Category: World

New Horizons spacecraft just a year away from Pluto

NASA’s unprecedented mission to Pluto has now begun counting down the final year of its almost decade-long, three-billion-mile journey. The New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission launched an unmanned spacecraft to Pluto in January 2006. This week, mission engineers tested its systems, nudged the small…

FCC extends Net Neutrality comment time

A flood of comments about net neutrality crashed the Federal Communications Commission’s commenting site on Tuesday, the original deadline for public comments on the controversial Internet proposal. But the tech problems are buying those who want to weigh in some…

Still Not Guilty

Citigroup Pays $7 Billion to Settle Sub-Prime Mortgage Crimes by Dominic Rushe Citigroup agreed to pay $7 billion on Monday to settle a federal investigation into the toxic mortgage products the bank sold in the run-up to the financial crisis.…

Earth’s climate change measured from space

NASA this month successfully launched the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), its first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide, the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth’s climate. OCO-2 will be collecting space-based global measurements of atmospheric CO2 with…

Summer of Super Moons

by Dr. Tony Phillips In June of last year, a full Moon made headlines. The news media called it a “supermoon” because it was 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons of 2013. Around the world, people went…