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‘Touch the sun': NASA spacecraft hurtles toward our star

‘Touch the sun': NASA spacecraft hurtles toward our star Over the next two months, Parker Solar Probe will fly towards Venus, performing its first Venus gravity assist in early October - a maneuver a bit like a handbrake turn - that whips the spacecraft around the planet, using Venus's gravity to trim the spacecraft's orbit tighter around the Sun . [Full Article...]

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issues emergency order over red tide

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issues emergency order over red tide Gretchen Lovewell, Mote Marine Lab's program manager for the team that investigates dead and stranded animals (C) and stranding technician, Jessica Blackburn take a break from a necropsies of a Loggerhead (L) and Kemp's Ridley turtle in Sarasota, Florida, August 7, 2018. [Full Article...]

Scientists Over the Moon for NASA's Solar Probe Launch to the Sun

Scientists Over the Moon for NASA's Solar Probe Launch to the Sun The launch of the car-sized probe aboard a massive Delta IV-Heavy rocket lit the night sky at Cape Canaveral , Florida at 3:31 am. The spacecraft will fly through the sun's outer atmosphere, the super-hot corona. An artist's depiction of the Parker Solar Probe at work around the sun. "What's so cool about all of this is hanging out with Parker and seeing his emotion", Zurbuchen said, adding t... [Full Article...]

WATCH Perseid meteor shower online HERE

WATCH Perseid meteor shower online HERE The Perseid meteors are bits and pieces of space rock debris broken off from Comet Swift-Tuttle as it barrels around the Sun every 133 years. The space agency said the meteors are best seen in the pre-dawn hours around 2am local time when the Perseids are most intense. [Full Article...]

NASA spacecraft hurtles toward the sun

NASA spacecraft hurtles toward the sun Saturday morning's launch attempt was foiled by last-minute technical trouble. The rocket sets a number of records. Sunday's flight marked the 129th successful flight for ULA, and the 10th for the Delta IV Heavy rocket . But if the mission goes as planned, the probe's discoveries will serve as a lasting legacy to Eugene Parker , the only living person to have a NASA spacecraft named after hi... [Full Article...]

Teams heading out to help ailing Northwest orca

Teams heading out to help ailing Northwest orca During the first three days of her calf's death, the orca swam with her pod but carried along her baby's almost 400 pound body. Killer whales carry their dead calves for a week or so. The whales face nutritional stress over a lack of Chinook salmon as well as threats from toxic contamination and vessel noise and disturbances. "Once they stop reproducing, they may still swim around here f... [Full Article...]

NASA Postpones Launch Of Spacecraft To ‘Touch Sun’

NASA Postpones Launch Of Spacecraft To ‘Touch Sun’ NASA on Saturday postponed the launch of a Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft, created to probe the Sun. If the probe doesn't launch on Sunday, the window for a successful launch doesn't close until August 23. [Full Article...]

Will You Be Able to See the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend?

Will You Be Able to See the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend? With the moons phase nearly at a new moon , that will help you see the meteors even more! The Perseids are named after their radiant point of origin in the constellation Perseus. It's considered to be the best astronomical event of the year, as around 60 to 70 meteors fall per hour. The ice and dust from that field then burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower. [Full Article...]

Here's how to see the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Here's how to see the Perseid meteor shower this weekend Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon. But even if you can't step outside a couple hours before the sun comes up, it's worth checking the sky in the late evening and early morning. A tent stands out against the starlit sky during the Perseid meteor shower on August 14, 2016 in Terlingua, Texas. Perseids meteor shower 2018: What is it? ... [Full Article...]

Drought afflicts entire New South Wales in Australia

Drought afflicts entire New South Wales in Australia Australia has long dealt with harsh, dry conditions, especially inland, away from coastal areas popular with tourists. Australia's most populous state, has declared that it is 100 per cent in drought , with a quarter considered to be in "intense drought". [Full Article...]

NASA just built the fastest man-made object ever

NASA just built the fastest man-made object ever It is expected to approach the sun in 2024. "In addition to using a powerful rocket, the Delta IV Heavy, Parker Solar Probe will perform seven Venus gravity assists over its seven-year mission to shed sideways speed into Venus' well of orbital energy". [Full Article...]

Storm watch in effect as Hurricane Hector nears Hawaii

Storm watch in effect as Hurricane Hector nears Hawaii A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Tecpan de Galeana to Cabo Corrientes, Mexico and a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Los Barilles to Todo Santos, Mexico. It was centered about 1,395 miles (2,245 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja. Subtropical storms usually have winds that are spread out farther from the center, and they are often asymmetric. [Full Article...]

Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend - here’s how to watch

During this time , you'll see an incredible number of meteors. In 2018, the peak night of this shower will be totally free of moonlight . During the maximum, or peak, Sunday night and early Monday morning, it could be possible to catch as many as 110 meteors in an hour, or almost two per minute on average. [Full Article...]

Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully re-launches rocket

Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully re-launches rocket B1046's second suborbital jaunt and landing aboard drone ship Of Course I Still Love You will nearly undoubtedly be a turning point in the future history of SpaceX. An artist's impression of the Merah Putih communications satellite in orbit with its solar arrays and antennas deployed. In May 2018, Falcon 9 was used to send a large communications satellite for Bangladesh from Florida and the ... [Full Article...]

Trump Administration May Freeze Fuel Efficiency Standards

EPA prepares to roll back fuel economy and emissions rules "The earth is not flat, and climate change is real", California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said , as he connected global warming to the deadly wildfires burning out of control throughout the state. [Full Article...]

Nasa names astronauts for first commercial flights

Nasa names astronauts for first commercial flights Earlier this year, NASA unveiled a commercial crew schedule that called for the first uncrewed test flights by SpaceX and Boeing this month. He said the announcement advances "our great American vision" and strengthens America's leadership in space. [Full Article...]

Trump proposes capping fuel economy standards at 2020 level

Trump proposes capping fuel economy standards at 2020 level The Trump administration has moved to weaken USA vehicle emissions standards and has set up a major confrontation with California by scrapping its ability to enact stricter pollution standards and mandate the sale of electric cars. In Thursday's proposal, the Trump administration argues that its proposed freeze will have a "negligible" impact on air quality, and boost the earth's temperature by ... [Full Article...]

NASA to announce which astronauts will fly on first commercial spaceships

NASA on Friday named nine astronauts for the first manned space launches from US soil since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. Chris Ferguson: While Ferguson has been retired from NASA since 2011, he has worked with Boeing's Starliner program for years, earning him a key post on the first crewed test of the system. [Full Article...]

Engine flaw delays Boeing test of crew capsule to 2019

Engine flaw delays Boeing test of crew capsule to 2019 Mulholland said the Atlas V launch vehicle for the mission is launch-ready and should ship to Florida before the end of this year. SpaceX and Boeing have not released updated timelines for the first flights of their respective Crew Dragon and Starliner capsules. [Full Article...]

NASA Says Life On Mars Is Currently Impossible

NASA Says Life On Mars Is Currently Impossible At the close approach, the red planet will be brighter than all the stars in the night sky and therefore you will never miss this reddish colour planet as a naked eye bright object in the eastern sky after the sun set. The distance between the planets will be a record low. If you're fortunate enough to spot the red planet through a telescope, you may be able to see the planet-wide dust storm tha... [Full Article...]


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