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  • Southern resident orcas spotted for the first time in two months

    September 7, 2017 11:06 PM 23

    Whale researchers spotted the southern resident killer whales breaching and searching for food off the coast of Vancouver Island for the first time in more than two months. Mark Malleson, with the Center for Whale Research based in the U.S., spotted the whales just west of Sheringham lighthouse in Port Renfrew. A release from the centre says a "large

  • SpaceX successfully launches the X-37B, the Pentagon’s secretive autonomous space drone

    September 7, 2017 2:10 PM 28

    In the Pentagon's vast arsenal there is little quite like it: a super-secret space drone that looks like a miniature version of the space shuttle, but orbits the Earth for months, even years, at a time. Doing what? The Air Force won't say. On the tarmac, the X-37B, as it is called, looks tiny, standing not much taller than a person. Its wingspan measures

  • SpaceX launches U.S. military space plane on secret mission

    September 7, 2017 12:44 PM 55

    5th secret mission for X-37B, 1st time launching aboard SpaceX rocket SpaceX successfully launched the U.S. Air Force's reusable robotic space plane on its latest secret mission today. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), built by Boeing, is an unmanned spacecraft that has spent up to 700 days orbiting the Earth on previous missions. The space plane

  • NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson back on Earth after record-breaking space mission

    September 3, 2017 1:59 AM 36

    Whitson broke the 534-day U.S. record for cumulative time in space back in April NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and two crewmates made a parachute touchdown in Kazakhstan on Saturday, capping a career-total 665 days in orbit, a U.S. record. Whitson, 57, ended an extended stay of more than nine months aboard the International Space Station, a $100 billion

  • Cassini Timeline: NASA Mission to Saturn Ahead of Grand Finale Death Dive

    September 1, 2017 8:31 AM 54

    The Cassini spacecraft will reach its grand finale on September 15, when it will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, where the temperature and pressure will crush and vaporize the craft into oblivion. The death dive takes place almost 20 years after the spacecraft first launched and marks the end of one the longest missions undertaken by NASA, the European

  • Whales risk death to flee deafening sonar

    August 29, 2017 11:04 PM 27

    Sonar from military ships and helicopters is forcing whales to dive for so long that they are at risk of a fatal condition similar to the bends, according to a study. One beaked whale fleeing the sound waves slipped underwater for 163 minutes, almost half an hour more than the longest dive previously noted for any mammal. Lone beached whales and even beached

  • Air Force, Orbital ATK set to launch ORS-5 space tracking satellite

    August 24, 2017 8:56 PM 32

    Orbital ATK is preparing to launch the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space-5 satellite on Aug. 25th from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Orbital ATK is preparing to launch the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space-5 satellite on Aug. 25th from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The ORS-5 will be launched

  • St. Louis’s First Total Solar Eclipse Since 1442

    August 22, 2017 2:15 PM 37

    By 10:30 A.M., the heat index had already crept above ninety degrees. Somehow, though, the Abraham Lincoln impersonator was barely glowing in his three-piece suit and top hat as he mingled with the crowd at Jefferson Barracks Park, in south St. Louis. According to Steve Stenger, the county executive, more than four thousand people had gathered for this, the official

  • International Space Station seen against 'awesome' solar eclipse

    August 22, 2017 9:24 AM 21 1

    The stars came out in the middle of the day, zoo animals ran in agitated circles, crickets chirped, birds fell silent and a chilly darkness settled upon the land Monday as the U.S. witnessed its first full-blown, coast-to-coast solar eclipse since World War I. Millions of Americans gazed in wonder at the cosmic spectacle, with the best seats along the so-called

  • Missed the eclipse? Watch totality here

    August 21, 2017 10:53 PM 51

    Rare celestial event wows skygazers on both sides of the border Canadians across the country put on protective glasses to take in a partial solar eclipse on Monday, while south of the border Americans travelled to the path of totality to see the moon completely blot out the sun during a rare coast-to-coast total solar eclipse. Did you miss the show? Take in some of the best videos