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Russia threatens to lock US out of ISS as space tensions soar

Russia threatens to lock US out of ISS as space tensions soar

Russia has threatened to cut off access to the International Space Station and force the project to a premature close in retaliation over US sanctions, with NASA's orbiting research paying the price for growing international tensions. US plans to extend the ISS' life beyond the planned 2020 cut-off for another four years will be rejected, Russia's deputy prime minister said today, while also blocking the use of Russian rockets for upcoming launches.

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It’s too late: No stopping melting glaciers says NASA

It’s too late: No stopping melting glaciers says NASA

Glacial melting in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is past the point of no return, NASA has revealed, with research spanning forty years indicating there's now nothing we can do to prevent their demise. The study, carried out in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine, makes ominous predictions about just how significantly the water currently frozen in the ice sheets will contribute to rising sea levels: enough in total, NASA says, to bring the global sea level up by four feet.

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NASA eyes Mach 1.6 airliners with sonic-boom autopilot

NASA eyes Mach 1.6 airliners with sonic-boom autopilot

The return of commercial supersonic flight at faster-than-Concorde speeds could be one step closer to reality, with NASA developing real-time sonic boom prediction that would be essential to minimizing the impact of shockwaves on land. NASA's goal is a smart pilot aid that could help plan faster-than-sound travel for a jet able to fly at Mach 1.6 - or 1,218 mph - at altitudes of around 50,000 feet.

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A bus-sized asteroid buzzed Earth (with just days notice)

A bus-sized asteroid buzzed Earth (with just days notice)

Funding for asteroid detection and the need for greater awareness of potentially dangerous space rocks has been sparked again, after astronomers caught sight of a bus-sized asteroid headed closer to Earth than the moon's orbit only days before it passed. 2014 HL129 came within 186,000 miles of us in the early hours of Saturday morning, NASA's Asteroid Watch project confirmed, having only spotted the roughly 25 foot wide rock the previous Wednesday.

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NASA launches Space Station lifeboat project

NASA launches Space Station lifeboat project

If Sandra Bullock in Gravity proved anything, it's that George Clooney is smug even in space and that having an emergency exit back to Earth is probably a good thing. NASA is now working on the latter, with plans to equip the International Space Station (ISS) with a dedicated lifeboat for the first time in forty years, giving the orbiting crew there a place to not only shelter from incidents on the platform, but a way to escape it should something go seriously wrong.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands well, destroyed anyway

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands well, destroyed anyway

This afternoon, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed that they’ve had a successful soft-landing of their Booster rocket for their most recently launched Falcon 9 craft. Musk went on to note that "if all goes well, we’ll be able to land a stage at Cape Canaveral back by the end of the year. The landing of the booster rocket took place in the Atlantic - it was successful, but a storm has destroyed it.

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