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  • NASA astronauts successfully complete emergency spacewalk

    May 25, 2017 7:22 AM 24

    In a significant achievement, two NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have successfully completed an emergency spacewalk to replace a failed data relay box. The main function of the data relay box is to control some of the key hardware on the orbital outpost. It is one of two systems housed in the truss that control the functionality

  • How Whales Became the Biggest Animals on the Planet

    May 24, 2017 1:31 PM 15

    “Plentiful food everywhere isn’t going to get you giant whales,” said Graham Slater, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago and the study’s lead author. “They have to be separated by big distances.” Because the ecological cycles that fuel the explosions of krill and zooplankton occur seasonally, Dr. Slater said the whales must migrate

  • Cabinet members head to Capitol Hill to defend Trump budget

    May 24, 2017 11:03 AM 18

    Top officials in President Donald Trump's Cabinet are heading to Capitol Hill to defend his plans to cut domestic programs and parry Democratic criticism of his tax proposals. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney appears Wednesday before the House Budget panel while Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will testify at the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee

  • Last month was second hottest April on record: NASA

    May 16, 2017 9:13 AM 19

    New York, May 16 (PTI) Last month was the second warmest April in 137 years of modern record-keeping of average global temperatures, according to NASA. The two top April temperature anomalies have occurred during the past two years. Last month was 0.88 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean April temperature from 1951-1980. April 2016 was the hottest on record

  • Narwhal hunting with their tusks caught on video for the first time

    May 13, 2017 12:40 AM 21

    Video caught by drone camera in Nunavut Department of Fisheries and Oceans scientists are sharing a video of something they say has never been captured before — narwhal using their tusks to hunt cod. The film shows narwhal in Nunavut's Tremblay Sound using their tusks as spears, stabbing at the cod. Narwhals live in Arctic waters in Nunavut, west Greenland

  • See dramatic clouds streak across Saturn's moon Titan

    May 11, 2017 8:02 AM 24

    Saturn's biggest moon shows off its exotic bands of clouds in a new Cassini image taken during the spacecraft's mission finale. The bright streaks are methane clouds, while the darker splotches seen toward the top are the moon's fascinating hydrocarbon lakes. NASA released two versions of the image on Tuesday with different levels of enhancement. One makes

  • Mysterious military spacecraft lands in Florida causing sonic boom

    May 7, 2017 9:39 PM 28

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – U.S. military officials say an unmanned spacecraft orbiting Earth since May 2015 has landed in Florida. The Air Force posted tweets that the X37B spacecraft landed Sunday morning at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral after 718 days in orbit. Multiple media outlets reported that the 29-foot-long spacecraft's return caused

  • Fly along with Cassini: New video gives you a passenger’s eye view of Saturn

    May 4, 2017 8:50 PM 17

    One day our human descendants may be able to go sightseeing in the glorious Saturn system: Until then, we have Cassini. In the newly released video above it almost feels as if you are peeking out of a spaceship window as it flies over the hexagon-shaped jet stream on Saturn’s north pole and then makes its way south. The movie was taken on April 26, during

  • SpaceX successfully launches CLASSIFIED military mission into space for US intelligence

    May 2, 2017 3:23 AM 30

    SPACEX has taken another step towards dominating space after it successfully launched and landed a rocket carrying classified cargo for US intelligence. The Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket carrying NROL-76, a classified payload for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), was launched into orbit at around 12.15pm BST (7.15am local time) from the Kennedy

  • SpaceX launches U.S. spy satellite into orbit, then lands rocket booster safely

    May 1, 2017 2:55 PM 17

    SpaceX launched a U.S. spy satellite into orbit Monday, then landed its first-stage rocket booster near the launchpad. It was another successful launch for the Elon Musk-led company as it tries to show it can be a reliable launch provider for government and commercial payloads. The launch of the spy satellite, known as NROL-76, for the Pentagon’s National