• Development of NASA's SLS Rocket Suffers Under Proposed 2020 Budget
Development of NASA's SLS Rocket Suffers Under Proposed 2020 Budget

NASA will also have its first all-female spacewalk at the end of the month, when astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will get to float around in space. "At $21 billion, this budget represents a almost 6 percent increase over last year's request and comes at a time of constrained resources across the federal government".

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  • SpaceX launches unmanned capsule to space station
SpaceX launches unmanned capsule to space station

Eastern Time (10:51 GMT) after 27 hours after the capsule's launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Because it was created to carry humans, it has an advanced emergency escape system that will allow the crew to safely escape should anything go wrong.

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  • Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully launches spacecraft designed for astronauts — Crew Dragon
Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully launches spacecraft designed for astronauts — Crew Dragon

But over the longer haul, Musk said, he'd like to open Crew Dragon to space tourists as well. And if all goes well, a flight with humans could happen as soon as this year. "It's done. Now we're in a position where we can take our time and make sure we get it right". Among the estimated 5,000 launch spectators at Kennedy were the two NASA astronau...

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  • Sen. Feinstein Dismisses Youth Activists' Call for Green New Deal
Sen. Feinstein Dismisses Youth Activists' Call for Green New Deal

Varshini Prakash, executive director of the group that sponsored the visit, the Sunrise Movement , said in a statement that the incident shows a need for fundamental change in the Democratic Party. Joe Crowley (D). For longtime watchers of Feinstein's career, the scene was not a surprise. If she truly believed it was lazy or unAmerican or wh...

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  • NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Wilson-Raybould", Butts said. "Any accusation that I or the staff put pressure on the attorney general is simply not true", he said, but added: "It is in the best interests of the office and its important work for me to step away". Multiple MPs also told CBC News that while there was a consensus in caucus that Wilson-Raybould should no longer sit...

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  • NASA set up permanent moon base
NASA set up permanent moon base

The President's direction from Space Policy Directive-1 galvanizes NASA's return to the Moon and builds on progress on the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, efforts with commercial and worldwide partners, and knowledge gained from current robotic presence at the Moon and Mars.

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  • Russian islands declare emergency over polar bear `invasion`
Russian islands declare emergency over polar bear `invasion`

Russian authorities have so far refused permission to shoot the bears but are sending a commission to investigate the situation and have not ruled out a cull. It is thought that rising global temperatures have contributed to a reduction in the size of the polar bears' sea-ice habitats, forcing them onto land for longer periods of time.

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  • 2018 continued worrying warming trend according to multiple climate reports
2018 continued worrying warming trend according to multiple climate reports

The UN's World Meterological Organisation said in November that 2018 was set to be the fourth warmest year in recorded history, stressing the urgent need for action to rein in runaway planetary warming . This also means Toronto's temperature rose above the global average. It was the fourth highest since 1880, the earliest year for which reco...

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  • NASA's First Deep Space Mini Spacecraft Go Silent
NASA's First Deep Space Mini Spacecraft Go Silent

EVE and WALL-E were used to ferry communications from InSight and helped beam data back from the rover. WALL-E sent back stunning images of Mars as well, while EVE performed some simple radio science. At such distances from Earth the probes have to align their antennas very precisely to communicate with operations control and wobbling might ...

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  • Pelosi stops short of endorsing Green New Deal
Pelosi stops short of endorsing Green New Deal

Pelosi told Politico in wide-ranging interview, however, that it's just a "suggestion" and one of "many" the caucus is likely to receive on green energy. The Green New Deal would be paid for 'the same way we paid for the original New Deal, World War II, the bank bailouts, tax cuts for the rich and decades of war - with public money appropriated b...

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  • Chinese satellite captures moon and Earth like you've never seen them
Chinese satellite captures moon and Earth like you've never seen them

However, it lost its twin satellite Longjiang-1 in May 2018 when it spun off and lost contact with the Chinese National Space Administration on Earth. Uncorrected image attached. More next week! The photo "has a purple haze to it due to the hard photo environment in space", Tammo Jan Dijkema, an engineer with the Netherlands Institute for Radio A...

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  • Report Warns of N. Korea Nuclear Threat Ahead of Trump-Kim Summit
Report Warns of N. Korea Nuclear Threat Ahead of Trump-Kim Summit

The worldwide threats hearing is generally the one time during the year that all the heads of major usa intelligence agencies testify in public about the threats facing the nation. Earlier this week, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan said the USA and the Taliban had agreed in principle for a framework to talks that could end the a...

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  • Much Of Mountain West Region Doesn't Believe In Climate Change
Much Of Mountain West Region Doesn't Believe In Climate Change

There may be some silver lining to having a president with such staunch views against the environment: namely that his blatantly anti-scientific views have coincided with a sharp rise in Americans believing that climate change is real, manmade and urgently concerning.

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  • Missed the super wolf blood moon? Stunning photos, here
Missed the super wolf blood moon? Stunning photos, here

NASA estimates there will be 85 total lunar eclipses this century. A view of the moon during a total eclipse on Monday. The so-called " super blood wolf moon " slips into Earth's dark umbral shadow during a total lunar eclipse behind the Tours's cathedral on January 21, 2019 in France.

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  • Stargazers share images of super blood wolf moon
Stargazers share images of super blood wolf moon

The Reuters news agency reported, "The best viewing of the one-hour total eclipse was from North and South America, with as many as 2.8 billion people able to see it from the Western Hemisphere, Europe, West Africa and northernmost Russian Federation".

