveling at 14,100 miles per hour. All this happens in less than 7 minutes without any help from engineers and scientists back at JPL . One thing it will do is emit radio waves that we can monitor on Earth.

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  • NASA announces Mars 2020 rover landing site
NASA announces Mars 2020 rover landing site

Scientists expect Mars 2020 to yield at least five different types of rock, including the kinds of clays and carbonates that are most likely to preserve chemical biosignatures. NASA is the only space agency to have successfully carried out mission on Mars. This image of the Jezero Crater delta combines information from two instruments on NASA's...

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  • Britain 'will not accept Brexit deal' separating it from Northern Ireland
Britain 'will not accept Brexit deal' separating it from Northern Ireland

Speaking at the British-Irish Council summit on the Isle of Man, Mr Varadkar said he was hopeful a Brexit deal could be done by the end of the year but it would not amount to a "clean break" as talks would have to continue. This so-called "backstop to the backstop" would see Northern Ireland become wedded to the EU single market and customs union...

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  • NASA Hubble telescope captures smiling face in space
NASA Hubble telescope captures smiling face in space

These data will enable new scientific discoveries for years to come. It explored an area of 150,000 stars in the Cygnus constellation. TESS builds on Kepler's foundation with fresh batches of data in its search of planets orbiting some 200,000 of the brightest and nearest stars to the Earth, worlds that can later be explored for signs of life b...

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  • Delhiites struggle with worst air quality of the season
Delhiites struggle with worst air quality of the season

The Supreme Court-appointed body, Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) on 25 October warned that air pollution in Delhi is likely to peak from 1 November as poisonous fumes from the stubble-burning areas of Haryana and Punjab could surge in due to change in the wind direction.

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  • Mysterious 'perfectly rectangular' iceberg breaks off Antarctica
Mysterious 'perfectly rectangular' iceberg breaks off Antarctica

NASA's Operation IceBridge , which monitors polar ice using plane surveys, has been going on for a decade. A typical large iceberg that breaks off an ice shelf , called a "tabular" iceberg , will have a flat top and steep sides like the one spotted by IceBridge.

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  • Storm Callum: More chaos as heavy rain and 50mph winds batter Britain
Storm Callum: More chaos as heavy rain and 50mph winds batter Britain

Arriva Trains Wales and Great Western Railway have cancelled trains across Wales. Motorists were also warned over tricky driving conditions brought by Callum , with several roads and highways in Cumbria impassable owing to floodwater. Today, Sunderland has taken a drenching with very little let-up in the torrential weather - and it's set to ...

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  • Kansas native Nick Hague returns to Earth after rocket booster failure
Kansas native Nick Hague returns to Earth after rocket booster failure

The rocket, carrying an American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut, began to plummet to earth about two minutes into the six-hour mission due to what launch controllers initially called a " vehicle malfunction ". The Russian space agency Roscosmos tweeted that it's creating a formal commission to investigate the rocket failure. NASA and Roscosm...

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  • Rocket Launch Failure Forces Astronaut And Cosmonaut To Make 'Ballistic Landing'
Rocket Launch Failure Forces Astronaut And Cosmonaut To Make 'Ballistic Landing'

As rescue crews arrived, Hague and Ovchinin were reported in " good condition " and found out of the capsule . A Soyuz capsule carrying a US astronaut and Russian cosmonaut completed an emergency landing in Russia about 40min. The space agency recently announced the nine astronauts that will crew the test flights and first missions of the S...

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  • Search teams comb debris for deadly hurricane victims
Search teams comb debris for deadly hurricane victims

As it came ashore, Michael was just shy of a Category 5 - defined as a storm packing top sustained wind speeds of 157 miles per hour or above. The destruction in this and other communities dotting the white-sand beaches is being called catastrophic - and it will need billions of dollars to rebuild.

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  • Former Hurricane Michael heads northeast after trashing Florida
Former Hurricane Michael heads northeast after trashing Florida

The initial flight was smooth, but things got steadily more turbulent as the aircraft got closer and closer to the eye of the storm . Eight ships from Tampa, Miami and Galveston in Texas had to be re-routed from the path of Michael , but all three ports are operating normally again and each of Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line...

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  • Hurricane Michael picks up steam overnight
Hurricane Michael picks up steam overnight

This video , taken by Aaron Rigsby of Live Storms Media, was shot today as Hurricane Michael hit the coast. Hurricane Michael has picked up steam as it sped across the Gulf of Mexico towards the Florida Panhandle . Kay Ivey issued a statewide state of emergency . Tornadoes could spawn in the Southeast Wednesday into Thursday, forecasters ...

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  • First Alert Weather: Michael forecast to become a major hurricane, impact Suncoast
First Alert Weather: Michael forecast to become a major hurricane, impact Suncoast

Traffic has built up along a coastal highway on Panama City Beach, as residents begin to board up and move out. We will likely see winds in the 10 to 20 miles per hour range with some possible gusts to 30 miles per hour. In a Monday afternoon update, forecasters said winds have increased to almost 80 miles per hour (129 kph) as the storm moves nort...

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  • Hurricane Michael gains strength on course for north Florida
Hurricane Michael gains strength on course for north Florida

The speed of the storm - Michael was moving north 12 mph (19 kph) - gave people a dwindling number of hours to prepare or flee before being caught in damaging wind and rain. In addition to several low-lying areas in the Panhandle, states of emergency have been declared for 92 counties across Georgia, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constituti...

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  • Astronauts From the ISS Endure Hard Landing While Returning to Earth
Astronauts From the ISS Endure Hard Landing While Returning to Earth

The Soyuz MS-08 carrying Russia's Oleg Artemyev and NASA 's Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold touched down at 5.44 p.m. NASA's statement comes after Roscosmos general director Dmitry Rogozin said the investigation has ruled out a manufacturing defect.

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  • Physics Nobel honors discoveries that advanced eye surgery, virus manipulation
Physics Nobel honors discoveries that advanced eye surgery, virus manipulation

This year's prize is being split between Strickland; Arthur Ashkin , a 96-year-old American scientist (now the oldest Nobel laureate in history), who had a long, prestigious career at Bell Labs and other venues; and Frenchman Gérard Mourou , who has a string of awards and lofty academic titles under his name.

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  • Hurricane Rosa weakens, Southern California to see rain and high surf
Hurricane Rosa weakens, Southern California to see rain and high surf

The hurricane center said there were no coastal watches or warnings in effect, but swells generated by Rosa were expected to cause unsafe surf and rip current conditions along portions of southwestern Mexico, the peninsula and southern California.

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  • Storms fester in the Atlantic - including remnants of Hurricane Florence
Storms fester in the Atlantic - including remnants of Hurricane Florence

UPDATE: Tropical Storm Kirk continues on its rapid westward trek across the tropical Atlantic, speeding due west at 23 miles per hour, according to the latest National Hurricane Center advisory. At present the named storm is churning through the sea at 5mph with maximum sustained winds of 40mph winds. Once it moves into the Caribbean, it will e...

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  • Local Red Cross volunteer gives update from North Carolina
Local Red Cross volunteer gives update from North Carolina

They are giving people shelter, food, blankets, clothing and comfort. The impacts of Hurricane Florence will be felt for months to come. Kroger is partnering with the American Red Cross to provide aid to those affected by Florence, starting Monday, September 17th.

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