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Apr 13, 2018

The Next Generation Exoplanet Hunter Launches Monday

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Apr 12, 2018

US astronaut sends Holocaust remembrance message from space

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American astronaut Andrew “Drew” Feustel recorded a video message aboard the International Space Station commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In the video released on Thursday, the NASA geophysicist, who is not Jewish, displayed a replica of a drawing titled “Moon Landscape” by Petr Ginz, a Czech teen with Jewish roots who was killed at Auschwitz. Feustel, who received the drawing from the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, noted that late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon had brought a replica of the very same drawing with him on board the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003.

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Apr 12, 2018

ARA Develops Lightweight Laser Weapon System

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is developing a compact, completely self-contained directed-energy weapon that is the first of its size and specifications, making it a standout from existing systems.

The Silent Saber is high power, 1.5 kilowatt fiber laser packaged in a backpack with power supplies and a unique thermal control system. A telescope with multiple potential mounting configurations can be mounted to existing Picatinny rails of a soldier’s rifle, and a laser is connected to the telescope by a fiber cable.

“This tool provides options to the warfighter to support explosive ordnance disposal, counter infrastructure and counter drone missions,” said Principal Engineer Joseph Paranto, ARA’s Director of Directed Energy Systems.

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Apr 12, 2018

Holey moly! Three holes have burst open on the sun hurtling geomagnetic storms towards Earth

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Will lead to very interesting weather.

The sun just developed three new holes – with a spectrum of effects expected.


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Apr 12, 2018

Jupiter’s North Pole Looks Totally Insane in These New Photos From NASA

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NASA’s Juno probe continues to whip around Jupiter and beam back incredible new colour photos of the giant planet.

But images that capture the planet’s stormy poles in infrared light, which is invisible to human eyes, are helping to crack the mysteries of Jupiter’s inner workings.

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Apr 12, 2018

NASA releases INCREDIBLE video tour of Jupiter — it looks bizarre

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NASA released an infrared tour of Jupiter’s North Pole on Wednesday, April 11.

The 3D movie depicts the densely packed cyclones and anti-cyclones on the planet, according to NASA.

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Apr 11, 2018

Mars Express spacecraft gets in-orbit upgrade

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ESA’s Mars Express orbiter is getting a major software upgrade that will extend its service life for years to come. On Sunday, the space agency uploaded the update into the veteran deep space probe’s computers where it will remain stored in memory until a scheduled restart on April 16. If successful, it will take some of the burden off the aging gyroscopes used to keep the unmanned spacecraft’s vital high-gain radio antenna pointed at Earth.

As anyone who regularly uses digital devices can tell you, software updates are a way of life. It turns out that Mars orbiting spacecraft are no exception, with aging electronics that need new instructions to deal with worn out components after years of heavy use.

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Apr 10, 2018

Legal experts: Conflict in outer space will happen

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The University of Nebraska College of Law is joining forces with space and military law experts from Australia and the United Kingdom to take the lead on understanding how our Earth-bound laws will be applied in times of armed conflict in outer space.

Some of the best legal and policy minds at the University of Adelaide, UNSW Canberra, University of Exeter and Nebraska Law will draft the definitive document on military and security law as applied to space.

The Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations is to be completed in 2020. It will draw on the knowledge of dozens of legal and space operations experts from around the world.

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Apr 10, 2018

Scientists at CERN discover “colour” of antimatter

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Measuring the structure of antimatter could help us unlock the secrets of the universe.


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Apr 10, 2018

NASA’s virtual tour of the moon in all-new 4K resolution will blow your mind

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NASA has just released an all-new 4K-resolution video showing the surface of the moon in incredible detail. Created using data gathered over the last nine years, the five-minute presentation shows our nearest neighbor like you’ve never seen it before.

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