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SpaceFlight Insider’s Parker Solar Probe launch highlights

NASA on Sunday launched its Parker Solar probe in order to study the Sun's atmosphere, also known as the corona. NASA hopes the findings will enable scientists to forecast changes in Earth's space environment. Astrophysicist Dr Eugene Parker with a model of the Parker Solar Probe that he inspired. As you might guess, NASA is relying on automation to make this work.

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After technical delay, Nasa to try again launching Sun probe

And so, these are sort of the three fundamental questions we want to address: "the speed of the solar wind, this eruptive phenomena, solar storms, and how is the corona heated?" As soon as this fall, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the sun's corona, or outer atmosphere, that was visible during last August's total solar eclipse.

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Experts Oppose EPA's Proposal to Rollback Clean Car Standards

An analysis by the Trump Administration, published jointly by the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSB), estimates that halting fuel efficiency targets at 2020 levels could save $500 billion in "societal costs", avoid thousands of highway fatalities, and save Americans approximately $2,340 on the cost of each new auto.

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NASA names crews and dates for first US commercial missions

SpaceX and Boeing have been working on their space taxi programs for almost four years, with the aim of transporting astronauts to and from the space station for NASA . Boeing's and SpaceX's commercial spacecraft may also open the space station - and more broadly, Earth orbit - to more privately-funded visitors and spaceflight participants from countries that do not have their own domestic crewed spacecraft and rockets.

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‘Blood moon’, longest lunar eclipse of the century will fall this week

The good part is that for viewers in India, both partial and total eclipses will be visible in its entirety from all parts of the country. Lunar eclipses generally last much longer than their solar counterpart. The planet Mars is shown May 12, 2016 in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope view when it was 50 million miles from Earth. The partial eclipse begins at 18:24 UTC (Universal Time), the total eclipse begins at 19:30 UTC, and the greatest eclipse will be at 20:22 UTC.

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Outrage after cruise guard shoots polar bear

The injured employee was taken by helicopter to the town of Longyearbyen with injuries that are not life-threatening. As the cruise line explained via a statement on their Facebook page , "A polar bear guard - an expert employed by the cruise line - was attacked on land by a polar bear".

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Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century

Before and after this total eclipse phase, the Moon passes into a transitional phase called penumbra: the total duration of these three phases (penumbra, total, penumbra) varies from place to place. Millions of stargazers around the world have caught a glimpse of the rare lunar eclipse - the longest one of the 21st century. Astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted: "A partially eclipsed Moon, with our neighbouring planet in the background, just before diving into Earth's atmosphere".

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Underground lake found on Mars by Italian researchers

Lake Whillans is buried some 800m below the ice in West Antarctica. That it was teeming with microbial life . On Earth, places like these are home to bacteria adapted to the extreme conditions of sub-glacial, briny lakes. But until now evidence from the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding instrument, MARSIS, the first radar sounder ever to orbit another planet, remained inconclusive.

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When, how and where to watch the total lunar eclipse in India

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun , Earth and moon line up perfectly, casting Earth's shadow on the moon. This happens when the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon. "The total lunar eclipse will be fully visible in Thiruvananthapuram ". There is no need to wear goggles or filters to watch a blood moon as is necessary with solar eclipses, it's completely safe to view with the naked eye.

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How to watch the longest 'blood moon' eclipse of the century

Mums and dads, total lunar eclipses are spectacular events and are easy to see with the naked eye. Moon has no light of its own. The total eclipse will begin at 1 am (July 28) and soon the moon will appear to turn red, looking the darkest at 01.52 am.

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Astronomers Find a Staggering 12 New Moons Orbiting Jupiter

Sheppard said these moons were probably objects that formed near Jupiter during the early days of the solar system and were "captured" by the planet's strong gravitational pull. The smallest moon is just over a half-mile across, while the largest is about three miles in diameter. The researchers proposed naming the unique find Valetudo after the Roman god Jupiter's great-grandaughter.

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Researchers Discover 12 New Moons Around Jupiter

Most likely to be pieces of a once larger moon that was broken up in orbit, they take almost a year to complete a lap around Jupiter . Astronomers are still finding moons at Jupiter, 400 years after Galileo used his spyglass to spot the first ones.

