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NASAs Dragonfly to explore Saturns moon for origins, signs of life NASAs Dragonfly to explore Saturns moon for origins, signs of life
- June 30, 2019

Dragonfly will be able to fly across the skies of Titan and land periodically to take scientific measurements, study the moon's mysterious atmosphere and topography, subsurface ocean and liquid on the surface, while searching for hints of past or present life. (more...)
Firefighters continue to battle Spanish wildfire as heatwave intensifies Firefighters continue to battle Spanish wildfire as heatwave intensifies
- June 28, 2019

Authorities believe improperly stored chicken manure on a farm in the village of Torre de l'Espanyol sparked the fire when met with the record heat wave now pounding Europe , Buch said. Some faculties bear delayed indispensable tests and even closed. He announced on Thursday night that harvesting of crops would be banned for 48 hours to avoid accidentally sparking fires, and that access to mountains and a national park would be restricted as a precaution as long as the high temperatures ... (more...)
NASA plans wild rotorcraft mission to Saturn moon Titan NASA plans wild rotorcraft mission to Saturn moon Titan
- June 28, 2019

Dragonfly is part of NASA's New Frontiers program, which is responsible for the New Horizons mission to Pluto , the Juno mission now studying Jupiter and OSIRIS-REx, which is orbiting asteroid Bennu and planning to return samples back to Earth. (more...)
Curiosity Detects Methane Spike on Mars Again, But What Does it Mean? Curiosity Detects Methane Spike on Mars Again, But What Does it Mean?
- June 26, 2019

Curiosity's scientists need time to analyse these clues and conduct many more methane observations. This true-color image is the result of the first observation of a target selected autonomously by NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity using newly developed and uploaded software named Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science, or AEGIS. (more...)
SpaceX is just days away from its third Falcon Heavy launch SpaceX is just days away from its third Falcon Heavy launch
- June 25, 2019

The launch is scheduled for tonight with the window opening at 11:30 p.m. and is sure to attract crowds from all over the globe as usual. Even if the launch is a failure, it will not necessarily spell doom for SpaceX's national security launch business, largely because of the mission's complexity and the company's track record with its single-stick Falcon 9 rocket, Cáceres said. (more...)
SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Rocket With 24 Satellites After 3-Hour Delay SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Rocket With 24 Satellites After 3-Hour Delay
- June 25, 2019

The launch is historic in that the rocket reused two side boosters that had first been used to support the launch of the Arabsat-6A mission back in April of this year. Stacked in a dispenser inside the Falcon Heavy's nose fairing the payloads include six satellites sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Taiwan that will help improve tropical weather forecasting; and experimental propulsion technology provided by NASA that uses less-toxic but more powerful ... (more...)
NASA provides the Mars 2020 wanderer its legs and wheels NASA provides the Mars 2020 wanderer its legs and wheels
- June 23, 2019

NASA also said the hacking opened the door to possible manipulation from the Deep Space Network, an worldwide system of radio antennas that collects data from and commands interplanetary space missions, as well as a few that orbit Earth. And finally, security problems weren't being dealt with quickly enough, for example, security vulnerabilities were logged, but left unresolved for 180 days or more. (more...)
Conservatives Challenge Trump’s EPA, Say Coal Plant Rule Is Illegal Conservatives Challenge Trump’s EPA, Say Coal Plant Rule Is Illegal
- June 22, 2019

Carbon-free resources made up 35.4% of electricity generation, beating out coal's 29.8% and natural gas' 32.1%. "It has so many reasons stacked against it". Environmental Protection Agency Chief Andrew Wheeler said it's a three-part approach. It's replacing the Obama rule with a less ambitious one that gives states more discretion in regulating those power plants. (more...)
'Strawberry Moon' ripe for viewing on Monday night 'Strawberry Moon' ripe for viewing on Monday night
- June 19, 2019

For those in the Eastern time zone of the US, the peak of the full moon will occur on June 17 at 4:30 a.m. From Saturday night till Sunday morning, Jupiter, Antares, or gibbous, i.e.an nearly full moon will brighten up the sky as a triangle, with Jupiter on the left, Moon on the right and Antares below. (more...)
Strawberry Moon: Best times to watch, special viewing bonus Strawberry Moon: Best times to watch, special viewing bonus
- June 17, 2019

