Space

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Scientists are predicting a rare meteor outburst this week that may be brief but incredibly intense. A brilliant flurry in the sky near the Unicorn constellation is expected Thursday night over the eastern half of North America and all South America. The action should unfold early Friday morning over the western
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Gamma-ray bursts can be triggered by the explosion of a super massive star, collapsing into a black hole. From the vicinity of the black hole, powerful jets shoot in opposite directions into space, accelerating electrically charged particles, which in turn interact with magnetic fields and radiation to produce gamma rays. Credit: DESY, Science Communication Lab
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Spacety, a privately-owned Chinese satellite company founded in 2016 is expanding its product line as it continues in-orbit technology demonstrations. The firm, with 70 employees working in Changsha and Beijing, has nine missions and 15 satellites in orbit. Feng Yang, Spacety CEO and founder, talked with SpaceNews about his plans for small synthetic aperture radar
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain Historical instances of extreme climate change on Mars could be detected through the measurement of subsurface temperatures, according to a new University of Stirling study. Experts in Stirling’s Planetary Ices Laboratory, located within the Faculty of Natural Sciences, believe that the technology used by the heat flow probe on the latest
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A 3D model of asteroid Eros. Credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio Could the same computer algorithms that teach autonomous cars to drive safely help identify nearby asteroids or discover life in the universe? NASA scientists are trying to figure that out by partnering with pioneers in artificial intelligence (AI)—companies such as Intel, IBM and Google—to
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BREMEN, Germany – A European Earth observation cubesat scheduled to launch in 2020 will demonstrate an important space application for artificial intelligence. One of the two six-unit cubesats that comprises the FSSCat mission will rely on artificial intelligence to determine which images to send from the satellite to ground stations. “For instance if you have
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The report titled ”Iran Military Power” is part of a Defense Intelligence Agency effort to inform government leaders and the public on major foreign military challenges. WASHINGTON — The Defense Intelligence Agency released a new unclassified report that highlights Iran’s space program as a means to advance that nation’s civilian and military technologies. The report
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NASA’s ER-2 taking off with the air-LUSI moonlight collection equipment on board. Credit: NASA /Ken Ulbrich Last week, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Guelph sent a telescope to the top of the sky,
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HELSINKI — China Satcom has filed an insurance claim for the loss of the ChinaSat-18 communications satellite after failing to establish contact with the spacecraft. A claim for ChinaSat-18, which SpaceNews previously reported was insured for $250 million, has been long expected.  The ChinaSat-18 communications satellite was launched Aug. 19 atop a Long March 3B
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VNIS spectra of the rock and lunar regolith measured by Yutu-2 rover. The image resolution is ~0.6 mm/pixel. Credit: Science China Press The South Pole-Aitken (SPA) is the largest and deepest basin on the Moon, theoretically opening a window into the lunar lower crust and likely into the upper mantle. However, compositional information of the
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Credit: European Space Agency A recent “deep learning” algorithm—despite having no innate knowledge of solar physics—could provide more accurate predictions of how the sun affects our planet than current models based on scientific understanding. For decades, people have tried to predict the impact of the sun on our planet’s atmosphere. Up until now, algorithms based
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain An international team of researchers has found that people in space for long durations can experience blood flowing in the wrong direction in the jugular vein. In their paper published on JAMA Network Open, the group describes their study of blood flow in astronauts. As astronauts have come to spend longer
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Some of the largest exoplanets compared. Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. In terms of mass, Jupiter dwarfs the other planets. If you were to gather all the other planets together into a single mass, Jupiter would still be 2.5 times more massive. It is hard to understate just how
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