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China Aiming to Establish a Power Station in Space by 2025

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This has prompted the Chinese Academy of Space Technology to think about building a robot factory in space to produce the power station's components close to the orbit itself. China's planned space power plant will be void of such issues. After the successful attempt of sprouting cotton seeds on the moon last month, China has focused on the ambitious project to build a power station in space. Read More »

Super Snow Moon on display through Tuesday morning

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It's a combination of two things - a snow moon and a supermoon . Not to worry, the Virtual Telescope live stream will offer video of the super snow moon . As NASA's website explains, the term " Supermoon " was actually coined in 1979. The average distance of the perigee is around 226,000 miles (363,300 kilometers) from Earth. Read More »

Amazon aims to use renewable energy to cut its carbon footprint

McDonald's, Coca-Cola and other big companies that generate lots of waste have announced similar initiatives, hoping to appeal to customers concerned about the environment. There's a business case to be made for mitigating climate change as well. In April previous year, Apple said retail stores, offices, data centres and co-located facilities in 43 countries - including the USA, the UK, China and India - were powered by renewable energy, and all of Apple's data centres have been powered by ... Read More »

Best place to see tonight's supermoon? Williamstown beach, 8pm

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You will have an opportunity to check out February's Full Moon through Wednesday morning. But if the sight of a clear night sky still gives you goosebumps, then you should gear up for the "supermoon" this week. The Moon also appears 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter. The supermoon happening on 19 February will be the biggest and brightest full moon of the year, because the moon's orbit will be at its closest to earth. Read More »

February's Supermoon Will Be 2019's Biggest and Brightest

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The difference between the moon's closest point in its orbit ( perigee ) and its farthest (apogee). A supermoon occurs when the moon's orbit is closest ( perigee ) to the Earth at the same time it is full, according to NASA . The phenomenon describes the moment when the New Moon closely matches with perigee . 2019 is predicted to see 3 consecutive supermoon's. The last time these two events aligned was 19 years ago in March 2000. Read More »

Trudeau to face more questions on SNC-Lavalin controversy dogging his government

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Frum said Sunday in an e-mail. "In our system of government, of course, (Wilson-Raybould's) presence in cabinet should actually speak for itself", said Trudeau on Monday evening. Wilson-Raybould suddenly quit the cabinet Tuesday, but Trudeau has not given a reason for her resignation. "It's crystal clear that Justin Trudeau is attempting to cover-up the SNC-Lavalin Affair", he states in the release. Read More »

Mars Rover gives super emo final goodbye to NASA before death

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Originally slated to last 90 days, they chugged on a whole lot longer than that. Take a look back at some of the best photos Opportunity transmitted back to Earth during its journey. In May 2009, Spirit got stuck in soil and NASA ended its mission in 2011 . NASA researchers never left the building when the government shut down for more than a month. Read More »

February's Supermoon could be year's biggest and brightest

It is called the snow moon due to typical snowfall during this time of year. As the moon is significantly larger than the smallest full moon in the year, it is still considered a supermoon event, said the spokesperson. It's the second of three supermoons to take place in 2019. Some other nicknames for it are the Storm Moon, Hunger Moon and Bone Moon. The full moon will be at its closest point at exactly 10:53 a.m. Read More »

Second massive meteorite impact crater found under Greenland ice

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The new suspected impact crater is about 22 miles (36 kilometers) wide and, like the first structure, has not yet been definitively identified as an impact crater. This was surrounded by an elevated edge and characteristic central peaks, which form on the crater floor after an impact. "The crater is exceptionally well-preserved and that is surprising because glacier ice is an incredibly efficient erosive agent that would have quickly removed traces of the impact", said Kurt Kjær, a ... Read More »

Elon Musk’s space vehicle certification to be reviewed by Pentagon

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In a memo [PDF ] first reported by Bloomberg , the OIG indicated it was interested in reviewing whether the USAF complied with the Launch Services New Entrant Certification Guide, though they did not specify what triggered the review. The review will begin this month, the memo said, and will be undertaken at the Space and Missile Systems Center in El Segundo, California . The engines are fueled by a mix of liquid methane and liquid oxygen and are about twice as powerful as those aboard the ... Read More »

NASA officially says goodbye to its Mars rover, Opportunity

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Opportunity traveled roughly 28 miles before an intense dust storm on June 10, 2018 sent the rover into hibernation. "Our beloved Opportunity remains silent", said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, during the conference. Read More »

NASA set up permanent moon base

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Bridenstine said that the space community has been given a mandate by President Trump to return to the moon. "If you are in a part of the Moon where it is getting dark, you will notice that a lunar night has a duration of 14 terrestrial days, meaning that that part of the Moon would be kept in darkness for two weeks", as said the scientist at the Caribbean Astronomy Society, the last time when hang'e-4 had to shut down during its first lunar night. Read More »

New Horizons beams back a new revelation about Ultima Thule

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Though these are not last Ultima Thule images, as many more are to come- but these images are the final view of New Horizons captured of the KBO (officially named 2014 MU69 ) as it raced away at over 31,000 miles per hour (50,000 kilometers per hour) on January 1. Read More »

Buttigieg: Green New Deal resolution 'the right beginning'

