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Musk also tweeted a video from on board the booster, showing the rocket spinning uncontrollably until it regained stability at the last moment, but missed the landing pad. According to Musk, the rocket could still be re-used as its engines stabilised the spin just in time to ensure an intact landing in water. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon", he wrote.
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    Look Out Mars, Here Comes InSight

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    InSight's perilous descent through the Martian atmosphere, after a trip of 300 million miles (482 million kilometers), had stomachs churning and nerves stretched to the max. Launched alongside NASA's InSight Mars lander in early May, researchers have indicated that both CubeSats are effectively "chasing" Mars as it orbits the sun, in order to be in position to capture InSight's landing on the planet .
  • SpaceX rocket launch carrying 64 satellites in massive rideshare mission

    SpaceX rocket launch carrying 64 satellites in massive rideshare mission

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    Sunday morning's launch attempt was postponed to allow for additional inspections of the rocket's second stage. A Falcon 9 launches to orbit for an unprecedented third time. HawkEye 360 thinks its satellites will be able to triangulate those frequencies and help their clients track down said pirates. Sunday's planned launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc has been delayed 24 hours.
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    Soyuz Successfully Launched Into Orbit, Says Russia's Space Agency

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    It was the first manned mission for Russia since October, when NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were forced to make an emergency landing shortly after launch following a rocket malfunction. After NASA retired the Space Shuttle in 2011, Russian Soyuz rockets have been the only way to get people to the International Space Station. "Risk is part of our profession", the 54-year-old said.
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    In January 2017, China's energy regulator ordered 11 provinces to stop over 100 coal-fired power projects, with a total installed capacity of more than 100 gigawatts, but the worldwide greenhouse gas emissions gap is still widening. Increased emissions and lagging action means the gap published in this year's report is larger than ever. "Rich countries need faster reductions; the poorer countries need to slow down the growth", said report author and research director Glen Peters of the ...
  • NASA's InSight lander successfully reaches Mars

    NASA's InSight lander successfully reaches Mars

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    NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport ( InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an nearly seven-month, 300-million-mile (458-million-kilometer) journey from Earth. Monday afternoon's touchdown was preceded by a series of complicated maneuvers as InSight made its way through Mars' atmosphere. If the instrument establishes that Mars has the remains of a liquid core it will suggest the planet once had a magnetic field ...
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    Why NASA's InSight landing was a triumph of human achievement

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    The two suitcase-size spacecraft that followed InSight, MarCO, are the first cube satellites to fly into deep space. The network got the first photos and videos of the landing apparatus. And InSight's magnetometer and weather sensors are taking readings of the landing site, Elysium Planitia - "the biggest parking lot on Mars". MarCO-B was programmed to turn so that it could image the planet in a sequence of shots as it approached Mars (before launch, MarCO-A's cameras were found to be either ...
  • NASA looks to outsource Moon delivery services

    NASA looks to outsource Moon delivery services

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    The long-range goal remains eventual piloted flights to Mars, but only after first using the space station, the moon and lunar orbit as technology test beds to reduce or retire risks. Artist's depiction of Masten's XL-1 lander on the surface of the Moon. This includes encouraging private investment where possible and shifting sights to lunar science, including the Gateway Lunar Orbital Platform and a human return to the Moon in the short term.
  • NASA Announces Its Commercial Partners for Lunar Delivery Services

    NASA Announces Its Commercial Partners for Lunar Delivery Services

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    The Commercial Lunar Payload Services contracts have a total value of $2.6 billion over the next 10 years. CLPS is a multi-award contract worth $2.6 billion over the course of its 10 year performance period. The US President signed the Space Policy Directive in December past year, officially announcing a return to the lunar surface as the near-term goal of NASA's human space programme.
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    First Pictures of Planet Mars Emerge From NASA's Lander Mission

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    CubeSats have been shown to provide an effective and cost-efficient way for spacecraft to relay information to Earth without needing to have previous craft already in orbit around a celestial body or to use the primary mission's energy to send information all the way back to Earth while it is entering orbit or landing.
  • Tragedy as 145 pilot whales die in mass stranding in New Zealand

    Tragedy as 145 pilot whales die in mass stranding in New Zealand

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    By far the largest was when up to 145 pilot whales were found late on Saturday washed up on Stewart Island , 30km off the southern coast of the South Island. Mr Parks said seal colonies in the area already attract sharks to those waters. "Desperately we grabbed their tails and pushed and yelled, before we got hammered by them thrashing around", she wrote on Instagram.
  • NASA’s ‘robot geologist’ InSight set to land on Mars next week

