Last week, China landed a spacecraft on the far side of the Moon , something no country has ever done before. "We chose a vertical descent strategy to avoid the influence of the mountains on the flight track", Zhang He, executive director of the Chang'e-4 project said in a statement .
A resident of Pariahan village pumps drinking water from a well, on November 28, 2018 in Bulacan, north of Manila in the Philippines. And the warming is happening faster than predicted by scientists in 2013, according to the study, which was published this week in the journal Science .
Citizen scientists have discovered a potentially habitable exoplanet roughly twice the size of Earth, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Monday. It turned out that they did not analyze all of the data. During its K2 mission, Kepler repositioned itself toward a new patch of sky once every three months.
The result of the vote - a defeat by seven with 20 Tory MPs rebelling , including former cabinet ministers Sir Michael Fallon and Justine Greening - is one thing, and a bad introduction to the resumption of the "meaningful vote" debate. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker plans to speak to May again this week. She postponed a scheduled vote on the deal in December after it became clear she would lose.
The Yutu-2 rover. Image credit: CNSA. If the minerals found on the moon's far side are in any way useful here on Earth, you can bet all major nations will be jockeying over them. Yutu also conquered those challenges and, after initial setbacks, surveyed the moon's surface for 31 months. The mission highlights China's growing ambitions to rival the US, Russia and Europe in space, and more broadly, to cement its position as a regional and global power.
Soon after it landed, the rover got to work and took a photo or two of its landing site, and already sent them back to Earth . Since launching its first astronaut into space in 2003, China has been on an ambitious drive to catch up with the pack led by the United States.
Nasa's New Horizons , the spacecraft that sent back pictures of Pluto 3 years ago, swept past the ancient, mysterious object early on New Year's Day. The mission team has chose to call the larger lobe "Ultima" and the smaller lobe "Thule".
Scientists suspect that these ancient objects have been preserved in relatively pristine condition since the beginnings of the still-forming solar system, some 4 billion years ago. Scientists suspect Ultima Thule is a single object no more than 32 km long, though there's a chance it could prove to be two smaller bodies orbiting each other or connected by a slender neck.
A supermoon is when the satellite is to the closest point from the Earth during its elliptical orbit. Charles R. Alcock, director of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said a total lunar eclipse is "wonderful to see, so if we're fortunate to have a cloud-free night, it's actually worth staying up for it".
SpaceX usually attempts to land Falcon 9 first stages shortly after liftoff for future reuse, but not today. This mission is the final one of 2018 for Elon Musk's SpaceX and the company's 21st launch of the year, which breaks its 2017 record .
EST (10:23 p.m. GMT), when the North Pole is at its farthest tilt of 23.5 degrees away from the sun. How is the Winter Solstice observed throughout the world? This is the shortest day of the year, too - but with the moon this full, we've got plenty of reason to stay out howling.
Japan will tell the IWC of its decision by the end of the year, Kyodo news agency said, months after the body rejected its latest bid to resume commercial whaling. Japan can not continue its research whaling in the Antarctic Ocean if it pulls out of the IWC. The IWC was established in 1946 to conserve and manage the world's whale and cetacean population.
It is at this point the Earth is tilted at its farthest point from the sun in the Northern Hemisphere . This is when when the sun appears to be at its southernmost point in the sky; as such, the Southern Hemisphere has its longest day of the year, and the Northern Hemisphere has its shortest day of the year, on the December solstice , according to EarthSky.
Wednesday's launch window opens at 9:07 a.m. EST and is scheduled to last 26 minutes. Neither the company nor the U.S. Air Force provided details. Around midday Tuesday, Arianespace had planned to launch a Soyuz rocket from the spaceport in French Guiana to carry a French defense and intelligence imaging satellite designated CSO-1 into orbit.
NASA estimates that in about 300 million years the rings will be entirely gone. As you may remember from science class or The Magic School Bus , the rings of Saturn are mostly made up of chunks of water ice, ranging from "microscopic dust grains to boulders several yards (meters) across".
Virgin Galactic wound up surpassing its previous record of 32.3 miles from July's test flight and reached just below the Kármán line at 62 miles above Earth, which marks the boundary between the upper atmosphere and outer space. "The anticipated addition of SpaceShipTwo to a growing list of commercial vehicles supporting suborbital research is exciting", Ryan Dibley, Flight Opportunities campaign manager at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, said in a ...
