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Leaky component led to SpaceX explosion

[ad_1] Image copyright SpaceX Image caption The Crew Dragon is designed to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) A leaky component may have been to blame for the dramatic explosion of a SpaceX capsule during testing in April.No one was hurt in the ground test at Cape Canaveral in Florida, but the failure was a setback for the company's plans of sending astronauts to the International Space Station.Currently,
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Fishermen ‘still illegally discarding dead fish’ says report

[ad_1] Fishermen are continuing to illegally discard dead fish back into the sea, according to a House of Lords inquiry.The inquiry looked at the impact of the ban on fishing discards six months after new rules took effect.The committee's report said the new regulations have had "little impact", but industry leaders said this was the wrong conclusion.Fishing discards were prohibited after a campaign by the chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. North Sea
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NASA Moon mission: Open University partners with space agency

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA Image caption The announcement comes as the world prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landings on 20 July The Open University is partnering with NASA on a mission to the Moon.Scientists at the Milton Keynes-based university have developed an instrument which monitors the "very thin atmosphere" near the Moon's surface.The instrument called PITMS will be carried to the moon in 2021 under
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Neil Armstrong – the man behind the legend

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Neil Armstrong: An enigma until now Neil Armstrong is one of the most famous people in human history. When he returned from the Moon, he was feted by kings and queens, presidents and prime ministers. He was Captains America and Kirk and John F Kennedy rolled into one.He had the world at his feet, but instead of embracing his celebrity status he
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Galileo sat-nav system experiences service outage

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Europe's satellite-navigation system, Galileo, has suffered a major outage.The network has been offline since Friday due to what has been described as a "technical incident related to its ground infrastructure".The problem means all receivers, such as the latest smartphone models, will not be picking up any useable timing or positional information.These devices will be relying instead on the data coming from the American Global Positioning System
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Apollo 11: Four things you may not know about the first moon landing

[ad_1] Image copyright NASA Image caption Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins practises in the simulator in June 1969 - one month before launch Fifty years on, the Apollo Moon programme is probably still humankind's single greatest technological achievement.On 16 July 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were strapped into their Apollo spacecraft on top of the vast Saturn V rocket and were propelled into orbit in just
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Manta ray in distress helped by divers

[ad_1] Deep-water divers Jake Wilton and Monty Halls formed an unlikely friendship with a manta ray after she appeared to ask them for help.The three-metre-wide gentle giant, affectionately named Freckles by local divers, approached them and flipped over in the water to show them her problem – hooks embedded under her right eye. [ad_2] Source link
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The coal mine that ate Hambacher forest

[ad_1] More than a third of Germany's electricity is still produced by burning coal - mostly dirty brown lignite - and environmental activists are fighting to change this. A small area of forest not far from the Dutch border has become the focal point of their campaign.It's almost a uniform that they're wearing - heavy boots, dark trousers, a hooded fleece and a scarf covering nose and mouth. There are