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Russia pushes the International Space Station away from '90s US rocket debris — the 2nd space-junk scare this week

The International Space Station, as pictured from the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour during a flyaround on November 8, 2021.NASA Russia maneuvered the International Space Station away from a chunk of a US rocket from the '90s. Satellite and rocket debris orbiting Earth regularly threatens to collide with or puncture the ISS. Russia blew up a satellite recently, sending debris into space. NASA is a also a major space junk culprit. The International Space Station (ISS) changed course Friday t...
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California has 50 times more monarch butterflies than last year — a puzzling blip in their path to extinction

Butterflies land on branches at Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, California, on November 10, 2021.Nic Coury/AP Photo Monarch butterflies migrating to California made a promising rebound from the edge of extinction. California counted fewer than 2,000 monarchs in 2020. So far this year, there are more than 100,000. The mysterious boom may be a blip in the monarch's decline, but buys time to save them from extinction. Tens of thousands of monarch butterflies are flocking to the Cal...
Tags: Science, News, California, Mexico, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Migration, Monarch, Butterflies, Extinction, Central Valley, Tufts University, Wildlife Service, Monarchs, MichoacAn


High-speed space junk risk prompts NASA to abruptly delay spacewalk on the International Space Station

European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet conducts a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on June 20, 2021.NASA NASA delayed an astronaut spacewalk Tuesday, citing potential debris near the International Space Station. Russia blew up a satellite this month, adding a cloud of dangerous, high-speed shrapnel to space. It's unclear if debris from the Russian test threatened NASA's spacewalk, but space junk is worsening. NASA postponed a spacewalk on Tuesday due to a thre...
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'Vulture bees' have quit pollen to feed their babies rotting meat — a mystery to scientists

Vulture bees in Costa Rica dining on raw chicken bait.Quinn McFrederick/UCR "Vulture bees" have evolved to eat meat instead of relying on pollen like other bees. Scientists hung raw chicken in Costa Rica and watched vulture bees fill their leg pouches and stomachs with it. They found acid-producing microbes in the bees' guts. Acid helps vultures and hyenas digest carrion. A group of scientists biked around Costa Rica's tropical forests, hanging chunks of raw chicken from the trees, in...
Tags: Meat, Science, News, Trends, Gut Bacteria, Bees, Kenya, Costa Rica, Honey, French Guiana, UCR, University of California Riverside UCR, Morgan McFall Johnsen, Quinn McFrederick, Jessica Maccaro, Maccaro


NASA launches DART probe on a head-on collision course with an asteroid

An illustration of the DART spacecraft firing its NEXT–C ion engine.NASA/Johns Hopkins APL NASA launched a spacecraft early Wednesday on a journey to slam into a stadium-sized asteroid. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) aims to nudge the space rock into a new orbit. If DART works, NASA could someday use this method to push dangerous asteroids away from Earth. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket roared to life and soared through the dark California skies early Wednesday, carrying a small probe ...
Tags: Dart, California, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Rome, Falcon, SpaceX Falcon, Hera, Lindley Johnson, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, The European Space Agency, Thomas Zurbuchen, Ed Reynolds, Aylin Woodward, Didymos


NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured photos of cyclones, changing colors, and seasons on 4 distant planets

A picture of Jupiter taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on September 4, 2021.NASA, ESA, Amy Simon (NASA-GSFC), Michael H. Wong (UC Berkeley), Joseph DePasquale (STScI) NASA's Hubble Space Telescope snaps annual portraits of the largest planets in our solar system. This year's stunning photos of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune show changing weather and colors. Jupiter features new cyclones. Saturn has a blue South Pole. Uranus and Neptune sport new hues. It's school pi...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Hubble, Planets, University Of California Berkeley, Jeff Bezos, Saturn, Jupiter, Hubble Space Telescope, Pluto, Neptune, Solar System, Dione


French astronaut's jaw-dropping photos from SpaceX mission capture bright auroras and raging wildfires

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet plays with an arrival of French macarons on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017.ESA/NASA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet just ended six months on the International Space Station as part of SpaceX's Crew-2 mission for NASA. Pesquet snapped jaw-dropping photos while he orbited Earth, capturing auroras, colorful crops, red salt lakes, and bumpy clouds. He also shot signs of climate change: raging hurricanes, clouds of wildfire smoke, an...
Tags: Spacex, Australia, California, Mexico, France, Scotland, Russia, Trends, Iran, Nasa, Earth, Canada, International Space Station, Normandy, European Space Agency, Patagonia


