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  • Biology in space and on Earth: Studies on the ISS

    October 14, 2017 1:01 PM 8

    What happens on the return to the Earth after the trip? “Around the World in Eighty Days” was the famous 1873 novel by the French writer Jules Verne. It was a challenge then. A century and half later, anyone can do this within 80 hours, on an airplane. We can now go around half the world (say, from India to California) in 20 hours. That of course upsets

  • We're closer than ever to finding the mysterious Planet Nine

    October 14, 2017 8:02 AM 17

    A new computer simulation defines the exact orbit and behaviour of Planet Nine... now we just need to actually find it In January 2016, a pair of astronomers published a paper that changed the direction of modern astronomy. The paper predicted the existence of another, huge planet lurking far beyond Neptune, in the most distant realms of our solar system

  • Russia launches satellite to monitor the atmosphere

    October 13, 2017 3:32 PM 10

    Russia on Friday launched a European satellite dedicated to monitoring the Earth's atmosphere, the protective layer that shields the planet from the sun's radiation, live footage from the cosmodrome showed. The Sentinel-5P orbiter took off on schedule at 0927 GMT from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The launch went according to plan and the 820-kilogram

  • Russia launches European atmosphere monitoring satellite

    October 13, 2017 11:57 AM 18

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia successfully launched a satellite into orbit Friday that will monitor Europe's atmosphere, helping to study air pollution. The European Space Agency's Sentinel-5P satellite was launched by a Rokot missile from the Plesetsk launch pad in northwestern Russia. The satellite will map the atmosphere every day. After separating from the upper

  • Russia launches European satellite to monitor Earth's atmosphere

    October 13, 2017 11:57 AM 11

    'The Sentinel-5P satellite is now safely in orbit so it is up to our mission control teams to steer this mission into its operational life and maintain it for the next 7 years or more,' the agency's director general, Jan Woerner, says in a statement LIFTOFF. A satellite is sent into orbit on Russian Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT on Friday, October 13. Screen

  • Penguin Famine: Thousands of Chicks Starve to Death in Antarctica

    October 13, 2017 11:31 AM 8

    Animal campaigners have raised the alarm over a “catastrophic breeding failure” among 18,000 pairs of Adélie penguins in Terre Adélie, Antarctica at the start of 2017 that left just two of the colonies chicks alive—in scenes described as “Tarantino does Happy Feet.” The penguin species, which lives in large colonies that can comprise thousands of members

  • Nasa carbon space observatory 'watches Earth breathe'

    October 13, 2017 11:02 AM 12

    A Nasa satellite has provided remarkable new insights on how CO2 is moved through the Earth's atmosphere. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) tracked the behaviour of the gas in 2015/2016 - a period when the planet experienced a major El Niño event. The US space agency's OCO satellite was able to show how that increase was controlled by the response

  • SpaceX launches, lands recycled rocket

    October 12, 2017 10:11 AM 15

    SpaceX launched a rocket that had already flown to space and landed it successfully on an ocean platform, as part of its ongoing effort to recycle costly rocket components. On a clear autumn evening at 6:53 pm (2253 GMT), the tall, white Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida carrying the Echostar 105/SES-11 satellite. "Couldn't be more perfect

  • SpaceX successfully lands another reused Falcon 9 rocket

    October 12, 2017 7:21 AM 20

    SpaceX has successfully landed another reused rocket, as billionaire Elon Musk's firm pushes forward to make space flight cheaper and more frequent. Late on Wednesday, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched the EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite, before returning back to earth and landing on the droneship station in the Atlantic. The rocket launched from NASA's

  • SpaceX successfully launches 2nd rocket in 3 days

    October 11, 2017 11:43 PM 25

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a commercial communications satellite thundered into space Wednesday after a picture-perfect sunset launching from the Kennedy Space Center, the California rocket builder's second flight in just three days and its 15th so far this year. The rocket's previously flown first stage, meanwhile, flipped around and plunged