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NASA launches spacecraft to kick an asteroid off course

NASA launches spacecraft to kick an asteroid off course

NASA is preparing to launch a mission to deliberately smash a spacecraft into an asteroid — a test run should humanity ever need to stop a giant space rock from wiping out life on Earth. It may sound like the [...]

November 24, 2021 Science
Space telescope launch delayed after site incident

Space telescope launch delayed after site incident

The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, which astronomers hope will herald a new era of discovery, has been delayed until December 22 after an accident at its launch facility in French Guiana, NASA said Monday. Technicians were preparing [...]

November 23, 2021 Science
2 more PH-made satellites to be launched today

2 more PH-made satellites to be launched today

Two low-orbit satellites — the first to be developed entirely in a Philippine laboratory by Filipino engineers — are heading out to space today. Maya-3 and Maya-4 will be hitching a ride on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket taking off [...]

November 19, 2021 Science
Climate change main cause of fires in US west

Climate change main cause of fires in US west

Climate change caused overwhelmingly by human activity is the primary source of the unprecedented forest fires regularly ravaging the western United States, according to a study published Monday. Fires destroyed an average of 13,500 square kilometers (5,200 square miles) per [...]

November 2, 2021 Science
DNA confirms man is Sitting Bull's great-grandson

DNA confirms man is Sitting Bull’s great-grandson

A man’s claim to be the great-grandson of Sitting Bull has been confirmed using DNA taken from the Native American leader’s scalp lock — billed as the first time genetic evidence has corroborated a family relationship between a historic figure [...]

October 28, 2021 Science
Space station supplies launched with a pizza delivery for 7

Space station supplies launched with a pizza delivery for 7

Northrop Grumman’s latest space station delivery includes pizza for seven. The company’s Cygnus cargo ship rocketed away from Virginia’s eastern shore Tuesday. It should reach the International Space Station on Thursday. The 8,200-pound (3,700-kilogram) shipment includes fresh apples, tomatoes and [...]

August 11, 2021 Science
Chinese rocket with manned crew to blast off Thursday

Chinese rocket with manned crew to blast off Thursday

Astronauts blasting off on Thursday for China’s first manned mission to its new space station will have a choice of 120 different types of food and “space treadmills” for exercise during their stay, China’s space agency said. The mission will [...]

June 16, 2021 Science
NASA plans two new missions to Venus

NASA plans two new missions to Venus

NASA on Wednesday announced plans to launch two new scientific missions to Venus between 2028 and 2030 – its first in decades – to study the atmosphere and geologic features of Earth’s so-called sister planet. The U.S. space agency said [...]

June 3, 2021 Science