NASA is pushing its human moon landing back to 2025, and its top official worries China will beat the US there

An illustration of SpaceX's Starship as a lander carrying NASA astronauts to the moon. SpaceX NASA said Tuesday that it won't land astronauts on the moon by 2024, as previously planned. Now the goal is 2025. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson partially blamed Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin for the delay. Nelson also expressed concerns that China could put astronauts on the moon before the US. NASA is officially pushing back the timeline for its return to the moon.The agency had been sayi...
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Watch SpaceX launch its next astronaut crew for NASA on Wednesday, after a week of delays

The Crew-3 astronauts, left to right: ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer and NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn, Raja Chari, and Kayla Barron. SpaceX plans to launch its fourth NASA astronaut crew to the International Space Station on Wednesday night. The Crew-3 mission has been delayed twice due to bad weather and a minor medical issue. Watch live below as the Crew Dragon spaceship flies to the ISS. SpaceX plans to send a rocket streaking above the Florida skies on Wednesday night. Onboard its...
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NASA engineers expected their Mars helicopter to crash after 5 liftoffs. It just landed its 15th flight.

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter on Mars, where the Perseverance rover dropped it, on April 5, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA sent its Ingenuity helicopter to Mars with no guarantee that it would successfully fly. But it has flown higher, farther, and faster than engineers had hoped. NASA said Ingenuity would likely crash by flight five, but it just landed safely for the 15th time. NASA employees had a moonshot idea as they were building the Perseverance rover: What if it carried a little hel...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Mars, Lanl, Helicopter, Mount Everest, NASA JPL Caltech, Ingenuity, Jezero, Mimi Aung, Jezero Crater, Ken Farley, Morgan McFall Johnsen


Watch SpaceX bring 4 astronauts back to Earth from the space station. They're set to splash into the ocean Monday night.

The Crew-2 astronauts pose during a training session at the SpaceX training facility in Hawthorne, California. SpaceX SpaceX is flying four astronauts from the International Space Station back to Earth on Monday. SpaceX launched NASA's Crew-2 mission in April, so the astronauts have served a full ISS shift. The Crew Dragon spaceship is set to plummet through the atmosphere to an ocean splashdown. SpaceX is set to complete its second full astronaut mission for NASA on Monday, when four...
Tags: Spacex, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Esa, International Space Station, Spaceships, Iss, Gulf of Mexico, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Crew Dragon, Pensacola Florida, Hawthorne California, Thomas Pesquet


SpaceX and NASA delayed 4 astronauts returning from ISS, but the rescheduled flight is 12 hours quicker - meaning less time wearing diapers designed to cope with a leaky toilet

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Hannibal Hanschke-Pool/Getty Images NASA and SpaceX delayed the return of four astronauts from the ISS from Sunday to Monday. The rescheduled flight is much shorter than the initial, planned trip - eight hours instead of 20. This means less time wearing "undergarments" the astronauts have to rely on because of a toilet leak. SpaceX and NASA have delayed a flight returning astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) because of high winds in the Gulf of Mexico...
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Astronomers are urging NASA to build a huge space telescope to see Earth-like worlds outside our solar system

An artist's rendering of a proposed space telescope called LUVOIR. NASA GSFC Astronomers are asking NASA to build a huge space telescope that could image Earth-like exoplanets. That's just one recommendation in a new decadal report that sets the stage for 2020s astronomy. NASA doesn't yet have technology to see the faint glow of Earth-like exoplanets. NASA is about to launch its new flagship space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, which can peer so deep into the cosm...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Chile, Alien Life, James Webb Space Telescope, Exoplanets, Neptune, Telescopes, Hawai, Vanderbilt University, NSF, National Science Foundation NSF


The Hubble Space Telescope has been offline for more than a week, and NASA isn't sure why

Astronauts have visited the Hubble Space Telescope for repairs and maintenance on five occasions. NASA NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has gone offline for the second time this year. Hubble's science instruments were registering errors after losing critical synchronization messages. NASA says it's "too early" to say what is causing the problem or how long it may take to fix it. NASA's iconic Hubble Space Telescope is experiencing another mysterious glitch. Already, it's b...
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SpaceX's next astronaut flight for NASA is delayed after a 'minor medical issue.' It won't launch before Saturday.

