Daily News update on – Science


December 5, 2021

NEWS

Space.com

Here’s what the only total solar eclipse of 2021 was like from a cruise ship near Antarctica

FROM THE LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT IN THE SOUTHERN OCEAN OFF OF ANTARCTICA — Approximately 200 passengers on board this exploration cruise ship, owned by the French cruise line, Ponant, sadly suffered a complete cloud out of this total solar eclipse, which …

Facebook Twitter

Space.com

Curious Kids: What are the rings around planets made of?

Lots of us are familiar with pictures of the planet Saturn and its unmistakable ring. In fact, Saturn doesn’t have just one ring — if you look through a telescope, you will see that Saturn actually has at least eight rings. This is called a ring system.

Facebook Twitter

Spaceflight Now

Fuel leak at launch pad delays Atlas 5 launch

United Launch Alliance delayed the planned launch of an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Sunday after discovering a kerosene fuel leak in the launch pad’s ground storage system. Officials tentatively rescheduled launch with two U.S. military satellites …

Facebook Twitter

Spaceflight Now

Photos: Atlas 5 rolls out to launch pad for Space Force mission

United Launch Alliance rolled an Atlas 5 rocket to its launch pad Friday at Cape Canaveral in preparation for liftoff before dawn Sunday on a mission to carry two U.S. Space Force technology demonstration satellites into orbit. The …

Facebook Twitter

Spaceflight Now

Arianespace launches Galileo navigation satellites in final mission before Webb

Deployment of Europe’s independent Galileo navigation network resumed Saturday night with an on-target launch of two satellites aboard a Soyuz rocket, the final Arianespace mission from French Guiana before the historic liftoff of the James Webb Space …

Facebook Twitter

Space.com

China’s Yutu 2 rover spots cube-shaped ‘mystery hut’ on far side of the moon

Yutu 2 spotted a cube-shaped object on the horizon to the north and roughly 260 feet (80 meters) away in November during the mission’s 36th lunar day, according to a Yutu 2 diary published by Our Space, a Chinese language science outreach channel …

Facebook Twitter

Business Insider

Russia pushes the International Space Station away from ’90s US rocket debris — the 2nd space-junk scare this week

A chunk of that old rocket, which broke apart two years after the United States launched it into Earth’s orbit in 1994, was on track to pass close to the ISS Friday morning. NASA and Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, monitored the chunk throughout Monday, …

Facebook Twitter

The Weather Channel

NASA Astronauts Complete Spacewalk to ISS After Deferring the Trip Due to High-Speed Space Debris

On Tuesday, NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron were supposed to put on their spacesuits and float their way to the ISS for a duration of six and a half hours to replace a faulty antenna. But on Monday night, Mission Control received a ” …

Facebook Twitter

Phys.Org

Fossil footprints puzzle scientists: Bear or ancient human?

Prehistoric footprints that have puzzled scientists since the 1970s are getting a second look: Were they left by extinct animals or by human ancestors? When famed paleontologist Mary Leakey first uncovered the footprints in Tanzania 40 years ago, …

Facebook Twitter

Tech Times

NASA Awards SpaceX Three New Commercial Flights to ISS as These Launches are Critical for US Space Presence

NASA provided its reason for those wondering why the giant space agency allowed Elon Musk’s company to have these additional launches. One of these is that the delay with Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft. The National Aeronautics and Space …

Facebook Twitter