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A lunar eclipse will take place in the hours of darkness, and is combined with the moon being closer to the earth than usual, making it a super moon. The moon is then "Super" because it is at its closest point to Earth. All three combined and you have the Super Blood Wolf Moon that only comes around about every 20 years.
  • China lands probe on far side of moon in global first

    China lands probe on far side of moon in global first

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    Humanity first visited the moon decades ago, but today is the first time a mission has made a soft landing on the moon's far side . The relay satellite , dubbed Queqiao ("Magpie Bridge", a name inspired by a Chinese folk tale), is required because there's never any direct line of sight between Earth and Chang'e-4.
  • Nasa probe in landmark space exploration

    Nasa probe in landmark space exploration

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    Scientists made a decision to study Ultima Thule with New Horizons after the spaceship, which launched in 2006, completed its main mission of flying by Pluto in 2015, returning the most detailed images ever taken of the dwarf planet. The spacecraft is believed to have come within 2200 miles (3500km) of Ultima Thule . And even the U.S. government shutdown couldn't stop NASA from celebrating such an extraordinary feat.
  • Japan considering return to commercial whaling

    Japan considering return to commercial whaling

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    Several IWC member countries, including United States tried to persuade Iceland to end its commercial whaling and later in 2011 after pressure from WWF and others, U.S. Japan's decision to exit from the International Whaling Commission carries the risk of forfeiting international trust and damaging momentum for conservation - all in exchange for an uncertain outlook for commercial whaling as demand for whale meat falters.
  • Bright light spotted over California likely was a meteor, weather service says

    Bright light spotted over California likely was a meteor, weather service says

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    But controllers called the attempt off about 10 minutes before the planned launch, after noticing an issue with the rocket. "I was thinking it was a jet or something", Kira Bulger of Oakland told local CBS affiliate station KPIX 5. The launch has been rescheduled for Thursday. The meteor was caught on dash cams, quickly falling, nearly vertically, and leaving behind a bright trail, which shone high in the sky.
  • Kansas native pilots Virgin Galactic's supersonic plane into space

    Kansas native pilots Virgin Galactic's supersonic plane into space

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    Richard Branson center celebrates with pilots Rick "CJ" Sturckow (L), and Mark "Forger" Stucky (R), after Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on December 13, 2018. The space plane was piloted by two expert pilots, Mark "Forger" Stucky and Frederick "CJ" Sturckow, both of whom will be awarded with FAA Commercial Astronaut Wings in a ceremony early next year.
  • What's Next for NASA's Voyager 2 in Interstellar Space?

    What's Next for NASA's Voyager 2 in Interstellar Space?

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    NASA's Voyager 2 is now the second human-made object to zip away from the sun into the space between the stars. On Dec. 10, 2018, NASA announced that Voyager 2 had joined Voyager 1 in interstellar space. "We have an instrument which measures the wind coming from the sun, and we saw in fact that there was no longer any measurable solar wind", Edward Stone, the Voyager mission's project scientist, said in a video released Monday.
  • Geminids Meteor Shower: the best places to watch from the United Kingdom tonight

    Geminids Meteor Shower: the best places to watch from the United Kingdom tonight

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    The Geminid meteor shower is set to peak Thursday night into Friday morning and people all over the world were getting ready to see the last big meteor shower of 2018. First discovered via satellite data 35 years ago, an asteroid called " 3200 Phaethon " is responsible for bringing the spectacular Geminids meteor showers to Earth's atmosphere each December.
  • SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

    SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

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    SpaceX spokesperson John Insprucker said that the team will use the telemetry from the first-stage booster to find out the reason behind the failed landing. This mission is NASA's 16th mission of SpaceX, which is part of a long-term contract to deliver supplies in space. The Dragon spacecraft, carrying almost 3 tons of science and supplies, is scheduled to rendezvous with the International Space Station on Saturday.
  • SpaceX launches cargo, but fails to land rocket

    SpaceX launches cargo, but fails to land rocket

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    Falcon 9 B1050 seen shortly before a grid fin lost control, throwing the rocket into a near-uncontrollable spin. Now, SpaceX head honcho Elon Musk has shared some clearer video of what, exactly, happened and what went wrong on the Falcon's journey back to Earth.
  • Russian Soyuz rocket successfully launches three astronauts to ISS

    Russian Soyuz rocket successfully launches three astronauts to ISS

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    Ahead of Monday's launch a Russian Orthodox priest blessed the spaceship on its launchpad, in accordance with tradition, while the crew spoke calmly of the dangers involved. "Space is changing so quickly and my hope is Canada's as much a participant as it has ever been in global programs moving forward", she said. The launch comes less than two months after a booster failure forced a Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and USA astronaut Nick Hague to make an ...
  • NASA selects 9 USA companies to make lunar robotic payloads

    NASA selects 9 USA companies to make lunar robotic payloads

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    That will depend on the success of the Commercial Lunar Payload Services program . Firefly Aerospace designs, manufactures and operates launch vehicles for the small satellite and Draper works to provide payload operations guidance systems for the lunar lander.
  • Watch NASA Attempt to Land a Spacecraft on Mars

    Watch NASA Attempt to Land a Spacecraft on Mars

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    If all goes as hoped, NASA will catch word of a safe landing thanks to two briefcase-size spacecraft that launched with InSight, together called Mars Cube One ( MarCO ). Up to now, the success rate at the red planet was only 40 percent, counting every attempted flyby, orbital flight and landing by the U.S., Russian Federation and other countries since 1960.
  • New Report Reignites Climate Change Debate Within US Gov't

    New Report Reignites Climate Change Debate Within US Gov't

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    Climate change is already hurting the global economy and will cost the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars annually by century's end unless drastic action is taken to cut carbon emissions, a major USA government report warned on Friday. The National Academy of Sciences reviewed the report, and one of the members said this: "We have wasted 15 years of response time". Outside scientists and officials from 13 federal agencies wrote the report, which was released on the afternoon following ...