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Flight controllers tried numerous times to make contact, and sent one final series of recovery commands Tuesday night, along with one last wake-up song, Billie Holiday's "I'll Be Seeing You", in a sombre exercise that brought tears to team members' eyes.
  • Ultima Thule's 'snowman' shape revealed

    Ultima Thule's 'snowman' shape revealed

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    It takes a long time for data to travel million of miles across space - and the first images downloaded by NASA scientists showcased only a fuzzy peanut-like shape. This is consistent with other irradiated objects that are in the Kuiper Belt, Carly Howett, mission co-investigator at the Southwest Research Institute, said yesterday.
  • NASA spacecraft zips by most distant world ever studied

    NASA spacecraft zips by most distant world ever studied

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    For just a moment, the craft will fly within 2,200 miles (3,540 km) of Ultima Thule , a primitive space rock from the Kuiper Belt far beyond Neptune. The best colour close-ups, though, won't be available until later in January and February. "I'm excited to see the surface features of this small world, particularly the craters on the surface".
  • Winter storm creates hard travel conditions

    Winter storm creates hard travel conditions

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    Risky conditions are expected across the western and central parts of the state, with the National Weather Service predicting up to a foot of snow in some areas. By early tomorrow morning, winds will transition direction so they are coming in from the north. Once the fog lifts, Christmas will be the best day for traveling this week.
  • SpaceX Launches 20th Rocket with USAF GPS Satellite, Does Not Recover Booster

    SpaceX Launches 20th Rocket with USAF GPS Satellite, Does Not Recover Booster

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    Initially, the launch was scheduled to occur on December 18, but due to an "out of family" signals from sensors as well as a bad weather report, the launch delayed by three days. The dispatch was initially booked for 2014 however has been limped by generation delays, the Air Force said . This newest generation of GPS satellites is designed and built to deliver positioning, navigation, and timing information.
  • Saturn Losing Its Rings at Quicker Rate Than Projected

    Saturn Losing Its Rings at Quicker Rate Than Projected

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    The paths of falling " ring rains " are influenced by Saturn's magnetic field. Combining these with observations from Cassini , in which it analysed the material falling from Saturn's rings down to the planet, has allowed astronomers to calculate exactly how fast the rings are disintegrating.
  • Virgin Galactic sends tourist rocket into space for first time

    Virgin Galactic sends tourist rocket into space for first time

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    During a test flight Thursday morning in Mojave, Calif., a pair of pilots flying the company's SpaceShipTwo spacecraft hit an altitude of 51.4 miles. Then, about 43,000 feet in the air, VSS Unity's pilots commanded the plane's release. As the plight of Virgin Galactic shows, ending government's long-held monopoly on human spaceflight has been hard. Reaching the edge of space represents a major milestone for Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic.
  • NASA’s InSight lander ‘hears’ Martian wind

    NASA’s InSight lander ‘hears’ Martian wind

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    While the air pressure sensor recorded the air vibrations directly, the seismometer captured the vibrations caused by the wind moving over the spacecraft's solar panels, which are each 7 feet (2.2 meters) in diameter and stick out from the sides of the lander.
  • India drives global rise in Carbon dioxide emissions

    India drives global rise in Carbon dioxide emissions

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    Lead researcher Corinne Le Quéré, Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at UEA, said in a statement: "We are seeing a strong growth of global Carbon dioxide emissions once again". environmental organization. After years of declines, emissions are projected to have increased approximately 2.5 percent this year. Jens Mattias Clausen, Greenpeace's climate change adviser, said the report underlined the urgent need for action.
  • Thousands march in Brussels climate change demonstration

    Thousands march in Brussels climate change demonstration

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    Scientists have warned that we need to cut fossil fuel emissions by half by 2030 to avert disaster. "We are pushing ourselves to do more and to go faster on climate and we call on the global community to do the same". Not far from the meeting venue, environmental activists held a small protest Sunday to call for an end to coal mining in Poland, which gets some 80 percent of its energy from coal.
  • French President Holds Security Meeting On Yellow Vest Protests

