NASA launches Parker Solar Probe mission to 'touch the Sun'

15 Aug, 2018

NASA needed the mighty 23-story rocket, plus a third stage, to get the diminutive Parker probe - the size of a small vehicle and well under a ton - racing toward the sun. Nothing from planet Earth has ever gone that fast. Why send a probe to the sun? Those events can affect satellites and astronauts as well as the Earth - including power grids and radiation exposure on airline flights, NASA said.

NASA has postponed the launch of solar probe Parker

14 Aug, 2018

Here's a look at the mission and what it seeks to achieve. NASA's $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe mission will attempt to fly closer to the sun and faster than any other spacecraft in history . More than 1 million names are aboard the spacecraft, submitted last spring by space enthusiasts, as well as photos of Parker, the man, and a copy of his 1958 landmark paper on solar wind.

Parker Solar Probe launched on sun-study mission

13 Aug, 2018

The Parker solar probe, a robotic spacecraft the size of a small vehicle, launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Sunday, embarking on a seven-year mission which will see it flying into the sun's corona - the outermost part of its atmosphere - within 3.8m miles (6.1 m km) of its surface.

Trump's EPA formally launches rollback of fuel economy standards

04 Aug, 2018

A provision in the Clean Air Act allowed California to set higher fuel standards. "California will fight this stupidity in every conceivable way possible". The Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards require automakers' cars to average about 50 miles per gallon by 2025. The EPA also took a step further in previous plans to challenge the California Air Resources Board's ability to set the state's standards for vehicle greenhouse gas emissions.

NASA assigns astronauts to first commercial crew missions

04 Aug, 2018

Since the space shuttle program was shut down, the USA space agency NASA has had to rely on Russian Federation to fly astronauts to space station, a $100 billion orbital research laboratory that flies about 250 miles (402 km) above Earth.

Here’s What You Get When a Whale and a Dolphin Mate

02 Aug, 2018

Let's face it: Unlikely couples hold a special place in our hearts, whether Romeo and Juliet, Edward and Bella - or a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin that apparently enjoyed an unlikely inter-species romance a few years ago in the waters off Hawaii .

Keep an eye out for the longest lunar eclipse this July

29 Jul, 2018

It will be the second total lunar eclipse in 2018 after the one in January . This will actually be the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting an hour and 43 minutes. It might be hard to believe, but there was a time- between 3.5 and 4 billion years ago- when the Moon may have had an atmosphere, pools of liquid water , and possibly even life.

Lunar eclipse: Longest 'blood moon' treats stargazers

29 Jul, 2018

While the whole of Asia, including India, and Eastern Africa will be able to watch the entire " blood moon " eclipse , the rare phenomenon will be visible in parts of South-America, Europe, and Australia. The eclipse and the coppery-red hue were made all the most special by Mars being visible in the sky at the same time. In a lunar eclipse , the Earth stands between its natural satellite and the Sun.

Scientists may have found liquid water on Mars

28 Jul, 2018

All of that water is either locked up in solid form, however, or locked away in the distant past. According to Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program at the agency's headquarters in Washington , it took multiple spacecraft over several years to solve the this mystery which has now led to discovery of liquid water on the surface of the red Planet .

The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century is coming on Friday

27 Jul, 2018

Being able to see the Sun and a lunar eclipse at once might be thought impossible, given these events typically happened when the Sun, the Earth and the moon were all in a straight line. The colour of the moon is affected by the light from the sun's movements skimming through the Earth's atmosphere and continuing up to space about 350,000 kilometres away.

12 new moons discovered around Jupiter

21 Jul, 2018

The discovery is thanks to a team led by Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science who first noticed the moons in Spring 2017. The chance find brings the gas giant's tally of moons to 79 - 17 more than Saturn, the planet with the second most orbiting moons in the solar system.

Jaguar enclosure's roof may have been 'compromised', Audubon Zoo officials say

16 Jul, 2018

Valero managed to attack numerous fellow zoo animals, killing four alpaca, one emu, and one fox in adjacent habitats. Kyle Burks, vice president and managing director for the zoo, said at a news conference that Valero was sedated by a team of veterinarians and the animal was returned and secured in his area.

Sen. Baldwin won’t back Trump’s pick for Supreme Court

13 Jul, 2018

In his time on the Court, Justice Kennedy was often in this position as the median justice. Kennedy broke some of the court's most monumental liberal-conservative ties, the most recent of which included decisions on the president's travel ban, labor unions and anti-abortion pregnancy centers.

