The first all-civilian space crew to orbit the earth wrapped up their three-day, history-making mission on Saturday. They splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean, the first to do so in 50 years.
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In grade school and beyond, we learn about Christopher Columbus and his pioneering voyage of 1492. Merely two decades after it, however, European explorers stumbled on the Pacific, an ocean roughly twice as large as the Atlantic and far more difficult to navigate. Polynesian navigators were the first to cross the Pacific from west to east by island-hopping from the coast of China to the Americas.
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China's new hypersonic missile demonstrated an advanced space capability that caught US intelligence by surprise, report says
China had made "astounding progress" on hypersonic weapons far more advanced than US officials realized, sources told The Financial Times.
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One 525-foot-wide asteroid that passed Earth on Friday was only discovered last month.
The successor to the Hubble space observatory will now be prepared for launch on 18 December.
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NASA is studying how to build a Wi-Fi network on the moon in the hopes it could also solve Earth's digital divide
A conceptual NASA study explores the idea of a lunar Wi-Fi network to help fix inadequate internet services in American cities, including Cleveland, Ohio.
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A warm glass of milk has long been used by parents to settle their toddlers before bed. Now new research has suggested that it is not just an old wives’ tale and the bedtime drink really does help ensure a good night’s sleep.
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New climate modelling studies foresee dire long-term consequences for a warming world.
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Award conceived by the British royal is a way to recognize and boost people hatching innovative solutions to the environmental crises facing our planet.
Star Trek's Captain Kirk, now 90, returns from space with a message for everyone, including Jeff Bezos
Just an-otter reason to love these marine mammals.
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The rock is called anorthosite, and experts say the rock produces less waste and greenhouse gas emissions than other sources. Miners are crushing it to create a more sustainable source of aluminum along with other everyday items. Ian Lee reports.
The Soyuz MS-18 space capsule carrying Russian ISS crew member Oleg Novitskiy, Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko landed in a remote area outside the western Kazakhstan at 07:35 a.m. (0435 GMT), the Russian space agency Roscosmos said. The crew had dedocked from the ISS three hours earlier.
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The weather system could intensify the drought much of the region is already in, including higher wildfire risks and water shortages Biologist Jude Smith looks over a nearly dry spring at the Muleshoe national wildlife refuge outside Muleshoe, Texas, on 18 May. Photograph: Mark Rogers/AP The wet winter the American south-west has hoped for as it battles extreme drought and heat is increasingly unlikely to materialize as scientists now predict that a phenomenon known as La Niña will develop for t
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Scientists at this company look at DNA like a blueprint. Here’s how it’s helping criminal investigators track down suspects in North Carolina.
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What was once an old airport runway in the Siberian village of Churapcha, is now a useless swampy field.Thawing permafrost is to blame.From buildings and roads to pipelines and storage facilities – countless structures built atop northern Russia’s permafrost are collapsing…as the earth heats up and the ice beneath their foundations melts.The personal impact on residents is clear… UPSOT: " We have everything flowing here under the house. We have the permafrost here, so the house goes up and down."And the costs keep on mounting. According to Yakutsk's Melnikov Permafrost Institute, Russia could face $97 billion in infrastructure damages by 2050, if the rate of warming continues.THIS EARTH GRAPHIC"Unfortunately, these kinds of problems are being observed everywhere. There isn't a single settlement in Russia's Arctic where you wouldn't find a destroyed or deformed building."Alexei Maslakob is a permafrost scientist at Moscow State University.He explained that when the Russian Arctic was developed in the 1960 and 70s, construction regulations did not take into account the changing natural environment "Buildings stand on stilts and are held together by the freezing force of the permafrost with the stilts in its foundation. The engineers, when they created these buildings calculated the number of stilts and their depth in relation to a certain permafrost temperature. // It was implied that permafrost temperatures were always stable, and they did not change. Only a few decades later, it became clear that the permafrost temperature was as much a changing factor as the air temperature."The 10,000-population town of Churapcha saw its airport close in the 1990s.Over the years, the once-smooth runway has been replaced by a mottled field as the ground sinks.Researchers say that eventually, the area will become a lake…and found that some parts of the town are already sinking by as much as 12 cms per year.With permafrost covering 65% of Russia's landmass.there are more than 15 million people living on permafrost foundations across the country.A study found that 72% of people surveyed in eight settlements in central Yakutia reported problems with the subsidence of their homes' foundations.Residents like Egor Dyachkovsky.“In the five years since we built our home here, the ground has sunk below it. At first, the home was raised 30 centimeters off the ground on its stilt foundations. The gap is now a full meter.”Russia is investing to better monitor the subterranean thaw.But ecology Minister Alexander Kozlov said in August that "we don't know what's actually happening to it," and that the ministry plans to deploy 140 monitoring stations to understand what is melting and how to prevent accidents.But for many like Dyachkovsy, it’s too little too late.The five truckloads of soil he’s used to try and fill the gap between the ground and his home are not enough.It’s a costly problem to fix.But there’s a wider global impact to consider too.Russia warms 2.8 times faster than the global average, and so the melting of Siberia's long-frozen tundra is releasing greenhouse gases …that scientists fear could frustrate global efforts to curb climate-warming emissions.
Celebrities joined Prince William in London on Sunday for the inaugural awards ceremony of his Earthshot Prize, an ambitious environmental program that aims to find new ideas and technologies around the world to tackle climate change and Earth's most pressing challenges.
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A Soyuz space capsule carrying a cosmonaut and two Russian filmmakers has separated from the International Space Station and is heading for the Earth. The separation took place on schedule at 0115 GMT Sunday with Oleg Novitskiy, Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko aboard for a descent of about 3 1/2 hours. Actress Peresild and film director Shipenko rocketed to the space station on Oct. 5 for a 12-day stint on the station to film segments of a movie titled “Challenge,” in which a surgeon played by Peresild rushes to the space station to save a crew member who needs an urgent operation in orbit.
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NASA launched its "Lucy" spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Florida, early Saturday morning. Over the course of 12 years, the probe will explore a record-setting eight asteroids in a single mission. CBS News space consultant Bill Harwood joins CBSN to discuss what scientists hope to learn about the creation of our solar system from this mission.
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