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  • Researchers Discover 12 New Moons Around Jupiter

    07/17/2018 10:10:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    In March 2017, Jupiter was in the perfect location to be observed using the Blanco telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, which has the Dark Energy Camera and can survey the sky for faint objects. Astronomer Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science and his team were using the telescope to search the edge of the solar system for signs of Planet Nine. They realized they could observe Jupiter at the same time. They would be able to tell the difference between Jupiter and the objects around it versus the distant solar system objects because any...
  • 3D printing jobs update: CEL, Simplify3D, RP Support, Additive Industries

    07/14/2018 12:11:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    3D Printing Industry ^ | June 28, 2018 | Beau Jackson
    As a growing manufacturing industry, 3D printing is ripe with new job opportunities from enthusiastic and applied individuals. In this latest 3D Printing Jobs update, we have open positions in both the U.S. and Europe, including vacancies in metal 3D printing, software development and design engineering. Sign up to 3D Printing Jobs now to make the most of current and upcoming positions. If you’re an employer looking to fulfil a new role, you can also post a job on our specialist site here. Happy job hunting! Design engineer / mechanical systems designer, CEL, UK CEL is a British design firm...
  • How 'Electric Microbes' Could Generate Power (And More) for Space Missions

    07/18/2018 10:31:48 AM PDT · by ETL · 8 replies
    Space.com ^ | July 18, 2018 | Meghan Bartels, Space.com Senior Writer
    One of the experiments astronauts are tending to on the International Space Station could electrify space exploration. The experiment centers on a batch of microbes called Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, which arrived at the station in early July. Here on Earth, Shewanella has an unusual skill: It can produce electricity. The experiment is the first step to determining whether the microbes can do so in space as well — and whether humans can harness that ability to make space exploration easier. The bacterium belongs to a group called exoelectrogens, which can create electricity all by themselves, as NASA explains in a...
  • ew Tesla owners on hook for $14K after sudden end of electric car incentive program (Ontario Canada)

    07/15/2018 7:57:25 AM PDT · by jerod · 51 replies
    CBC News ^ | July 14, 2018
    Ending program immediately for purchases directly from manufacturer is unfair, customers say Some Tesla customers say they now have to fork over an extra $14,000 for their new Model 3 electric cars because of Ontario's sudden decision to end an incentive program for electric and hydrogen vehicles. The provincial government announced Wednesday that the program will end on Sept. 10 for those who have their vehicle delivered, registered, and plated if it was purchased from a dealer, but it ended immediately for those who ordered their electric and hydrogen vehicle directly from the manufacturer. As Tesla does not have dealers...
  • Elon Musk Calls Diver in Thai Soccer Team Rescue a Pedophile

    07/15/2018 11:44:15 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 102 replies
    Fortune ^ | 7/15/18 | By David Morris
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Twitter this morning accused British diver Vern Unsworth of being a pedophile, after Unsworth criticized Musk’s proposal to use a small submarine to rescue a trapped soccer team in Thailand. Unsworth was instrumental in the rescue of the boy’s soccer team, but lambasted Musk’s submarine plan in an interview published by CNN Friday. Among other comments, Unsworth said the submarine “wouldn’t have made the first 50 meters into the cave” and was “just a PR stunt.” Musk, responding to further criticism from professor and New York Times columnist Zeynep Tufekci, wrote this morning that he...
  • Liberal Meltdown: Furious Libs Outraged After Elon Musk Revealed As One Of Top Republican PAC Donors

    07/14/2018 9:59:26 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 51 replies
    Twitter ^ | 7-14-18 | Elon Musk probublica zerohedge
    SA11AI IND Griffin, Kenneth C. Ill. May 25 $38,900.00 Citadel, LLC # SA11AI IND Musk, Elon Calif. June 5 $33,900.00 SpaceX # SA11AI IND Bass, Edward Tex. June 26 $33,500.00 Kelly Hart & Hallman
  • That Moon Colony Will Be a Reality Sooner Than You Think

    05/26/2018 6:10:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    The White House ^ | May 25, 2018 | WIlbur J. Ross, Secretary of Commerce
    The future for American commercial space activity is bright. Space entrepreneurs are already planning travel to Mars, and they are looking to the moon as the perfect location for a way station to refuel and restock Mars-bound rockets. As much as this sounds like the plot of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” it is coming closer to reality sooner than you may have ever thought possible. A privately funded American space industry is the reason. This industry is making progress in leaps and bounds. The global space economy is approaching $350 billion and is expected to become a multitrillion-dollar industry. There...
  • 3D Scan of a Cave Network...Technology Could be Used to Map Out Lava Tubes on the Moon and Mars