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  • Interpreting the super blood moon
Interpreting the super blood moon

A cold but clear winter night across Canada gave witnesses an ideal view of the blood-coloured moon. The next chance for a glimpse at a lunar eclipse will be in May 2021, two years later. At the peak of the spectacle, sunlight passed through Earth's atmosphere and lit the moon, making it appear to glow red. A total lunar eclipse happens when the ...

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  • Wolf moon set to light up the night sky
Wolf moon set to light up the night sky

Finally, full moons are given monthly names, and this one happens to be the "wolf" moon. Over time, monthly full moons have acquired different names. Only when that coincides with a full moon or a new moon is it called a supermoon . The next supermoon, on February 19, will be a bit closer and the one in March will be the farthest of th...

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

The researchers, including those from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's ( Nasa ) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Utrecht University in the Netherlands, were able to find out that between 1979 and 1990, Antarctica shed an average of 40 gigatonnes of ice mass annually, the PTI report said.

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  • China broadcasts spacecraft pictures from moon's far side
China broadcasts spacecraft pictures from moon's far side

A camera deployed on Chang'e-4 took a photo that was released by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) today. " From the panorama, we can see the probe is surrounded by lots of small craters, which was really thrilling ", Li said.

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  • A spectacular meteor shower is happening over Canada this week
A spectacular meteor shower is happening over Canada this week

For viewers in North America, the Quadrantids will peak at the wrong time relative to Earth's rotation. However, the peak will only last a few hours. This particular asteroid is 2003 EH1, which takes 5.52 years to orbit the sun once. And if you're lucky, you might be able to catch the result: colorful meteor showers that light up the night sky.

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  • Fireworks to send 'message of support' to European Union citizens
Fireworks to send 'message of support' to European Union citizens

Big Ben will return to action to start the countdown after remaining silent for the year during renovation works. REUTERS/Eloisa LopezFireworks light up the sky around the London Eye wheel to welcome the New Year in London, Britain, January 1, 2019.

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  • Japan to quit whaling treaty and return to commercial hunting in 2019
Japan to quit whaling treaty and return to commercial hunting in 2019

Top official spokesperson Yoshihide Suga said, Tokyo will officially inform the IWC of its decision by the end of the year, which will mean the withdrawal comes into effect by June 30. Japan has hunted whales for centuries, and the meat was a key source of protein in the immediate post-World War II years when the country was desperately poor.

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  • Australia opposes Japan's plan to resume commercial whaling
Australia opposes Japan's plan to resume commercial whaling

If withdrawing, Japan has to notify IWC by January 1, according to Kyodo News. "Yet many critics view this use of the exception as a fig leaf, exploited by Japan's Fisheries Agency to cover for the practice of reportedly selling whale meat commercially".

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  • U.K. Parliament to resume Brexit deal debate on January 9
U.K. Parliament to resume Brexit deal debate on January 9

She said: 'Everybody is very clear that not only what Government policy is but what we are all individually and collectively focused on is working to ensure that that deal is able to be agreed by and go through a meaningful vote in the House of Commons'.

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  • Carcinogenic substances: the Gene makes a houseplant pollutant filter
Carcinogenic substances: the Gene makes a houseplant pollutant filter

Artificial filters can not remove, for example, benzene and chloroform, which prior studies have linked to cancer. But 2E1 is located in our livers and is turned on when we drink alcohol. But for the modified plants, the concentration of chloroform dropped by 82 percent after three days, and it was nearly undetectable by day six. The research was...

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  • Giant ice-filled crater on Mars portrays idyllic wintry scene
Giant ice-filled crater on Mars portrays idyllic wintry scene

This causes a layer of cold air that permanently sits on top of the crater. The images-which were taken earlier this year using the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on ESA's Mars Express orbiter-are a fitting way to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the spacecraft's insertion into the Red Planet's orbit, coming up on Christmas Day.

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  • Paris Agreement: Countries inch towards a deal
Paris Agreement: Countries inch towards a deal

The likelihood of a deal increased on Friday after a new text was released. Among the highlights of this COP, two major industries - the sports and the fashion worlds - joined the movement to align their business practices with the goals of the Paris Agreement, through the launch of the Sports for Climate Action Framework, and the Fashion Industr...

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  • Google marks Geminid meteor shower with a series of doodles
Google marks Geminid meteor shower with a series of doodles

While we are treated to several meteor showers throughout the year, most pale in comparison to the grand finale - the Geminids . The National Weather Service forecast calls for mostly clear skies with a slight southern breeze. Alex Filippenko, astrophysicist and astronomy professor at UC Berkeley. Usually appearing in bursts of two or three, G...

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  • Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: What, when and where to watch in India?
Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: What, when and where to watch in India?

For those hoping to catch a glimpse of the show, it's set to be most visible in Dubai's skies on the night of Friday December 14 . Moving at about 79,000 miles per hour, the Geminids can look as bright as planet Venus, according to USA Today .

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  • NASA releases info on tiny asteroid Bennu
NASA releases info on tiny asteroid Bennu

Two spectrometers on the spacecraft, OVIRS and OTES, discovered hydroxyls, or molecules of oxygen and hydrogen atoms bonded together. OSIRIS-REx was launched in 2016 and caught up with Bennu on December 3 after a 1.4 million-mile trip. The mission now is performing a preliminary survey of the asteroid, flying the spacecraft in passes over Bennu...

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