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In space, the US sees a rival in China - International

In space, the US sees a rival in China - International After sending the rover off from a ramp, the spacecraft deployed three 5-metre low-frequency radio antennas, the Chinese space agency said. China's far-side moon rover is already busy exploring its exotic new home. The head of the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, Thursday congratulated the Chinese colleagues on the successful landing of the Chang'e-4 probe. [Full Article...]

Ocean Cleanup's £20m garbage filter breaks in two

Ocean Cleanup's £20m garbage filter breaks in two The Ocean Cleanup System 001, a U-shaped floating barrier created by the organization The Ocean Cleanup, arrived in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in October. Slat outlined a variety of steps that would be taken at the time, but critics have been quick to point to this as a sign of failure. From there, the organization will investigate the cause of the break and says they believe they'll have t... [Full Article...]

"Milky Way's Collision" --Our Solar System May Be Hurled Into Interstellar Space

These galaxies can lead separate lives for many billions of years, but on occasion, they can find themselves sinking into the centre of their host galaxy, until at last they collide and are swallowed up completely. "Barring any disasters, like a major disturbance to the solar system, our descendants, if any, are in for a treat: a spectacular display of cosmic fireworks as the newly awakened superm... [Full Article...]

Scientists fix flawed plant genes, make plants grow 40% larger

Scientists fix flawed plant genes, make plants grow 40% larger The process of photorespiration in plants is described as a genetic "glitch" in plants, which inhibits their development by accidentally converting oxygen, rather than carbon dioxide, leaving a toxic residue that needs to be recycled. Because higher temperatures result in less efficient photosynthesis and greater levels of photorespiration, the researchers believe that this bioengineering feat w... [Full Article...]

'Bright fireball' meteor shower visible from Singapore on Friday morning

'Bright fireball' meteor shower visible from Singapore on Friday morning The stellar show is falling during a new moon, meaning the sky is darker and the meteors will be more easily visible . The exact peak of the shower, according to the International Meteor Organization , will be at 2:00 a.m. This particular asteroid is 2003 EH1, which takes 5.52 years to orbit the sun once. So what is the history of this yearly meteor shower? The shower's short peak is bec... [Full Article...]

Dutch astronaut accidentally called 911 from space Viral News

Dutch astronaut accidentally called 911 from space Viral News The 60-year-old said that in order for him to contact the Houston Centre from space , he had to dial 9 for an outside line, followed by 011 for an worldwide line. His call sent alarm bells ringing at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and a security team scrambled to the room through which his call had connected. [Full Article...]

Chinese Moon Rover Making Tracks on Lunar Far Side

Chinese Moon Rover Making Tracks on Lunar Far Side The six-wheeled rover, known as Yutu 2, isn't pausing to catch its breath, as a newly released photo shows. Jade Rabbit 2 drove off a ramp from its lunar lander yesterday to explore the moon's surface. Wu Weiren, the chief designer of the Lunar Exploration Project, told CCTV it was "a small step for the rover, but one giant leap for the Chinese nation", according to the AP. [Full Article...]

First close-ups of Ultima Thule reveal it resembles snowman

First close-ups of Ultima Thule reveal it resembles snowman Early on New Year's Day, New Horizons passed within 2,200 miles of Ultima Thule - the most distant planetary flyby in history. New images from varying perspectives - captured as the probe moved passed the object - will bring out shadows on the object surfaces, revealing its contours more clearly. [Full Article...]


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