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NASA’s newly landed OSIRIS-REx probe discovers water on asteroid.

December 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
NASA’s newly landed OSIRIS-REx probe discovers water on asteroid.

Recently analysed data from NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has revealed water locked inside the clays that make up its scientific target, the asteroid Bennu. During the mission’s approach phase, between mid-August and early December, the spacecraft travelled 1.4 million miles (2.2 million km) on its journey from Earth to […]

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Voyager 2 goes interstellar.

December 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Voyager 2 goes interstellar.

For the second time in human history, an artificial Terran object has reached the space between the stars. NASA’s Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere – the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun. Comparing data from different instruments aboard the trailblazing spacecraft, mission scientists determined the probe crossed […]

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OSIRIS-REx spacecraft says hello to Asteroid Bennu.

December 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
OSIRIS-REx spacecraft says hello to Asteroid Bennu.

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft completed its 1.2 billion-mile (2 billion-kilometer) journey to arrive at the asteroid Bennu Monday. The spacecraft executed a maneuver that transitioned it from flying toward Bennu to operating around the asteroid. Now, at about 11.8 miles (19 kilometers) from Bennu’s Sun-facing surface, OSIRIS-REx will begin […]

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Sam Goudsmit And The Hunt For Hitler’s Atom Bomb by Martijn Van Calmthout (book review).

December 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Sam Goudsmit And The Hunt For Hitler’s Atom Bomb by Martijn Van Calmthout (book review).

In some respects, Martijn Van Calmthout’s book, ‘Sam Goudsmit And The Hunt For Hitler’s Atom Bomb’ is taking the focus what this book is really about. Sam Goudmit (1902-1978) was renowned for his work in quantum mechanics and, along with George Eugene Uhlenbeck in 1925, the discovery of the spin in sub-atomic particles. As a […]

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Genius Weapons by Louis A. Del Monte (book review).

November 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
Genius Weapons by Louis A. Del Monte (book review).

The subject of Louis A. Del Monte’s book ‘Genius Weapons’ comes more from its sub-title, ‘Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Weaponry And The Future Of Warfare’. As he describes in his introduction, America is actually lagging behind Russia and China in making robotics and AI working together and where battles will be between machines rather than people. […]

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Mars or Bust! InSight Lander probes the Red Planet.

November 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
Mars or Bust! InSight Lander probes the Red Planet.

Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (458-million-kilometer) journey from Earth. InSight’s two-year mission will be to study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with […]

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NASA will look for Martian life with 2020 Rover.

November 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
NASA will look for Martian life with 2020 Rover.

NASA has chosen Jezero Crater as the landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission after a five year search. The rover mission is scheduled to launch in July 2020 as NASA’s next step in exploration of the Red Planet. It will not only seek signs of ancient habitable conditions – and past microbial […]

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Was ‘Oumuamua’ a light sail probe visiting the Solar System? Dr. Avi Loeb chats.

November 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
Was ‘Oumuamua’ a light sail probe visiting the Solar System? Dr. Avi Loeb chats.

Dr. Avi Loeb of Harvard University (as well as the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) does a little video about the background and science behind the oddness of the recent fly-through of the Oumuamua object, and why science suggests it might have been a solar sail probe of some sort on a fly-by.

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How To Invent Everything by Ryan North (book review).

November 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
How To Invent Everything by Ryan North (book review).

The basis of Ryan North’s book, ‘How To Invent Everything’ is transporting yourself into the past by a time machine but alas breaks down and you’re stuck there. No matter which century, this book is not so much a survival guide but the means to make where you are a better place and removing the […]

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Goodbye Kepler, planet-hunter par excellence.

October 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
Goodbye Kepler, planet-hunter par excellence.

After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets – more planets even than stars – NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations. NASA has decided to retire the spacecraft within its current, safe orbit, away from […]

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