Category: Science

Huntsville AL (SPX) Dec 08, 2019

Engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, on Dec. 5 deliberately pushed the world’s largest rocket fuel tank beyond its design limits to really understand its breaking point. The test version of the Space Launch System rocket’s liquid hydrogen tank withstood more than 260% of expected flight loads over five hours before engineers detected a buckling point, which
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M42 – The Orion Nebula

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Taiyuan, China (XNA) Dec 08, 2019

China sent six satellites into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province at 4:52 p.m. Saturday (Beijing Time).

They were launched by a Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) rocket and have entered the planned orbit successfully.

It was the second launch from the Taiyuan launch center in less than six hours after another KZ-1A rocket sent the Jilin-1 Gaofen 02B satellit
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A winter’s night at Kura Tāwhiti, New Zealand

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Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 08, 2019

The first launch of UK telecommunications satellites OneWeb from Baikonur Cosmodrome is scheduled for 30 January, a spokesman for Glavkosmos, subsidiary of Russian space agency Roscosmos, said.

In late November, a source at the spaceport revealed that the launch of OneWeb satellites had been postponed from 23 January to later January or February due to delays in the production of satellite
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Earth’s Changing Ice via NASA https://ift.tt/35jfLJ3

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 08, 2019

NASA satellites, no matter the destination, have to communicate their data to mission control and scientists on Earth. These missions capture extraordinary data that make communications an essential part of each mission: pictures of galaxies, critical information on solar flares and much more. An interactive online tool now shows live data transmissions from each of NASA’s three space communicat
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Saturn V by me.

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American space shuttle Atlantis docked with Soviet made space station Mir. Magnificent picture!

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Baikonur, Kazakhstan (SPX) Dec 08, 2019

On Friday, A Soyuz-2.1a medium launch vehicle carrying Progress MS-13 lifted off from Launch Pad 31 at 12:34:11 Moscow time Dec 6. In 8 min 48 sec after the lift-off contact the vehicle normally separated from the third stage and was inserted into the planned orbit. T

he solar array panels were deployed according to the timeline. In the third orbit around the Earth Progress MS-13 started a
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