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NASA billion dollar ‘TIME MACHINE’ will soon launch to begin search for Alien life

The telescope, which is worth £6.5billion, has been successfully tested in anticipation of its launch in 2019. Engineers working on the project are confident it will be able to capture starlight in focus and track astronomical targets. The James Webb telescope has been described as a ‘time machine’ that could help unravel the secrets of our universe. The telescope will be used to look back to the first galaxies born in the early universe more than 13.5billion years ago, and observe the sources of stars, exoplanets, and even the moons…

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Space 

Aerospace Corp. warns of terrestrial interference with critical satellite services

AUSTIN, Texas – During Hurricane Harvey, the Army Corps of Engineers shared data on water levels rising behind Houston’s Addicks and Barker reservoirs through gauges that send information to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) for rebroadcast to emergency managers. Those rebroadcasts were transmitted at frequencies of 1675 and 1680 MHz, an area of the electromagnetic spectrum the Federal Communications Commission and National Telecommunications and Information Administration have traditionally reserved for satellite services. In response to growing demand by terrestrial communications firms, the FCC and…

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2017 was U.S.’s costliest weather year on record

Last year was the third-warmest year on record in the United States, contributing to 16 separate billion-dollar-plus disasters that made 2017 the most expensive weather year ever, federal climatologists said Monday. The National Centers for Environmental Information, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, fires and freezes cost the country about $306 billion — the most since record-keeping began 123 years ago. NOAA said at least 362 people died in those disasters. Firefighters attack the Thomas Fire’s north flank with backfires…

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Why climate change may be to blame for dangerous cold

Biting Arctic air — bringing wind chills as low as 30 below — will make the outdoors miserable for more than 130 million Americans in the Northeast, as well as parts of the Southeast and Great Plains this weekend, forecasters warn. But before folks file this cold snap away under “typical winter weather,” scientists say the potentially record-breaking temperatures in store for Friday night through Sunday are being fed, at least in part, by a warming climate. Confused? It might seem like the effects of “global warming” would herald an…

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The Moon Was the Distraction America Needed in 2017

The back and forth between President Donald Trump and the media in 2017, Americans were starting to get political whiplash, but looking up towards the sky proved to be the distraction people needed. It was a good year for the moon. Millions of people risked their retinas to stare at it during the total solar eclipse in August, and in December President Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1 to send NASA astronauts back to the moon. A fresh New Year’s Day supermoon kicked off 2018 attracting viewers around the world. Shortly after Trump was…

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Housing, financial problems still plague Harvey-hit Texas

Debbie Gillespie Stephenson just wants to rebuild her house, which was destroyed by the raging waters of Hurricane Harvey’s historic flooding. After some good Samaritans on an airboat rescued her and two grandchildren from her engulfed home, she and her husband have spent more than four months at their deer lease — a sparse structure meant only for a hunter’s temporary stay — about an hour north of their Rose City, Texas, home. Until Harvey, they had lived in that same house in that same small town for the past…

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Year in review 2017: The SHOCKING events that changed the world in 2017

GETTY 2017 in review: This year has been one of the most eventful in modern history JANUARY Donald Trump: The year started with the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.  Held in Washington DC from January 17 to 21, ceremonies included concerts, parades and a memorable inaugural address from the former reality star. In a speech full of the patriotic rhetoric that had become a staple of his campaign, Mr Trump promised to “make America strong again, make America wealthy again, make America proud…

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The Asteroid Mission That Never Leaves Earth

For most people, the thought of spending every waking hour with strangers in a metal capsule roughly the size of a studio apartment for weeks sounds like the stuff of nightmares. For others, it’s a dream. About 400 people applied this year to live, work, and sleep in NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog, a three-story habitat built to mimic the confinement of space missions and study human behavior and teamwork dynamics. The space agency has spent the last several months shuffling groups of four volunteers in and out of the…

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Houston mayor makes desperate plea for Hurricane Harvey recovery aid

In a moving plea for help from the state and federal government, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was joined at a Thursday press conference by three of his constituents who remain displaced by Hurricane Harvey nearly four months after the storm made landfall. “Literally, there are thousands of people living in homes that need to be remediated,” said Turner. “And there are thousands of people who are still living in hotels. And the question is, where do they go when FEMA says, ‘No more’?” The push is part of Houston and…

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Hit by Harvey, 2 Texas HS football teams hit back

HOUSTON — The bright lights shone down inside Crenshaw Stadium, washing over every yard line just like the floodwaters had weeks earlier. When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, it sent waves of water and raw sewage lapping across Houston, including several feet in the stadium, where it soaked deep into the turf. Next door, the field house and school building housing C.E. King High School were filled, too, leaving the floors buckled and warped. Everything the floodwater touched it destroyed, including hundreds of thousands of dollars of football equipment in the…

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