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Senate committee advances NASA and NOAA nominations again

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee voted on party lines Jan. 18 to advance the nominations of individuals to lead NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, although with no clear indication of when, or if, they will be confirmed by the full Senate. The Senate Commerce Committee voted 14–13 to advance the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to be NASA administrator, and by an identical margin advanced the nomination of Barry Myers to be NOAA administrator. In both cases all the committee Republicans voted for the nominees, and…

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Science 

Correction: Science Says-Meteor story

In a story Jan. 17 about meteors, The Associated Press reported erroneously the size of asteroids that scientists hope to be able to deflect from Earth’s path in the future. They want to have a defensive system for asteroids larger than 165 feet (50 meters), not 30 miles (50 kilometers). A corrected version of the story is below: Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The fireball that streaked through…

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What will happen if there is an explosive eruption of Mount Mayon in the Philippines?

The Philippines’ most active volcano Mount Mayon, located on the large island of Luzon, continues to spew lava and ash from its summit after it began erupting at the weekend. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from ashfall-hit villages in the Philippines, as a danger zone has been issued around the volcano.  Volcanologists have warned a hazardous eruption could happen “within weeks or days” and said the volcano was in the grip of a non-explosive magmatic eruption.  Red hot lava has been seen flowing down the sides of…

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Stars that devour their planets get brighter and faster

Here comes the sunAlgolOnline / Alamy Stock Photo By John Wenz Stars like the sun don’t last forever—they eventually expand and envelop the inner members of their planetary systems. But the sun isn’t the only thing going out with a bang—the planets might too. A new study suggests that as a star begins to die and slowly expands outward, it would temporarily light up as it eats the worlds it hosts. If this turns out to be the case, we could potentially catch a star in the act of planetary…

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New ALIEN planets discovered by ‘citizen scientists’ revealing shock discoveries

GETTY The study was popularised by Brian Cox in Stargazing Live The discovery of the “K2-128 system” was published in a new paper using data from the K2 Mission, using the Kepler space telescope, which has observed over 280,000 stars in three years. Unfortunately, the telescope suffered a series of hardware failure and could no longer operate the way it was initially intended, so the scientists initiated a crowdsourcing project called Exoplanet Explorers. The project was developed by Jessie Christiansen from the California Institute of Technology and Ian Crossfield, an…

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Here’s the controversial key to NASA’s bold plan for Mars

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Begun in 1998 and completed in 2011, the International Space Station is celebrated as a remarkable feat of engineering as well as a far-flung home away from home for the astronauts who have lived and worked aboard the orbiting outpost. But with the ISS slated for retirement in 2028, NASA is now making bold plans for the next phase of human spaceflight. The plans call for astronauts to return to the moon and then venture deeper into space. As President Trump said in December, these…

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Mission to Mars EASIER thanks to discovery of WATER on Red Planet

Scientists used the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) to discover eight sites beneath the Martian surface where there are thick deposits of ice. Experts believe the ice deposits which fell as snow “long ago”, have been preserved by up to two metres of ice-cemented rock and dust. The scientists behind the discovery believe the findings could make future Mars missions easier, and will help reveal the history of Mars’ climate. The study’s lead author, Colin Dundas of the US Geological Survey’s Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, said: “There is shallow…

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PSLV launch a milestone for India and several companies

WASHINGTON — The successful launch of an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Jan. 11 marked not just the return to flight of the rocket but also major achievements for several of the companies with payloads on board the vehicle. The PSLV lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Jan. 11, carrying a Cartosat-2 remote sensing satellite and 30 secondary payloads. All the payloads were successfully deployed into two low Earth orbits within two hours of launch. The launch was the first for…

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REVEALED: Scientists find ‘KEY CLUE to Alien life’ in meteorites that SMASHED into earth

GETTY Chance of alien life after scientists find water in meteorites In 1998, two meteorites smashed into the earth, with one landing near a basketball court in Texas and the second crashing into Morocco. Now 20 years later, it is believed that they contained chemical components. The meteorites are filled with both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds, including hydrocarbons and amino acids it is believed. A study released on January 10 by the journal Science Advances, showed the first chemical study of organic matter and water…

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Technology 

‘Lava tube skylights’ on the moon call to caving astronauts – CNET

These may be lava tube skylights. NASA LRO LROC Future astronauts on the moon might need to hone their spelunking skills before they visit.  A new study from the SETI Institute and the Mars Institute looks at a series of pits seen by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). These pits might actually be lava tube skylights, which are entrances to underground tunnels that were once filled with lava. Those tunnels could be key to accessing usable water on the moon. The area of interest is the large Philolaus Crater near…

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