    NASA’s ‘robot geologist’ InSight set to land on Mars next week

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    NASA's Mars-bound InSight spacecraft is on track for a soft touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet on November 26, the U.S. space agency said. The smaller, 880-pound (360 kg) InSight - its name is short for Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport - marks the 21st USA -launched Martian exploration including the Mariner fly-by missions of the 1960s.
  • Chinese scientist claims to have made world's first genetically edited babies

    Chinese scientist claims to have made world's first genetically edited babies

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    Gene editing is a process of modifying strands of DNA that controls the entire body. In his YouTube video, He describes the procedure as having "removed the doorway through which HIV enters". But this is not the first time Chinese researchers have experimented with human embryo technology, and last September scientists at Sun Yat-sen University used an adapted version of gene-editing to correct a disease-causing mutation in human embryos.
  • NASA’s InSight spacecraft lands on Mars after six-month journey

    NASA’s InSight spacecraft lands on Mars after six-month journey

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    After sailing 301 million miles on a six-month voyage through deep space, InSight touched down on Mars at about 2000 GMT. United States eastern time. Being completely solar-powered, this is an important activity that ensures the lander has all the power it needs. And a radio transmitter will send back signals tracking Mars's subtle rotational wobble to reveal the size of the planet's core and possibly whether it remains molten.
  • Anxiety at NASA as Mars InSight spacecraft nears the Red Planet

    Anxiety at NASA as Mars InSight spacecraft nears the Red Planet

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    It's touching down on Mars that aerospace engineers consider to be one of the greatest challenges in the solar system; in fact, about a third of missions successfully launched to the red planet don't survive a landing. NASA's InSight lander is set to touch down on the Red Planet at roughly noon, Eastern Time, on Monday. This is when the intense heat caused a temporary drop in the radio signal from the craft.
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    Ever Star Trek plane with no moving parts built

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    Researcher Steven Barrett said that the idea came to him from watching " Star Trek " as a child. "This has potentially opened new and unexplored possibilities for aircraft which are quieter, mechanically simpler, and do not emit combustion emissions".
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    The mission of the Mars 2020 Rover: details

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    The Jezero Crater is located on the western edge of a giant impact basin just north of the Martian equator. Utilizing information from NASA's armada of Mars orbiters, they will outline landscape in more noteworthy detail and distinguish districts of intrigue - places with the most fascinating geographical highlights, for instance - where Mars 2020 could gather the best science tests.
  • Elon Musk's pot-smoking video prompts NASA investigation

    Elon Musk's pot-smoking video prompts NASA investigation

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    SpaceX is expected to begin manned test launches of its Crew Dragon spacecraft in June, while Boeing will begin in August, according to Forbes. But while the Air Force does not appear to be taking action, NASA is. Save the date: SpaceX's first demo flight for its upcoming crewed flight - the first to take off from American soil in eight years - will be January 7.
  • What you need to know about the new 'Super Earth'

    What you need to know about the new 'Super Earth'

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    And Barnard's Star is getting closer to us every day: In about 10,000 years, the red dwarf will take over the nearest-star mantle from the Alpha Centauri system. Despite relative closeness to Barnard's Star (0.4 times the distance between Earth and the Sun), the exoplanet receives little energy from its faded host: only 2 percent that which the Sun provides our Earth.
  • SpaceX just tied its own rocket-launch record

    SpaceX just tied its own rocket-launch record

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    Speaking at a space conference about a refurbished SpaceX rocket, SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell recently said that "it was substantially less than half" the cost of building a new rocket booster. Modification Block 5является Falcon 9 rocket reusable. To get there, the satellite's on-board propulsion system will be used to raise the low-point of the orbit and maneuver the spacecraft into the proper position to serve the Middle East.
  • China's fusion test burns six times hotter than the sun

    China's fusion test burns six times hotter than the sun

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    The news comes soon after China announced its plans to roll out a series of fake moons to illuminate urban streets at night. Scientists across the world are working to achieve nuclear fusion . The high temperatures inside a fusion reactor tear electrons away from their atoms and form a charged plasma of hydrogen ions. In theory, fusion reactors would produce energy by fusing hydrogen atoms into helium .
  • Super Earth orbiting nearby star discovered after decades

    Super Earth orbiting nearby star discovered after decades

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    Barnard's Star is an extremely dim object known as a "red dwarf"; it's about 3 percent as bright as the Sun, so it emits far less solar energy. Barnard's star b, as the new planet is called, was excruciatingly hard to pin down, and the team is referring to it as a "candidate planet" though it is confident it's there.