Russia Sends Cargo to Space Station With Record Speed

13 Jul, 2018

Russian freighters and spacecraft carrying crews usually take at least six hours and four orbits around Earth to reach the space station. (1,565 kg) of other "dry" cargo like food and other equipment, NASA public affairs officer Dan Huot told in an email.

Scott Pruitt resigns as chief of United States Environmental Protection Agency

08 Jul, 2018

Asked about the matter at his Senate committee hearing past year, Wheeler promised he "would certainly listen to the career scientists at the agency and the outside science advisory boards to the agency on what is the best available science at the time for any regulatory decisions".

Enbridge Line 3 pipeline approval expected to ease Canadian oil price woes

02 Jul, 2018

Shares of Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge closed up 3.7 percent in Toronto. "Now that the project has been approved to move forward, we are now calling on Winona and her supporters to close these camps now, before people and communities here in Minnesota are hurt by what will be unlawful and unfortunately violent activities", Schoneberger said in a news release.

It’s official - Boston is sweating a heat wave

02 Jul, 2018

Today highs will continue to be in the upper 90s-low 100s with sunny skies and heat indices as high as 110°. If you don't have air conditioning, visit cool areas like a recreation center or library. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when vehicle interiors can reach lethal temperatures in minutes. There is also a chance for thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

SpaceX makes its 12th launch of the year

02 Jul, 2018

SpaceX's next mission from Cape Canaveral is scheduled to launch into favorable skies early Friday just as the day's first light washes over the Space Coast. The robot should be able to guide Gerst through various science procedures, showing videos or pictures as needed. CIMON's personality includes an understanding of language, linguistics, and space lingo on the ISS , IBM executives said.

Senators Who Will Likely Decide The Next Supreme Court Justice

01 Jul, 2018

Trump stopped at one point to explain to de Sousa that, "In our country, the election of a justice of the United States Supreme Court is considered, I think we can all say, one of the most important events". The future of Kennedy's seat has been a moment abortion rights opponents and supporters alike have been anticipating for years because Kennedy historically sided with the liberals on the court in favor of protecting abortion rights.

Trump will seek conservative in Supreme Court nominee search

30 Jun, 2018

As I noted in the first post I wrote about Trump's ties to Russian Federation and Vladimir Putin back on July 23rd, 2016, by the mid-90s, every major U.S. Manchin says he's "pro-life, but I know how that divides our country immediately, divides everyone". The future of Kennedy's seat has been a moment abortion rights opponents and supporters alike have been anticipating for years because Kennedy historically sided with the liberals on the court in favor of protecting abortion rights.

Trump says he’ll announce Supreme Court pick July 9

30 Jun, 2018

They include judges Amy Coney Barrett, 46, the most talked-about woman on the list; Thomas Hardiman, 52, the runner-up to Gorsuch previous year; Raymond Kethledge, 51, another former Kennedy clerk; and Amul Thapar, 49, a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky.

Trump's next Supreme Court justice appointment will cement legacy: Sean Spicer

29 Jun, 2018

Should Republicans proceed with confirmation hearings before the November election? "Most of us don't want to be governed by five unelected lawyers in Washington". "No question about it", McConnell said. Reuters Graphics looked at how Kennedy and other judges ruled on major cases in the 2017-2018 term . "There used not to be filibusters of judges until the George W.

Crude oil leaks into floodwaters after train derails in Iowa

26 Jun, 2018

The city of Rock Valley , Iowa, has already shut down its water wells and plans to drain and clean them until testing indicates the water is safe to drink. Williams said officials hoped to reach the cars sometime Saturday. No information was immediately available on how much oil each of the tankers was carrying.

Bud becomes Category 4 hurricane off Mexico, due to weaken soon

14 Jun, 2018

It's now churning up waters more than 300 miles west of Puerto Vallarta and 400 miles south of Cabo San Lucas. NHC said on June 11, "Bud is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches across much of southwestern Mexico , with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches into Tuesday afternoon".

Environment Day a mission for India: Vardhan

09 Jun, 2018

The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment . Pandya went on to say: "It is unfortunate that the state's environment minister himself is trying to protect plastic manufacturing units, which produce banned category of plastic".

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