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Then our own Spectrum News anchor Alex Stockwell reported seeing yet another meteor flying through the skies while she was driving to work around 3 a.m. Dr Mason said a much more spectacular display is due over the United Kingdom with the Geminids meteor shower due on December 13. As AccuWeather Astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel explained : "Twenty meteors per hour are likely through the peak, which makes it more active than the recent Taurid meteor shower".
  • The U.S. Moon Landing Won’t Involve NASA

    The U.S. Moon Landing Won’t Involve NASA

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    NASA has picked nine US companies to bid for as-yet unannounced contracts related to a return to the moon. "When we go to the moon, we want to be one customer of many customers in a robust marketplace between the Earth and the moon", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said during an event at NASA Headquarters to announce the selections.
  • Nations pressed on 'urgent threat' of climate change

    Nations pressed on 'urgent threat' of climate change

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    The veteran broadcaster, 92, said time is running out for the issue of climate change to be taken seriously and said much of the natural world would go extinct if nothing is done. Guterres called for a "huge increase in ambitions" during the two weeks of negotiations in Poland, adding "we can not afford to fail in Katowice". After a string of damning environmental reports showing mankind must drastically slash its greenhouse gas emissions to avert runaway global warming, Guterres ...
  • Leaders gather for key United Nations climate talks in Poland

    Leaders gather for key United Nations climate talks in Poland

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    Signatories to that agreement pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions and limit the rise in global temperatures to less than two degrees Celsius by 2030. United Nations chief Antonio Guterres. "Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough nor moving fast enough to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption", he added.
  • Soyuz with 3 astronauts docks with space station

    Soyuz with 3 astronauts docks with space station

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    NASA confirmed that "the spacecraft separation; Soyuz capsule and crew are safely in orbit". It will be the fourth visit to the ISS for Russian cosmonaut Mr Kononenko, while the trip will be the first for both Anne McClain from the United States and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency .
  • 3 astronauts enter International Space Station

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    The hatch of the capsule carrying NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos was opened while the station was flying over the southern coast of Yemen.
  • SpaceX postpones rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base

    SpaceX postpones rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base

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    Now, SpaceX and its workhorse vehicle is ready to set the record for most satellites launched by a single American rocket. It was also the first time Musk's company attempted to fly one of its rocket boosters for a third time. "Nothing wrong with a little swim". Once it blasts off, the rocket will carry 64 small satellites into orbit for multiple customers from around the world.
  • NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey

    NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey

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    The goal of the instrument is to provide a definitive measurement of the heat still flowing out from the interior of Mars . This afternoon, it will pierce the Martian atmosphere at 12,000 miles per hour. The lander's 12 descent engines will fire, slowing it down and straightening the spacecraft for what engineers hope will be a soft landing in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars , about 373 miles (600 km) north of the Curiosity rover's initial landing site at Gale Crater.
  • Astronauts to try for space station on Russian rocket after October crash

    Astronauts to try for space station on Russian rocket after October crash

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    Last month, Roscosmos tweeted a video of the October 11 failed Soyuz rocket launch that forced NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin into making a harrowing emergency landing. After NASA retired the Space Shuttle in 2011, Russian Soyuz rockets have been the only way to get people to the International Space Station. Their Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft entered a designated orbit just under nine minutes after the launch and is set to dock at the space outpost in about ...
  • Cal Poly cube sats help NASA stay in touch with InSight lander

    Cal Poly cube sats help NASA stay in touch with InSight lander

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    He's leading one of the teams that will analyze Mars's core. "This has important implications beyond just these two neighbors [Mars and Earth], as we are now discovering thousands of exoplanets around other stars, some of which may be quite similar to Earth or Mars in terms of size, location and composition", said Jack Singal, a physics professor at the University of Richmond and a former NASA astrophysics researcher.
  • NASA InSight Successfully Lands on Mars

    NASA InSight Successfully Lands on Mars

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    Over the two years of InSight's primary mission, the experiment will build a picture of how much Mars wobbles as it rotates, using the lander as a fixed point on the planet's surface. Messages sent by the lander confirmed that all of the craft's systems were functioning "nominally" shortly after its landing . But scientists did not expect to verify successful deployment of the solar arrays for at least several hours.
  • China Orders Halt to Research in Gene Editing

    China Orders Halt to Research in Gene Editing

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    He was scheduled to speak again today but left. He gave a partial apology in front of a packed auditorium at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong , although the contrition seemed to be more for the information about the births coming out before his research had been vetted by the scientific community, rather than for having carried it out.
  • Elon Musk Won't Smoke Weed on a Podcast Again

    Elon Musk Won't Smoke Weed on a Podcast Again

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    The companies will bid contracts worth a combined value of $US2.6 ($4) billion. 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.
  • NASA turning over moon landing efforts to companies in the private sector

    NASA turning over moon landing efforts to companies in the private sector

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    They include some longtime players in the aerospace industry, like Lockheed Martin , but are mostly newer names with start-up cultures, like Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic and Masten Space Systems in Mojave, California. Both companies have been contracted to fly astronauts to the International Space Station , but have suffered setbacks and delays as their work to develop their spacecraft.
  • Six whales refloated after stranding on New Zealand beach

    Six whales refloated after stranding on New Zealand beach

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    Most of the beached animals have died, according to authorities. Moreover, the departments of conservation have contacted the local indigenous population so as to discuss the next steps after the incident even though the rotten carcasses may be left on the beach for nature to take its course.
  • NASA's Mars Lander Is Going To Have A Very Busy Two Years

    NASA's Mars Lander Is Going To Have A Very Busy Two Years

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    While the geology and chemistry of the region are interesting, the site was chosen more for the ease of landing and large amounts of sunlight than its surface features. It will work even once the probe has been retired. One of the cameras is on the instrument arm, which puts the equipment on the surface of the planet.