The Crew-3 astronauts, left to right: ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer and NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn, Raja Chari, and Kayla Barron. SpaceX plans to launch its fourth NASA astronaut crew to the International Space Station no earlier than Saturday. The Crew-3 mission has been delayed twice due to bad weather and a minor medical issue. When it launches, watch live below as the Crew Dragon spaceship flies to the ISS. SpaceX plans to send a rocket streaking above the Florida skies as earl...
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SpaceX's leaky Crew Dragon toilet means 4 astronauts returning to Earth will have to rely on 'undergarments' instead, a NASA official said

SpaceX founder and chief engineer Elon Musk. Joe Skipper/Reuters The toilet on a SpaceX spacecraft is out of order for astronauts returning to Earth in November, NASA said. The Crew-2 astronauts will have to rely on "undergarments" for toilet breaks instead, an official said. The Crew Dragon spacecraft, also used for the Inspiration4 mission, also suffered a leaky toilet. The toilet on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship will be out of order for four astronauts flying back to Earth in Novem...
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The aurora may creep south on Saturday, appearing from Pennsylvania to Oregon because of a powerful solar flare

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare - seen in the bright flash at the Sun's lower center - on October 28, 2021. NASA/GSFC/SDO A solar flare sent an outburst of plasma and charged particles hurtling towards Earth on Thursday. As a result, the National Weather Service predicts a strong solar storm at Earth's poles Saturday. The solar storm could bring the aurora borealis south, from Pennsylvania to Iowa to Oregon. An eruption on the surface of t...
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NASA's Juno spacecraft flew above Jupiter's Great Red Spot and discovered that the vortex churns up to 310 miles deep

Jupiter and its Great Red Spot, photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope on June 27, 2019. NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center) and M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley) Jupiter's Great Red Spot may extend much deeper below the planet's clouds than scientists previously though. NASA's Juno probe flew past the vortex in 2019, and its data suggests the storm is up to 310 miles deep. Mysteriously, the jet streams surrounding the Great Red Spot are thousands...
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A toilet tube on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship broke and sprayed pee under the floor during its first tourist flight

The Crew Dragon Endeavour approaches the International Space Station with astronauts on board, April 24, 2021. NASA SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship experienced a toilet issue while flying its first tourists in orbit. A tube came loose and released urine beneath the spaceship floor, but pee didn't get into the cabin. Astronauts discovered the same leak on another Crew Dragon docked to the International Space Station. SpaceX's first tourist flight seemed to go swimmingly last mont...
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Astronomers using a NASA space telescope spotted the first signs of a planet beyond the Milky Way

A composite image of the galaxy M51, created using X-ray observations from the Chandra telescope and optical light images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/R. DiStefano, et al.; Optical: NASA/ESA/STScI/Grendler Astronomers may have spotted the first planet ever discovered in another galaxy. They used NASA's Chandra X-ray telescope to study what is either a black hole or neutron star in a distant galaxy. A planet seemed to pass in front of that object, complete...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Nature, Planets, Saturn, Galaxies, Exoplanets, Stefano, University of California Santa Cruz, Chandra, Messier, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics


An astronomer at Japan's space agency is making simple animations that reveal the surprising physics of the solar system

An artist's concept of our solar system showing a sense of scale and distance. NASA Astronomer James O'Donoghue works at Japan's space agency and makes animations in his free time. His simple, short, award-winning videos illustrate the physics of our solar system. O'Donoghue's best animations show how the planets spin, where the solar system's true center lies, and how slow light speed can be. James O'Donoghue went viral for the first time in December 2018.He wa...
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NASA's uncrewed Artemis lunar mission is due to launch in February, following delays caused by the pandemic and Hurricane Ida

