SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of their improved Falcon9 rocket upright Monday. While maybe not quite an Apollo 11, Sputnik or Kitty Hawk moment, there are about 30 million reasons why that first stage sitting on SpaceX's new landing pad is important to the future of spaceflight. The next step in proving the viability of reusable vehicles will be refurbishing a first stage and launching it again.
The Geminid Meteor Shower, the biggest meteor shower of the year, peaks this weekend. Unlike other meteor showers that require getting up in the middle of the night to enjoy, the Geminids are viewable at more family friendly hours. Get the kids outside to experience the sight of asteroid dust burning up in the upper atmosphere.
Though Russian and American crews normally alternate their days off, all six aboard station will gather for a Thanksgiving meal together. They will also have some extra time to relax and visit with family via IP phone or video conference.
When Greg Fishel visited Barrow Alaska in March, the sun set at 9 p.m. after just over 13 hours above the horizon. This small town along Alaska's northern coast is known for its extremes and has become ground zero for climate change research. Records over the past 60 years show that Alaska has warmed at a rate more than twice that of the rest of the United States.
Earlier this year when I started to make my "Climate Change journey" public, I had many goals. Ironically, the two that really stuck had nothing to do with science.
WRAL's "Exploring Climate Change" special won first place in the Radio Television Digital News Association/Associated Press awards announced Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015.