Former NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan dies aged 82
Eugene Cernan, former NASA astronaut and the most recent human to walk on the Moon, died on Monday aged 82, according t...
Around 7,100 cheetahs remain, say experts
According to a study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the cheetah (Acinonyx ...

3-D model of Rosetta. The actual Rosetta is black. (Image: IanShazell.)Twelve-year journey of Rosetta ends; spacecraft cras...
On Friday, European Space Agency's (ESA) spacecraft Rosetta ended its mission, crashing into Jupiter-family comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Rosetta is the first spacecraft to orbit a comet; it traveled in space for twelve years and about eight billion kilometres (about five billion miles). 3-D model of Rosetta. The actual Rosetta is black. Image: IanShaz...

Photo of the construction of FAST, 2015 (Image: Psr1909.)Final panel added to China's FAST radio telescope
On Sunday China announced the final panel attached to its telescope named Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST). This piece marks the end of a five-year-long US$180 million (CNY¥1.2 billion) construction project. FAST comprises about 4,500 panels and spans a diameter of 500 meters (about 1640 feet). The telescope is part of a series of ventur...

Juno approaching Jupiter; simulation. (Image: NASA.)NASA's Juno spacecraft enters Jupiter orbit
Yesterday, NASA announced their spacecraft Juno has reached Jupiter orbit. It was launched almost five years ago to investigate the largest planet of the Solar System, especially its past. Juno approaching Jupiter; simulation. Image: NASA. Charles Bolden, NASA administrator, said, "Independence Day always is something to celebrate, but today we can add ...

File photo of The Great Barrier Reef. (Image: Jorge Láscar.)Australian Opposition Leader pledges to save Great B...
Recent surveys indicated coral bleaching has killed more than a third of coral in the Great Barrier Reef's north and central regions. "All of this", said Mr Shorten, "is at risk if serious action is not taken to protect it. The Great Barrier Reef is an environmental treasure Australia holds on trust for the world". The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre...

MESSENGER image of Mercury from file, 2008. (Image: NASA/JPL.)NASA releases first topographical map of Mercury
On Friday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released the first ever global digital elevation model (DEM) of Mercury. The DEM was created using data gathered by NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft, including over 100,000 photographs, and shows a variety of Mercury's topographical...

Crescent Pluto. (Image: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI.)NASA releases complete image of Pluto's crescent
On Thursday, NASA released the first complete picture of Pluto's crescent from the New Horizons probe. The probe captured the image with its Multi-spectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) on July 14, fifteen minutes after closest approach to the planet. After nine years' journey, New Horizons made closest approach to Pluto on July 14 and released the first co...

The blue haze of Pluto. (Image: NASA.)After Mars, NASA announces water ice on Pluto
NASA released yesterday the first coloured pictures of Pluto's blue atmosphere and water ice on the surface taken by the space probe New Horizons. NASA said the haze particles may be grey or red in colour, but the scattering of light producing blue colour indicates the size of the particles. Smaller particles results in the scattering of the blue light. Scien...

Mars from the Viking Orbiter, 1980. (Image: NASA/USGS.)NASA announces water on Mars
On Monday, NASA announced that signs of liquid water have been found on Mars. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft found evidence of the liquid on the Martian surface, in long dark spots on the Red Planet thought to be formed because of water flow. In a news conference, NASA's planetary science director, Jim Green said, "We now know Mars was once a plan...

A young tree in Saudi Arabia (Image: Francisco Anzola.)Study estimates Earth has over three trillion trees
A study published yesterday by Nature estimates the global tree population at just over three trillion. Previous work estimated the total at 400 billion. A young tree in Saudi Arabia Image: Francisco Anzola. The international research, led by Yale University in the US, used satellite images to examine over 400,000 plots of land for estimated tree densit...

The Atlas V 551 rocket, used to launch New Horizons, being processed a month before launch. (Image: NASA.









