• Stratolaunch, World's Largest Airplane Makes First Test Flight in California
Stratolaunch, World's Largest Airplane Makes First Test Flight in California

After years of development in the desert north of Los Angeles , a enormous, six-engined mega jet with the wingspan of an American football field flew Saturday morning for the first time. Importantly, Saturday's flight was just a test - no rockets were launched from the giant plane as it soared at 17,000 feet. "I honestly could not have hoped for m...

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  • At least five killed in powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes in South
At least five killed in powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes in South

Robertson County Texas Sheriff Gerald Yezak (YEZ'-ik) told The Associated Press that a suspected tornado hit Franklin on Saturday, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences. Franklin, Texas, roughly 125 miles south of Dallas, was nearly entirely flattened by a tornado, according to the Robertson County Sheriff's Office.

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  • Astronomers Capture Image of Black Hole for the First Time
Astronomers Capture Image of Black Hole for the First Time

To capture the image of a black hole - an object that is so dense that not even light can escape it - scientists combined the power of eight radio telescopes around the world using "Very-Long-Baseline-Interferometry" which effectively created a virtual telescope around the same size as the Earth itself.

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  • Israeli spacecraft Beresheet reaches moon but landing unsuccessful: support team
Israeli spacecraft Beresheet reaches moon but landing unsuccessful: support team

India hopes to become the fifth lunar country in the spring with its Chandrayaan-2 mission. A screenshot from Instagram showing posts with the "Israel to the moon" hashtag. In an email sent before touchdown, Diamandis said the mission "will no doubt chart the path towards a new generation of low-priced scientific lunar landers".

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  • NASA Calls Off First All-Female Spacewalk Over Odd Problem
NASA Calls Off First All-Female Spacewalk Over Odd Problem

She thought she could use a large one, but changed her mind after her first real spacewalk. She will serve as the flight engineer for Expeditions 59 and 60 on the International Space Station . NASA later noted that there is a second medium-sized spacesuit torso on the station, but it is not now configured for a spacewalk. Astronaut Christina K...

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  • NASA baffled by mysterious, unexplained ejections on asteroid Bennu
NASA baffled by mysterious, unexplained ejections on asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx (the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) arrived in orbit of Bennu on December 31 of previous year. "We study asteroids like Bennu to learn about the origin of the solar system". Asteroids are easy to imagine as inert rocks flying through space.

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  • How to see the last supermoon of 2019 on 21st March
How to see the last supermoon of 2019 on 21st March

The next super moon will not occur until February 2020, according to CNET . The equinox will occur on Wednesday, March 20 at 5:58 p.m. Worth noting: The moon will be close to full on Tuesday night, March 19, so if the sky is clear, grab your camera and check out the view.

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  • SpaceX successfully launches unmanned crew capsule into orbit
SpaceX successfully launches unmanned crew capsule into orbit

The spacecraft attached to ISS via "soft capture" at 5:51 a.m. Nasa and SpaceX celebrated the successful launch on Saturday of a new astronaut capsule on a week-long round trip to the International Space Station - a key step towards resuming manned space flights from United States soil after an eight-year break.

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  • SpaceX Taking Next Steps Towards Sending Astronauts into Space
SpaceX Taking Next Steps Towards Sending Astronauts into Space

This six-day mission - which carries along a test dummy covered in sensors, nicknamed Ripley - endeavors to blast into space , attach to the space station, and then parachute back down to Earth. "I thought maybe we'd have a 10 percent chance of reaching orbit starting out", Silicon Valley billionaire Musk said of his feelings when he founded the s...

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  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal could cost $93 trillion, group says
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal could cost $93 trillion, group says

She also claimed without evidence that current proposals supported by the Democratic Party to combat climate change are "frankly going to kill us". They showed a video clip with Ocasio-Cortez asking, "There's scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very hard and it does lead young people to have a legitimate question: ...

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  • Israel flying to moon after SpaceX launch
Israel flying to moon after SpaceX launch

The unmanned craft is set to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Thursday, attached to a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket . People watch the launch of Israel's spacecraft Beresheet at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI ) in Israel's central town of Yahud on February 22, 2019.

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  • Israel's first lunar lander launched into space from Florida
Israel's first lunar lander launched into space from Florida

The rocket left the pad at Space Launch Complex 40 at 01:45 UTC, marking the first launch for SpaceX from the facility in 2019. Meanwhile, Beresheet, the Air Force Research Laboratory's S5 satellite, and the primary payload, Nusantara Saru, pushed on to orbit.

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  • Super snow moon: 2019’s biggest supermoon lights up the sky this week
Super snow moon: 2019’s biggest supermoon lights up the sky this week

This will be the second time the moon has reached perigee this year. Instead, check the skies Monday and Tuesday nights for the best views. In early Native American tribes, the phenomenon was known as a 'super snow moon' as February usually sees the heaviest snowfall, (although there's now no snow forecast here in the UK).

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  • China's Moon mission sees first seeds sprout
China's Moon mission sees first seeds sprout

The pioneering landing highlights China's ambitions to rival the US, Russia and Europe in space through manned flights and the planned construction of a permanent space station. The far side of the Moon, which humans know much less about than the side that faces the Earth, is often mistakenly called the "dark" side , though it is not actually ...

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  • China Focus: Moon sees first cotton-seed sprout
China Focus: Moon sees first cotton-seed sprout

China says it has grown the first plants on the Moon as part of its historic mission to the far side. After Chang'e-4 landed on the far side of the moon on January 3, the ground control center instructed the probe to water the plants to start the growing process.

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  • Bolsonaro open to USA military base in Brazil
Bolsonaro open to USA military base in Brazil

Days later he rowed back, saying "it is not yet decided", apparently responding to fears of Brazil's powerful farming businesses that an embassy move could put at risk $1 billion in meat exports to Arab markets. Separately, Bolsonaro met Thursday with the head of the World Trade Organization, Roberto Azevedo, who said the new Brazilian government's...

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  • 'New Horizons' mission reveals entirely new kind of world
'New Horizons' mission reveals entirely new kind of world

The object, nicknamed Ultima Thule , was photographed by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during a late-night rendezvous on the first day of 2019. " New Horizons performed as planned today, conducting the farthest exploration of any world in history-4 billion miles from the Sun", said Principal Investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest R...

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  • EPA proposes making it harder to limit mercury emissions
EPA proposes making it harder to limit mercury emissions

It took 21 years before the EPA finalized the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for coal-fired power plants. In announcing the new proposed rule, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement that the costs of cutting mercury from power plants "dwarfs" the monetary benefits.

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  • Japan says it will resume commercial whaling
Japan says it will resume commercial whaling

After years of unsuccessful lobbying for its scientific and commercial whaling programs, Japan has finally pulled the plug on its membership of the IWC. "No more pretense of research whaling". Japan said it will continue to attend meetings of the IWC to help "rectify the dysfunction" of the organization led by the United States.

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  • NASA's Voyager 2 makes milestone move into interstellar space
NASA's Voyager 2 makes milestone move into interstellar space

The spacecraft moved beyond the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun known as the heliosphere , NASA has confirmed . The space agency separately launched its twin Voyager spacecraft in 1977 with a mission to explore the outer solar system . The PSE instrument stopped working for Voyager 1 in 1980, however, s...

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