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Russian Federation is treating the mysterious ISS hole like a forensic investigation Russian Federation is treating the mysterious ISS hole like a forensic investigation
- December 15, 2018

Word is that despite the hole in the spacecraft and the fact that astronauts had to resort to using epoxy to seal the hole, the crew aboard the ISS were in no danger. However, Russian officials later said that based on its shape, the hole appears to have been drilled, leading to speculations that someone may have intentionally created the hole . (more...)
China dispatches mission to investigate clouded side of the Moon China dispatches mission to investigate clouded side of the Moon
- December 15, 2018

Afterward, the control center will choose a proper time to land the probe on the far side of the moon , according to CNSA. Since the moon's revolution cycle is the same as its rotation cycle, the same side always faces the earth. China has promoted worldwide cooperation in its lunar exploration program, with four scientific payloads of the Chang'e-4 mission developed by scientists from Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Saudi Arabia. (more...)
'Zombie' Cyclone Owen is back with a vengeance 'Zombie' Cyclone Owen is back with a vengeance
- December 15, 2018

When Owen crossed the coast last week the tropical low brought gusty winds and significant rain to Mackay. Dr Wardle also warned there was a risk of flooding in inland communities and along Queensland east coast as Owen weakens into a rain depression and tracks south. (more...)
Australian animal Australian animal "Dracula ant" records fastest movement ever seen
- December 15, 2018

They live mainly in South-East Asia and Australia and use their jaws as weapons: press the tips of the jaws to each other, and then snap as the man fingers. Larabee, stated . The agile ant uses a snapping mechanism to quickly slide their mandibles across each other - just like a finger snap. The scientists used cameras, X-ray imaging and computer simulations to gain a better understanding of how the Dracula ant's unusual jaws work. (more...)
Reformed Tropical Cyclone Owen an unpredictable beast Reformed Tropical Cyclone Owen an unpredictable beast
- December 15, 2018

As the remnants of Owen continued westward, they left the coast and moved over the Gulf of Carpentaria, where conditions were flawless for cyclone development. The bureau is predicting between 30mm and 100mm of rain in the region across Wednesday and Thursday. The weather bureau has forecast totals as high as 50mm in Cairns on Friday, while Townsville (70mm) and Mackay (80mm) are expected to receive a drenching on Saturday. (more...)
Voyager 2 enters interstellar space Voyager 2 enters interstellar space
- December 15, 2018

Voyager 2 is over 11 billion miles from the Sun, travelling at 55,025km per hour away from its creators. "So we're proud to help NASA solve the scientific challenge of capturing this once in a lifetime opportunity as Voyager 2 ventures into interstellar space", Larry Marshall, chief executive of the CSIRO, said in a media release on Tuesday. (more...)
NASA's InSight lander sends back first selfie on Red Planet NASA's InSight lander sends back first selfie on Red Planet
- December 14, 2018

The robot has been kept busy since it arrived on Mars, using a mosaic of 11 images, it took a picture of itself which it beamed back to Earth. JPL manages InSight for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. First , engineers must decide where in the workspace to place the instruments on the spaceship. They will then command InSight's robotic arm to carefully set the seismometer - the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure ( SEIS ) - and heat-flow probe - known as the Heat Flow and ... (more...)
Geminid meteor shower over Norfolk in December 2018 Geminid meteor shower over Norfolk in December 2018
- December 14, 2018

According to Rodgers, the Geminids appear to radiate out of one point out of the constellation Gemini (hence the name Geminids). In the northern hemisphere the shower peaks on the evening of 13 December into the morning of 14 December. "Today's slideshow Doodle follows the Geminids' path through Earth's atmosphere as it lights up the sky", said Google in a blog post. The meteors, which are unusually bright and multi-colored, can appear anywhere in the sky, and longer streaks of light ... (more...)
Cosmonauts to examine mystery hole on ISS spacewalk Cosmonauts to examine mystery hole on ISS spacewalk
- December 14, 2018

Now, with the Soyuz nearing its reentry date, Russian cosmonauts aboard the ISS will venture out into space to get a better look at the damage from the outside. The hole was in the orbital module, also known as the habitation module - one of three modules on the Soyuz vehicle. The spacewalkers' job was to collect samples of any epoxy sealant that may have protruded from the hole. (more...)
More glaciers in East Antarctica losing ice More glaciers in East Antarctica losing ice
- December 13, 2018

