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Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon's far side

Chinese state television said the Chang'e-4 lunar probe, launched in December, made the "soft landing" at 0226 GMT and transmitted the first-ever "close range" image of the dark side of the moon . The probe landed at 10:26am Beijing time and relayed a photo of the "dark side" of the moon to the Queqiao satellite, which will relay communications between controllers on Earth and the far side of the moon .

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First meteor shower of 2019 to peak Thursday night

Tonight, the Quadrantids meteor shower will reach its peak for a few glorious hours. The shower favors Europe this year, with the highest activity predicted for about 2 a.m. Friday and will appear to originate near the handle of the Big Dipper asterism. The combination of those two factors will allow for a great show of meteors Thursday night.

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Ultima Thule Is Shaped Like A 'Snowman,' Detailed Images Show

The New Horizon spacecraft did a close flyby of the most distant object yet visited by any spacecraft on New Year's Day. Ultima Thule , as the small, icy matter has been entitled was discovered to contain two mingled simultaneously spheres, one three times more extensive than the other enlarging about 21 miles (33 kilometers) in length.

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Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on far side of the moon

The Chinese lunar probe, including a lander and a rover, was launched on 8 December by a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Chinese probe had been circling the Moon in an elliptical orbit in preparation for landing since Sunday. The move marks a global first that boosts Beijing's ambitions to become a space superpower, state media said.

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NASA spacecraft zips by most distant world ever studied

The far-flung space rock is an inhabitant of the Kuiper Belt , the ring of debris that encircles the icy outer reaches of solar system. Ultima Thule is the first destination to be reached that was not even known until after the spacecraft's launch.

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United States limits on mercury pollution 'too costly'

Mercury harms children and causes severe health damage. In an announcement Friday, the EPA proposes what would be another Trump administration rollback of federal enforcement under the Clean Air Act . President Barack Obama in contrast cited $80 billion in health benefits annually, including preventing 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 asthma attacks.


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