A ‘fourth dry year’ likely in California, officials say

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain California’s reservoirs will enter fall in a slightly better position than last year, but the Golden State should prepare for more dryness, extreme weather events and water quality hazards in 2023, officials say. The latest climate forecasting update from the Department of Water Resources came Wednesday, just days before the end … Read more

Hawaii families impacted by Navy’s jet fuel leak worry about cancer, prepare legal action a year later

Waikīkī Beach, Honolulu, United States. Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The battle to hold the US military accountable for tainting public drinking water with jet fuel from the Red Hill bulk fuel storage facility continues almost a year after thousands of residents who were sickened and displaced last year. In November, a major jet fuel leak … Read more

SpaceX launches 32nd mission of the year, breaking record set in 2021 – Spaceflight Now

A Falcon 9 rocket climbs above a marine layer over Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, heading to orbit with 46 more Starlink internet satellites. Credit: SpaceX With barely half over, SpaceX launched its 32nd mission of the year Friday from California’s Central Coast, breaking the company’s record for most launches in a year and … Read more

SpaceX deploys 53 more Starlink satellites on record-tying 31st launch of the year – Spaceflight Now

SpaceX launched 53 more Starlink internet satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket Sunday. Credit: Stephen Clark / Spaceflight Now Fifty-three more Starlink internet satellites thundered into orbit from Cape Canaveral atop a Falcon 9 rocket Sunday on SpaceX’s 31st launch of the year, tying the company’s number of missions for all of 2021 and maintaining … Read more

SpaceX going for record-tying 31st launch of the year – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Starlink 4-22 mission launched SpaceX’s next batch of 53 Starlink broadband satellites. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is counting down to launch from Cape … Read more

After software delays, NASA says Psyche asteroid mission won’t launch this year – Spaceflight Now

Artist’s illustration of the Psyche spacecraft at its destination. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s billion-dollar Psyche asteroid mission will not launch this year, officials confirmed Friday, after delays in completing software verification testing for the spacecraft’s guidance, navigation and control system. Mission officials said the next opportunity to launch the mission to explore Psyche, a metal-rich asteroid, … Read more

NASA’s metal asteroid mission Psyche won’t launch this year

Space fans have one fewer rocket launch to look forward to this year. NASA’s Psyche mission designed to visit a metal-rich asteroid is facing an uncertain future after software testing issues forced an extended launch delay expected to last at least until July 2023, mission managers announced Friday (June 24). NASA is convening an independent … Read more

How to make your lawn wildlife friendly all year round: Tips from an ecologist

Credit: Sandra Standbridge/Shutterstock Alongside the worrying current fad for plastic grass, a growing number of people are choosing to let their lawns grow wild in order to encourage a more diverse range of plants and insects to live in them. You may not be convinced of the beauty of a wild and unruly garden, but … Read more