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  • Mayak satellite may be third brightest object in sky after Sun and Moon

    July 20, 2017 10:27 AM 21

    Mayak, which means beacon in English,on its arrival to the orbit will unfold a large tetrahedron-shaped solar reflector that could make the satellite as the third brightest object in the sky only after the Sun and the Moon. Russia's State Space Corporation Roscosmos had on Friday, July 14, successfully launched record-breaking satellites from the Baikonur

  • American agency suspends large whale rescues in U.S. following rescuer death

    July 12, 2017 4:16 PM 12

    FREDERICTON -- An American agency that responds to marine mammals in distress has halted its efforts to free large whales trapped in fishing gear following the recent death of a whale rescuer in New Brunswick. Chris Oliver, assistant administrator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, extended condolences Wednesday to the family of Joe Howlett

  • A man freed a whale from a fishing net. Then it killed him, friends say

    July 12, 2017 3:34 PM 18

    More than 15 years ago, the Canadian lobster fisherman co-founded the Campobello Whale Rescue Team, an “intrepid group of fishermen who care so much about whales that they are willing to risk their lives to save them.” From their base on Campobello Island, just across the border from Maine, the group’s volunteer members would respond to dozens of reports

  • Giant iceberg the size of P.E.I. breaks off Antarctica

    July 12, 2017 11:44 AM 45

    Glacial mass from Larsen C weighs 1 trillion tonnes and measures 5,800 square km One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up. The one trillion tonne iceberg, measuring 5,800 square km, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf

  • Canada whale rescuer killed after cutting endangered animal loose

    July 12, 2017 9:32 AM 21

    A Canadian man has been killed during a rescue operation after he cut an endangered whale free from tangled fishing lines. Joe Howlett succeeded in rescuing the whale, only to be struck by it moments later as it flipped into the water. He was a lobster fisherman by trade and a founder of the whale rescue group on Campobello Island, New Brunswick

  • N.B. island mourns loss of fisherman who freed dozens of entangled whales

    July 11, 2017 12:18 PM 10

    CAMPOBELLO ISLAND, N.B. -- A lobster fisherman with a passion for freeing whales from deadly fishing line was killed soon after he cut the last piece of rope from a massive whale in the waters off eastern New Brunswick, friends and colleagues confirmed Tuesday. They say Joe Howlett had helped rescue about two dozen whales over the last 15 years

  • Today: Juno snaps closest pic of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

    July 10, 2017 3:51 PM 9

    Monday, July 10, 2017, 11:46 AM - Jupiter's Great Red Spot has been visible for hundreds of years, and now, thanks to NASA's Juno spacecraft, we're about to get our closest look at it, yet. The Great Red Spot is one of the most well-known features in our solar system. People have been observing this immense, anti-cyclonic storm for over 300 years, and today

  • The many names of the Guru Purnima full moon

    July 9, 2017 2:16 PM 9

    NASA on Friday tweeted a picture of the full moon mentioning Guru Purnima, which is celebrated during the full moon day in the month of Ashadh. It's known as the birthday of Veda Vyasa, and is dedicated to teachers to pay respect and show gratitude to them. NASA, however, did not stick to Guru Purnima alone, but tweeted about its many other names from different

  • SpaceX launches communication satellite on 3rd try

    July 6, 2017 2:31 AM 35

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX has launched a communication satellite on the third try. The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off Wednesday evening from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. It successfully hoisted an Intelsat satellite that was going so high that there wasn't enough leftover fuel to attempt a booster landing. So the first stage fell into the Atlantic

  • Hypervelocity Stars are ‘Runaways’ from Large Magellanic Cloud, Astronomers Say

    July 5, 2017 12:24 PM 17

    Hypervelocity stars — ultrafast stars with speeds up to a few hundred miles per second above the average — were likely ejected from the Large Magellanic Cloud, a neighboring dwarf galaxy some 160,000 light-years away, say astronomers at the University of Cambridge, UK. A hypervelocity star leaving the Large Magellanic Cloud. Image credit: NASA / CXC / M.Weiss