    French President Holds Security Meeting On Yellow Vest Protests

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    President Emmanuel Macron held an emergency meeting on security with Philippe on Sunday, and the government hasn't ruled out the possibility of imposing a state of emergency. They were not necessarily hard-core political activists nor veterans of street violence: some of them however were ready to resort to violence to protest against government policies.
  • Draper launches bid for moon trip

    Draper launches bid for moon trip

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    SpaceX and Northrop Grumman, formerly Orbital ATK, have built space station shipments since 2012. It's also unknown what NASA would do if SpaceX launches its first unmanned missions to Mars with BFR in 2022, followed by the first crewed missions to the red planet in 2024.
  • First Images Sent Back From InSight Mars Lander Moments After Touchdown

    First Images Sent Back From InSight Mars Lander Moments After Touchdown

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    There will not be any live video streaming of Mars Insight's approach on Monday, and signals will be transmitted back to Earth on an eight-minute delay. "Seismology is one of the ways that we really confirmed plate tectonics on the Earth, looking at where all the earthquakes bunch along plate boundaries, and it allowed us to see where the plate boundaries were".
  • AQI peaks after Diwali as SC order goes up in smoke

    AQI peaks after Diwali as SC order goes up in smoke

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    The apex court had said police should ensure that there was no sale of banned firecrackers and in case of any violation, the station house officer (SHO) of the police station of the area would be held liable and this would amount to committing contempt of the court.
  • Federal judge blocks Keystone Pipeline XL in major blow to Trump administration

    Federal judge blocks Keystone Pipeline XL in major blow to Trump administration

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    McConaghy said that, most likely, " TransCanada has been working steadily through the night with the Trump administration to decide what they're going to tactically do". President Donald Trump called the ruling "a disgrace " on Friday. Trump, a Republican, said the project would lower consumer fuel prices, create jobs and reduce US dependence on foreign oil.
  • Varadkar dismisses proposal for a three-month Irish backstop

    Varadkar dismisses proposal for a three-month Irish backstop

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    Mrs May proposed to keep the entire United Kingdom tied to the EU's Customs Union as a compromise, while Brussels was pressing for Northern Ireland to be subject to Single Market regulations as well. The Irish Government is opposed to any suggestion the backstop would have an "exit clause" as suggested in the " Sunday Times " report. However, if these Brexiteers are not convinced that the customs union is only a temporary measure they would nearly certainly rebel.
  • World's Capitalists Celebrate Win of Brazilian Fascist Jair Bolsonaro

    World's Capitalists Celebrate Win of Brazilian Fascist Jair Bolsonaro

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    He takes over from Mr Temer on 1 January 2019. The content of his speech was conciliatory and antagonistic in equal measures, claiming he would be a president "for all Brazilians", while also doubling down on his promises to rid the country of what he calls "communism, socialism, populism and left-wing extremism".
  • Chinese city to launch artificial moon in hopes of replacing street lights

    Chinese city to launch artificial moon in hopes of replacing street lights

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    The artificial moon will have a reflective coating that can deflect sunlight back to Earth, similar to how the moon shines, he said . Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute, made the announcement at a recent conference and said the new moon could replace some street lights.
  • Hurricane Michael: Death toll continues to rise amid searches

    Hurricane Michael: Death toll continues to rise amid searches

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    In Florida , a grim task is unwinding slowly: Finding out how many people were killed in Hurricane Michael. "While the FCC has been in regular contact with companies serving the affected areas, I'm concerned that their actions on the ground aren't matching the urgency that we have conveyed during those conversations".
  • Space crew survives plunge to Earth after rocket launch fails

    Space crew survives plunge to Earth after rocket launch fails

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    Instead, the two astronauts landed safely a half-hour later, rescued by the capsule's "automated abort systems" that "is created to be effective", said Kenny Todd, the International Space Station manager. Roscosmos say they are forming a commission to investigate the launch failure. Rogozin tweeted shortly before Thursday's failed launch that he had signed a contract to send the first astronaut from the United Arab Emirates to the ISS .