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A mesmerising neon light show has been glowing along the shores of Southern California.The phenomenon is caused by colonies of algae, simple plants that live in water, which bloomed in March along a stretch of coastline from Baja to Los Angeles.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are on a roughly 19-hour journey to the International Space Station. It’s a mission nearly a decade in the making.
SpaceX is once again preparing to make history – the private spaceflight company is set to launch its Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission in collaboration with NASA today. The launch will take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, and once again weather is a concern for today's launch window. SpaceX and NASA have an instantaneous launch window today, which means they only have the one shot to take off – if the weather isn't cooperating at 3:22 PM EDT, they'll have to re-attempt the launch again, with the next possible window set for tomorrow, Sunday May 31.
Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken join NASA’s exclusive inner circle by catching a ride on a SpaceX rocket and capsule. It’s only the fifth time that NASA has put people aboard a brand new spacecraft line for liftoff. And it’s the first time the spacecraft belongs to a for-profit company in charge of the launch. The retired Marine colonel and former fighter pilot flew on NASA’s last space shuttle flight in 2011, closing out a 30-year era.
A fossilized millipede-like creature discovered in Scotland may represent the oldest-known land animal, a humble pioneer of terrestrial living 425 million years ago that helped pave the way for the throngs that would eventually inhabit Earth's dry parts. Researchers said the fossil of the Silurian Period creature, called Kampecaris obanensis and unearthed on the island of Kerrera in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, inhabited a lakeside environment and likely ate decomposing plants. Fossils of the oldest-known plant with a stem, called Cooksonia, were found in the same ancient lake region as Kampecaris.
Yellowstone is one of the most seismically active places in the entire country, experiencing around 700 to 3,000 earthquakes every year,
This may mark the beginning of a new solar cycle
Elon Musk's "biggest concern" is reentry — the final stage of SpaceX's biggest mission for NASA, when its astronauts must hurtle back to Earth.
A "Dumbo" octopus is photographed at a depth of 7,000m in the Indian Ocean's Java Trench.
Scientists are learning just how fast the ice margin of Antarctica can retreat in a warming world.
Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken head out on a mission to initiate a new, commercial era in spaceflight.
SpaceX launched two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station today, becoming the first company to send humans to orbit on a commercial spaceship. The Falcon 9 rocket's liftoff from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:22 p.m. ET (12:22 p.m. PT) marked a feat that Americans hadn't been able to do since NASA retired the space shuttles in 2011: sending astronauts into orbit from a U.S. launch pad rather than relying on the Russians. "It is absolutely our honor to be part of this huge effort to get the United States back in the launch business," NASA astronaut… Read More
NASA and SpaceX are keeping a close eye on the weather in Florida and beyond as they get set for a second attempt to launch two NASA astronauts in SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule on Saturday. Or maybe Sunday. During a briefing held today at the billboard-sized countdown clock at Kennedy Space Center, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said mission managers were weighing whether to skip Saturday's first opportunity and go for Sunday instead. The forecast for Sunday is slightly better, with a 60% chance of acceptable weather as opposed to Saturday's 50%. Rain and thick clouds are the primary concerns. Technically,… Read More
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