    03/17/2018 3:07:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 15 Mar , 2018 | Matt Williams
    Pegasus Backpack, a wearable mapping solution that collects geometric data without a satellite ad synchronizes images collected by five cameras and two 3D imaging laser profilers, and the Leica BLK360 – the smallest and lightest imaging scanner on the market. In less than three hours, the team managed to map all the contours of the lava tube....to produce a 3D visual of all the twists and turns of the lava tube. The scan that resulted covers a 1.3 km section of the cave system with an unprecedented resolution of a few centimeters. Santagata and the Virtual Geography Agency also turned...
  • DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane Project Hits Major Engine Milestone

    07/10/2018 11:14:51 PM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 7/10/2018 | Yasmin Tadjdeh
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, working alongside Boeing and Aerojet Rocketdyne, has demonstrated that it can successfully fire the AR-22 booster rocket engine 10 times over 240 hours. The test outcome marked a major step in the development of DARPA’s Phantom Express experimental spaceplane, officials said July 10. “We needed to show that main propulsion system, the AR-22, … could in fact support rapid turn operations,” said Scott Wierzbanowski, DARPA’s program manager for the spaceplane. “We were extremely successful. We completely destroyed previously held records of how … you deal with a liquid-hydrogen, liquid-oxygen-type engine.” The agency also proved...
  • Israel to launch its first spacecraft to the moon

    07/10/2018 4:24:56 PM PDT · by ETL · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | July 10, 2018 | Yonat Friling
    Israel announced Tuesday that it will launch its first lunar mission in December 2018, hoping to become the fourth country to land on the moon, following the U.S., Russia and China. SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries presented the new spacecraft, which took eight years of collaborative efforts, and $95 million to build the smallest aircraft to date. It is measured to be four-feet high, and 6 ˝-feet in diameter, and it will be able to reach a maximum speed of 22,370 miles per hour. South African-Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn, president of SpaceIL, who has donated $27 million to...
  • Israel plans to launch moon mission on SpaceX rocket this year

    07/10/2018 8:29:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    CNET ^ | July 10, 2018 11:05 AM PDT | Amanda Kooser
    Three countries have landed missions on the moon: the US, Russia and China. Israel hopes to be the fourth when it launches a spacecraft this December with an assist from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The unmanned mission is a joint effort between private company Israel Aerospace Industries and nonprofit organization SpaceIL. SpaceIL participated in the Google Lunar XPrize competition, which wrapped up earlier this year with no ultimate winner. The people at SpaceIL aren't letting that stop them from completing the lunar journey. On Tuesday, the team announced its goal of a Feb. 13, 2019, moon landing, but it has yet to...
  • Israel plans its first moon launch in December

    07/10/2018 3:12:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | July 10, 2018 | Jonah Mandel
    The unmanned spacecraft, shaped like a pod and weighing some 585 kilogrammes (1,300 pounds) at launch, will land on the moon on February 13, 2019 if all goes according to plan, organisers SpaceIL told a news conference in Yehud, central Israel. The vessel will be launched via a rocket from American entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX firm and its mission will include research on the moon's magnetic field. Its first task, however, will be to plant an Israeli flag on the moon, organisers said. The project began as part of the Google Lunar XPrize, which in 2010 offered $30 million (25...
  • NASA readies probe to touch the sun with 'cutting-edge heat shield'

    07/06/2018 1:48:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    www.cnet.com ^ | July 5, 2018 10:04 PM PDT | by Jackson Ryan
    For the first time in human history, we are going to "touch the sun". As NASA prepares for an Aug. 4 launch, it has unveiled a "cutting-edge heat shield", installed on June 27, that will keep the spacecraft from being burnt to a crisp. The probe's mission will take it within 4 million miles of the sun, a region of space never before visited by a human-made spacecraft. For comparison's sake, the closest that Mercury ever gets to the sun is approximately 29 million miles. Getting that close to what is, essentially, a giant ball of fire requires some significant...
  • Deep-Space NASA Rocket Engines Perform Most Powerful Ignition Test Yet

