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NASA Selects Crew for First Commercial Flight Test and Missions NASA Selects Crew for First Commercial Flight Test and Missions
- August 06, 2018

Boeing's capsule will be manned during the test flight by Eric Boe and Christopher Ferguson , both shuttle missions veterans, and Nicole Aunapu Mann , at her first flight to space . "To meet NASA's requirements, the commercial providers must demonstrate that their systems are ready to begin regular flights to the space station". (more...)
Powerful Hurricane Hector continues moving toward Central Pacific Powerful Hurricane Hector continues moving toward Central Pacific
- August 05, 2018

Hurricane Hector became a Category 4 storm for a few hours early Sunday but then dipped back to Category 3, still a unsafe force, as it headed across the Pacific, threatening to hit Hawaii's Big Island and possibly its active volcano, officials said early Sunday. (more...)
Needham astronaut heading back to space on first commercial flights
- August 05, 2018

NASA director Jim Bridenstine says the agency has spent billions of dollars a year to reach this stage and there is no turning back. In 2014, Boeing and SpaceX were awarded a combined $6.8 billion in contracts from NASA to develop spacecraft capable of flying crews to the space station. (more...)
Scientists detect mystery radio signal sent from DEEP SPACE Scientists detect mystery radio signal sent from DEEP SPACE
- August 05, 2018

The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment - or CHIME - detected the odd noise known as a fast radio burst on July 25, BGR.com reported. The question that remains is uncovering where these signals have come from, with many possible theories being thrown into the mix. Mysterious radio signals emitted from across the universe. (more...)
Moe continues to oppose carbon tax despite feds relaxing regulations Moe continues to oppose carbon tax despite feds relaxing regulations
- August 05, 2018

The Liberal government said the changed guidelines were aimed at addressing concerns among industries that are at a high risk of suffering from foreign competition. The change only reduced the amount that heavy emitters or large corporations have to pay on emissions, but did nothing for Canadian households, said Moe. (more...)
NASA assigns astronauts to first commercial crew missions NASA assigns astronauts to first commercial crew missions
- August 04, 2018

And it's now apparent that SpaceX is slightly ahead-it will conduct a crewed test flight in April of next year, while Boeing's crewed test is only scheduled for "mid-2019". NASA on Friday named the first nine astronauts who will fly to space on Boeing and SpaceX vehicles in 2019 - a mix of novices and veterans who are tasked with restoring America's ability to send humans into orbit. (more...)
Citing competitiveness pressures, feds ease carbon tax thresholds Citing competitiveness pressures, feds ease carbon tax thresholds
- August 04, 2018

The federal government is relaxing its carbon tax limits on large emitters, after bending to pressure by industry groups concerned about the ability of Canadian producers to compete with their counterparts in the United States, officials confirmed Wednesday. (more...)
Man arrested for taunting bison in Yellowstone National Park Man arrested for taunting bison in Yellowstone National Park
- August 04, 2018

While in Yellowstone, Reinke had told rangers that he planned to go to Glacier National Park. "Harassing wildlife is illegal in any national park". According to Yellowstone officials, Reinke has spent the past week traveling to different national parks causing disturbances. (more...)
Sask. argues carbon tax fight is 'fundamentally' about the nature of federalism
- August 04, 2018

All remaining industrial sectors will face a carbon tax on emissions over 80 per cent of the industry average. "We don't want to drive industry out of our country", McKenna said. Provinces are also allowed to create their own rules and avoid federal regulation if they accomplish the same goal. The factum characterizes the federal legislation, called the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, as "unprecedented in Canadian history". (more...)
Humans Have Already Depleted Earth’s Resources For The Year
- August 03, 2018

We're only 212 days into 2018, but theoretically we've already used up all the resources that the planet has to give this year. Unlike numerous other days we set aside each year to mark a special occasion, Earth Overshoot Day - this year falling on today's date (1 August) - is a time when humanity should take a long, hard look at itself. (more...)
NASA announces crew who will fly first commercial rockets into space NASA announces crew who will fly first commercial rockets into space
- August 03, 2018

