Sci-tech

Virgin Galactic plane skims space in historic human test flight

Virgin Galactic plane skims space in historic human test flight Branson had initially said that the company could start sending people into space from as early as 2007 but the deadline has repeatedly been postponed due to technical difficulties. The spaceship ignited its rocket engine and it quickly hurtled upward and out of sight of viewers on the ground. The National Transportation Safety Board's months-long investigation into the incident ultimately con... [Full Article...]

Rocket Lab hopeful for second commercial launch today

Rocket Lab hopeful for second commercial launch today The launch is a significant moment for the industry, as it marks the first time NASA has booked a ride for its CubeSats on a commercial launch vehicle, Rocket Lab said in a statement. Rocket Lab's mission control in Mount Wellington controlled all of its global launches. The spokeswoman said the company hoped to increase operations in the coming year. [Full Article...]

Comet zooming by Earth will be visible this weekend

Comet zooming by Earth will be visible this weekend Paul Chodas, manager of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA 's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California said, "Although the approach will be a distant 7.1 million miles (11.4 million kilometers, or 30 lunar distances) from Earth, it's still a fairly rare opportunity". [Full Article...]

Meteor shower to light up sky

Meteor shower to light up sky The 3200 Phaethon may have collided with another object in the distant past, which produced the stream of particles that hurdle across earth's atmosphere and created a meteor shower . The Geminid is "usually the strongest meteor shower of the year ", according to the American Meteor Society (AMS ). They set out to figure out where it came from, but it took more than a century until Phaethon w... [Full Article...]

NASA's Voyager 2 becomes 2nd craft in interstellar space

NASA's Voyager 2 becomes 2nd craft in interstellar space The Parker Solar Probe launched back in August and, since then, it has broken the record for the fastest space probe and was also crowned as the first spacecraft that has been the closest to the sun and lived to tell the tale. "This is what we've all been waiting for". "I think we're all happy and relieved that the Voyager probes have both operated long enough to make it past this mileston... [Full Article...]

Cyclone Owen builds to category two

Cyclone Owen builds to category two A cyclone warning is in place from Cape Shield in the Northern Territory to Burketown in Queensland. TROPICAL Cyclone Owen - now a Category 2 storm - is forecast to intensify further, reaching Category 3 strength in the Gulf of Carpentaria before crossing the Far North Queensland coast on Friday. [Full Article...]

‘Christmas comet’ - the year’s brightest - to pass by Earth this weekend

‘Christmas comet’ - the year’s brightest - to pass by Earth this weekend Not only do they occasionally grace our skies and put on a attractive display (I vividly remember as a child seeing Comet Khohoutek back in 1973), but they are also left-over remnants from the creation of the solar system - primordial chunks of dirt and ice left untouched and floating around in space for the past 4.6 billion years. [Full Article...]

Space station crew to inspect mysterious hole on spacewalk

Space station crew to inspect mysterious hole on spacewalk After more than five hours of a rare broadcast - showing the cosmonauts in space trying to cut through an insulating of the spacecraft with a knife - they uncovered the external part of the hole, originally discovered in the capsule's internal covering, and took samples of the exterior insulation. [Full Article...]


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