• China launches probe to explore dark side of Moon
China launches probe to explore dark side of Moon

Although the far side is hidden from our sight, it's not exactly luna incognita: The territory has been mapped extensively by a host of robotic missions, plus the crewed Apollo missions. During the lunar night - which lasts 14 earth days - temperatures will drop as low as minus 173C, while during the lunar day, also lasting 14 earth days, tempera...

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  • SpaceX ship sends holiday cheer to Space Station
SpaceX ship sends holiday cheer to Space Station

This was SpaceX's sixteenth supply mission to the International Space Station . The moment was captured on video and shared on Twitter by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk even though the official SpaceX feed cut away from the rocket as it came down.

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  • Sounds of Mars wind captured by Nasa's InSight lander
Sounds of Mars wind captured by Nasa's InSight lander

The wind was estimated to be blowing 10 to 15 miles per hour from northwest to southeast, which matched the direction of dust devil streaks observed from another NASA spacecraft in orbit. The vibrations have been shifted up into the human audible range, and sped up so that we can make sense of them, but it really sounds like if you were sitting...

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  • SpaceX rocket sends worms to Int’l Space Station
SpaceX rocket sends worms to Int’l Space Station

SpaceX had planned to land the first stage of the brand-new Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket at a landing zone ashore at Cape Canaveral, but as the rocket descended toward the cape, the live feed from the booster's onboard cameras appeared to show the craft going into some sort of uncontrolled spin.

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  • Seal with eel stuck up its snout gets help from nosy scientists
Seal with eel stuck up its snout gets help from nosy scientists

The pic comes courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hawaiian Monk Seal Research program . "We have now found juvenile seals with eels stuck in their noses on multiple occasions", the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program wrote in a Facebook post on Monday .

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  • Soyuz Rocket Launches, Docks Successfully To Relief Of NASA, Russia Space Agency
Soyuz Rocket Launches, Docks Successfully To Relief Of NASA, Russia Space Agency

That's when a rocket failure forced the Soyuz capsule carrying two astronauts to make an emergency landing. A Russian investigation attributed the failure to a sensor that was damaged during the rocket's final assembly. Aboard the International Space Station, he will conduct a number of science experiments, with some focusing on the physical ef...

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  • Astronauts to try for space station on Russian rocket after October crash
Astronauts to try for space station on Russian rocket after October crash

The crewmembers of the manned Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft that docked to the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday evening has entered the station after pressure inside the spaceship and the station was equalized, a spokesman for the mission control center said .

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  • SpaceX Suffers Malfunction in Landing of Falcon 9 ISS Resupply Mission
SpaceX Suffers Malfunction in Landing of Falcon 9 ISS Resupply Mission

Experiments onboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule include studies on wound healing in space, as well as two studies by students inspired by Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" will also launch to the orbiting laboratory. "Recovery ship dispatched", Musk tweeted . These steerable, waffle-like devices help the rocket guide itself toward a landing site ...

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  • NASA deep space probe reaches asteroid deemed potential Earth threat
NASA deep space probe reaches asteroid deemed potential Earth threat

I mentioned Bennu's orbit is Earth-like; in fact it gets close enough to Earth that's considered a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid , capable of impacting Earth. Mission team members want to make sure they nail down Bennu's mass and precise shape before slipping into orbit around the asteroid on December 31.

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  • Rare blitz of tornadoes leaves central IL with damage, injuries
Rare blitz of tornadoes leaves central IL with damage, injuries

Central Illinois endured several tornadoes on Saturday, resulting in fascinating footage of the funnels spinning through the state. "This is the biggest December outbreak in IL since 1957", he said. Tornadoes were also reported in Arkansas and Oklahoma. At least three people are being treated for major injuries at Memorial Hospital in Springf...

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  • David Attenborough: 'The collapse of our civilizations is on the horizon'
David Attenborough: 'The collapse of our civilizations is on the horizon'

The British broadcaster urged world leaders to respond to "our greatest threat in thousands of years". He said: "If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon".

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  • Asteroid Bennu Has Got a Visitor from Planet Earth
Asteroid Bennu Has Got a Visitor from Planet Earth

OSIRIS-Rex ( Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer ), if successful, will be the first United States spacecraft to return an asteroid sample to Earth. There is enough nitrogen for three attempts if the first is unsuccessful. The arm has a full range of motion, with joints capable of movement compar...

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  • Sir David Attenborough Lays Into World Leaders At UN Climate Change Summit
Sir David Attenborough Lays Into World Leaders At UN Climate Change Summit

The 20 warmest years on record have all occurred within the last 22 years, and the top four in the past four years, The Guardian noted. "Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale", Attenborough began. For many people, regions, even countries, this is already a matter of life or death". He implored governments of the world...

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  • SpaceX postpones rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base
SpaceX postpones rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base

Monday's success sets a new SpaceX record for the number of launches in one year, after a total of 18 in 2017. A Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Monday, carrying a 64-satellite payload. Steven . Before landing, however, the booster helped deliver 64 small satellites to orbit for a variety of companies. Two com...

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  • Soyuz MS-11 Blasts Off to ISS From Baikonur Cosmodrome
Soyuz MS-11 Blasts Off to ISS From Baikonur Cosmodrome

This is the first manned Russian rocket launch since a dramatic Soyuz failure on October 11. The October 11 launch saw two crew members, Aleksey Ovchinin and Nick Hague, escape certain death in a massive high-altitude blast, as their capsule was pulled away from the Soyuz-FG rocket by the time-proven Russian emergency rescue system SAS, before ...

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  • China stops research into gene-editing after 'CRISPR baby'
China stops research into gene-editing after 'CRISPR baby'

A Chinese researcher says he's the first person to successfully "edit" the genes of babies before birth in a practice the United States bans as unsafe and unethical . The objective of the edit was to remove the CCR5 gene, which helps enable many forms of the HIV virus to infect cells. Embryo gene editing for HIV was chosen because it is a ma...

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  • InSight Deploys Solar Panels On Mars - The Robotic Arm Is Next
InSight Deploys Solar Panels On Mars - The Robotic Arm Is Next

The network got the first photos and videos of the landing apparatus. In the coming days, the mission team will unstow InSight's robotic arm and use the attached camera to snap photos of the ground so that engineers can decide where to place the spacecraft's scientific instruments.

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  • Nine companies will help NASA get back to the moon
Nine companies will help NASA get back to the moon

NASA released a draft request for proposals April 27 that called for USA companies to "introduce new technologies to deliver payloads to the Moon ", NASA said when announcing the initial request for proposals. The craft will be created to land on the moon, acquire soil samples, and return them to Earth. "What seems to have changed is the color o...

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  • NASA resumes Lunar program
NASA resumes Lunar program

The nine companies are Astrobotic Technology , Deep Space Systems , Draper , Firefly Aerospace , Intuitive Machines , Lockheed Martin , Masten Space Systems, Moon Express , and Orbit Beyond. SMD serves as the NASA interface between the agency's mission directorates, the scientific community, and other external stakeholders in developing a st...

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  • 145 stranded pilot whales die on remote New Zealand beach
145 stranded pilot whales die on remote New Zealand beach

Overnight, the creatures were safeguarded in a shallow stream to relieve the pressures on their bodies as the countdown began to re-float them offshore. Mr Parks said seal colonies in the area already attract sharks to those waters. "Desperately we grabbed their tails and pushed and yelled, before we got hammered by them thrashing around".

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