NASA announced on Friday the astronauts who will crew the Boeing and SpaceX spacecraft, the first time Americans will return to space in hopes of reaching the International Space Station from Florida's Space Coast since 2011. NASA's Commercial Crew Program, as it's called, will soon launch launch one uncrewed and two crewed test flights of each new spacecraft . Astronauts are expected to make their first flight aboard Boeing's CST-100 Starliner in mid-2019, following a test flight ... (more...)
NASA reveals crews for first flights of commercial spaceships
- August 03, 2018

The Crew Dragon spacecraft will launch from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Both Boeing and SpaceX have issues to work out before they can complete their first crewed flights; the 2019 dates are targets and may be optimistic ones at that. (more...)
Mars is the closest it has been to Earth in 15 years Mars is the closest it has been to Earth in 15 years
- August 03, 2018

However, Elon Musk is still dreaming of the first Mars colony and sees the Red Planet as a future place where people can live. On July 27, Mars was at opposition, meaning that the Sun and the Red Planet came opposite to each other, keeping the Earth in the middle. (more...)
NASA is naming 8 astronauts to fly SpaceX and Boeing's new spaceships NASA is naming 8 astronauts to fly SpaceX and Boeing's new spaceships
- August 03, 2018

Boeing has also developed a state-of-the-art spacecraft, the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner. NASA astronauts will soon have some pretty comfortable seats when they fly the commercial spacecraft being built by SpaceX and Boeing. (more...)
Trump Administration Claims Fuel Efficiency Puts Drivers' Lives at Risk Trump Administration Claims Fuel Efficiency Puts Drivers' Lives at Risk
- August 03, 2018

In one of its most significant efforts yet to curtail policies created to address climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed freezing fuel efficiency standards at 2020 levels, removing the requirement that cars and light trucks be able to travel more than 46 miles per gallon of fuel by 2026. (more...)
Trump team wants to roll back Obama-era mileage standards Trump team wants to roll back Obama-era mileage standards
- August 02, 2018

Representatives of the US auto industry praised the administration's proposal, even as some automakers privately have expressed unease at the prospect of abrupt changes in fuel standards and having to meet different standards in different states. (more...)
Turkey's annual natural resource consumption higher than average Turkey's annual natural resource consumption higher than average
- August 02, 2018

Earth Overshoot Day could be likened to a report card, and the worldwide non-profit organization Global Footprint Network is in-charge of calculating it. Despite the grim situation, there are least some potential strong remedies being offered, such as cutting food waste in half, potentially moving the date forward again by 38 days. (more...)
"Blood Moon" or longest total lunar eclipse of the century this Friday
- August 02, 2018

As the sunlight has to travel around Earth, if there is a lot of particulate matter in the air then it will encourage greater rates of refraction, making the moon appear red. "Not quite as bright as Venus, but still because of the reddish, orange-ish-red color, you really can't miss it in the sky". "The Earth doesn't rotate far enough this time around for anyone in North America - the U.S. (more...)
Mars closest to earth today after 15 years Mars closest to earth today after 15 years
- August 01, 2018

Mars which is already brighter than usual, will shine even more and will appear to be bigger on Tuesday. It was the closest Mars had been to Earth in 60,000 years, according to NASA . "Not quite as bright as Venus, but still because of the reddish, orange-ish-red color, you really can't miss it in the sky". In fact, Aldrin spoke passionately in the webcast about a future hope to first return to the moon, and then Mars. (more...)
TESS, NASA's planet-hunting space satellite, begins science operations TESS, NASA's planet-hunting space satellite, begins science operations
- July 31, 2018

TESS is scheduled to transmit the first set of data it collected in August 2018. "I'm thrilled that our new planet hunter mission is ready to start scouring our solar system's neighborhood for new worlds", said NASA Astrophysics Division Director Paul Hertz. (more...)
Mars Close Approach: How to view the celestial event
- July 31, 2018