However, thunderstorms and partially cloudy skies may prevent viewing in some places in the United States, including Staten Island. The June Full Moon is often used by gardeners as a marker for the last risk of frost. Sadly, this doesn't mean the moon will be red - or even pinkish. The best time to view the Strawberry Moon will vary depending on the time zone. It should be noted that the only time moon takes a bold red hue is during a total lunar eclipse. (more...)
Canadian Radarsat satellites launched aboard SpaceX rocket Canadian Radarsat satellites launched aboard SpaceX rocket
- June 16, 2019

The booster used to launch RADARSAT had previously seen service in Florida, sending the Crew Dragon demonstrator to the International Space Station before landing on a drone ship stationed in the Atlantic ocean. The next launch on the schedule for SpaceX is another Falcon Heavy launch set for June 24, which will be its third flight and its first for the U.S. (more...)
NASA discovers Star Trek insignia on Mars NASA discovers Star Trek insignia on Mars
- June 16, 2019

NASA's planetary researchers, like they always do, had a realistic explanation for the geologic feature, calling it "a complex story of dunes, lava, and wind". The symbol is, of course, the actual logo for " Star Trek ", the TV series - but while it's mostly been confined to Earth, it's now gone to Mars. One of the orbiter's recent images of the Red Planet is getting far more attention than most, and it's causing quite a stir on social media. (more...)
Canada To Ban Single-Use Plastics By 2021 Canada To Ban Single-Use Plastics By 2021
- June 15, 2019

Trudeau said his government is drawing inspiration from the European Union's Parliament, which voted overwhelmingly in March to impose a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics to counter pollution from discarded items that end up in waterways and fields. (more...)
UK announces commitment to end global warming contributions
- June 14, 2019

The CCC's report, which had been commissioned by the government, stressed that a target of net zero emissions by 2050 is possible provided that the UK's governments introduce "clear, stable and well-designed" policies to tackle the economy's most emitting sectors such as transport, agriculture and industry. (more...)
Spectacular visibility of Jupiter tonight Spectacular visibility of Jupiter tonight
- June 14, 2019

However, the planet will still be highly visible for most of the month surrounding opposition. This will allow you to see where each moons can be found in relation to the planet. Typically the third brightest object in the night sky, after the Moon and Venus, Jupiter is always a great sight, but Monday night it'll be even bigger and brighter. (more...)
Canada to ban new captivity of whales and dolphins Canada to ban new captivity of whales and dolphins
- June 14, 2019

The "Free Willy" bill S203 - named after the 1993 movie about a young boy who frees an orca from a United States water park - will make cetacean captivity punishable by fines up to $US150,000 ($A215,000). It will permit cetaceans already in captivity to be be kept by their keepers. " Nothing fantastic ever happens in a hurry ", animal rights group Humane Canda , said in a Tweet. (more...)
NASA Planning To Open ISS To Commercial Business, Private Astronauts NASA Planning To Open ISS To Commercial Business, Private Astronauts
- June 13, 2019

Delivered every Tuesday & Thursday. So the private missions will have to wait until 2020 at the earliest. However‚ tourists will also pay NASA for their stay in space‚ for food‚ water and use of the life support system on the orbiter. The policy also, for the first time, includes prices for use of USA government resources to pursue commercial and marketing activities aboard the station. (more...)
Feds announce plan to ban single-use plastics Feds announce plan to ban single-use plastics
- June 13, 2019

A source told the news outlet that the list might include plastic plates, cotton swabs, drink stirrers, and polystyrene cups. CBC reports that "Trudeau said the government will research what items it should ban, and they'll follow the model chosen by the European Union , which voted in March to also ban products made of oxo-degradable plastics, such as bags". (more...)
Near-record Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' forecast for this summer Near-record Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' forecast for this summer
- June 12, 2019

A dead zone is an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and marine life. Dead zone may cover, according to various estimates, from 20 to 22 200 560 square kilometers, which is roughly comparable to the area of Slovenia or Israel. A visualization of the "dead zone" in the northern Gulf of Mexico. NOAA said its forecast assumes typical coastal weather conditions, but said the actual size of the dead zone could be affected by major wind events, including hurricanes and tropical storms, ... (more...)
Trump Seems To Think The Moon Is Part Of Mars? Trump Seems To Think The Moon Is Part Of Mars?
- June 10, 2019

EST said NASA is "refocusing on the moon, the next sort of quest, if you will, but didn't we do this moon thing quite a few decades ago?" according to a clip shared by a senior fellow with the liberal watchdog Media Matters for America. "I am updating my budget to include an additional $1.6 billion so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!" he wrote on May 13. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said NASA's other missions won't be affected, but a top NASA official said in ... (more...)

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