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Scientists used aerial photographs, satellite measurements and computer models to track how fast the southern-most continent has been melting since 1979 in 176 individual basins. A new study, however, asserts that East Antarctica is also losing weight at a worrying clip. If melted, the Antarctic ice will cause the average sea level to rise 57.2 meters or 188 feet.
  • Nasa spacecraft spots gaseous planet 23 times the size of Earth

    Nasa spacecraft spots gaseous planet 23 times the size of Earth

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    The nearby exoplanet , HD 21749b , orbits a bright neighboring star in the Reticulum constellation, with a 36-day orbit and a surface temperature of 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Like NASA's recently departed Kepler space telescope , TESS watches for the faint dip in light that occurs when an unseen planet passes in front of a star's disk.
  • Chang'e-4: Chinese rover now exploring Moon

    Chang'e-4: Chinese rover now exploring Moon

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    Wu Weiren, of China National Space Administration (CNSA). China's Chang'e-4 probe has released its rover Yutu 2 to explore the far side of the moon after making the historic touchdown on the moon's uncharted side on Thursday. Yutu 2 has already put a fair bit of space between itself and the lander, trundling over near the rim of a small crater on the floor of Von Kármán, which itself lies within an even larger impact feature - the 1,550-mile-wide (2,500 km) South Pole-Aitken Basin.
  • China lands first probe on the dark side of the moon

    China lands first probe on the dark side of the moon

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    It was not until 1959 that the Soviet Union captured the first images of the moon's mysterious and heavily cratered "dark side". Since launching its first astronaut into space in 2003, China has been on an ambitious drive to catch up with the pack led by the United States.
  • China set to launch the first ever rover to Moons far side

    China set to launch the first ever rover to Moons far side

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    The far side is a far more rugged and mountainous surface than the well-studied near side of the Moon. The moon is tidally locked to Earth, meaning the natural satellite takes about the same amount of time to spin once on its axis as it does to orbit our planet.
  • Sharper New Horizons photos reveal Ultima Thule as a reddish space

    Sharper New Horizons photos reveal Ultima Thule as a reddish space "snowman"

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    A distant object now actually feels real to everyone here on Earth. Future images sent back to earth will be of a higher quality as they will have been taken closer to the object and will benefit from better sunlight. The early images do not show obvious signs of craters caused by impacts. The celestial body was nicknamed Ultima Thule - meaning "beyond the known world" - before scientists could say for sure whether it was one object or two.
  • New Horizons probe sends first signal from Ultima Thule

    New Horizons probe sends first signal from Ultima Thule

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    He said the Ultima Thule flyby was "much more challenging" than the one the spacecraft performed of Pluto in July 2015. The space craft made contact with NASA around 10:15 a.m. New Horizons can't talk to Earth and point to take observations at the same time, and so only after a post-flyby signal is received can the team really relax and begin to anticipate the scientific bonanza heading their way.
  • EPA proposes making it harder to limit mercury emissions

    EPA proposes making it harder to limit mercury emissions

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    With this action, EPA is also setting a risky precedent that a federal agency - charged with protecting the environment and public health - will no longer factor in all the clear health, environmental and economics benefits of clean air policies, such as reducing cancer and birth defects.
  • The coming year will witness a Super Blood Wolf Moon: 2019

    The coming year will witness a Super Blood Wolf Moon: 2019

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    Astronomy fanatics are in for a treat January 20, when Earth will pass between the sun and full moon to create a total lunar eclipse that will turn the moon's silvery shine into a blood-red glow. Above all, the event will take place in the night where the entire moon will be at its closest distance from the Earth. The last total lunar eclipse happened in July.
  • The Trip of Apollo 8, 50 years ago changed the world

    The Trip of Apollo 8, 50 years ago changed the world

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    Now 85 years old, Anders remains a supporter of NASA's unmanned space programs, but just doesn't see why sending humans almost 34 million miles into space is necessary or important. "I know my own impression is that it's a vast, lonely forbidding type existence, great expanse of nothing, that looks rather like clouds and clouds of pumice stone, and it certainly would not appear to be a very inviting place to live or work".
  • Japan confirm that they will resume commercial whaling

    Japan confirm that they will resume commercial whaling

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    Third, it will "cease the take of whales in the Antarctic Ocean/the Southern Hemisphere". "Regrettably, we have reached a decision that it is impossible in the IWC to seek the coexistence of states with different views", Suga said. "There have been no concessions from countries who only place importance on the protection of whales", Suga said. He added that Japan is disappointed that the IWC - which he said is dominated by conservationists - focuses on the protection of whale stocks even ...
  • SpaceX blasts off powerful GPS satellite for US military

    SpaceX blasts off powerful GPS satellite for US military

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    SpaceX was initially scheduled to launch on Tuesday, while Vice President looked on from Kennedy Space Center. This time, however, SpaceX won't attempt to land Falcon 9's first stage after the launch, the company said in its press kit, citing mission requirements .
  • LAKANA Today's winter solstice will feature full moon and meteor shower

    LAKANA Today's winter solstice will feature full moon and meteor shower

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    It's the middle of winter today, and from now on, the days get a little bit longer as we continue our trip around the sun. When exactly does it occur? What is the winter solstice? Although the Northern Hemisphere's names for December's full moon sound chilly and terrible, the Southern Hemisphere, which is about to enter the summer season, has much warmer names for it.
  • Japan to resume commercial whaling

    Japan to resume commercial whaling

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    The government would make a decision by the end of the year, reports the Japanese news agency Kyodo today on the basis of anonymous sources. Japan dresses up its hunt as "research", despite an global court order, while Norway and Iceland use clauses allowing them to contest the IWC ban.
  • Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday

    Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday

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    A solstice is when the sun either reaches the highest or lowest point in the sky depending on where you are in the world. So let's walk through what the winter solstice actually means. In the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, located at 23.5° south of the equator. Less direct solar radiation means less heating of the ground in the winter hemisphere.
  • Winter Solstice: Google doodle celebrates shortest day of the year

    Winter Solstice: Google doodle celebrates shortest day of the year

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    In the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed and 21 December is their summer solstice meaning it is the day with the most amount of daylight. The winter solstice - when the Earth's titled axis is facing its farthest from the sun in the Northern Hemisphere - happens at 3:23 p.m.