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Israel's first moon mission spacecraft snaps Earth 'selfie' Israel's first moon mission spacecraft snaps Earth 'selfie'
- March 08, 2019

The 585-kilogram (1,290-pound) craft took off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the private USA -based SpaceX company of entrepreneur Elon Musk. The spacecraft is shooting for a moon landing April 11. Israel joins Russian Federation, the United States and China in their missions to the moon. It aims to put a craft with a rover onto the moon's surface to collect data. (more...)
NASA Has Scheduled the First-Ever All Female Spacewalk NASA Has Scheduled the First-Ever All Female Spacewalk
- March 08, 2019

They will be supported by Canadian Space Agency flight controller Kristen Facciol , who will be serving as console at Nasa's Johnson Space Center in Houston. McClain is on the ISS right now, while Koch will head to space on March 14 to prepare for the mission. McClain, Koch and Hague are all members of NASA's 2013 astronaut class , which was 50 percent women. (more...)
Crew from aborted Soyuz capsule set for ISS mission next week Crew from aborted Soyuz capsule set for ISS mission next week
- March 07, 2019

The operation was overseen by the space station's three crew members, American Anne McClain , Canadian David Saint-Jacques and Russian Oleg Kononenko , who were able to command the Dragon to hold, retreat or abort the docking if necessary. (more...)
Canada's Trudeau shuffles cabinet amid scandal Canada's Trudeau shuffles cabinet amid scandal
- March 07, 2019

Contrarily, her testimony is still deemed as a major threat to Trudeau's chances of getting reelected, with the polls approaching in October. Maryam Monsef - the minister for women and gender equality who made global headlines in 2016 when it was revealed that she was born in Iran and was not Canada's first Afghan-born MP as the Liberals touted when she was elected to the House of Commons the year before - also had the worldwide development portfolio added to her responsibilities. (more...)
Milestone: Capsule with dummy aboard docks at space station Milestone: Capsule with dummy aboard docks at space station
- March 07, 2019

The test launch was the first of several that will take place this year for both SpaceX and Boeing, the two commercial partners with NASA. SpaceX's unmanned Crew Dragon capsule successfully docked at the International Space Station yesterday, bringing the United States company one step closer to its goal of sending people into space . (more...)
Astronauts Welcome SpaceX's Crew Dragon to Space Station (Ripley and Earth, Too!) Astronauts Welcome SpaceX's Crew Dragon to Space Station (Ripley and Earth, Too!)
- March 06, 2019

Crew Dragon next fired its thrusters to begin an approach initiation burn, which brought it inside the approach ellipsoid, a 4-by-2-kilometer egg-shaped zone surrounding the station. Saint-Jacques and Kononenko were the first to enter the Crew Dragon after opening the hatch. They rushed there from Florida after watching the Dragon rocket into orbit early Saturday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. (more...)
Greenpeace Co-Founder Calls Ocasio-Cortez ‘Pompous Little Twit’ Over Green Deal Greenpeace Co-Founder Calls Ocasio-Cortez ‘Pompous Little Twit’ Over Green Deal
- March 05, 2019

Moore also slammed the Green New Deal as being "so completely insane it is bound to be rejected in the end", while calling the young Democrat a "garden-variety hypocrite", in response to a New York Post story that said Ocasio-Cortez frequently used gas-guzzling Uber and Lyft rides during her 2018 campaign instead of car-sharing or taking the subway. (more...)
India houses 7 out of 10 top polluting cities in the world India houses 7 out of 10 top polluting cities in the world
- March 05, 2019

Gurgaon which is located in India's capital New Delhi , is the most polluted city in the world, according to data released by IQ Air Visual and Greenpeace. According to the World Bank, health-care costs and productivity loss from pollution covers almost 8.5% of gross domestic product in India. In fact, stubble burning contributing to pollution, has lead to economic loss of ₹ 2 trillion in India, annually. (more...)
Senate set to confirm ex-coal lobbyist to lead top U.S Senate set to confirm ex-coal lobbyist to lead top U.S
- March 03, 2019

Wheeler has been running the EPA since his predecessor Scott Pruitt resigned in July under a cloud of ethics controversies. Trump said in November that he meant to nominate Wheeler for the top job, saying he had done a "fantastic job" in his interim role. (more...)
SpaceX Launches Capsule On Test Run To International Space Station SpaceX Launches Capsule On Test Run To International Space Station
- March 03, 2019