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Hurricane Chris is rapidly strengthening, storm east of Cape Hatteras

The storm became more organized Tuesday with a well-defined eye appearing. "It's going to start raining later on this morning and the intensity's going to pick up this afternoon, and everything should be starting to diminish by midnight anyway, and definitely done by Friday morning", Batten said.

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Power outages, flooding hits Puerto Rico, USVI amid storms

Gov. Ricardo Rossello says the rains are likely to continue for another 10 to 12 hours, hitting hardest in the east. By Tuesday, the storm is forecast to degenerate but could still produce some gusty winds and heavy rain over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.

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Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane

An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft dispatched into the center of the storm found that sustained winds are near 40 mph, and extend up to 60 miles from the center of the storm. "People are very aware, and they want to be prepared", Colon said. But since then the anomalously cooler tropical Atlantic has come into focus, with Klotzbach himself saying that "Prospects for a second straight busy hurricane season have diminished markedly" as a result of the cooler than normal seas.

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Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman: Oklahoma voters still support Scott Pruitt

President Donald Trump's tweet on Thursday that EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigned may have prompted some to celebrate. Instead he took the opportunity to declare his loyalty to Trump and any of his future pursuits. Inhofe expressed his support for his former staffer on Thursday, calling Wheeler "the ideal choice" to serve as acting EPA administrator. The article repeats similar refrains: Wheeler is a carbon copy of Pruitt, just with more Washington connections.

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Perth zookeeper's heartfelt tribute after world's oldest orangutan dies

Female orangutans rarely live beyond 50 in the wild. "Puan taught me patience, she taught me that natural and wild instincts never disappear in captivity. "As hard as it was for us, it was the right thing to do", Martina Hart added. Buan was treated to the sight of Sumatran orangutans, which, to date, there are about 14.6 thousand.

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US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

An Odisha-based miniature artist named L Eswar Rao has created miniature Fifa World Cup 2018 trophy on a pencil and on crayon. The governor said some 10,000 fans are expected to travel from Britain to Russian Federation for the World Cup .

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Unhurried hurricanes: Study says tropical cyclones slowing

The change is even more dramatic in storms that have made landfall from the North Atlantic - they're moving 20 percent slower. This isn't about how powerful a storm's winds are, just how fast it chugs along. "Nothing good comes out of a slowing storm", Dr Kossin told National Geographic. Dr Kossin said more rain was also falling during cyclones, and there was evidence that tropical cyclones were migrating more towards the poles.

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SpaceX Postpones Launch of SES-12 satellite

SpaceX has indicated it won't launch a pair of space tourists to loop around the moon this year as previously announced, the latest sign that technical and production challenges are disrupting founder Elon Musk's ambitious plans for human exploration of the solar system.

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Anti-Sustainability: Trump Orders DoE to Keep Fading US Coal Industry Alive

At the same time, hackers from criminal groups and hostile regimes are growing increasingly sophisticated in how they target weak spots. Under the directive, Perry would require grid operators to buy electricity from ailing nuclear and coal-fired power plants to keep them from being shuttered.

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A mistake to nationalize Trans Mountain pipeline

Many more protests are expected as anger at the government's pipeline purchase exploded this week. Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced Ottawa's plan to buy the pipeline for $4.5 billion. Companies that have already invested heavily in the oilsands will continue to mine bitumen at nearly any price in an effort to offset their fixed costs.

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M&S to Close More Than 100 Stores Amid Online Push

When Archie Norman was brought in as chairman in September, he said bluntly that "M&S has been drifting and under-fulfilling its promise not for five, 10 but for 15 years". Operationally, M&S said it will reposition the Food business in the year ahead to become more "relevant". He added: "There are a number of structural issues to address and we are taking steps towards fixing these".

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PayPal is buying payments start-up iZettle for $2.2 billion ahead of IPO

However, all of them will be now reporting to Paypal's COO Bill Ready. The acquisition - PayPal's largest ever - will expand PayPal's in-store presence, enabling it to reach small businesses around the world through its merchant services offering.

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Fortnite to Finally Add Jetpacks?

If and when Epic does announce a Fortnite competitive mode, you'll be the first to know. Cumulative scores will then be generated from across the player's' 50 matches. The remaining 50 will get 7,500 V-Bucks. So, the prizes are worth playing for. Epic Games hasn't confirmed anything about this so far which means that we'll have to wait in order to find out whether or not Fortnite is actually getting a competitive mode.