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SpaceX: Japanese billionaire to be first private moon flight passenger

SpaceX: Japanese billionaire to be first private moon flight passenger And he doesn't want to go alone either. "I would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world to join me on this mission to the Moon". He is the first to book a trip as a private passenger with the commercial space company for a voyage that hasn't been attempted since NASA's Apollo missions ended in 1972. [Full Article...]

SpaceX signs first private passenger to fly around the moon

SpaceX signs first private passenger to fly around the moon Kennedy, proclaiming "I choose to go to the moon ". He said he would invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the week-long journey to circumnavigate the moon in 2023. Besides running SpaceX and Tesla, Musk has also invested in the solar energy company SolarCity to turn his vision of a solar-powered future into a reality. [Full Article...]

Nasa blasts off space laser satellite to track ice loss on Earth

Nasa blasts off space laser satellite to track ice loss on Earth The Delta II will lift the Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2 mission, a satellite created to measure polar ice sheets, sea ice thickness and global vegetation. "ATLAS has the ability to time tag a single photon to billionth of a second accuracy, said Donya Douglas-Bradshaw, the ATLAS instrument manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center". [Full Article...]

Rain, floods still in Florence's forecast — WHAT'S HAPPENING

As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC. 'And numerous rivers will see prolonged flooding, some not cresting for a few days'. On a flooded road near New Bern, Bryan Moore and his nephew Logan made a decision to go swimming in the floodwaters after having spent days at home without electricity or running water. [Full Article...]

Flood waters rise, eight killed as Florence dumps 'epic' rain on Carolinas

Flood waters rise, eight killed as Florence dumps 'epic' rain on Carolinas Hurricane-force winds and inland flooding also is a concern. Florence is now a tropical depression, but still remains risky. Forecasters believe the biggest danger right now is the water, not the wind. soil, meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted. That's still less than the 25 trillion gallons Hurricane Harvey dropped a year ago in Texas and Louisiana. President Donald Trump declared a state of e... [Full Article...]

4 dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas

4 dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas North Carolina's governor, Roy Cooper, said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water. Tropical Storm Helene is about 760 miles southwest of Lajes Air Base in the Azores. Hurricane Florence will slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland. The National Hurricane Center said Florence was forecast to keep moving farther inland across the Carolinas thr... [Full Article...]

Tropical disturbance moving toward western Gulf of Mexico, not Florida

Tropical disturbance moving toward western Gulf of Mexico, not Florida A small-craft warning means in this case that surface winds greater than or equal to 25 knots and seas equal to or greater than 3 metres (10ft) are already affecting or expected to affect the marine area. Forecasters warned that drenching rains of anywhere from 1 to 3½ feet as the storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days. [Full Article...]

Musk signs up first passenger for round-the-moon trip on SpaceX

Musk signs up first passenger for round-the-moon trip on SpaceX The tourist will fly in the Big Falcon Rocket ( BFR ) being created to carry people into deep space, the Elon Musk led company said in a tweet . SpaceX has always been public about their dream of sending private citizens to space. The company said more details would be made available on Monday. On its website, SpaceX is touting the "first passenger on lunar BFR mission", implying there will... [Full Article...]

Hurricane Helene ‘THREAT TO LIFE’ warning - United Kingdom to be hit on MONDAY

Hurricane Helene ‘THREAT TO LIFE’ warning - United Kingdom to be hit on MONDAY The storm is located about 1,350 miles south-southwest of the Azores, and it is moving north-northwest at 14 mph. Meanwhile, Hurricane Helene will move away from Cabo Verde Islands into the open waters of the central Atlantic through the week, posing no direct threat to land. [Full Article...]

Florence strengthens into a hurricane, takes aim at the Southeast

Florence strengthens into a hurricane, takes aim at the Southeast The National Hurricane Center predicts Florence could gain even more strength, and states of emergency have already been declared in North Carolina , South Carolina and Virginia. McMaster said he had asked President Donald Trump to declare a federal emergency in SC in anticipation of the storm's arrival. The storm's maximum sustained winds remain near 85 km/h with higher gusts and i... [Full Article...]

