New NOAA weather satellite suffers critical malfunction

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s new GOES-17 weather satellite that launched almost two months ago has a cooling problem that could endanger the majority of the satellite’s value. “This is a serious problem,” said Steve Volz, assistant administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s satellite and information service. “This is the premier Earth-pointing […]

SpaceX successfully deploys five communications satellites

A SpaceX rocket launched from California has successfully deployed five communications satellites, reusing part of a previously flown rocket for its 10th mission of 2018. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California’s central coast about 12:47 p.m. local time Tuesday. The deployment of the commercial Iridium Communication’s satellites Tuesday followed the […]

Antares Rocket Launch Could Be Visible Along the East Coast

An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch a commercial cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station Monday morning (May 21, 2018) at 4:39 a.m from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Viewers from Massachusetts down to South Carolina, and roughly as far west as Pittsburgh, should be able to see the Antares spacecraft as it begins […]

China to Launch Lunar Communication Station to Moon’s Far Side

China is set to launch the country’s next satellite as part of its robotic lunar-exploration program. The satellite, called Queqiao, is essential infrastructure for China’s lunar plans. It will be stationed about 40,000 miles behind the moon and provide a communications link for a rover that is designed to land and explore the lunar far side, which never […]

NASA’s newest planet-hunting satellite takes amazing first image

NASA’s newest planet-hunting satellite just beamed back its first test image. The image is the star field around the constellation Centaurus; this 2-second exposure captured more than 200,000 stars. The bright flash at the bottom of the image is the star Beta Centauri, which is 391 light years away. TESS, the satellite launched by NASA last month that will search […]

Humans are causing massive changes in location of water all over Earth

A 14-year NASA mission has confirmed that a massive redistribution of freshwater is occurring across the Earth, and humans are the driving force behind the moves, according to the new study. “The human fingerprint is all over changing freshwater availability. We see it in large-scale overuse of groundwater. We see it as a driver of […]

Earth just had its 400th consecutive month of above-average temps

Last month marked the Earth’s 400th consecutive month with above-average temperatures. “We live in and share a world that is unequivocally, appreciably and consequentially warmer than just a few decades ago, and our world continues to warm,” said NOAA climate scientist Deke Arndt. The combined ocean and land temperature was 1.49 degrees Fahrenheit (0.83 degrees Celsius) […]

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted early on Thursday morning, blasting a plume of ash and debris 30,000 feet into the air. “5 AM eye-opener at the the Kīlauea Volcano summit,” the U.S. Geological Service tweeted. “HVO and Park Staffs previously evacuated.” A red aviation code had already been issued – warning pilots to avoid the potentially […]