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On January 17, the Tokyo-based company ALE will send a spacecraft into orbit attached to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's ( JAXA)'s Epsilon Rocket #4. Of course, the Japanese firm target the profits, not any scientific achievements, so, if successful, anyone wealthy enough would be able to order an artificial shooting stars event.
  • China's Lunar Rover May Face Challenges On Moon's Far Side

    China's Lunar Rover May Face Challenges On Moon's Far Side

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    China is now the third country to establish a presence on the moon after the United States and Russian Federation. Regardless of whether the soil could support plants, the far side of the moon has high mountains, craters and few large, flat areas, said Sun Zezhou , chief designer of the Chang'e-4 lunar lander.
  • China envisions moon base after far-side success

    China envisions moon base after far-side success

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    Chinese space officials, in turn, shared the time and coordinates of Chang'e 4's scheduled landing, Wu told reporters during a briefing on the lunar mission. The tasks of the Chang'e-4 include astronomical observation, surveying the moon's terrain and mineral makeup and measuring the neutron radiation and neutral atoms to study the environment of its far side.
  • United Kingdom launches ambitious plan to tackle air pollution

    United Kingdom launches ambitious plan to tackle air pollution

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    These include increasingly popular domestic burning on stoves and open fires, now the single biggest source of particulate matter emissions in Britain. The Thai government is doubling its efforts to put an end to hazardous air pollution with artificial rain, according to local media reports on Tuesday.
  • Melting away: Antarctica ice loss increases six-fold since 1979

    Melting away: Antarctica ice loss increases six-fold since 1979

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    Millions of people living in coastal cities around the world could be threatened with flooding as the pace of melting is expected to lead to disastrous sea level rise in the years to come, a study has claimed. The continental ice sheet is, by far, the largest single mass of ice on Earth - miles deep in places and containing more than 26 million cubic kilometers of ice.
  • China lunar lander sprouts the first seedlings on the moon

    China lunar lander sprouts the first seedlings on the moon

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    The first ever plants have sprouted on the moon, after China's Chang'e-4 mission carried cotton seeds to the "dark side", facing away from Earth. Many have questioned whether the experiment is likely to contaminate the moon, however, experts believe this is unlikely also considering there are more than 100 bags of human waste on the Moon left behind by the Apollo astronauts.
  • SpaceX To Lay Off 10 Percent Of Its Workforce

    SpaceX To Lay Off 10 Percent Of Its Workforce

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    SpaceX is developing Starship alongside their Super Heavy rocket to ferry humans to and from the Moon, Mars, and even potentially other locations in the solar system. The Los Angeles Times reported the job cuts earlier on Friday. The company's valuation rose to $31 billion after initiating a $500 million equity sale.
  • Our Oceans Are Warming At An Even Faster Rate Than We Anticipated

    Our Oceans Are Warming At An Even Faster Rate Than We Anticipated

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    The new analysis, published in Science , shows that trends in ocean heat content match those predicted by leading climate change models, and that overall ocean warming is accelerating. "And so the first effect will be that sea level will be different in different places depending on the warming". The Science report linked the warming to more rain, increased sea levels, coral reef destruction, declining ocean oxygen levels and declines in ice sheets , glaciers and ice caps in polar ...
  • Stars Like The Sun Become Giant Crystal Ball When They Die

    Stars Like The Sun Become Giant Crystal Ball When They Die

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    This means that the sky really is there are millions of diamond spheres, - said Pier-Emmanuel Direction from Warwick University. "Using modelling, we infer that this pile-up arises from the release of latent heat as the cores of the white dwarfs crystallize", the researchers wrote in their study which was published on January 9.
  • MP throws up while holding dead fish

    MP throws up while holding dead fish

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    A video of people holding up the dead fish from the latest incident has gone viral as local farmers and the community blame the state government's mismanagement of the Murray-Darling Basin. Rob McBride, a grazier who lives south of Menindee on the Lower Darling, insists the deaths are the result of a "man-made engineered disaster". The Menindee Lakes, which are about four times the size of Sydney Harbour, were drained twice in four years and are sitting at between 2.6 per cent and 4 per ...
  • Repeated fast radio bursts from space make ‘alien life’ theories alive

    Repeated fast radio bursts from space make ‘alien life’ theories alive

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    Although the source of the object is still unknown, Loeb was one of the scientists suggesting that it was probably an alien probe falling off from the galaxy after completing its mission. Most FRBs found are at frequencies near 1400 megahertz (MHz). "At the end of a year we may have found 1,000 more bursts". Shriharsh Tendulkar , an astronomer from the McGill Space Institute and a co-author of the new study, said radio frequencies help scientists understand possible emission ...
  • China broadcasts spacecraft pictures from moon's far side

    China broadcasts spacecraft pictures from moon's far side

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    The Moon's far side is also known as the dark side because it faces away from Earth and remains comparatively unknown, with a different composition from sites on the near side, where previous missions have landed. These images were sent back via the relay satellite Queqiao , which was operating around the second Lagrangian point of the earth-moon system, about 455,000 kilometers from earth, where it can see both celestial bodies.
  • Mysterious radio signals from deep space detected

