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  • NASA's Choice: Visit Ancient Comet -- Or Saturn Moon?

    12/26/2017 12:46:44 PM PST · by Simon Green · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/20/17 | Bill Retherford ,
    And now it’s down to two: Dragonfly and CAESAR. Those are the finalists vying for a billion dollar space shot—and a place in NASA’s coveted New Frontiers program. The agency announced the decision Wednesday at its Washington, D.C. headquarters. To win the chance to send a robotic probe into space, Dragonfly and CAESAR beat out proposals from ten other science teams. “This is a very tough competition,” says Jim Green, NASA's Planetary Science Division director. "And these are very exciting missions." Dragonfly—a visual mashup of a drone and helicopter—would land on Titan, a mysterious moon of Saturn that might...
  • Land On Titan With Huygens in Beautiful New Video

    01/13/2017 9:56:00 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Nancy Atkinson
    JPL has released a re-mix of the data and images gathered by Huygens 12 years ago in a beautiful new video. This is the last opportunity to celebrate the success of Huygens before Cassini ends its mission in September of 2017. ... After a two-and-a-half-hour descent, the metallic, saucer-shaped spacecraft came to rest with a thud on a dark floodplain covered in cobbles of water ice, in temperatures hundreds of degrees below freezing. ... How much of this video is actual images and data vs computer graphics? Of course, the clips at the beginning and end of the video are...
  • Statoil and NASA finalize research agreement (Oil in space?)

    11/22/2013 8:14:48 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 10 replies
    Yahoo finance ^ | Fri, Nov 22, 2013, | Yahoo finance
    HOUSTON, Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Statoil and NASA have formed an agreement to explore a wide range of technologies to assist Statoil in the search for oil and gas exploration and production efforts, which are increasingly moving into frontier regions. The contract with NASA is effectuated at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at Pasadena, California, which is managed by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Statoil has a solid track record of being an innovative energy company and are always looking for safer, more cost effective and smarter solutions. Collaborating with world leading institutions, working across disciplines, has led to...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Cirrus over Paris

    06/22/2016 4:45:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's that over Paris? Cirrus. Typically, cirrus clouds appear white or gray when reflecting sunlight, can appear dark at sunset (or sunrise) against a better lit sky. Cirrus are among the highest types of clouds and are usually thin enough to see stars through. Cirrus clouds may form from moisture released above storm clouds and so may herald the arrival of a significant change in weather. Conversely, cirrus clouds have also been seen on Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Titan, Uranus, and Neptune. The featured image was taken two days ago from a window in District 15, Paris, France, Earth. The...
  • Tallest Peak on Saturn's Huge Moon Titan Identified (Photo)

    03/25/2016 7:40:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Images and radar data taken by Cassini peg a 10,948-foot-tall (3,337 m) mountain in an equatorial range called Mithrim Montes as Titan's likely loftiest peak, mission scientists announced today (March 24) at the 47th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas. "It's not only the highest point we've found so far on Titan, but we think it's the highest point we're likely to find," Stephen Wall, deputy lead of the Cassini radar team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. Just what could be powering Titan's mountain-building activity remains a mystery, scientists...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Mystery Feature Now Disappears in Titan Lake

    03/07/2016 7:34:35 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    NASA ^ | Monday, March 07, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What is that changing object in a cold hydrocarbon sea of Titan? Radar images from the robotic Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn have been recording the surface of the cloud-engulfed moon Titan for years. When imaging the flat -- and hence radar dark -- surface of the methane and ethane lake called Ligeia Mare, an object appeared in 2013 July just was not there in 2007. Subsequent observations in 2014 August found the object remained -- but had changed. In an image released last week, the mystery object seems to have disappeared in 2015 January. The featured false-color image shows...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Moons and Jupiter

    03/04/2016 12:25:38 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | March 03, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Some of the Solar System's largest moons rose together on February 23. On that night, a twilight pairing of a waning gibbous Moon and Jupiter was captured in this sharp telescopic field of view. The composite of short and long exposures reveals the familiar face of our fair planet's own large natural satellite, along with a line up of the ruling gas giant's four Galilean moons. Left to right, the tiny pinpricks of light are Callisto, Io, Ganymede, [Jupiter], and Europa. Closer and brighter, our own natural satellite appears to loom large. But Callisto, Io, and Ganymede are actually...
  • Here's everything we know about Project Titan, Apple's rumoured electric car