On Sunday, Dec. 16, the comet named 46P/Wirtanen will make its 10 closest comet flybys of Earth in 70 years. Comet Wirtanen has already been visible in larger amateur telescopes, and there is the possibility that, during its closest approach this weekend, comet Wirtanen could be visible with binoculars or to the naked eye.
During the peak of the shower, which is tonight around 2 a.m., you can see anywhere between 30 to 40 meteors per hour. This meteor shower is active every December when Earth passes through a massive trail of dusty debris shed by a weird , rocky object named 3200 Phaethon , NASA said.
Geminid Meteor Shower 2018: Where will it be visible? Observers under a clear dark sky can expect to see up to 120 meteors per hour - an average of two per minute. The Geminid meteor shower happens every year, when the Earth flies through debris left behind by an asteroid named 3200 Phaethon . Geminid meteor shower - How is it different? The Geminid meteors are pieces of rocky debris from an extinct comet, racing round the Solar System, in an orbit.
Spacewalking astronauts ripped through thick insulation on a capsule docked to the International Space Station on Tuesday, looking for clues to a mysterious drilled hole that leaked precious cabin air four months ago. Russian space officials wanted the site surveyed from the outside, before the capsule's return to Earth next week with Prokopyev and two others. The hole was repaired on the same day restoring the hermetic integrity of the ISS.
The 3200 Phaethon orbits the Earth every 1.4 years and comes ever-so-close to earth, at about 150 million kilometres, and that's what makes this light show one of the most spectacular. The darker the sky, the longer you'll be able to set your exposure so as to avoid washing it all out. According to Earthsky.org , meteors intensify in number as the evening deepens into late night, with 2am pinpointed as the prime viewing time.
The veteran naturalist and TV presenter, whose most recent series, Blue Planet II , focused on the destruction of the oceans by pollution, called on the world's leaders to actually lead in the battle against man-made climate change . 2018 is the year the countries committed to putting a plan in place for carrying out the agreement, so time is running out. The talks in Katowice have been billed as the most important United Nations conference since the landmark Paris accord as they ...
Chang'e-4 will be the second Chinese probe to land on the moon . Earlier it was reported that Russian Federation intends to deploy a full-scale moon base between 2036 and 2040 to deliver large goods and saturate the lunar polygons a variety of scientific experiments.
Nasa presented the sounds at a news conference on Friday. Get your headphones and subwoofers ready: NASA unveiled its new Sounds of Mars recording and it's almost all bass. The sounds were recorded by an air pressure sensor inside the lander that part of a weather station, as well as the seismometer on the deck of the spacecraft.
Monday witnessed both a Soyuz rocket blasting three newcomers to the ISS and a Falcon 9 rocket taking 64 smallsats into orbit 310 miles (500 km) above Earth. "Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data". Today's SpaceX launch was previously postponed after mould was found on food bars in the cargo hold.
The Soyuz rocket which took off from the cosmodrome in Kazakhstan has Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and the Canadian Space Agency's David Saint-Jacques on board. The crew repeatedly denied being nervous about flying and insisted the fact that the two-man crew had safely returned to Earth despite the dramatic mishap had demonstrated the reliability of the rocket's safety mechanisms.
The latest SpaceX Falcon 9 launch had been scheduled for liftoff at 10:32 a.m. Sunday while carrying not one, not two, but 64 satellites on what was billed as a "ridesharing" mission. The latest version of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, called Block 5, is created to fly as many as 100 times before retirement, and up to 10 times without significant refurbishment between flights.
The research by the Global Carbon Project is published in the journals Nature, Earth System Science Data and Environmental Research Letters . Attenborough said: "Right now we are facing a manmade disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change .
In some areas, groups of masked men roamed freely, smashing a police van with metal bars and setting trees alight. Dozens of streets and Metro stations were closed, bringing the centre of the city to a standstill. "He urged protesters not to take part in violence". On Saturday, boulevards that should have been packed with tourists and Christmas shoppers resembled battle zones, as smoke and tear gas hung in the air and debris littered the ground.
Earlier this year, NASA shocked scientists by canceling the Resource Prospector mission , the only American lunar rover now in development. Bridenstine said that NASA wants a lot of companies involved to strengthen competition . "It marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972 for long-term exploration and use". According to AP, the new partnerships are loosely modeled after NASA's successful commercial cargo deliveries to the ...