Hurricane Florence strengthens as it nears United States mainland

Hurricane Florence strengthens as it nears United States mainland The National Hurricane Center's next update on Hurricane Florence is scheduled for 11 p.m. It is expected to strengthen and possibly become a Category 5 storm Tuesday before closing in on North or SC on Thursday. Most forecast models are trending towards southeastern N.C. near the Wilmington area. An average hurricane season includes at least 12 named storms - which may be less powerful... [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Isaac forms, one of three storms churning in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Isaac forms, one of three storms churning in Atlantic East Coast . Florence strengthened to Category 1 hurricane Sunday morning as the storm charted an uncertain path toward the Unites States' East Coast. Large swells are already affecting Bermuda and parts of the U.S. East Coast, according to the NHC . Meanwhile a third tropical storm has formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. [Full Article...]

Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation hearings begin with skirmishes

Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation hearings begin with skirmishes At age 53, Kavanaugh could serve on the court for decades. White House spokesman Raj Shah said security intervened before Mr Kavanaugh could shake the hand of the "unidentified individual". Senate majority whip John Cornyn , Republican of Texas, said the Democrats' behavior would lead them to be "held in contempt of court", prompting a chorus of quiet boos and "Oh come on" that echoed throu... [Full Article...]

Parkland father rejects White House excuses after Kavanaugh fails to shake hands

Parkland father rejects White House excuses after Kavanaugh fails to shake hands Republicans also a year ago reduced the margin for advancing Supreme Court nominations from 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to a simple majority in order to force through the confirmation of Trump's first high court nominee Neil Gorsuch. [Full Article...]

EPA moves to dramatically cut regulation of coal power

EPA moves to dramatically cut regulation of coal power During the conference, Wehrum also suggested that the new rule would keep the USA on track to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but the EPA's own documents also state that carbon dioxide emissions are expected to increase. This is just the latest in a series of efforts by the Trump administration to roll back environmental protections. Trump is scheduled Tuesday evening to visit West Virginia ... [Full Article...]

Hawaii residents on alert as Hurricane Lane gathers strength

Hawaii residents on alert as Hurricane Lane gathers strength The data was gathered from the NOAA P-3 aircraft. A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Hawaii Island. On Tuesday morning, Lane was positioned 450 miles south-southeast of Kona, tracking west at 12 mph. Forecasters say it has a distinct, and impressive eye. The "center of Lane will move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday", the weather service... [Full Article...]

Trump Pats Himself On The Back For Yanking Brennan's Security Clearance

Trump Pats Himself On The Back For Yanking Brennan's Security Clearance McRaven tells Trump that he would consider it an honor if the president would revoke his security clearance as well so he can add his name to the list of individuals who have spoken out against Trump's presidency. "As former senior intelligence officials, we feel compelled to respond in the wake of the ill-considered and unprecedented remarks and actions by the White House regarding the remova... [Full Article...]

Perseid meteor shower: how to see shooting stars this weekend

Perseid meteor shower: how to see shooting stars this weekend The shooting stars will look like streaks of light across the sky. Active Junky , which is also the sister site of Space .com, has provided a list of the nation's top cities, and the best places they can go to watch the meteor show . [Full Article...]

Perseid meteor shower to lit up Qatar sky Saturday

Perseid meteor shower to lit up Qatar sky Saturday Around 10 p.m., the meteors' visibility should begin to increase. The best time to catch the shower is around 10pm, but really any time when the sky is dark enough will do the trick. As long as it's a clear night, the meteors will be visible to the naked eye. If you're looking for a place to watch, you're in luck. Meteors can be seen nearly anytime between July 17 and August 24 this year, ... [Full Article...]

NASA sending spacecraft straight into sun’s glittering crown

NASA sending spacecraft straight into sun’s glittering crown The Parker Solar Probe is named after Eugene Parker , the astrophysicist who discovered the solar wind in the 1950s. Humanity's first journey to the sun will go down in history for several pioneering achievements. The solar wind, as well as other stellar hiccups like the giant outbursts of plasma that scientists call solar flares and coronal mass ejections, cause a range of phenomena dubbe... [Full Article...]