Image of Pluto and its natural satellite Charon by New Horizons on July 11, 2015.
Image: NASA.









New Horizons at the Kennedy Space CeNASA's New Horizons space probe performs first close...
On Tuesday, NASA's space probe New Horizons reached near Pluto. It was launched about nine-and-a-half years ago on January 19, 2006 to collect data about the dwarf planet, amongst other targets. With its flyby on Tuesday it became the first spacecraft to explore Pluto closely. NASA collected data regarding the geology of the planet. The space probe had seven ...

File photo of a Texas family being rescued from flood conditions, 2007. (Image: Unknown U.S. Army official.)Torrential rains wreak havoc, cause deaths across mu...
Various rainfall records have been broken all over the state in recent days. On Sunday alone, over three inches of rain fell in the city of Dallas. In Hays County, one official described the flooding as "the largest flood in the history of this region" — at least 350 homes there were destroyed and an additional 1,000 homes suffered damage. While both Oklahoma...

A bottle of nitrogen dioxide, from file. (Image: "Greenhorn1".)University of Utah study finds suicide may be linked...
The team analysed suicide records for over 1,500 people from Salt Lake County, Utah from 2000 through 2010. Comparing to air pollution exposure in the three days prior to death the scientists noticed an increase of 20% for deaths amongst those exposed to high nitrogen dioxide. High exposure to fine particulates in the three days prior to death led to a 5% inc...

Scientists find ancient solar system in Milky Way ga...
They said the system dates roughly to the formation of the Milky Way galaxy. They found the planets orbiting around Kepler-444, about 117 light years from Earth. Researchers investigated Kepler-444 with NASA's Kepler telescope using a method called asteroseismology. Scientists explain they studied the star and noticed planets passing in front of it because ...

File photo of SpaceX headquarters. (Image: Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuño.)SpaceX launches fifth resupply rocket to Internation...
The launch was postponed from Tuesday because of a technical issue on the second stage of the rocket. The shipment includes replacements for cargo aboard the spaceship Cygnus, destroyed during a failed launch in October. Cygnus belonged to the rival Orbital Sciences Corporation. SpaceX tried unsuccessfully to land the Falcon 9 delivery rocket for reuse. The r...

Artist's depiction of two supermassive black holes merging. (Image: NASA.)Researchers say light signal from space suggests mer...
On Wednesday, George Djorgovski and collaborators reported in the journal Nature on an unusual light signal they say suggests two supermassive black holes are merging, a phenomenon never seen before, though theorized. The discovery could clarify how black holes merge and galaxies evolve, and could also provide a better understanding of the so-called "final ...

Mangrove forests in Sundarbans, Bangladesh. 2008. (Image: Sayamindu Dasgupta.)United Nations analyzes oil spill in Sundarbans, Ban...
The 25-member United Nations team arrived in Bangladesh on December 18 and visited the Sundarbans from December 22 to December 27. At the press conference, Emilia Wahlstrom said the pollution was spread 40 kilometers up and downstream, but no impact on the mangrove forest floor was observed. She said the Pashur and Shela rivers contributed by washing some of ...

The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with NASA’s Orion spacecraft mounted atop. (Image: NASA/Bill Ingalls.)Orion Spacecraft accomplishes first spaceflight test
NASA has finally accomplished its first spaceflight with the new Orion spacecraft, uncrewed, on Friday morning. The spacecraft has now traveled farther from the Earth then any other spacecraft designed to carry a crew has traveled in over four decades. The Orion crew module was launched off from Space Launch Complex 37 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Statio...

3-D model of Rosetta. The actual Rosetta is black. (Image: IanShazell)Philae space probe lands on comet
Scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) announced yesterday the Philae space probe, as part of the Rosetta mission, has landed on a comet called Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It is the first time ever a controlled landing has been made on a comet. Scientists say the anchors that hold the probe on the comet's surface malfunctioned and they are inv...

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