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Scienza Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon's far side
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China successfully landed the Chang'e 4 spacecraft on the moon's far side - also known as the "dark side" of the moon - on Thursday, which no nation had done before. To solve this issue, the China launched a satellite in May 2018 which helped to relay information. A subsequent Chang'e-5 probe mission is being planned, which will gather samples and actually return to the Earth, the first time a man-made object will be sent to the Moon and return to Earth since 1976.

Scienza New Horizons probe reveals distant Ultima Thule asteroid looks like a snowman
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Initially, the New Horizon's team believed that the object was a spherical chunk of ice and rock measuring 18-41 km (10-30 mi) in diameter. By contrast, he suggested, scientists did not know for sure whether other two-lobe bodies - most notably the rubber ducky-like Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko - were two objects that came together or one larger body that had eroded into its current shape.

Scienza Near-capacity toilets force Joshua Tree campgrounds to close amid government shutdown
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Due to this, the updated closure list includes Wawona Campground, Hodgen Meadow Campground, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Crane Flat Snow Play Area and Goat Meadow Snow Play Area. "This is a reflection on their efforts and the park is very fortunate to have a community that exhibits the kind of care and concern witnessed over the last week", he said.

Scienza New Horizons set for historic flyby TOMORROW — NASA announcement
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Now it hopes to solve the mystery surrounding Ultima Thule , which is believed to be a binary system but could be something much stranger. "We set a record". But the new target is so far away and so faint that NASA's Hubble Space Telescope was the only instrument that could see it. This composite image made available by NASA shows the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed "Ultima Thule," indicated by the crosshairs at centre, with stars surrounding it on August 16, 2018, made by the New ...

Scienza EPA says ‘not necessary’ for coal plants to comply with mercury limits
Author: 0 EPA says ‘not necessary’ for coal plants to comply with mercury limits

In a statement , the EPA said Friday the administration was "providing regulatory certainty" by more accurately estimating the costs and benefits of the Obama administration crackdown on mercury and other toxic emissions from smokestacks. Under former President Barack Obama , the USA enacted Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) in 2011 which forced coal-fired power plants to cut mercury output.

Scienza A Rare Super Blood Wolf Moon Is Coming in January 2019
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The event in January will also be the first full moon of the year, which is known as a " wolf moon ". It's being called the super blood wolf moon eclipse - and you should be able to see it North America . A total lunar eclipse, on the other hand, is when the moon passes directly through Earth's shadow (umbra) and, thus, is completely covered by it. In the USA, the full total eclipse will begin at 11:41 p.m.

Scienza India's capital chokes as pollution reaches record levels
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A CPCB-led task force, during a meeting on Saturday, recommended minimising outdoor exposure for the next couple of days and avoiding the use of private vehicles. The ventilation index is the speed at which pollutants can get dispersed. After "severe" pollution was observed for four days in Delhi, the air quality in the national capital slightly improved Wednesday, but was still in the " very poor " category as weather conditions marginally favoured dispersion of pollutants, authorities ...

Scienza Sending astronauts to Mars would be stupid, astronaut says
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It took almost three days for the crew to reach the moon, and after a tense four minute engine burn - which could have flung them into space or crashed them onto the Moon's surface -they successfully entered orbit. "It was hard to distinguish. but once they splashed down we could see two or three massive helicopters heading toward the splashdown point". Anders knew he got it ("Aw, that's a handsome shot!") and said he took it at 1/250th of a second at f/11.

Scienza Launch of First GPS III Satellite Begins Modernization of the GPS Constellation
Author: 0 Launch of First GPS III Satellite Begins Modernization of the GPS Constellation

SpaceX said that the GPS III, "is designed and built to deliver positioning, navigation, and timing information with three times better accuracy, and up to eight times improved antijamming capability". SpaceX is already under contract to launch four more GPS III missions. The Air Force said that the launch was originally scheduled for 2014 but has been hobbled by production delays.

Scienza Japan leaving International Whaling Commission
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Reports of the impending decision - an unusual step for Japan, which stresses multilateralism in its diplomacy - had sparked criticism from global conservationist groups. 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.

Scienza Winter Solstice 2018! Google Doodle Celebrates Year's Shortest Day
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If the Gregorian calendar and the solar year were perfectly in sync, then the solstices and equinoxes would always fall on the same day. When the sun sets on the shortest day of the year, the sun's rays align with Stonehenge's central Altar stone and Slaughter stone, which may have had spiritual significance to the people who built the monument, Live Science reported in 2013.

