• Safely on Mars, InSight unfolds its arrays and snaps some pics
Safely on Mars, InSight unfolds its arrays and snaps some pics

InSight is being followed to Mars by two mini-spacecraft comprising NASA's Mars Cube One (MarCO), the first deep-space mission for CubeSats aiming to relay data from InSight as it enters the planet's atmosphere and lands. "After a ride like that, everything here is so...peaceful". InSight was launched on May 5. The duo has worked togeth...

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  • Private Companies to Make Next Moon Landing
Private Companies to Make Next Moon Landing

The contracts that the companies can bid on include launching and landing services and payload delivery systems. "We want to establish and open architecture capability-of data, communications, avionics, docking-to go from the Earth to the moon over and over again so any individual who can attract the capital, or company, could access it", said ...

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  • NASA chooses nine companies to bid on flying to the Moon
NASA chooses nine companies to bid on flying to the Moon

The agency did not provide any details about the choices beyond what the selected companies were: Astrobotic Technology Inc., Deep Space Systems , Draper , Firefly Aerospace Inc., Intuitive Machines LLC, Lockheed Martin Space, Masten Space Systems, Inc., Moon Express and Orbit Beyond.

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  • Mass whale beaching on remote Gippsland beach
Mass whale beaching on remote Gippsland beach

The trip took about an hour, said Department of Conservation ranger Jamie Werner. Four more pilot whales were clinging to life on Tuesday evening, according to authorities. "Desperately we grabbed their tails and pushed and yelled, before we got hammered by them thrashing around". Department official Ren Leppens said that half of the animals were...

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  • Mars touchdown: Safe landing for NASA's InSight spacecraft
Mars touchdown: Safe landing for NASA's InSight spacecraft

The device, described as a self-hammering mechanism, is a component of a heat probe that will examine the thermal properties of the Red Planet. Going into Monday's landing, the space agency was confident InSight would be able to pull off its arrival because the technology had already been tested on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander , which made its Mar...

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  • Nasa spacecraft takes first ‘selfie’ after flawless Mars landing
Nasa spacecraft takes first ‘selfie’ after flawless Mars landing

The spacecraft is created to drill into Mars' interior. InSight's new home in the middle of Elysium Planitia, a wide, relatively smooth expanse close to the planet's equator, is roughly 600km from the 2012 landing spot of the car-sized Mars rover Curiosity , the last spacecraft sent to the Red Planet by Nasa .

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

In the December 2015 Quinnipiac poll , 83% of Democrats thought the USA should be doing more, compared to 62% of independents and 26% of Republicans. When asked by reporters outside the White House on Monday about such a devastating impact on the national economy, Trump said he didn't believe it.

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  • China Claims First Genetically Edited Babies
China Claims First Genetically Edited Babies

Science Media Centre. Editing the genes of embryos is banned in many countries because DNA changes passed to future generations could have unanticipated effects on the entire gene pool. Doudna said. Deem, the Rice scientist who says he took part in the work, called that ridiculous. He told the AP that he had practiced on mice, monkeys, and hu...

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  • NASA's InSight Lands On Mars To Explore Its Deep Interior
NASA's InSight Lands On Mars To Explore Its Deep Interior

InSight is now sitting on Elysium Planitia, a plot of land near the Gale crater, near the equator, and has beamed back its first snap to show it's alive. Flight controllers said the InSight touched down after a perilous supersonic descent through the red Martian skies. However, it's not the first time we've attempted to get to Mars.

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  • Elon Musk likely to move to Mars despite 'good chance of death'
Elon Musk likely to move to Mars despite 'good chance of death'

Musk compared the allure of interplanetary space exploration to climbing Mount Everest or exploring the Antarctic, and cited a "recent number of breakthroughs" at SpaceX that will make travel to Mars possible. "Now, does that sound like an escape hatch for rich people?" Should he succeed in landing on Mars , he expects to work "non-stop to b...

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  • Black Friday report shows climate change already very expensive in US
Black Friday report shows climate change already very expensive in US

Black Friday is known as one of the best days of the year to bury negative news releases because of skeleton press crews and a public too busy shopping or spending time off with family to pay attention. The report's conclusions fly in the face of the Trump administration's efforts to countermand President Obama's policies to reduce global warmin...

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  • Watch NASA's InSight land on Mars tomorrow starting at 2PM ET
Watch NASA's InSight land on Mars tomorrow starting at 2PM ET

After the landing, scientists will take it slow and steady with the lander and its scientific instruments. Investigators have their fingers crossed that the device will also detect liquid water sloshing around beneath the surface as well active volcanoes underground.

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  • Climate report warns of grim economic consequences, worsening weather disasters in US
Climate report warns of grim economic consequences, worsening weather disasters in US

The findings, which come as part of a long-planned report, underscore the reality of climate change during the Trump presidency: the President may not believe in climate change or understand the science behind it, but he can not control it or its political, economic and scientific consequences.

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  • Radical Experimental Plane With No Moving Parts Wows Scientists
Radical Experimental Plane With No Moving Parts Wows Scientists

Steven Barrett , an aerospace engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , says he got the idea for his latest research study in part from a popular TV show. "As they flow they collide with air molecules transferring momentum to them". The engineers readily acknowledge their V2 prototype is inefficient and limited, but it could lead t...

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  • Federal Climate Report Predicts At Least 3 Degrees Of Warming By 2100
Federal Climate Report Predicts At Least 3 Degrees Of Warming By 2100

It says warming-charged extremes "have already become more frequent, intense, widespread or of long duration". Report co-author Katharine Hayhoe, of Texas Tech University, said "we are seeing the things we said would be happening, happen now in real life".

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  • NASA announces landing site for Mars 2020 Rover
NASA announces landing site for Mars 2020 Rover

Today, the space agency published a blog post announcing that it has selected a landing zone for its upcoming 2020 rover mission. The Mars 2020 rover mission will be looking signs of past microbial life and collect samples of rocks that will be retrieved by future explorers.

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  • Elon Musk Smoking Weed Sparks NASA Review Into SpaceX
Elon Musk Smoking Weed Sparks NASA Review Into SpaceX

Musk's single hit (legal in California, where the podcast was recorded) became the controversy heard round the nation. The Washington Post reported today that NASA is initiating a safety review of its two commercial crew contractors, SpaceX and Boeing .

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  • Dead sperm whale in Indonesia found with 6kg of trash in stomach
Dead sperm whale in Indonesia found with 6kg of trash in stomach

The team, assisted by researchers from the Academy of Marine and Fisheries Community in Wakatobi, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and locals, identified the animal as a sperm whale . "It is possible that many other marine animals are also contaminated with plastic waste and this is very risky for our lives". The dead animal was found earlier this ...

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  • SpaceX just tied its own rocket-launch record
SpaceX just tied its own rocket-launch record

Qatar's earlier Es'hail-1 satellite was deployed in August 2013 in partnership with Eutelsat, a French telecommunications operator. The booster touched down on the robotic ship about 8.5 minutes after liftoff. Plummeting back to Earth tail first, the rocket's four landing legs unfolded moments before a single engine re-started to slow the vehicle f...

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  • Frozen Super-Earth discovered orbiting nearby Barnard’s star
Frozen Super-Earth discovered orbiting nearby Barnard’s star

Teske said that there are hints that there might be another planet around Barnard's Star, although it's hard to determine if the signal that investigators saw is from the star itself or from another planet. The find makes it even more clear that most of the stars we see in the night sky probably have at least one world circling them, increasing...

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