An artist’s illustration depicts Artemis astronauts on the moon. NASA via AP NASA announced its Artemis 1 uncrewed mission to the moon is aiming for liftoff in February 2022. The flight was originally scheduled to launch in November this year. The mission aims to pave the way for future crewed lunar missions for the first time since 1972. NASA announced it is aiming to launch its uncrewed flight to the moon in February 2022, following a four-month delay. The Artemis 1 mission was origina...
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NASA's uncrewed Artemis moon mission is due to launch in February, following delays caused by the pandemic and Hurricane Ida

An artist’s illustration depicts Artemis astronauts on the moon. NASA via AP NASA announced its Artemis 1 uncrewed mission to the moon is aiming for liftoff in February 2022. The flight was originally scheduled to launch in November this year. The mission aims to pave the way for future crewed lunar missions for the first time since 1972. NASA announced it is aiming to launch its uncrewed flight to the moon in February 2022, following a four-month delay. The Artemis 1 mission was origina...
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Photos and video show how NASA stacked its next moon rocket taller than the Statue of Liberty

The Orion spaceship is lowered onto the Space Launch System rocket at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, October 20, 2021. NASA/Frank Michaux NASA has finished stacking the parts for its new moon rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 23-story Space Launch System is taller than the Statue of Liberty and barely fits into photos. NASA plans to launch SLS on an uncrewed trip around the moon in February, before flying astronauts. NASA has finally finished building its next...
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China brought the first moon rocks back to Earth in 45 years. They hint at mysterious volcanic eruptions.

Lunar samples from the Chang'e-5 mission at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, October 15, 2021. Jin Liwang/Xinhua/Getty Images China's Chang'e-5 mission brought rocks from the moon to Earth for the first time in 45 years. The rock samples are the remnants of ancient lava flows and date back 2 billion years. That's nearly 1 billion years later than scientists thought the moon could have had volcanic eruptions. Volcanoes on...
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Boeing was supposed to start flying astronauts for NASA 2 years ago. Now its glitching spaceship may not do so until 2023.

Boeing's Starliner spacecraft is stacked atop an Atlas V rocket at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on July 17, 2021. Boeing Boeing may not fly astronauts for NASA until 2023 - more than three years behind schedule. Boeing's Starliner spaceship is grounded for the rest of the year due to hardware issues. Starliner must fly to the International Space Station without a crew before it can launch humans. Boeing may not fly astronauts for NASA unt...
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3 astronauts arrived at China's new space station, which it's building as it's banned from the International Space Station

Astronauts Ye Guangfu, Zhai Zhigang and Wang Yaping wave during a ceremony ahead of the launch. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins Three Chinese astronauts have arrived at the space station China is building. They will stay for six months to help the set up of the station, as China is barred from the ISS. China expects to finish its space station by the end of 2022. Three Chinese astronauts have arrived at China's new space station for a six-month mission.They arrived on Saturday morning in...
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Mysterious radio waves are radiating from an unknown object at the heart of the Milky Way, astronomers say

The radio telescope at the Parkes Observatory at sunset near the town of Parkes, Australia July 15, 2019. Stefica Nicol Bikes/Reuters Astronomers detected mysterious radio waves from the center of the galaxy that vary dramatically and seem to shut off at random. The waves' origin is unknown, so they hint at the existence of a new type of celestial object. The signal doesn't look like the kind that comes from stars, planets, or even dead stars. Mysterious radio waves are emanating f...
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A Russian spacecraft pushed the space station out of position and sent astronauts into emergency mode - again

A Soyuz spaceship carrying a Russian film crew and a cosmonaut approaches the International Space Station, October 5, 2021. NASA A Russian spaceship fired its thrusters and briefly pushed the International Space Station out of position on Friday morning. NASA told its astronauts to follow emergency procedures, according to The New York Times. A Russian film crew is on the ISS and scheduled to take the errant spaceship back to Earth on Sunday. A Russian spacecraft pushed the International S...
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Watch NASA launch a spacecraft to explore ancient asteroids that lead and trail Jupiter around the sun

An illustration showing the Lucy spacecraft passing one of the Trojan Asteroids near Jupiter. Southwest Research Institute On Saturday, NASA launches its Lucy probe to the Trojan asteroids that orbit the sun with Jupiter. The Trojans are like fossils, unchanged since the solar system was born 4.6 billion years ago. Lucy aims to visit eight different asteroids - a record number of encounters. See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA is about to launch an ambitious mission to e...
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