Antarctica is being showered in snow due to weather changes caused by global warming - and the "significant" rise in the mass of ice is actually holding back sea level rises. "This change doesn't seem random; it looks systematic", said Alex Gardner, a glaciologist with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The enormous glacier holds enough water to raise the sea level by around three metres (11ft). (more...)
Scientists discover billions of tons of 'zombie' bacteria inhabi Scientists discover billions of tons of 'zombie' bacteria inhabi
- December 13, 2018

Around 70% of the planet's bacteria and archaea are now thought to live underground. It might sound like an unglamorous world of dirt, darkness and daunting pressure but, according to new research from the DCO, harsh conditions haven't stopped millions of undiscovered species of microbial life from evolving there since the planet's birth. (more...)
Comet 46P Wirtanen: How to view Christmas comet Comet 46P Wirtanen: How to view Christmas comet
- December 13, 2018

This is why the tiny comet - measuring just three quarters of a mile - is visible to the naked eye. Although it won't be made any easier by the strong moonlight in mid-December, it should not be too hard to find 46P/Wirtanen if you know where to look, and when. (more...)
A glimmer of hope for the world's coral reefs A glimmer of hope for the world's coral reefs
- December 12, 2018

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has placed the marine park on "bleach watch", fearing warm sea temperatures forecast this summer could place the natural wonder at risk of another mass coral bleaching event. A recent report by the United Nations scientific panel on climate change warned of a mass die-off of coral reefs as early as 2040, and a study released last week found the planet emitted more greenhouse gasses ― the main driver of climate change ― in 2018 than in any other ... (more...)
Heads up! Geminid meteor shower peaks this week Heads up! Geminid meteor shower peaks this week
- December 12, 2018

Like other meteor showers, the Geminids happen when extra-terrestrial debris hits the Earth's outer atmosphere and heats up, ultimately disintegrating into fiery bursts of color, according to NASA . The three-mile-wide object, which NASA describes as a " rock comet ", was discovered in 1983 by two British scientists examining NASA satellite images. (more...)
Russian spacewalkers carve away at Soyuz spaceship to inspect plugged hole
- December 12, 2018

Using a Strela telescoping arm, the cosmonauts were able to access the Orbital Module of Soyuz MS-09, which was attached to the Earth-facing port of the space station's Rassvet module. Pieces of material could be seen floating away from the incision site as he worked to expose the metallic hull of the spacecraft. Tuesday's spacewalk began at 10:59 a.m. (more...)
China launches Chang'e-4 rover to land on Moon's dark side China launches Chang'e-4 rover to land on Moon's dark side
- December 12, 2018

China has launched a rover destined for the dark side of the moon, which will be a world-first if successful. In fact, no human eyes had ever gazed upon this side of the Moon until 1959, when the Soviet probe Luna 3 captured a few images of it. (more...)
REx Mission Discovers Water in Clay Deposits on Asteroid REx Mission Discovers Water in Clay Deposits on Asteroid
- December 12, 2018

This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on December 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). The mission now is performing a preliminary survey of the asteroid, flying the spacecraft in passes over Bennu's north pole, equator, and south pole at ranges as close as 4.4 miles (7 km) to better determine the asteroid's mass. (more...)
NASA's Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space after 41-year journey NASA's Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space after 41-year journey
- December 10, 2018

That boundary is the outer edge of the Oort Cloud , a vast collection of rocky debris left over from the formation of the solar system 4.6 billion years ago that is held in place by the sun's gravity. The instrument observed a "deep decline" in solar particles after November 5, 2018, confirming the craft had entered the interstellar realm. "To have the Voyagers sending back information about the edge of the sun's influence gives us an unprecedented glimpse of truly uncharted territory". (more...)
First sounds recorded on surface of Mars by Nasa Insight probe First sounds recorded on surface of Mars by Nasa Insight probe
- December 10, 2018

The NASA InSight lander, which is supported by the UK Space Agency, has recorded a haunting, low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind. The winds were estimated to be blowing between 10 and 15 miles per hour at the time. Now, you can be one of the very first people who listen to the winds on Mars, thanks to NASA's InSight lander. As reported InSight spacecraft landed on the surface Марса26 November. (more...)
First Ministers meeting reveals division Trudeau has fostered First Ministers meeting reveals division Trudeau has fostered
- December 09, 2018