Scienza Japan poised to bring back commercial whale hunts
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Government officials will inform executives of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and junior coalition partner Komeito of the decision, they said. It is extremely rare for Japan to withdraw from an worldwide organisation and the withdrawal could spark criticism from anti-whaling countries.

Scienza SpaceX again scrubs rocket launch from Cape Canaveral
Author: 0 SpaceX again scrubs rocket launch from Cape Canaveral

Air Force sometime after 9:11 a.m. ET; Blue Origin will follow with a NASA payload at 9:30 a.m. The live stream typically starts about 15 minutes before the launch window opens and is available on the SpaceX website as well as on YouTube, or below.

Scienza Farout: Scientists spot solar system's farthest known object
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The observations were reported today in a circular distributed by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center . The object, a pink dwarf planet called 2018 VG18 and nicknamed " Farout ", lies more than 100 times further from the sun than the Earth is.

Scienza Saturn is losing its rings quicker than expected, NASA warns
Author: 0 Saturn is losing its rings quicker than expected, NASA warns

NASA says that Saturn's gravity is pulling the ice that makes up the rings "into a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Saturn's magnetic field". Saturn's rings make it one of the most striking planets in the solar system, but scientists believe they could disappear in less than a 100 million years - which isn't all that long when you consider that the gas giant itself is more than 4 billion years old.

Scienza Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi'
Author: 0 Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi'

Don Trotter , the prosecuting attorney said: "The deer were trophy bucks taken illegally, mostly at night, for their heads, leaving the bodies of the deer to waste ". "In situations like this, with serial poachers who have no regard for the animals, rules of fair chase or aren't bothered by the fact that they're stealing from others, it's all about greed and ego", Randy Doman , the Missouri Department of Conservation's protection division chief, told the Springfield News-Leader.

Scienza 'Flurry of shooting stars' to light up the sky
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The lovely Aurora Borealis photobombed by the Geminids shower! According to NASA , watching the shower is pretty easy, provided you can get yourself somewhere really, really dark. The comet will be visible to the naked eye when it flies by Sunday. Peaking around 13-14 December each year, the meteor shower tends to be noticeable during the early hours of 14 December.

Scienza NASA's Voyager 2 enters interstellar space
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Until recently, the space surrounding Voyager 2 was filled predominantly with plasma flowing out from our Sun . One of the big causes for excitement is that an instrument called Plasma Science Experiment , which malfunctioned aboard Voyager 1 , is still functional on Voyager 2, which will allow it to send back new data on what it's like in the space between stars.

Scienza Russian Cosmonauts Take Spacewalk to Probe Mystery of Craft Hole
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What makes it especially hard is that the Soyuz spacecraft, unlike the ISS, was not created to be repaired in spacewalks and has no outside railings for astronauts to hold onto. Samples taken by the two cosmonauts will eventually be returned to Earth for investigations to be completed to find the possible cause of the hole.

Scienza Geminids Meteor Shower: Don't Miss This Spectacular Cosmic Show Tonight
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For a little help spotting comet Wirtanen, NASA offers the handy skymap below to look for the glowing green ball of light, likely located a little higher in the sky than the star Aldebaran near the constellation of Taurus the bull. The Doodle on Thursday follows the Geminids' path through Earth's atmosphere as it lights up the sky through a slideshow. While this celestial event is a regular highlight of the meteor year, occurring every December, 2018's shower is poised to be ...

Scienza Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches edge of space in test flight
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SpaceShipTwo, named the VSS Unity , hitched a ride on Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo aircraft before separating and taking off under its own power. Ultimately, the company aims to carry paying passengers on its spaceship, which is created to carry six people in addition to two pilots. Virgin Galactic considers 50 miles (80 kilometers) the boundary of space because that is the distance used by the U.S.

Scienza China launches lunar probe to study moon’s far side
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China has launched a rover to the far side of the moon in a bid to become the world's first nation to explore the "dark side" of the moon . It will also test the ability to make radio astronomy observations from the moon's far side, sans the noise effects from Earth.

Scienza SpaceX launches cargo but fails to land rocket
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SpaceX followed the Spaceflight mission with a December 5 resupply to the International Space Station, which marked the company's 20th launch in 2018. The first stage rocket had separated normally several minutes after the lift-off, but as it approached the landing site, it started spinning rapidly.

Scienza NASA InSight hears 'haunting low rumble' on Mars
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The sounds were recorded by an air pressure sensor inside the lander that is part of a weather station, as well as the seismometer on the deck of the spacecraft. Because InSight's seismometer is created to measure seismic activity, the recorded sounds are near the lower edge of the human ear's sensitivity, around 50 Hz.