Month: December 2019

Sunlight streaming through a forest of giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera, off Catalina Island, … [+] California, USA. (Photo by: David Fleetham/VW PICS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Universal Images Group via Getty Images Scuba divers along the California coast have been watching the kelp forests steadily disappear for years, and everyone is pointing fingers at
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NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch harvest a crop of Mizuna mustard greens grown for … [+] the Veg-04B investigation, part of a phased research project to address the need for fresh food production in space. Credit: NASA If you’re an astronaut living on the International Space Station, you get regular shipments of freeze-dried
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Ron Lopez, president of Astroscale U.S.: ‘The Air Force is talking about safety, congestion and how that affects resilience’ LOS ANGELES — Astroscale, a Japanese company that recently stood up an American subsidiary, sees the U.S. military as a potential customer for the company’s debris removal and other in-orbit services. Astroscale is preparing to demonstrate
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX will conduct an in-flight abort test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft in early January as the launch of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner on an uncrewed test flight slips another day, NASA announced Dec. 6. In one statement, NASA said the in-flight abort test for Crew Dragon is currently scheduled for no earlier than
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Takahashi’s daughter reported that he was re-reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time on … [+] the evening of his death. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Geochemist Taro Takahashi, who helped discover the ocean’s vital role as a carbon sink, died on December 3, 2019 at the age of 89. Takahashi was born in Japan in
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WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab successfully launched several smallsats Dec. 6 on an Electron mission also designed to test technologies to make the rocket’s first stage reusable. The Electron lifted off from the company’s launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 3:18 a.m. Eastern after more than a week of delays caused by ground equipment
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WASHINGTON — Kacific Broadband Satellites, a startup that ordered a geostationary satellite from Boeing despite reservations about the absence of U.S. export-credit financing, on Dec. 5 said it tapped European and Asian lenders to refinance loans used to buy the satellite.  Kacific’s first satellite, Kacific-1 launches Dec. 15 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Kacific-1
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Étienne Schneider, deputy prime minister of Luxembourg, frequently tells the story of how he got interested in building a space resources industry in the country. His efforts to diversify the country’s economy several years ago led to a meeting with Pete Worden, at the time the director of NASA’s Ames Research Center and a proponent
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FILE PHOTO: Bret Greenstein, IBM Global Vice President of Watson Internet of Things Offerings, holds a clone of an artificial intelligence bot named CIMON, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, U.S., June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors was headed to the International Space Station
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Numata longwing butterfly resting on a leaf, Heliconius numata, This unpalatable tropical butterfly … [+] co-mimics other unpalatable tiger-pattern butterflies in the genus Melinaea, Butterfly farm, La Selva Reserve, Rio Napo drainage, Amazon Basin, Ecuador, Photographed under controlled conditions (Photo by Wild Horizons/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Universal Images Group via Getty Images Over
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Fifty years ago, the Apollo 11 moon landing changed how the world viewed space exploration. For the millions of people who watched Neil Armstrong take his first step on the moon’s surface, it inspired new horizons for the human spirit and imagination and even offered the possibility of life beyond our pale blue dot. It’s
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WASHINGTON — British satellite operator Inmarsat delisted from the London Stock Exchange Dec. 5, completing a $3.3 billion buyout that some shareholders sought to delay.  The High Court of Justice in England and Wales approved the buyout by a private equity consortium Dec. 3, completing the last step Inmarsat needed for the deal to close. 
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WASHINGTON — NASA space station managers are still trying to find ways to squeeze in at least three spacewalks into a crowded schedule before the station’s crew drops to three people in February. NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano completed the third in a series of spacewalks Dec. 2 to repair the
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Many of the U.S.’s top, potato-producing states couldn’t withstand what was a cold and wet harvest … [+] season, and its disastrous timing Getty Much of this year’s agriculture weather news focused on the corn belt with its spring flooding, late planting and potential early freezes. There have been significant weather impacts to other agriculture
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WASHINGTON — Sky and Space Global, a startup planning a constellation of 200 cubesats for low-data-rate communications, has narrowed its near-term focus to raising enough money for an initial eight satellites. Difficulty obtaining financing has delayed Sky and Space Global’s target launch, once anticipated for late 2019, to the end of 2020, the company said
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Pixel2013 / Pixabay There are many reasons why people share articles online. Sometimes it is to demonstrate an expertise or interest in a certain area. Sometimes it’s an attempt to change people’s minds. Other times, it is simply to share with the world something that brought them a moment of joy or inspiration. But what
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WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a reorganization of the office that oversees commercial launches in a bid to improve its efficiency as the number of launches grows. During a panel discussion at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce commercial space conference here Dec. 3, Wayne Monteith, FAA associate administrator for commercial space transportation,
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Bengal cat communicating through posture (pictured) and volatile organic compounds (not pictured). Getty If you’ve encountered one of the nearly 100 million cats in the U.S., you know that cats regularly show us their butt. Why? It’s thought to be a sign of affection. Cats, much
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Griffin warned that projects are being delayed and some may be prevented from happening because of the lack of funding. WASHINGTON — The newly created Space Development Agency has laid out ambitious plans to develop new satellite constellations for military communications and missile defense. For now, many of the agency’s efforts are temporarily on hold
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HELSINKI — China will attempt major space exploration missions and test new rockets in 2020 while also looking to continue a launch rate which has seen it lead the world in orbital launches over the past two years. Zhuang Jingguo, chief engineer of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the country’s man space
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India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL (PSLV-XL) rocket carrying advanced earth observation satellite Cartosat-3 and 13 US nano satellites lifted off from the second launch pad of the rocket port in Sriharikota on Wednesday. At about 9:28am the 44.4 metres tall, weighing 320-ton rocket blasted off from the second launch pad at the country’s rocket port here.
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SAN FRANCISCO – TriSept Corp., a launch integration and mission management company, announced Dec. 2 an $18 million indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to support NASA cubesat launches. Under the new contract, NASA will have the option of turning to TriSept of Chantilly, Virginia, for mission integration services and dispenser hardware in support of cubesat
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