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SAT space debris means no harm to ISS or anyone

SAT space debris means no harm to ISS or anyone On March 27th, the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) did something few other countries have accomplished: they launched a missile that destroyed one of their own satellites in low Earth orbit, on goal. With that, India became only the fourth country to test an Anti-Satellite (ASAT) weapon - used to attack enemy satellites or intercepting ballistic missiles - after the US,... [Full Article...]

Potential source of methane on Mars discovered

Potential source of methane on Mars discovered The simulations took into account the measured data, expected atmospheric circulation patterns, and methane release intensity and duration based on the geological phenomenon of "gas seepage". While spacecraft and telescopic observations from Earth have in general reported no or very low detections of methane, or measurements right at the limit of the instruments' capabilities, a handful of spuri... [Full Article...]

Mars methane surge spotted from space

The probe has since found that the levels of the gas varies, rising and falling with Martian seasons. Because methane gas dissipates relatively quickly - within around 12 years on Earth - and due to the difficulty of observing Mars' atmosphere, many scientists questioned previous studies that relied on a single data set. [Full Article...]

Canada warming at double the global rate, says government report

Canada warming at double the global rate, says government report Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, said climate change matters because "it affects us here and now". A report from Environment and Climate Change Canada says events such as this will become more intense and more frequent. [Full Article...]

NASA, MIT test wild shape-shifting airplane wing

NASA, MIT test wild shape-shifting airplane wing The wings research team describe how the plane is made of "thousands of tiny triangles of matchstick-like struts" which results in a framework of mainly empty space. The material structure, which is created to be assembled by "swarms" of small assembly robots, could also be adapted for other modern structures such as space antennas or increasingly large wind turbine blades. [Full Article...]

Stay in Bed for 2 Months, Get Paid $19K

Scientists have long known that lying in bed mimics some of the changes our bodies experience in the weightlessness in space . "Crewed spaceflight will continue to be important in the future in order to carry out experiments in microgravity , but we must make it as safe as possible for the astronauts", says Hansjörg Dittus , executive board member for space research and technology at the Germ... [Full Article...]

Ban on plastic bags comes close to reality in a 3rd state

Ban on plastic bags comes close to reality in a 3rd state Cuomo proposed the idea as part of his $175 billion budget plan for the fiscal year 2019-20. Lawmakers met behind closed doors at the Capitol Saturday to finalize agreements on various aspects of the budget. Lawmakers are planning to return to the Capitol for a rare Sunday session to begin voting on budget bills. Cuomo announced last month he wanted to close three prisons because of the state's... [Full Article...]

CAQ tables Bill 21 against the wearing of religious symbols

CAQ tables Bill 21 against the wearing of religious symbols There is also a grandfather clause, exempting school administrators, teachers, peace officers, lawyers, justices of the peace and some other legal officers for as long as they remain in the same position with the same employer. Meanwhile, people who want to receive public services "must have their face uncovered where doing so is necessary to allow their identity to be verified or for security r... [Full Article...]

NASA nixes 1st all-female spacewalk due to suit-sizing issue

NASA nixes 1st all-female spacewalk due to suit-sizing issue Well it is not that they were not necessarily prepared, NASA released a statement which said:Koch had been scheduled to conduct this spacewalk with astronaut McClain, in what would have been the first all-female spacewalk... And as Ars Technica reporter and NASA expert Eric Berger notes , having a well-fitting spacesuit is crucial to executing basic tasks in space, so "if McClain was uncomfor... [Full Article...]

Scientists Say Martian Rivers Existed For Billions Of Years

Scientists Say Martian Rivers Existed For Billions Of Years Louis", study author Edwin Kite, from the University of Chicago, told Newsweek . These findings suggest that climate-driven precipitation may have taken place on Mars even during the time that researchers think the planet was losing its atmosphere and was drying out. [Full Article...]

