Month: April 2019

Orbital Atlas will be deployed at the Combined Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and the National Space Defense Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. COLORADO SPRINGS — The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center awarded Los Angeles-based Slingshot Aerospace a $6 million two-year contract to customize the company’s Orbital Atlas predictive
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When the dinosaur-killing asteroid struck Earth, most of the impact energy was directed outwards and upwards into space. Only 1% of the force traveled down into the ground, but it was enough to ring the planet like a bell and wipeout species around the globe. Only those creatures able to seek shelter from the intense
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NASA remembers Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, who walked on the Moon in 1969, commanded the second Skylab crew in 1973 and went on in retirement to paint the remarkable worlds and sights he had seen like no other artist. Learn more about his life at https://www.nasa.gov/feature/alan-bean Download this video at https://images.nasa.gov/details-Remembering%20Astronaut%20Alan%20Bean%20(UPDATE_02).html
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SAN FRANCISCO – HawkEye 360 unveiled RFGeo, its first radio frequency signal mapping product. Initially, RFGeo will help customers identify and geolocate maritime VHF radio channels, marine emergency distress beacons and vessel Automatic Identification System signals, the company announced April 4. “Many countries want better visibility of the oceans surrounding their territories,” Adam Bennett, Hawkeye 360 marketing director, said
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX has started initial tethered tests of the first prototype of its next generation Starship launch vehicle at its South Texas test site. The vehicle, dubbed “Starhopper,” briefly fired its single Raptor engine during a test on the pad April 3, followed by a second test April 5. In both cases the engine
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Up to 3 times in the past 2.4 billion years, Earth has become a desolate “snowball” with average global temperatures less than -70 degrees Fahrenheit. Only a runaway greenhouse process created by volcanic activity has saved the planet from an icy fate. | For more How the Universe Works, visit http://science.discovery.com/tv-shows/how-the-universe-works/#mkcpgn=ytsci1 Catch all new episodes
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When it comes to the weather systems controlling rain and shine across the planet, nothing happens in isolation – everything plays into everything else. Now, for the first time, scientists have explained how volcanic eruptions can influence the formation of hurricanes. Investigating this mechanism has been tricky until now, because in the age of sophisticated
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Invited witnesses include Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford and the commander of U.S. Strategic Command Gen. John Hyten. WASHINGTON — Top defense civilian and military leaders have been asked to testify next week in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee about
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX has withdrawn its protest of a launch contract NASA awarded to United Launch Alliance earlier this year for a planetary science mission. SpaceX withdrew a protest April 4 that it had filed with the U.S. Government Accountability Office Feb. 11 regarding a NASA launch procurement formally known as RLSP-35. That covered a
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HOW DO THEY DO IT? Mondays 9:30p on Science Baklava is the strudel’s ancestor. Phyllo dough used to make baklava is named after the greek word for “leaf” since the dough needs to be “as thin as a leaf.” Watch full episodes: http://www.sciencechannelgo.com We rarely consider many of the objects that make up the modern
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By combining the visible and infrared capabilities of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, astronomers and visualization specialists from NASA’s Universe of Learning program have created a spectacular, three-dimensional, fly-through movie of the magnificent Orion nebula, a nearby stellar nursery. Using actual scientific data along with Hollywood techniques, a team at the Space Telescope Science
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VIENNA (Reuters) – As carmakers push ahead with self-driving vehicles, an Austrian aerospace company and its Chinese partner showed off their pilot-less “flying taxi” for the first time in Europe on Thursday. People attend a test flight for Ehang 216, a two-seater autonomous aerial vehicle of drone maker EHang in Vienna, Austria April 4, 2019.
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WASHINGTON — European launch provider Arianespace completed SES’s first-generation O3b constellation April 4 with the Soyuz launch of four satellites. The rocket lifted off at 1:04 p.m. Eastern from Europe’s Guiana Space Centre near Kourou, French Guiana. The 700-kilogram satellites, designed for broadband connectivity services, separated from the Russian-built rocket two at a time, the
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WASHINGTON — Amazon is joining the list of companies planning a constellation of thousands of satellites for broadband internet connectivity. The internet shopping giant has asked international spectrum regulators to provide access to airwaves for a constellation of 3,236 satellites. Amazon’s constellation is filed under the name Kuiper Systems with the International Telecommunication Union. Amazon
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(Reuters) – For decades, scientists have been perplexed by the marvelous preservation of bronze weapons associated with China’s famed Terracotta Warriors, retaining shiny, almost pristine surfaces and sharp blades after being buried for more than two millennia. FILE PHOTO: Terracotta warriors and horses, which were unearthed during the first excavation from 1978 to 1984, stand
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WASHINGTON — SpaceIL announced April 4 that its Beresheet spacecraft has entered orbit around the moon, setting the stage for a landing attempt in a week. The lander fired its main engine for six minutes starting at 10:18 a.m. Eastern time, slowing the spacecraft down by about 1,000 kilometers per hour, enough for it to
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) said on Wednesday it has halted collaborations with Huawei Technologies and ZTE over US federal investigations of the Chinese technology companies’ alleged violations of sanctions. “MIT is not accepting new engagements or renewing existing ones with Huawei and ZTE or their respective subsidiaries due to federal investigations regarding violations of sanction
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#HowItsMade http://www.sciencechannelgo.com In the early 19th century, an English nobleman hired two chemists to recreate a sauce he tasted while traveling through India. The resulting concoction was unpalatable, so the chemists left it in a basement only to be discovered years later. Over time, the sauce had matured and became delicious. Over 170 years later,
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The NASA Evolutionary Xenon Thruster or NEXT is an advanced Ion propulsion system developed at Glenn Research Center. Its unmatched fuel efficiency could give a real boost to future deep space exploration missions — extending the reach of NASA science missions and yielding a higher return on scientific research.
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