by | December 14, 2018 | 04:16

NASA and the United States define anyone who flies at this altitude as an astronaut. New versions of SpaceShipTwo are built by a Virgin Galactic sister company and flight testing is now in-house. At a basic level, this flight will aim to fly higher and faster. The test demonstrates significant progress toward the start of commercial flights that were promised more than a decade ago.

by | December 13, 2018 | 00:48

This, of course, does not mean that coral reefs are no longer vulnerable to the rapid global warming . "It's something of a silver lining". In the central regions, the levels of bleaching for both years were observed to be the same, even though the heat exposure was higher in 2017, the researchers said.

by | December 12, 2018 | 19:33

Then you will start seeing Geminid meteors. Britons could be treated to astonishing show of 120 shooting stars an hour in showers set to peak later this week. They are bright and have a yellowish hue, making them distinct and easy to spot. They typically enter Earth's atmosphere at about 22 miles per second, about half the speed of the Leonid meteors , which soar through the darkness each November.

by | December 12, 2018 | 17:42

Upon investigating, the flight crew found a tiny hole in the Soyuz capsule, which was docked to the space station . The crew aboard the space station has, since the leak was discovered and repaired, conducted frequent leak detection work and pressure measurements to make sure that the leak stayed sealed and the pressure on the space station remained normal.

by | December 09, 2018 | 04:23

Wheeler said emission controls that the Obama rule would demand of new coal plants went beyond what was now technologically possible. This latest administration effort to boost fossil fuel industries comes as leaders from almost 200 countries are meeting in Poland to discuss how to keep greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere.

by | December 08, 2018 | 15:10

The other face, most of which can not be seen from earth, is called the far side or dark side , not because it's dark, but because most of it remains unknown. Months before launch, China's Xinhua news agency reported that Chang'e-4 might also be carrying a " lunar mini-biosphere " containing potato seeds and mustard seeds as well as silkworm eggs.

by | December 08, 2018 | 16:47

There was a problem with the grid fin hydraulic pump, he explained, so the rocket landed in the sea. Musk also posted the video of the first stage's descent, which showed it spinning as it fell to Earth, how its spin rate was slowly arrested with correctional thrusts, and how it touched down on the ocean and fell sideways into the water.

by | December 08, 2018 | 14:10

The recorded sounds were "consistent with the direction of dust devil streaks in the landing area, which were observed from orbit", NASA said. This is the only time during the mission that the seismometer - called the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, or SEIS - is capable of detecting these sounds .

by | December 08, 2018 | 11:53

It should arrive at the space station on Saturday morning. Christmas turkey is rocketing toward the International Space Station, along with cranberry sauce, candied yams and the obligatory fruitcake. Another investigation, which will study muscle degeneration, will make use of 36,000 tiny worms. The Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Space Station Challenge is sponsoring student experiments to develop a UV-activated dental glue that could help astronauts on long-duration voyages and another ...

by | December 07, 2018 | 04:59

Scientists measured ice loss at Greenland using a drill the size of a traffic light pole to extract ice cores from the ice sheet itself, as well as an adjacent coastal ice cap. Rising seas threaten low-lying cities, islands and industries worldwide. Thicker melt layers represented years of higher melting, while thinner sections indicated years with less melting.

by | December 07, 2018 | 02:40

Still, the scientist conceded that interstellar travel could be "an unbreakable barrier, over spans of thousands of years", but added that it could be possible depending on what we assume about various forms of life. Radio waves continue to be the major form of communication for thousands or millions of years. In the very large amount of "noise" in UFO reporting there may be "signals" however small, that indicate some phenomena that can not be explained or denied.

by | December 06, 2018 | 04:49

The mission is SpaceX's 16th for Nasa as part of a long-term contract to ferry supplies to space. On Tuesday, mold was found on food bars for an experiment on the ISS involving about 40 mice that was set to analyze how space and aging relate.

by | December 06, 2018 | 02:37

The funding represents double the amount allocated in the original five-year investment plan that was put in place after the 2015 Paris agreement. "The impacts of climate change are increasingly hard to ignore", said the statement, a copy of which was obtained by AFP .

by | December 04, 2018 | 05:53

The Soyuz MS-11 carried Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko , Canadian David Saint-Jacques and NASA's Anne McClain from Earth to dock with the ISS later on Monday. It was the first manned voyage for the Soviet-era Soyuz since October 11, when a rocket carrying Russia's Aleksey Ovchinin and United States astronaut Nick Hague failed just minutes after blast-off, forcing the pair to make a harrowing emergency landing.

by | December 04, 2018 | 05:41

Osiris is the god of the afterlife, while Bennu represents the heron and creation. NASA's mission to send a probe to an asteroid, dig up a chunk, and send the material back to Earth is now half-way complete. OSIRIS-REx fired its thrusters for a small burn, putting it about 4.3 miles from Bennu, marking the end of its journey to the asteroid. The sample from Bennu, a near-Earth asteroid, could help scientists understand not only more about asteroids that could impact Earth but about how ...

by | December 04, 2018 | 04:11

With SpaceX taking responsibility for the launch of the Falcon 9, Spaceflight Industries handled "all the mission management planning, engineering, integration, mission assurance and system engineering processes, regulatory and policy procedures, contracting, and business development for the mission", the company said in a statement.

by | December 04, 2018 | 04:24

Now elected leaders, governments, and powerful interests must do the same. "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", Guterres told delegates from nearly 200 countries who gathered in the city of Katowice .

