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Beijing plans to launch its first Mars probe around 2020 to carry out orbital and rover exploration, followed by a mission that would include collection of surface samples from the Red Planet. A Chinese spacecraft is headed toward the moon on a historic mission. The scientific instruments on its lander are still operating, making Chang'e-3 the longest working man-made probe on the moon.
  • NASA's InSight lander successfully reaches Mars

    NASA's InSight lander successfully reaches Mars

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    It launched May 5. "Mars is hard", Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for the science mission directorate, said on Sunday. The landing itself is a tricky maneuver. It will slow down until it reaches a consistent 5 miles per hour. NASA has increasingly shown an interest in using cubesats and other small satellites for a variety of science missions, initially in Earth science and heliophysics but now also astrophysics and planetary science.
  • Everything You Need to Know About Streaming NASA’s Mars Landing Today

    Everything You Need to Know About Streaming NASA’s Mars Landing Today

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    Why is the Mars probe landing at Elysium Planitia? Its 77-mile descent to the surface will be slowed by atmospheric friction, a giant parachute and retro rockets. Then, the descent engines, known as retrorockets, begin to fire. InSight should technically land and 2:54PM, but it won't send a confirmation back until around 3:01PM.
  • Climate Change Report Challenges Donald Trump's Denials

    Climate Change Report Challenges Donald Trump's Denials

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    What does Trump say about climate change? Climate change will cost the USA economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, hitting everything from health to infrastructure, according to a government report issued on Friday that the White House called inaccurate.
  • NASA Chooses The Landing Site For Mars 2020 Rover Mission

    NASA Chooses The Landing Site For Mars 2020 Rover Mission

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    The US space agency revealed its rover, a space exploration vehicle created to move across the rocky planet, will land in the 28-mile wide Jezero Crater, which is believed to be 3.6 billion years old. There are various factors that NASA needed to consider while choosing an arrival site. TRN will enable the "sky crane" descent stage, the rocket-powered system that carries the rover down to the surface, to avoid hazardous areas.
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Ready To Liftoff From NASA's Kennedy Space Center

    SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Ready To Liftoff From NASA's Kennedy Space Center

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    This launch came about one month after SpaceX's last launch, clocking in at #18 for the year. New layout Block 5, enables the use stage of the rocket up to 10 times. Minutes after launch, the Falcon 9's second stage separated from the first stage and continued the push to geostationary transfer orbit. Both Es'hail satellites are operated by Qatar's state-owned Es'hailSat telecom venture.
  • Discovered! Icy Super-Earth at Barnard's Star, Our Sun's Neighbor

    Discovered! Icy Super-Earth at Barnard's Star, Our Sun's Neighbor

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    This is the first time that this technique has been used to detect a planet this small so far away from its host star. Writing in Nature , Rodrigo Diaz, from the Institute of Astronomy and Space Physics in Buenos Aires, Argentina, who was not involved with the study, said the discovery "gives us a key piece in the puzzle of planetary formation and evolution, and might be among the first low-mass exoplanets whose atmospheres are probed in detail".
  • Festive firecrackers worsen Delhi's air quality to

    Festive firecrackers worsen Delhi's air quality to "severe emergency" category

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    Dutta, however, corroborated Rudra's statement saying the high air quality index was not exclusively due to bursting of firecrackers , but due to present weather conditions as well. Coal-based power stations in the Indian capital region were also shut down. In Uttar Pradesh, a cover of smog could be seen in capital Lucknow and all prominent cities.
  • The DUP are not happy with Theresa May over border plan

    The DUP are not happy with Theresa May over border plan

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    Ireland differently to the rest of the United Kingdom, warning the PM she couldn't rely on its support to get the plans agreed. Wright was speaking after the DUP, the Northern Irish party which props up Prime Minister Theresa May's government, said that her negotiations had raised alarm bells, and it would not support a Brexit deal that divided the United Kingdom.
  • Federal Judge Halts Construction Of Keystone XL Pipeline

    Federal Judge Halts Construction Of Keystone XL Pipeline

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    Morris wrote in his ruling that a U.S. State Department environmental analysis "fell short of a "hard look" at the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the impact on Native American land resources. Also on Thursday, a federal appeals court ruled that President Trump can not immediately end the program, DACA, that shields from deportation young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children.
  • Regrexit? British voters would now back staying in the EU, poll shows

    Regrexit? British voters would now back staying in the EU, poll shows

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    The Brexit negotiations have turned out to be tougher than expected for both sides, with neither able to agree on major points such as the Irish border and post-Brexit economic relations. The phone call followed a report by Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper that May's Brexit Minister Dominic Raab had privately demanded the right to pull Britain out of the backstop after three months.