Here is when and how users can get the best view of Mars, and why this opposition is different from its previous versions. In the 1898 science fiction novel War of the Worlds, the invading Martian forces bring a red weed with them that begins to kill off Earth's plant life to make the planet habitable for the Martians. (more...)
Fox News Confronts Rudy Giuliani Over Michael Cohen 'Liar' Flip-Flop Fox News Confronts Rudy Giuliani Over Michael Cohen 'Liar' Flip-Flop
- July 31, 2018

Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis has countered that Trump said the opposite - instructing Cohen to "pay with cash", to which the lawyer reportedly replied, "No, no, no". Cohen is said to claim that he was one of several people in the room when Donald Trump Jr. informed his father of the offer. Rudy Giuliani , the public face of Trump's current legal team, has accused former Trump lawyer Cohen of tampering with the potentially damaging tape. (more...)
Here's what you get when a whale and a dolphin mate Here's what you get when a whale and a dolphin mate
- July 30, 2018

The so-called wolphin has been confirmed by scientists after it was spotted on a research trip near Kauai island. The hybrid was likely fathered by a rough-toothed dolphin while it's mother is believed to be a melon-headed whale. It wasn't quite a melon-headed whale. In some cases, hybrids breeding with hybrids can ultimately lead to the formation of distinct new species, but there's no evidence that's happening here, according to Baird. (more...)
EPA reverses order allowing polluting diesel truck engines EPA reverses order allowing polluting diesel truck engines
- July 30, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency's acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler , says humans are contributing to climate change, contrary to what his predecessor said. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit put a temporary halt to the memo's implementation July 18, a day after green groups sued. (more...)
Bengaluru shuns sleep to watch the total lunar eclipse Bengaluru shuns sleep to watch the total lunar eclipse
- July 30, 2018

While not all will be able to see, many will notice its effect - a Red Moon. Here we've assembled some of the best photos of the 2018 blood moon posted online. Parts of Europe, Eastern Africa, Australia, and South America will see different phases of the eclipse , but will miss out on parts of the penumbral, partial, or total phases. (more...)
Your Guide to Seeing Spectacular Views of Mars This Weekend Your Guide to Seeing Spectacular Views of Mars This Weekend
- July 30, 2018

Pascal Descamps, an Astronomer with the Paris Observatory, said: "We have a rare and interesting conjunction of phenomena". NASA said back in 2003, Mars made its closest approach to Earth in almost 60,000 years, only 34.9 million miles away, and that it won't be that close again until the year 2287. (more...)
The reaction to last night's Blood Moon in Ireland was brilliantly predictable The reaction to last night's Blood Moon in Ireland was brilliantly predictable
- July 29, 2018

The reddish hue around the moon fascinated thousands of Mysureans while they were witnessing the 21 century's longest total lunar eclipse here on Friday late night and early Saturday. Astronomers and stargazers across the world were mesmerised by the longest blood moon eclipse on Friday night, coinciding with Mars' closest approach in 15 years in a thrilling celestial spectacle. (more...)
Date, timings and how to watch the blood moon Date, timings and how to watch the blood moon
- July 28, 2018

The total eclipse will last 1 hour and 43 minutes, with the entire event lasting closer to four hours. In Johannesburg, residents took advantage of the clear winter night and watched the reddish shadow slide up the moon's surface. Eclipses have inspired awe and terror throughout history. An effect created on the slow shutter speed showing the the moon turn red during the lunar eclipse , in Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India. (more...)
Sounds of the Sun Sounds of the Sun
- July 28, 2018

Its mission will be to trace how energy and heat move through the Sun's corona, perhaps leading to long-sought answers about solar winds and the energy particles near the Sun. Data from SOHO taken over 40 days was sonified by the Stanford Experimental Physics Lab . "We don't have straightforward ways to look inside the Sun...so using a star or the Sun's natural vibrations allows us to see inside of it". (more...)
Moon eclipse: Blood Moon pictured from space in stunning images Moon eclipse: Blood Moon pictured from space in stunning images
- July 28, 2018

As the sunlight has to travel around Earth, if there is a lot of particulate matter in the air then it will encourage greater rates of refraction, making the moon appear red. Skywatchers in New South Wales and Queensland lost sight of the moon near the end of the eclipse but the rest of the country was treated to the entire eclipse . (more...)