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NASA certifies Falcon 9 for science missions

WASHINGTON — NASA has certified the current version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 to launch some categories of science missions, a milestone needed for the upcoming, but delayed, launch of an astronomy spacecraft. NASA disclosed the certification in its full fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, released Feb. 14, in a section about NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP). “In January 2018, SpaceX successfully completed ‘Category 2’ certification of the SpaceX Falcon 9 ‘Full Thrust’ with LSP which supports the launch of the NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission in March…

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Solar Eclipse 2018 WATCH LIVE WEBCAM: Brazil set to enjoy BREATHTAKING partial eclipse

The partial solar eclipse is expected to be visible in the three Brazilian states of Santa Caterina, Rio Grande and Paraná in addition to several other areas across South America and Antarctica.  Unlike the breathtaking total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, the eclipse today (February 15) will only partially cover the sun from sight. A solar eclipse occurs whenever the moon passes directly in front of the sun, blocking out its light for minutes at a time. Live footage from the city of Criciúma in Santa Caterina state will…

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Solar Eclipse 2018 India: Will the partial eclipse in India be visible today?

The moon will briefly cross paths with the sun later this evening, to bite out a shadowy chunk of the solar disc. Skygazers are particularly excited for this stellar treat because it is the first of its kind since the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse.  The closest astronomy enthusiasts in India came to witnessing another eclipse was the first January Super Blue Blood Moon eclipse in 150 years last January. And there is ample reason to be excited for today’s spectacle because it is the first of three partial…

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Solar eclipse 2018: When is the partial eclipse in YOUR area? Time, map and path revealed

Unlike the breathtaking total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, the February 15 eclipse will only partially cover the sun from sight. A solar eclipse occurs whenever the moon passes directly in front of the sun, blocking out its light for minutes at a time. Royal Observatory Greenwich explained: “An eclipse can be due either to a dark body coming between us and a light emitter, so that we can no longer see the source, or it can be a body coming between a light source and the body that…

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NASA ISS conference LIVE stream: Watch International Space Station astronauts online HERE

The young astronomy enthusiasts from Highland Village, Texas, will have a 20-minute window today to send their most burning questions out into space. At exactly 1.10pm EST (6.10pm GMT) the group will reach out to Expedition 54 astronaut Joe Acaba, to ask about life onboard the ISS. Thanks to NASA, the entire Earth-to-space call will stream live online on NASA TV and the space agency’s NASA LIVE website. You can also watch the conference call in the embedded NASA YouTube live feed above.  The downlink call will take place at…

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Donald Trump looking to CUT NASA’s alien hunting telescope

The Trump administration has pledged to give NASA $19.9 billion (£14.3 billion) for the 2019 fiscal year, but has also requested the space agency cancels one of its flagship missions. The key cut included in the proposal is for the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) which was due to launch sometime in the mid-2020s. The WFIRST would have been more powerful than the Hubble Telescope and allowed NASA to study the biosignatures of distant planets. The biosignatures of a planet can tell experts if there is potentially life on a…

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NASA budget proposal seeks to cancel WFIRST

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is offering $19.6 billion for NASA in its fiscal year 2019 request, while seeking to cancel a flagship astronomy mission and end NASA funding of the International Space Station in 2025. A key cut included in the proposal, released Feb. 12, is cancelling the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), the agency’s next flagship astrophysics mission after the James Webb Space Telescope. NASA had been in the midst of revising the mission’s design to lower its costs from an estimated $3.9 billion to $3.2 billion. “Development…

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'Oumuamua: Space Cigar Is Still Spinning From Mysterious Violent Collision

The solar system’s strange cigar-shaped visitor ‘Oumuamua—Hawaiian for “scout” or “messenger”—is tumbling chaotically as the result of a violent collision. And the interstellar object will continue to spin for billions of years as it journeys through space, scientists have reported in a study published in Nature Astronomy. This is the latest of several revelations following the first-ever discovery of a solar system invader last October. Initially believed to be a comet, then an asteroid, scientists think the wandering “interstellar object” is a hunk of ice wrapped in organic sun-blocking material. 1_5_Oumuamua…

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy LIVE: Where is the Starman right now? Where is the Tesla roadster?

Elon Musk confirmed late Tuesday the Falcon Heavy and its lone Starman passenger have completed one final engine burn towards a “trans-Mars injection”. The powerful rocket launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 3.45pm EST (8.45pm GMT) on Tuesday before breaking out to into space. Mr Musk revealed yesterday the final rocket burst worked better than intended and has quite significantly shifted the Roadster’s trajectory.  The SpaceX founder tweeted: “Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt.” SpaceX Falcon Heavy LIVE…

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SpaceX video: WATCH Incredible TRIPLE sonic boom as Falcon Heavy shoots Tesla into space

SpaceX took historic steps having overcome several delays and successfully fired the Falcon Heavy, plus its impressive cargo, into outer-space. The Falcon Heavy, which is billed as the most powerful rocket to launch since NASA’s Atlas V, hurtled into outer-space while loaded with a cherry red Tesla Roadster belonging to SpaceX owner Elon Musk. The rocket was helped on its way to space by three booster rockets, which returned to Earth for use in another rocket launch. Onlookers captured the moment two of Heavy Falcon’s three boosters returned to the…

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