    03/01/2015 3:58:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/28/2015 | Rob Price
    Just a few weeks ago, the idea that Apple might make a car seemed like an outlandish rumour. Today, it's accepted by many as gospel. Numerous reports have filtered through in recent days, providing more detail on Apple's automotive ambitions. Of course, nothing has been confirmed yet. The Apple Car would be a massive, multi-year undertaking. But here's what we've heard so far: It's called Project Titan. The detail comes via a report from the Wall Street Journal. It's an electric car. This puts the company in competition with Tesla, which develops cutting edge electric-powered vehicles. VC and entrepreneur Jason...
  • CarPlay's Emerging Dominance

    01/24/2015 7:22:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    TGAAP ^ | Jan 23, 2015 | by: Mark Reschke
    31 car companies and counting. Apple is closing in on adding every major, or exotic, car manufacturer on the planet to their CarPlay solution. Third party makers such as Alpine and Pioneer are also making aftermarket CarPlay receivers. Kenwood said only months ago it really did not need CarPlay, but in early January at the Detroit Auto Show, Kenwood announced its forthcoming CarPlay decks, as did JVC. The four major aftermarket deck manufactures are now building for CarPlay. High-end smartphone market share was clearly going to shape which platforms auto makers would support, and Apple is dominating the U.S....
  • 5 things Steve Jobs said Apple would never do - and Apple is doing

    01/19/2015 11:18:56 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 160 replies
    Money/CNN ^ | 1/19/15 | David Goldman
    Go to the link for details, but herein I break it down for ya bruvva Introducing styluses Small iPads Large screen iPhones Lifelike-looking software/icons ("skeuomorphism") Restoring philanthropy
  • 'Anti-Tesla Bill' Means Economic Loss for Michigan

    10/25/2014 8:35:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | Jared Meyer
    Against the interests of Michiganders, Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill banning Tesla Motor’s direct-to-consumer automobile sales in the state.The original focus of House Bill 5606 was on determining how franchise-dealership fees are charged. Then, right before the vote, an amendment banning automobile sales directly to consumers was added by State Senator Joe Hune. This backhanded maneuver shielded the amendment from public comment and debate. Passed unanimously in the State Senate and with only one dissenting vote in the House, the “anti-Tesla bill” is an economic loss for Michigan. The state will miss out on tax revenue from sales...
  • Why Tesla Motors can't sell cars in most of the United States

    07/20/2014 8:07:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Engadget ^ | July 17, 2014 | Ben Gilbert
    Tesla Motors makes beautiful, quality electric automobiles. Don't just take it from us; Consumer Reports rated the Tesla Model S the "best overall" car in its 2014 Top Picks report (which includes all non-electric cars as well). Yet, despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk's ongoing effort to expand his EV empire, state after state in the United States is pushing back. Not because those states are against electronic vehicles, Musk or even Tesla; it's about the way Tesla wants to sell its cars. Specifically, it's about money. WHAT TESLA WANTS You know how Apple has stores where it sells its computers,...
  • Car Dealers Are Terrified of Tesla’s Plan to Eliminate Oil Changes

    03/14/2014 12:35:29 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 33 replies
    samachar.com ^ | 03.14.14 6:30 AM | Marcus Wohlsen
    Car Dealers Are Terrified of Tesla’s Plan to Eliminate Oil Changes By Marcus Wohlsen03.14.146:30 AM   The Tesla Roadster 2.5. Image: Tesla Car dealers fear Tesla. In states across the country, powerful car dealer associations have lobbied to ensure the electric car maker and its direct-sales model are kept out. This movement claimed another victory this week when New Jersey banned Tesla stores in the state.On the surface, the fear is hard to fathom. In New Jersey, for instance, sales of Tesla’s $70,000 Model S reportedly number in the hundreds. But if you dig a little deeper, it becomes obvious...
  • Why Texas Bans the Sale of Tesla Cars [direct sales to customers is illegal in Texas]

    08/22/2013 10:01:28 PM PDT · by grundle · 46 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | August 22, 2013
    an unlikely newcomer is getting top honors: the Tesla Model S.It’s the first electric car to win Motor Trend’s Car of the Year; an unprecedented 99 out of 100 rating from Consumer Reports; and now, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it’s also the safest car ever.But if the Model S really is the car of the future, then why has Texas banned its sales in the state and why are lawmakers in several other states trying to do the same? To answer that, first you need to meet Tesla CEO Elon Musk. He plans on opening 50...
  • The Latest Look Into Elon Musk's Crystal Ball