    02/25/2018 9:31:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 94 replies
    Space.com ^ | February 25, 2018 08:29am ET | Doris Elin Salazar, Contributor |
    How can a rocket engine achieve more than a 100-percent thrust? Well, RS-25 engines were first designed more than 40 years ago, for use with NASA's space shuttle, and the power level they were capable of achieving at the time is the margin known as 100-percent thrust, according to NASA. RS-25 engines are former space shuttle engines that have been modified to perform more powerfully than ever before. "Increased engine performance is crucial for enabling SLS missions to deep space as the rocket evolves to be larger and carry astronauts and heavy cargo on a single flight," NASA officials said...
  • Chinese Space Station Crash: Why It's So Hard to Predict Where Space Debris Will Land

    03/29/2018 12:57:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 73 replies
    Space.com ^ | March 29, 2018 07:19am ET | Matteo Ceriotti, University of Glasgow |
    Newton’s laws tell us that satellites orbit the Earth in perfectly circular or elliptical orbits, repeating their path again and again (assuming that gravity is the only force acting on them). However, this is not true at low altitudes, say below 1,000km, because the satellite is then moving through the Earth’s atmosphere. This causes “aerodynamic drag” (air resistance) – a force that opposes the satellite’s velocity, which effectively turns the orbit into a downward spiral towards the Earth’s surface. In theory, we can calculate drag perfectly to predict the path of a satellite. This can be done using an equation...
  • What Just Happened Over Florida?

    07/02/2018 9:05:11 AM PDT · by messierhunter · 86 replies
    Third Phase of the Moon ^ | June 29, 2018 | Thirdphaseofmoon
    A huge amount of "UFO" videos were posted to YouTube this weekend regarding an object seen in the morning twilight skies over Florida on Friday morning. Popular UFO channels like Third Phase of the Moon reported it as a UFO incident. The real cause? A SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule to orbit to deliver cargo and supplies to the International Space Station for CRS-15. Despite some who think that "SpaceX is FakeX" and that all of spaceflight is a hoax (including a number of Freepers), the real hoax is the belief that this was...
  • Conspiracy theorists think Trump’s Space Force proves aliens exist

    06/29/2018 10:25:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | June 29, 2018 | Mike Rothschild
    The announcement that President Donald Trump wanted to create a “Space Force” that would serve as a co-equal branch of the Armed Forces brought a wide range of reactions. Some experts believed we needed it to defend U.S. interests above the clouds, including protecting our satellites and preventing orbital bombardment by China or Russia. Others posited it as a dangerous step toward the irrevocable militarization of space. And some said it didn’t matter, either because the unilateral expansion of the armed forces is beyond the scope of presidential power, or because Trump says he’s going to do a lot of...
  • Flames and Dismay: Deafening Explosion of Japanese Rocket During Launch (VIDEO

    06/30/2018 7:06:44 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 28 replies
    sput ^ | Jun 30, 2018 | staff
    Exploding Rocket Launch Here The 10-meter long MOMO rocket is the first rocket designed to be sent into space by a private company, without the assistance of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). A previous attempt to launch MOMO into space 11 months ago failed as well. Interstellar Technologies Inc. failed to launch a rocket in Japan on Friday, as the vehicle exploded a few seconds after liftoff, Japanese NHK news agency reported. There were no injuries from the blast, as the start was remote and the closest spectators were at least 1,5 km away from the launch pad. Interstellar...
  • What could go wrong? IBM sending real-life HAL robot to International Space Station

    06/28/2018 2:06:08 PM PDT · by ETL · 40 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | June 27, 2018 | Chris Ciaccia
    A round, basketball-shaped autonomous assistant that is supposed to help astronauts with their space work. Sounds a lot like HAL-9000 from "2001: A Space Odyssey," right? CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) won't say, "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that," but the first-ever flying, autonomous, artificial intelligence-based robot is slated to head to the International Space Station (ISS) later this week. With any luck, CIMON will stay there for the foreseeable future. ..." "What we're trying to do with Watson AI services is imitate a human," Biniok said, adding that CIMON has a digital "mouth" and can express...
  • Eight ethical questions about exploring outer space that [Supposedly] need answers

    06/28/2018 8:30:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    phys.org ^ | Benjamin Sachs
    question #1: should we care about the universe beyond how it affects us as humans? Question #2: the kind of life we are most likely to discover elsewhere is microbial – so how should we view this lifeform? Question #4: is there a duty to protect the environment on other planets? Question #5: what, besides biological contamination, would count as violating such an obligation to treat that planet's environment with respect? Drilling for core samples, perhaps, or leaving instruments behind, or putting tyre tracks in the dirt? Question #6: what about asteroids? Question #7: what considerations might offset arguments in...