by | December 04, 2018 | 03:06

That advanced warning gave people critical time to take cover and may have saved lives. It remains unclear how many tornadoes blew through the region, but it won't be as many as 22, Miller said. Residents in central IL on Sunday assessed the damage after rare December tornadoes, including one the day before that was a half-mile-wide, ripped roofs off homes, downed power lines and injured at least 20 people.

by | December 03, 2018 | 16:11

A Soyuz-FG rocket carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin failed two minutes into its flight on October 11, activating an automatic rescue system that sent their capsule into a steep ride back to Earth. At a press conference on the eve of the launch, crew commander Kononenko said the astronauts "absolutely" trusted teams preparing for the flight. "We feel very ready for it", she said.

by | December 03, 2018 | 15:19

As it was too late to act, DoC staff returned at first light today to assess the situation. Several dozen managed to refloat themselves but 50 were found dead and one had to be put down. As many as 90 of the stranding-prone species came ashore near the township of Owenga overnight, with about 40 refloating themselves, New Zealand's Department of Conservation said on Friday.

by | December 03, 2018 | 12:58

A joint statement Monday from a group of 100 scientists in China criticised He Jiankui's claims and called them a "great blow to the global reputation and development of biomedical research in China". "It's a big deal". Harvard's George Church told Stat News that he has been in contact with He's team and has seen the experimental data. Mr Baltimore said: "I personally don't think that it was medically necessary".

by | December 03, 2018 | 11:26

Some will be brought up for trial as soon as Monday, according to the minister. The level of violence on Saturday was too much for some of the Yellow Vests themselves. Many on the outskirts of smaller provincial towns and villages have expressed anger, underlining the gap between metropolitan elites and working class voters that has boosted anti-establishment politics across the Western world.

by | December 02, 2018 | 09:13

Over the next two years, we will learn a lot more about Mars and hopefully find answers to such questions as if there are any signs of past life or if Mars now has any liquid water. "It is wonderful news that the InSight spacecraft has landed safely on Mars", said Sue Horne, head of the space exploration at the UK Space Agency.

by | December 02, 2018 | 05:46

But the new discovery "shows that our ancestors ventured into all corners of Africa, not just East Africa", Mohamed Sahnouni, who led the project and detailed the findings in the journal Science, said in a statement . The life of early hominins in North Africa is still largely a mystery, and much of what is known of these ancestral groups is derived from the tools themselves.

by | December 02, 2018 | 02:08

NASA already is utilizing the private sector on a commercial basis. NASA officials said the research will help get astronauts back to the moon more quickly and keep them safer once they're there. Some of the companies are expected to develop small launch vehicles or robotic rovers to explore its surface. CLPS missions may launch and land as early as 2019, .

by | December 02, 2018 | 03:14

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckerbee said the report was "not data-driven", adding: "We'd like to see something that is more data-driven". The reporters then seemed to miss a key theme from Trump. The effects will spill into global trade, hitting import and export prices and U.S. businesses with overseas operations and supply chains, it added.

by | December 01, 2018 | 03:22

He speaks at the Hong Kong worldwide summit on Wednesday. David Baltimore, a Nobel laureate and chairman of the organising committee, told reporters it was He's decision not to attend. "This is a truly unacceptable development", said Jennifer Doudna, a University of California-Berkeley scientist and one of the inventors of the CRISPR gene-editing tool that He said he used.

by | December 01, 2018 | 01:48

With longer legs giving it a horse-like gait, and a horn that could grow up to a metre long, it's not a stretch to say that the ancient rhino may have contributed to the unicorn myth - particularly now that its known that the rhino's final days would have overlapped with the existence of modern humans.

by | November 30, 2018 | 02:44

But the newly announced contracts for the Commercial Lunar Payload Services Program came with a ceremony and extra fanfare given the newly energized push to return to the moon with help from private companies under the Trump administration.

by | November 28, 2018 | 03:46

After a six-month journey hurtling through space , NASA's InSight spacecraft landed on Mars on Monday to cheers and applause inside mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. In September, Goodwin scored a touchdown against the Chiefs, walked into the end zone, then nonchalantly walked up to Bourne before the duo began a series of slaps, forearms touches and a dance from the popular video game Fortnite.

by | November 28, 2018 | 03:31

Qiu said He's university, the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, had rejected his request to perform the experiment . A group of 122 Chinese research scientists on Monday published a letter that called the project unfair to the vast majority of Chinese scholars who work conscientiously and respect ethical boundaries.

by | November 28, 2018 | 03:48

Trump said the United States is "at the cleanest we've ever been", and that it is other countries that are dirty. Disasters will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars in lost economic activity and damage the health of millions, according to the US National Climate Change Assessment published on Friday.

by | November 27, 2018 | 03:33

SpaceX hopes to eventually create a "spacefaring civilization", which would include Martian colonies populated by humans. "There are way easier places to work, but nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week", Musk said , referring to the four companies - Tesla , SpaceX, The Boring Company , and Neuralink - where he serves as CEO.

by | November 27, 2018 | 02:00

Horne said the mission could even bring us one step closer towards answering the question of whether aliens exist somewhere out there in the universe. NASA's InSight spacecraft will make its final approach today and attempt to pull off one of the greatest engineering feats ever accomplished: landing on Mars .

by | November 27, 2018 | 00:36

The report is the second volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment . Mr Trump said outside the White House on Monday that he had seen the report and "read some of it". "So, to say that because it's cold this week [that's] a refutation of climate change , it's just flawed". And if it's present in a report based on the science of the past 5 years, that means the damage has already happened.