Global coal demand up 0.7% in 2018, largely due to Asia: IEA

Global coal demand up 0.7% in 2018, largely due to Asia: IEA IEA said 2018 was a record year for solar capacity, which grew 31%, with China adding 44GW of PV alone. However, that was not fast enough to meet higher electricity demand around the world that also drove up coal use. "We have seen an extraordinary increase in global energy demand in 2018, growing at its fastest pace this decade", remarked Dr Fatih Birol , the IEA's Executive Director. [Full Article...]

Speak German, get $19k to stay in bed for 2 months

Speak German, get $19k to stay in bed for 2 months The German Aerospace Center was commissioned by NASA and the ESA to conduct this bed rest study. You can contact the German Aerospace Center here. Because there is no gravity to pull blood flow to the legs, astronaut's heads fill with fluids, and their muscles and bones waste away, according to the ESA. [Full Article...]

NASA cancels first all-female spacewalk over ill-fitting spacesuit

Aboard the ISS the spacesuits are several parts assembled in order for each astronaut to have they suit adapted to their body, according to the explanations provided by a spokeswoman of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, Brandi Dean, where American astronauts are based. [Full Article...]

First All-Female Spacewalk Aborted Due to Ill-Fitting Suit

First All-Female Spacewalk Aborted Due to Ill-Fitting Suit The International Space Station (ISS) is a $100 billion (£80 billion) science and engineering laboratory that orbits 250 miles (400 km) above Earth. No difference exists in a male's or female's suit, but female astronaut usually require a smaller size. And, while the comfort and safety of the astronauts remains the most important aspect of any space mission, this last-minute reassignment seem... [Full Article...]

‘First woman, next man on the Moon will both be American’

‘First woman, next man on the Moon will both be American’ Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He says NASA rockets will be replaced by commercial rockets, if necessary, given this new sense of urgency. "We will work to ensure we have a safe and reliable launch system that keeps its promise to the American people", he added. The Trump administration has also proposed slashing the funding to NASA's Space Launch System , an indispensable part o... [Full Article...]

NASA Captures Picture Of Huge Fireball Over Bering Sea

NASA Captures Picture Of Huge Fireball Over Bering Sea NASA researchers believe that the meteor measured nearly 10 meters (32 feet) in diameter while weighing a whopping 1,5OO tons (or 1,360 metric tons). A meteor that snuck by the world's telescopes and exploded over the Bering Sea was caught on camera after all. [Full Article...]

First all-female spacewalk cancelled due to lack of spacesuits

First all-female spacewalk cancelled due to lack of spacesuits NASA has replaced Anne with Nick Hage to conduct their second mission on Friday, during which they will continue to install powerful lithium-ion batteries for one pair of the station's solar arrays, nearly identical to the first mission. The agency said it made the change after McClain found that she would be more comfortable wearing a suit with a medium-sized hard upper torso segment, rather tha... [Full Article...]

Northern Lights could be visible in NI

Northern Lights could be visible in NI Mother Nature's putting on a light show Friday night and early Saturday . Our magnetic field protects us from these charged particles, but every so often a powerful, fast-moving CME will snap back the magnetic field lines, allowing the particles to funnel down into the poles where they interact with various molecules. [Full Article...]

U.S. Astronauts Take Multi-Hour Spacewalk to Replace Batteries on ISS

U.S. Astronauts Take Multi-Hour Spacewalk to Replace Batteries on ISS Friday's work is part of an ongoing effort to upgrade the space station's power system. This work will establish a redundant path of power to the Canadian-built robotic arm, known as Canadarm2. Another six will be installed both today and during a spacewalk set for next week. The live show can be watched on NASA Live . "There were a lot of circumstances that got us here", said Kenny Todd, a... [Full Article...]

Small solar storm coming to Earth, aurora forecast strong in Alaska

Small solar storm coming to Earth, aurora forecast strong in Alaska The southward shift of the lights on Saturday is caused by an ejection of plasma, known as a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME ) from the Sun. Scotland is where the Aurora is most likely to be seen, since it is further north. The lights will be visible along and north of the state border between IN and MI. Gear up for possible Northern Lights this weekend, Michiganders. "However, the clearest ... [Full Article...]


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