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But perhaps the most controversial point of all was a plan to provide "economic security" for those " unwilling to work ". Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff said this was merely a draft and that it was published by accident. "If we didn't do that, we'd be killing ourselves basically". His supporters in the meantime have been calling out the advocates of the proposal as hypocrites, who just pretend to care about climate while flying private jets, going as far as calling the Green movement "the ... Read More »

2018 was the fourth-hottest year in history, according to Nasa

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The hottest year on record was 2016 when the average global surface temperature was 0.99 degrees Celsius or 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the mid-20th century mean. A still image pauses the onslaught of warmer temperatures in NASA and NOAA data summarizing global climate changes . Because weather station locations and measurement practices change over time, the interpretation of specific year-to-year global mean temperature differences has some uncertainties. Read More »

Uranus has a 'new feature' and it's very attractive, Nasa reveals

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The first planet found with the aid of a telescope, Uranus was discovered in 1781 by astronomer William Herschel, NASA said. The space agency also spotted a new storm brewing on Neptune . The causes of these dark spots is a mystery, but because they're only seen at the bluest wavelengths, "my money is on some sort of coloration of the clouds", said Irwin. Read More »

Future Mars Rover Named for DNA Pioneer Rosalind Franklin

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In order to name the Franklin rover, which is part of the ExoMars series of missions and will succeed a failed lander called Schiaparelli, ESA pored through suggestions from 36,000 people. The UK Space Agency is the second largest European contributor to the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars mission , having invested €287 million in the mission and £14 million on the instruments. Read More »

What's in a Tokyo 2020 medal? Old phones, discarded cameras

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Tokyo Olympic organizers say they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices by the end of March to reach the amount that will be required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals. In October, 28.4 kilograms of gold (93.7 percent of the targeted 30.3 kilograms goal) and 3,500 kilograms of silver (85.4 percent of the targeted 4,100 kilograms goal) were sourced from recycled electronics. Read More »

Nasa's first mini-spacecraft in deep space go silent

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In any case, the NASA team considers MarCO a "spectacular success" since they have shown that such small (the size of a briefcase) and relatively cheap (around $18.5 million per mission) satellites can operate in deep space. JPL hasn't ruled out restoring contact with the MarCO cubesats, which are still receding from the sun in their heliocentric orbits but will start to move closer again this summer. Read More »

Honeybees can solve basic math problems

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Now, that may not sound like a particularly impressive ability, but it's a capacity rarely seen in nature, with only a handful of nonhuman animals capable of the feat, including some primates and the African grey parrot. In this case, the bees had to work out that two plus one equals three. At the entrance the bees were shown a display of varied shaped "elements" - a square, diamond, circle or triangle - coloured either yellow or blue. Read More »

Commercial crew test flight schedule slips again

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The US space agency is now targeting March 2 for the launch of SpaceX's Crew Dragon and "no earlier than April" for Boeing's unmanned flight test. For the initial SpaceX test flight, the Dragon will depart five days after docking, plunging back into the atmosphere for a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean east of Cape Canaveral. Read More »

Last 4 years 'warmest on record'

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Two US agencies, the United Kingdom Met Office and the WMO have analysed global temperatures in slightly different ways, but each came to the same conclusion on Wednesday: 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record behind 2016, 2015 and 2017. Read More »

Breathtaking photo of far side of Moon and Earth

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Longjiang-1, a sister satellite to Longjiang-2, didn't manage to leave Earth's orbit after launch in late May, but that's been the only dark spot on what has otherwise been a successful mission for the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and its effort to study the Moon's far side. Read More »

May Confirms Commitment to Northern Ireland in Brexit Plan

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But questions remain about Brexit's impact on the decision. Nissan will need to reapply if it seeks more support, Clark said. The newspaper said the letter contained comments by Mr Clark that it would be "a critical priority of our [Brexit] negotiations to support United Kingdom auto manufacturers". Read More »

The Milky Way Is Totally Twisted

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Thanks to observation, reconstruction, and comparison to other galaxies, researchers have a fairly accurate idea of what our galaxy looks like. IAC researcher Jonay González Hernández said: 'Theory predicts that these stars could form just after, and using material from, the first supernovae, whose progenitors were the first massive stars in the Galaxy'. Read More »

Earth’s magnetic north pole is hurtling toward Russian Federation

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The World Magnetic Model (WMM) enables compasses to point north and is used in navigation systems and was updated to keep it accurate. A more serious possible effect of the " tug of war " between magnetic field patches in northern Canada and Siberia, which some scientists say is causing the accelerated movement of the magnetic north pole, is its potential to weaken the magnetic shield sparing earth from deadly solar and cosmic radiation. Read More »

David Bernhardt: Trump selects former oil lobbyist to oversee interior department

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If confirmed by the Senate, Bernhardt would replace former Secretary Ryan Zinke who resigned from the Interior Department in December amid questions over his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest. House, had been under consideration, along with Bernhardt and others. Zinke's departure came amid several ethics investigations into him. This will include confirmation hearings before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Read More »

Seas will change colour as climate heats up

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Some regions that are greener today, such as near the poles, may turn even deeper green, as warmer temperatures brew up larger blooms of more diverse phytoplankton . "Phytoplankton provide the organic matter that feeds nearly everything else in the ocean", Dutkiewicz said. Some might argue the color of climate change is red - the color that most often marks dramatic temperature increases on climate maps. Read More »