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Was Michigan meteor really a UFO or MISSILE? Shock claims over explosion

On Tuesday a bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the US Midwest and Canada which caused a powerful explosion rattling homes and astonishing onlookers. The official explanation from experts such as NASA was that a meteor had entered Earth’s atmosphere and burnt up upon arrival. However, have sensationally claimed there is something more sinister going on. Paranormal YouTube channel SecureTeam10 posted a video on its page titled “What really just happened over Michigan?” The narrator of the video says he has been inundated with pictures of…

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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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Safety panel raises concerns about Falcon 9 pressure vessel for commercial crew missions

WASHINGTON — An independent safety panel recommended NASA not certify SpaceX’s commercial crew system until the agency better understands the behavior of pressure vessels linked to a Falcon 9 failure in 2016. That recommendation was one of the stronger items in the annual report of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) released by NASA Jan. 11, which found that NASA was generally managing risk well on its various programs. The report devoted a section to the composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) used to store helium in the second stage propellant…

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People who died in 2018: Latest list of celebrities and famous people who have died so far

Stars we’ve lost in 2018 Fri, January 12, 2018 Celebrities we’ve had to say goodbye to in 2018. Redferns 1 of 8 Motorhead legend ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke died in hospital after a battle with pneumonia Motorhead guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke died at the age of 67 on January 10. He was the last surviving member of Motorhead and died in hospital after being admitted with pneumonia, it was announced on the band’s Facebook page. Original Mouseketeer Doreen Tracey who appeared on the Mickey Mouse Club television show also passed away…

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Space tourism in MONTHS: Virgin Galactic completes groundbreaking test flight

Virgin Galactic has completes another successful glide test flight of its VSS Unity plane in the Mojave Desert yesterday.  The test saw the Unity craft safely manoeuvre to the ground from an altitude of 50,000 feet (15,000m). Each test competed is a dry run for rocket-powered test flights and yesterday’s test was VSS Unity seventh successful glide flight. The craft was taken up to an altitude of 50,000 feet by its from mothership VMS Eve before being released into a sharp descent. Unity accelerated to Mach 0.9 and at around…

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Space news: Astronauts to Mars ‘could be electrocuted with 10,000 VOLTS when they land’

Scientists are less concerned with the effect on Mars than on her two moons Phobos and Deimos which are seen as initial stepping off points for a full landing. Phobos and Deimos have become targets for manned landings which would allow easier control of machines on the Martian surface. However, new research shows the moons act like cosmic rechargeable batteries – with solar winds building up charges of up to 10,000 volts. The two small moons have no atmosphere and are directly exposed to the solar wind – a stream…

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We must accept more risks if we want space travel to take off

By Leah Crane FLYING to space is just about the most dangerous thing a person can do. That’s part of the reason nobody has ventured past the International Space Station since the Apollo programme ended in 1972. But as government agencies like NASA and firms including SpaceX start to talk about putting humans on the moon and beyond, it is time to rethink how we approach risking lives in space. NASA will only approve a spacecraft for human use if there is less than a 1 in 270 chance of…

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Camera focus shift won’t affect TESS mission

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Scientists are confident a focus issue discovered last year with an upcoming NASA exoplanet mission won’t affect its ability to meet its goals. NASA confirmed last July that the focus in the four cameras on the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) would drift once the cameras cool after launch to operating temperatures. At the time, the agency said that it believed that the issue would not be a major issue for the mission, although other astronomers expressed concern it could affect the spacecraft’s ability to detect…

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The good news about the ozone hole is even better than you think

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE From shrinking sea ice to deadly air pollution, it seems there’s never a shortage of bad news about the environment. But now comes some very good news — in the form of satellite data showing that the worrisome ozone hole in the atmosphere over Antarctica is slowly healing. The data, from NASA’s Earth-orbiting Aura satellite, indicate that depletion of the protective ozone layer over Antarctica was about 20 percent lower during the 2016 Antarctic winter (early July to mid-September) than during the same period in…

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Unsung American hero of Moon landings astronaut John Young dies aged 87

Getty US Astronaut John Young who walked on the moon in 1972 has died aged 87 The unsung hero of Moon landings was famous for his incredible space record and for smuggling a corned beef sandwich into orbit. Mr Young, who went to space six times, died on Friday night at his home in Houston following complications from pneumonia. Allard Beutel, a spokesman for The National Aeronautics and Space Administration confirmed his death. Mr Young was born on September 24, 1930, in San Francisco and grew up in Orlando, Florida. …

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