    07/04/2013 1:44:55 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 30 replies
    fool.com ^ | July 4, 2013 | Daniel Sparks
    Elon Musk, the co-founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA ) , and founder of SpaceX, has a keen ability to make good predictions. Source: Businessweek. Though not always accurate, many of his predictions are eerily on target -- especially for Tesla. For the most part, Musk has been able to stay on schedule with his original plan for the electric car manufacturer. Perhaps Tesla's soaring stock price has emboldened Musk's forecasting spirit, because he's made quite a few bold predictions lately. Though they should be taken with a grain of salt, four of his recent predictions are worth...
  • Tesla: 100% Market Share in Silicon Valley [for new cars $100K and up]

    02/25/2013 7:49:11 PM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    thestreet.com ^ | 02/12/13 | Anton Wahlman
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The plural of anecdote is statistics. There are lies, damned lies and statistics. So take what I am about to say for whatever it is worth. Maybe nothing. I own some Tesla (TSLA) stock, after all, just so I can go to the annual shareholder meeting, get a free coffee and be my usual pest. You could argue that what I am about to present is the equivalent of saying, "I've never seen a non-Apple (AAPL) tablet out in the wild, so therefore..." -- and you would be right. But people are still justifying this kind...
  • Dealers call Tesla factory stores illegal

    10/09/2012 2:10:21 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Automotive News ^ | October 8, 2012 | Amy Wilson with Mark Rechtin
    After opening several stores without much pushback, Elon Musk's ambition to replicate the Apple experience in Tesla factory stores is now facing potential roadblocks. Dealer associations in a handful of states, and state regulators in at least one case, say Tesla's stores violate state franchise laws that prohibit factory ownership of dealerships. Electric-vehicle maker Tesla now operates 17 stores in 10 states and the District of Columbia, most in shopping malls. Another six are scheduled to open this fall. The protesting dealer associations say Tesla's factory-owned stores present unfair competition for rival dealerships, are inconvenient for consumers needing repairs and,...
  • Apple hiring automotive experts to work in secret research lab

    02/13/2015 1:27:47 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 67 replies
    Financial Times ^ | Friday, February 13, 2015 | Tim Bradshaw, Andy Sharman
    Apple is recruiting experts in automotive technology and vehicle design to work at a new top-secret research lab, said several people familiar with the company, pointing to ambitions that go beyond the dashboard. Dozens of Apple employees, led by experienced managers from its iPhone unit, are researching automotive products at a confidential Silicon Valley location outside the company’s Cupertino campus, the people said. Sir Jonathan Ive’s team of Apple designers has held regular meetings with automotive executives and engineers in recent months, in some cases trying to hire them. Recent recruits to Apple’s team include the head of Mercedes-Benz’s Silicon...
  • Wave goodbye to the last of Apple’s mini-stores

    02/13/2015 1:55:01 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    Cult of Mac ^ | February 13, 2015 (Friday the 13th) | Luke Dormehl
    The typical design for an Apple Mini-Store. Wave goodbye! Photo: Apple While many of us will be celebrating Valentine’s Day this Saturday, for Apple it represents the end of an era. At 10pm today, Apple will close its existing Oakridge retail store in San Jose, California — with a new, larger one set to open Saturday morning at 10am. In the process, Apple will have marked the end of its mini-store experiment, with the Oakridge venue being the last of its kind. First launched in 2004, Apple’s mini-stores were an effort to quickly roll out new Apple Stores to keep...
  • Apple has 'several hundred' workers designing new electric car, codenamed 'Titan' - report

    02/14/2015 4:07:50 AM PST · by shove_it · 219 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | 13 Feb 2015 | Sam Oliver
    The smoke surrounding rumors of an Apple-branded vehicle has begun to thicken, as a new report says that Apple is indeed working on an all-electric vehicle that would take the shape of a minivan, with a huge team tasked to the project. Apple has given the project codename "Titan," according to the Wall Street Journal. The company is said to have "several hundred" employees working in the group. Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly green-lighted the project almost a year ago, and company executives have already begun to meet with potential contract manufacturers, including Canadian firm Magna Steyr. Apple iPod and...