We're going to be talking about that as well". Higgs, who had never attended a first ministers meeting before, said numerous others "said this was one of the most productive meetings they've been in for a long time". Ford claims that during the meeting, Trudeau said certain provinces will have to "carry more water than other provinces". "Some provinces may have to do more to ensure that in the case that some provinces may not be able to achieve that (emissions reduction targets)", he said. (more...)
Trump administration's new proposal aimed at helping coal industry Trump administration's new proposal aimed at helping coal industry
- December 09, 2018

Andrew Wheeler said the curbs on coal emissions were "excessive burdens" on the industry. New emissions limits will be 1,900 pounds per megawatt-hour for large generators and 2,000 pounds for smaller plants, while coal refuse-fired units will have a 2,200 pound limit. (more...)
China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon
- December 08, 2018

The rover for China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe. China's robotic Chang'e 4 spacecraft streaked away from Earth today (Dec. 7), launching atop a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at about 1:23 p.m. Xie Gengxin, chief designer of the experiment, told Xinhua: "We have to keep the temperature in the "mini biosphere" within a range from 1 degree to 30 degrees, and properly control the humidity and nutrition". (more...)
Geminid meteor shower to peak December 14 | Society Geminid meteor shower to peak December 14 | Society
- December 08, 2018

Considered to be one of the brightest and best meteor showers of the year, the Geminids are individual meteors that come "fast and furious". According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the shower will peak between December 13 and 14. The Geminid Meteor shower occurs when the planet passes through the orbit of Phaethon, causing small grains of dust to blaze through our atmosphere at about 80,000 miles per hour. (more...)
SpaceX Launches 20th Rocket but fails to make the Landing Spot SpaceX Launches 20th Rocket but fails to make the Landing Spot
- December 08, 2018

During the landing of its first stage fell into the Atlantic ocean. A cargo craft successfully undocked and went into orbit. " Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea", he said. In spite of this space has created a series of Falcon Rockets. In a post-launch press briefing, SpaceX's vice president of build and flight reliability, Hans Koenigsmann, said the booster worked as designed, targeting the water - instead of land or buildings - when it sensed a ... (more...)
A Lander Is Headed to The Far Side of The Moon A Lander Is Headed to The Far Side of The Moon
- December 08, 2018

The far side is a far more rugged and mountainous surface than the well-studied near side of the Moon. China has promoted worldwide cooperation in its lunar exploration program, with four scientific payloads in the Chang'e-4 mission developed by scientists from the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Saudi Arabia. (more...)
Numbers for the B.C. government’s climate change plan Numbers for the B.C. government’s climate change plan
- December 08, 2018

Premier John Horgan announced his government's new climate change and energy plan, CleanBC , Wednesday, December 5. "This isn't a choice between the economy and the environment", Heyman said. Rather, the plan includes training for people to learn the construction and mechanical skills to work in the clean construction and zero emission vehicle fields. (more...)
SpaceX Looks to Launch Supply Mission to International Space Station SpaceX Looks to Launch Supply Mission to International Space Station
- December 08, 2018

The Falcon 9 rocket's first stage will attempt a landing at SpaceX's site along the coast, Landing Zone 1. The ship made it into space just fine, but the reusable rocket stage that was supposed to have a soft landing on dry land ended up splashing down in the ocean instead. (more...)
New NASA lander captures 1st sounds of Martian wind New NASA lander captures 1st sounds of Martian wind
- December 08, 2018

In the meantime, the sounds of the Martian wind are a poignant reminder of just how far InSight has flown: more than 300 million miles (480 million kilometers), becoming only the eighth spacecraft to successfully touch down on the Red Planet. (more...)
Greenland's ice sheet melting faster than thought - research Greenland's ice sheet melting faster than thought - research
- December 07, 2018

The Arctic began to warm as humanity began to pump greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere. Published today in Nature , the research finds that rates of melting at Greenland's surface have skyrocketed in recent decades and are now far out of bounds of what was considered natural variability over the last few centuries. (more...)
Hawaiian Monk Seal Gets Eel Stuck Up Its Nose Hawaiian Monk Seal Gets Eel Stuck Up Its Nose
- December 07, 2018

The Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program released a photo on Monday of a poor Hawaiian monk seal, squinting in what can only be a what-is-my-life look, with a probably-also-distressed eel stuck up its nose. Given the challenges these seals are already facing, the NOAA is keeping quiet about where exactly the pups have been born, and is asking the public to please keep away if they come across one of these pairs. (more...)