    Mysterious radio signals from deep space detected

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    More than 60 FRBs have been observed to date, but this is only the second time researchers have found repeating bursts from a single source . That one was spotted by the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico in 2015. Current technology allows us to understand these events, but space still holds many some surprises: fast radio bursts (or bursts) as example. "Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more out there", University of British Columbia ...
  • New concession on backstop following furious row over Brexit vote

    New concession on backstop following furious row over Brexit vote

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    With less than three months before Britain is due to leave the EU, Parliament kicked off a five-day battle over May's Brexit plan with a show of force - undermining her preferred timetable if lawmakers vote down her deal on Tuesday. "It is a warning to the Government not to drift into No Deal at the end of March by accident or through brinkmanship", she said. "When I became an MP three years ago I was determined that I would not become part of the establishment".
  • NASA Planet Hunter Discovers Third New Planet

    NASA Planet Hunter Discovers Third New Planet

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    Less than a year after NASA's TESS spacecraft was launched, the scientists behind the mission have unveiled their third confirmed planet, a weird alien world that's between Earth and Neptune in size. "We've confirmed three planets so far, and there are so many more that are just waiting for telescope and people time to be confirmed", Dragomir said.
  • China's Chang'e-4 spacecraft lands on far side of the moon

    China's Chang'e-4 spacecraft lands on far side of the moon

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    Three nations - the United States, the former Soviet Union and more recently China - have sent spacecraft to the near side of the moon , but the latest landing is the first on the far side. The Chang'e-4 lunar probe was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China on December 8, 2018, and entered orbit around the Moon five days later.
  • Brazil to move embassy to Jerusalem: Bolsonaro

    Brazil to move embassy to Jerusalem: Bolsonaro

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    Although Embraer was privatized in 1994, the Brazilian government owns a special "golden share" which gives it veto power on important decisions, such as the transfer of control of the company, interruption to the provision of military aircraft parts, and a change of its name.
  • China shares first Chang’e-4 Lunar far side images

    China shares first Chang’e-4 Lunar far side images

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    As China's space agency CNSA explains in a new post on its website, the Chang'e 4 lander arrived on schedule on the Moon's surface and quickly deployed the Yutu rover. Chang'e-4 is carrying six experiments from China and four from overseas, including low-frequency radio astronomical studies - aiming to take advantage of the lack of interference on the moons' far side.
  • Quadrantid meteor shower due over Norfolk January 2019

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    Those in the Northern Hemisphere, especially Europe and the surrounding areas, will have the best chance of observation. The Quadrantid shower lasts for weeks, but it has a very narrow peak of a few hours with maximum activity. "The reason the peak is so short is due to the shower's thin stream of particles and the fact that the Earth crosses the stream at a perpendicular angle", NASA explains.
  • China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

    China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

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    The moon is tidally locked to Earth, meaning the natural satellite takes about the same amount of time to spin once on its axis as it does to orbit our planet. The mission will also characterise the "radio environment" on the far side, a test created to lay the groundwork for the creation of future radio astronomy telescopes on the far side, which is shielded from the radio noise of Earth.
  • NASA declares New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule a huge success

    NASA declares New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule a huge success

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    New Horizons flew past Ultima Thule at 12:33 a.m. EST (5:33 a.m. GMT) January 1, 2019, ushering in the era of exploration from Kuiper Belt, a collection of icy bodies left over from the Solar System's formation 4.6 billion years ago. If confirmed, this configuration could represent a precious snapshot of planetary formation in action, supporting the idea that the massive, orbiting bodies in our inner solar system assembled in part through the rapid coalescing of pebbles and dust.
  • Chinese spacecraft is first to land on far side of moon

    Chinese spacecraft is first to land on far side of moon

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    The official China Central Television said Thursday the lunar explorer Chang'e 4 had touched down at 10am time local (3pm NZ time ). The probe landed at 10:26am Beijing time and relayed a photo of the "dark side" of the moon to the Queqiao satellite, which will relay communications between controllers on Earth and the far side of the moon.
  • Nightmare-scenario: U.S. national parks dispose of lock due to budget

    Nightmare-scenario: U.S. national parks dispose of lock due to budget

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    Parts of Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks , also in California, closed Monday because of overflowing trash and traffic jams, The Associated Press reported . Joshua Tree, which covers more than 792,000 acres of national park from Palm Springs north to the town of Joshua Tree, will remain open during the shutdown.
  • NASA's New Horizons poised for New Year's Kuiper Belt flyby

    NASA's New Horizons poised for New Year's Kuiper Belt flyby

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    Ultima Thule lies 1.6 billion kilometres beyond Pluto in the Kuiper Belt - a cosmic doughnut of small primitive objects. "This is a time capsule that is going to take us back four and a half billion years to the birth of the solar system ", said Alan Stern , the principal investigator on the project at the Southwest Research Institute, during a press briefing Friday.