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Adopt The Planet #EarthDay 2017

NASA invites you to help us celebrate Earth Day 2017 by virtually adopting a piece of Earth as seen from space. Your personalized adoption certificate will feature data from NASA’s Earth-observing satellites for a randomly assigned location. Did you get your corner of the world yet? There's still time this #EarthDay to join @NASAEarth and #AdoptThePlanet! https://t.co/qMWJB46bdd pic.twitter.com/qDhVqk5T26 — NASA …

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Amazing SpaceX images highlight perfect Falcon 9 landing

Amazing SpaceX images highlight perfect Falcon 9 landing

SpaceX was able to celebrate a successful return to flight this week with a picture-perfect launch of the Falcon 9 rocket on January 14, 2017 that successfully delivered a fleet of ten advanced Iridium NEXT mobile voice and data relay satellites to orbit. But the icing on the cake was the dead-center landing and recovery of the Falcon 9 booster …

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BAE outlines laser-based deflector shield concept

BAE outlines laser-based deflector shield concept

Developed by engineers at BAE’s military aircraft facility in Warton, and evaluated by experts at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the so-called Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens (LDAL) concept, works by simulating naturally occurring phenomena and temporarily creating lens-like structures in the Earth’s atmosphere which can be used to magnify or change the path of electromagnetic waves such as light and radio …

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SPACEX ‘RETURN TO FLIGHT’ SET FOR DEC. 16 WITH NEXT GEN IRIDIUM SATELLITES – 3 MONTHS AFTER PAD EXPLOSION

Only three months after the catastrophic launch pad explosion of their commercial Falcon 9 rocket in Florida, SpaceX has set Dec. 16 as the date for the boosters ‘Return to Flight’ launch from California with the first batch of Iridium’s next-generation communications satellites. Iridium Communications announced on Thursday that the first launch of a slew of its next-generation global satellite …

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A star 5,000 light-years Away Is The Roundest Natural Object Ever Seen

Stars, planets and other round celestial bodies bulge slightly at their equators due to centrifugal force. Generally speaking, the faster these objects spin, the greater the force, and the larger the bulge. The star Kepler 11145123 is the roundest natural object ever measured in the universe. Stellar oscillations imply a difference in radius between the equator and the poles of only …

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CHINA’S DEEP SPACECRAFT WILL BE GUIDED BY X-RAY PULSES FROM DISTANT STARS

To support its big plans for deep space exploration, including a manned Lunar mission and the Martian lander, China just launched the world’s first x-ray navigation system. The X-ray Pulsar Navigation 1 (XPNAV 1) satellite, which the country launched on Nov. 10 is the first satellite in the world that won’t be guided from earth. Beating out NASA’s Station Explorer …

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NASA finds unusual origins of high-energy electrons

High above the surface, Earth’s magnetic field constantly deflects incoming supersonic particles from the sun. These particles are disturbed in regions just outside of Earth’s magnetic field – and some are reflected into a turbulent region called the foreshock. New observations from NASA’s THEMIS mission show that this turbulent region can accelerate electrons up to speeds approaching the speed of …

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Russia unveils its new class of RS-28 ‘Satan 2’ nuclear missiles

Russia unveiled its new super-heavy, MIRV-equipped ICBM this week. The ‘Satan-2’ (that’s its NATO codename), has a reported throw-weight of 10,000kg, and can carry up to 15 separate warheads. MIRV is an acronym that stands for Multiple Independently targeted Reentry Vehicles. MIRV-equipped missiles can deliver multiple nuclear weapons to a single target area, or blanket a large area with separate …

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Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg Team up to listen for Aliens

A $100m initiative to listen for signals from alien life is targeting a star with an unusual dimming pattern. The Breakthrough Listen project, backed by Prof Stephen Hawking, will train a US radio telescope on a target called Tabbys Star. One very remote and speculative idea – yet one that has attracted much attention in the media – is that …

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