The only passenger was a life-size test dummy, named Ripley after the lead character in the " Alien " movies. The rocket blasted off without incident at 2:49 am from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral , lighting up Florida's coastline. (more...)
Super vision could be in sight for soldiers Super vision could be in sight for soldiers
- March 03, 2019

Researchers from the University of Science and Technology , China, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass) in the USA, injected the rodents' eyes with a solution filled with nanoparticles . It may also lead to a revolutionary cure for people who are born colour blind, say the USA and Chinese team. In rare cases, side effects did occur, leaving some mice with cloudy corneas, which disappeared in less than a week. (more...)
Scientists excited to spot a huge spider eating an opossum Scientists excited to spot a huge spider eating an opossum
- March 03, 2019

A team of researchers led by University of MI biologists found some surprising things about the diets of large spiders and centipedes in the Amazon, according to a news release from the university . Robert Voss , a mammologist at the American Museum of Natural History, said it was the first encounter of its kind documented, Fox news reported. Video of a large tarantula dragging off an opossum is a little gruesome, but it also provides new insight into the lives of animals in the Amazon ... (more...)
SpaceX crew capsule rockets towards ISS SpaceX crew capsule rockets towards ISS
- March 02, 2019

Since then, it has been buying seats in Russian Soyuz rockets - the only ones capable of transporting humans there. The module was carried safely into space by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, which launched from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral , Florida. (more...)
Schumer Counters McConnell's 'Cynical Show Vote' on Green New Deal Schumer Counters McConnell's 'Cynical Show Vote' on Green New Deal
- March 02, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Massachusetts Sen. "Now in terms of the Green New deal [as conceived], that goes beyond what our charge is", Pelosi told Rolling Stone . "There's still this kind of fantastical connotation that comes with when you talk [with politicians] about climate change and the climate crisis". Middle and high school student activists carrying a large handwritten letter to Feinstein urged her to sign on to the Green New Deal and take the dramatic action ... (more...)
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule set for historic test flight SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule set for historic test flight
- March 02, 2019

NASA is providing $8 billion for SpaceX and Boeing to build and operate these new systems. In the early hours of Saturday morning, billionaire Elon Musk will be nervously watching the skies as his rocket company SpaceX attempts its first launch of the Crew Dragon spaceship. (more...)
A dinner-plate-sized tarantula drag an opossum it just killed A dinner-plate-sized tarantula drag an opossum it just killed
- March 02, 2019

The team's research over several years has mainly focused on reptiles and amphibians . For small animals in the tropics, spiders and their arthropod cousins are responsible for "a surprising amount of death", scientists recently discovered. (more...)
Wilson-Raybould says she was pushed, got veiled threats on SNC-Lavalin Wilson-Raybould says she was pushed, got veiled threats on SNC-Lavalin
- March 01, 2019

Wernick said that he had engaged in conversations with Wilson-Raybould and was present for others, including with the PM, where she was pressured into changing her mind and giving a sweetheart deal to SNC-Lavalin to help them avoid conviction on bribery and corruption charges. (more...)
Senator tells youth climate change activists Senator tells youth climate change activists "I know what I'm doing"
- February 27, 2019

The kids are kinda cute at first as they ask the six-term senator to sign on to a "transformative" plan whose component parts, price tag, and schedule are so delusional that Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination are dragging it is " aspirational " and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) waved it away as " the green dream, or whatever they call it ". (more...)
SpaceX's unmanned Crew Dragon to launch on March 2 to ISS SpaceX's unmanned Crew Dragon to launch on March 2 to ISS
- February 26, 2019

One of those risks is SpaceX's rocket canister, which has been redesigned since one caused a devastating explosion in 2016 after bursting inside a Falcon 9 rocket's liquid oxygen tank. NASA has allocated SpaceX $2.6 billion, and rival Boeing about $4 billion for the establishment of a separate system of rockets and capsules for the delivery of American astronauts to the ISS. (more...)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responds to Twitter trolls - and critical NYC billboard Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responds to Twitter trolls - and critical NYC billboard
- February 26, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez hit back at both Twitter trolls and a critical billboard this week, and it appears she is letting their judgements bounce right off of her. Amazon's NY investment would have put 25,000 jobs in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, at a cost of almost $3 billion in tax breaks. "PS fact that it's in Times Sq tells you this isn't for/by NYers", she said, commenting on the fact that Times Square is typically a tourist destination, rather than a space frequented by NY residents. (more...)

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