• 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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  • NASA InSight mission successfully lands on Mars
NASA InSight mission successfully lands on Mars

Nasa is the only space agency to have made it, and is invested in these robotic missions as a way to prepare for the first Mars-bound human explorers in the 2030s. One celebration, in particular, caught the attention of the internet when two engineers were seen breaking out a wild handshake in the midst of the brouhaha.

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  • Too soon to create gene-edited babies, say scientists
Too soon to create gene-edited babies, say scientists

There is no independent confirmation of He's claim and he has not yet published in any scientific journal where it would be vetted by experts. He Jiankui , an associate professor at Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China, addressed a packed hall of around 700 people attending the Human Genome Editing Summit at t...

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  • NASA Mars InSight lander mission to teach us more about Earth
NASA Mars InSight lander mission to teach us more about Earth

The smaller, 880-pound (360 kg) InSight - its name is short for Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport - marks the 21st US -launched Martian exploration including the Mariner fly-by missions of the 1960s.

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  • Chinese scientist says a second pregnancy is underway
Chinese scientist says a second pregnancy is underway

Southern University said in a statement it would be investigating the experiment, which appeared to have "seriously violated academic ethics and codes of conduct ". On Monday, China's National Health Commission ordered an immediate investigation by local authorities in Shenzhen and Guangdong province, according to Xinhua.

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  • 'I don't believe' government climate report finding
'I don't believe' government climate report finding

Lacking the legal authority to quash the report, the Trump administration released it on what is notoriously one of the slowest news days of the year, when Americans are out shopping. Crop yields from the U.S. Midwest, known as the "breadbasket of the world", could fall to 1980 levels by 2050, the report estimates, and that the southeastern U.S.

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  • NASA Has Landed On Mars
NASA Has Landed On Mars

After sailing 548 million kilometres on a six-month voyage through deep space, the robotic lander touched down on the dusty, rock-strewn surface of Mars just before 3 p.m. InSight will spend two years investigating the interior where the building blocks below the planet's surface that recorded its history. NASA has successfully landed its InSig...

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  • Buried on Black Friday, climate report still turns heads
Buried on Black Friday, climate report still turns heads

Several US government agencies and departments have released a new report , in which they insist that global warming is real, climate change is the result of human activity, and that the government must ramp up environmental regulation and subsidies to avoid a massive disaster.

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  • NASA's InSight Mars Lander Reaches Mars Today! Here's What to Expect
NASA's InSight Mars Lander Reaches Mars Today! Here's What to Expect

The journey of six months and 300 million miles (482 million kilometres) comes to a precarious grand finale Monday afternoon. Very similar to what Mars Curiosity went through, over six years ago, InSight is set to plunge into the Mars atmosphere, travelling at 21,200 km/h, and it has roughly seven minutes to slow itself down to a speed of n...

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  • Climate Change Is Already Hurting US Communities, Federal Report Says
Climate Change Is Already Hurting US Communities, Federal Report Says

That is despite the fact an overwhelming majority of climate scientists around the globe agree that the burning of fossil fuels drives global warming , and is leading to rising seas, flooding, droughts, and more frequent powerful storms. A new United States government report has delivered a dire warning about climate change and its devastating imp...

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  • New Space-Age Ion Propulsion Plane Has No Moving Parts
New Space-Age Ion Propulsion Plane Has No Moving Parts

More than a century on from the Wright brothers' first artificial flight, scientists hailed the "historic" test of the new technology, which could eventually slash greenhouse-gas emissions from aviation. The remaining molecules, now ionized, are attracted to the negatively charged electrodes in the wires at the back of the wing. And the engineers r...

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  • NASA’s InSight lander on track for Mars touchdown on Nov 26
NASA’s InSight lander on track for Mars touchdown on Nov 26

Do you believe that Mars could potentially support life in the future? At least five different kinds of rocks, including "clays and carbonates that have high potential to preserve signatures of past life", are believed to lie in the crater, just north of the Martian equator, the USA space agency said.

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  • Dead sperm whale found in Indonesia had ingested '6kg of plastic'
Dead sperm whale found in Indonesia had ingested '6kg of plastic'

A picture from WWF of the stomach's content showed that the whale had even swallowed what looked like a piece of a melamine dining plate. She said that because of the animal's advanced state of decay, the organization was not certain that it was the plastic that killed it.

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  • SpaceX' s reusable rocket launches a Qatar satellite
SpaceX' s reusable rocket launches a Qatar satellite

And they landed it again on the Of Course I Still Love You barge, floating out in the Atlantic. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center after a trouble-free countdown. A proud staple of the SpaceX team as the satellite moved towards its intended destination, the 15-story booster stage made its way ba...

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