On Christmas Eve, the spaceship successfully slipped into orbit around the moon. To the relief of mission controllers, fixes added by engineers aimed at reducing the vibrations (of "pogo") that had almost led to the loss of the previous Saturn V launch worked, and the combined stack of the S-IVB third stage, service module and command module were slotted into Earth orbit.
Business whaling was restricted by the IWC in 1986 after a few whales were driven almost to elimination. Japan dresses up its hunt as "research", despite an worldwide court order, while Norway and Iceland use clauses allowing them to contest the IWC ban.
The team looked at previous research about the planet's " ring rain " that tracked how much mass was being lost. Thankfully, humans have telescopes at a time when Saturn does have its glorious rings, so I suppose we're fortunate for that.
Berry pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of killing, possessing of and disposing of wildlife illegally on October 11, according to online records. And so when the Berrys and more than a dozen other poachers were ultimately sentenced, Lawrence county Judge Robert George apparently hoped a little Disney magic would show one of them the error of his ways.
Comet 46P/Wirtanen made its closest approach to the Sun on Wednesday, December 12, and it will come closest to Earth on Sunday, December 16, when it swoops within 7.2 million miles (11.5 million kilometers) of our planet. As I always tell you with meteor showers, the best viewing will be in the darkest skies possible so, the farther away you are from the city lights, the better your chances of seeing Comet Wirtanen.
Virgin's twin-fuselage carrier airplane holding the SpaceShipTwo passenger spacecraft took off soon after 7am local time from the Mojave Air and Space Port, about 145 km north of Los Angeles. It has also earned the plane's pilots, Mark "Forger" Stucky and Frederick "CJ" Sturckow, commercial astronaut wings from the Federal Aviation Administration .