Tag Archives: NASA

Satellites Show Warming Is Speeding Sea Rise

The Associated Press reports: Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up the already fast pace of sea level rise, new satellite research shows. At the current rate, the world’s oceans on average will be at least 2 feet (61 centimeters) higher by the end of the century compared to today, according to researchers who published in Monday’s ...

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Trump Plans To Privatize International Space Station

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a kind of orbiting real estate venture run not by the government, but by private industry. The White House plans to stop funding the station after 2024, ending direct federal support of the orbiting laboratory. But it does not intend to abandon the orbiting laboratory ...

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Astronaut John Young Dies At Age 87

CBS News reports: Legendary astronaut John Young — who twice ventured into space in pioneering two-man Gemini capsules, orbited the moon and then walked on its cratered surface before commanding two space shuttle missions, including the program’s maiden flight — has died, ending one of the most storied careers in space history. NASA said he died Friday night following complications ...

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Trump: We’re Sending America Back To The Moon

Reuters reports: At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration as he began a process to return Americans to the moon. “We are the leader and we’re going to stay the leader, and we’re going to increase it many ...

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NASA’s Cassini Dives Into Saturn After 20-Year Mission

The Associated Press reports: NASA’s Cassini spacecraft disintegrated in the skies above Saturn early Friday in a final, fateful blaze of cosmic glory, following a remarkable journey of 20 years. Confirmation of Cassini’s expected demise came about 7:55 a.m. EDT. That’s when radio signals from the spacecraft — its last scientific gifts to Earth — came to an abrupt halt. ...

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Large Asteroid To Make Near-Earth Pass On Friday

Space Flight Insider reports: A large rock will fly past Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of 4.4 million miles (7 million kilometers). Asteroid 3122 Florence, named after modern nursing founder Florence Nightingale, is the largest object to make a close-encounter since NASA began tracking near-Earth objects (NEO) in the 1990s. “While many known asteroids have passed by ...

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TONIGHT: NASA Craft Flies Over Jupiter’s Red Spot

NPR reports: Scientists are about to get an up-close and personal look at the planet Jupiter’s most famous landmark, the Great Red Spot. NASA’s Juno spacecraft will be directly over the spot shortly after 10 p.m. ET Monday, July 10, about 5,600 miles above the gas giant’s cloud tops. That’s closer than any spacecraft has been before. The spot is ...

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NASA’s Cassini Dives Between Saturn’s Rings [VIDEO]

Scientific American reports: Running low on fuel, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has begun the final — and most daring — phase of its epic mission to Saturn. After using a final flyby of the moon Titan on Friday to boost its speed, Cassini was flung by the moon’s gravity to a trajectory that sent it diving through the 1,200-mile (1,930 kilometers) ...

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Trump Learns That Astronauts Recycle Their Urine Into Drinkable Water: Better You Than Me [VIDEO]

The jokes are too easy. The New York Daily News reports: Urine for a big surprise, President Trump. The commander-in-chief, in a surreal Earth-to-space call from the Oval Office Monday to congratulate astronaut Peggy Whitson on surpassing a record 534 days in space, received a flood of knowledge on life in zero gravity — including how pee gets repurposed. “Water ...

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NASA Announces Discovery Of Exoplanet System With Three Earth-Sized Planets That Might Sustain Life

NBC reports: Astronomers from NASA and the European Southern Observatory announced Wednesday that four new Earth-sized exoplanets have been discovered orbiting a star about 40 light-years away, and that three may contain liquid water and be able to sustain life. This star’s small grouping of planets now boasts the most Earth-sized worlds of any system astronomers have discovered, and the ...

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NOAA: 2016 Was The Hottest Year On Record

The Washington Post reports: In a powerful testament to the warming of the planet, two leading U.S. science agencies Wednesday jointly declared 2016 the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set just last year — which, itself, had topped a record set in 2014. Average surface temperatures in 2016, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, were ...

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NASA: Earth Is Due For An Extinction-Level Event

The Guardian reports: Humans are woefully unprepared for a surprise asteroid or comet, a Nasa scientist warned on Monday, at a presentation with nuclear scientists into how humans might deflect cosmic dangers hurtling toward Earth. “The biggest problem, basically, is there’s not a hell of a lot we can do about it at the moment,” said Dr Joseph Nuth, a ...

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Scientists Frantically Copy Climate Change Data Onto Private Servers As Safeguard Against Trump’s People

The Washington Post reports: Alarmed that decades of crucial climate measurements could vanish under a hostile Trump administration, scientists have begun a feverish attempt to copy reams of government data onto independent servers in hopes of safeguarding it from any political interference. The efforts include a “guerrilla archiving” event in Toronto, where experts will copy irreplaceable public data, meetings at ...

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Astronaut John Glenn Dies At Age 95 [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: John Glenn, an astronaut, senator and old-fashioned American hero, died Thursday at the age of 95, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Glenn was the last survivor of the Mercury 7, selected in 1959 as NASA’s first group of astronauts. He became the first American to orbit the Earth on Feb. 20, 1962. It was a solo flight, ...

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SpaceX Rocket Explodes On Launch Pad [VIDEO]

The Verge reports: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, meant to launch a satellite this weekend, exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Reports suggest the explosion occurred during a static fire test of the rocket’s engines. The Falcon 9 was getting ready to launch the Amos 6 satellite, a communications probe for the Israeli satellite operator Spacecom. The mission ...

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July 2016: The Hottest Month On Record

CNN reports: July was the world’s hottest month ever, according to NASA, the tenth month in a row to break temperature records globally. But help may be on the way in the form of a developing La Nina weather pattern — it just may not arrive until 2017. On Tuesday, NASA confirmed in a statement 2016 had seen the warmest ...

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Grand Jury Service Open Thread [VIDEO]

As I mentioned yesterday, today I begin grand jury service. Since you’re seeing this post, that means I’m busy indicting ham sandwiches, so use this post to discuss any breaking news and for your regular off-topic ruminations. As a bonus, enjoy the below live-streams of baby kittens and the view from the International Space Station. (You can rewind both streams ...

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Juno Spacecraft: I’m Here, Jupiter, Deal With It [VIDEO]

CNN reports: NASA says it has received a signal from 540 million miles across the solar system, confirming its Juno spacecraft has successfully started orbiting Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. “Welcome to Jupiter!” flashed on screens at mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. The Juno team cheered and hugged. “This is phenomenal,” said ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Juno Spacecraft Enters Jupiter’s Orbit

The big moment starts around 10:30PM but I’m putting the feed up now so you can come back to it later. From the New York Times: The countdown for the Juno spacecraft to reach its destination at Jupiter is now a matter of hours. “Happy Fourth of July, everyone,” Scott Bolton, the principal investigator of the mission, said during a ...

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Scientists See “Healing” In Antarctic Ozone Hole

Finally some good climate news. The Los Angeles Times reports: For the first time in 30 years, the gaping hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica is showing signs of healing. Every year since it was discovered in 1985, scientists have watched the hole grow bigger from one Antarctic spring to the next, eventually covering 10.9 million square miles in ...

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