Month: March 2019

Illustration of an exoplanetary system, potentially with an exomoon orbiting it. While we have yet to find a true ‘Earth-twin’ system, with an Earth-sized planet with a Moon-sized moon in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star, it may be possible in the not-too-distant future. NASA/David Hardy, via astroart.org Even though the ingredients for life
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This article originally appeared in the March 25, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. U.S. Strategic Command was handed the responsibility last fall to solve one of the Defense Department’s most sensitive and complex technology problems: the modernization of the nation’s nuclear command, control and communications system, known as NC3. This job previously belonged to the
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The design for SpaceX’s Starship (aka. Big Falcon Rocket) is really starting to come together! Over the holidays, sections of the Starship Hopper (a miniature version of the Starship) were photographed being put together at the company’s South Texas Launch Site. By mid-January, the parts were fully-integrated, forming the body of the stainless-steel prototype that
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A salesman watches Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing to the nation, on TV screens inside a showroom in Mumbai, India, March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Election Commission said it had directed a committee of officers to examine Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of an anti-satellite test on Wednesday, after opposition
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The latest Martian water hypothesis suggests that groundwater could exist across a broad geographical region, bubbling up from a deep active system. Scientists have had various ideas about what causes the characteristic recurring slope linea on Mars, those features on craters that look like dried stream beds and sent many researchers hunting for water in
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WASHINGTON — Scisys Group, a formerly British company involved in the European Union’s Galileo satellite program, says its change of headquarters from Chippenham, England, to Dublin, Ireland, was immediately positive for its space business. Scisys is a subcontractor to Thales Alenia Space France and Spain’s GMV on the ground segment of the Galileo navigation satellite
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As spring arrives with warmer temperatures and decreasing snowfall, much of the continental United States can finally breathe a collective sigh of relief. Between the unseasonably cold temperatures to record amounts of precipitation, both spread across the country, there is no denying that there were some clear business ups and downs emerging from winter 2018-2019.
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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators has reintroduced legislation designed to reform commercial launch and remote sensing regulations, this time without a provision that led to the bill’s defeat last year in the House. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced March 28 the introduction of the Space Frontier Act. The bill is scheduled to be
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Forget mutant turtles. Kangaroo rats are the true ninjas of the animal kingdom. A series of four high-speed videos has recently captured these little fighters flipping and kicking in mid-air as they artfully dance around their arch nemesis, the hungry sidewinder rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes). It’s a battle between two extreme athletes, and the result is a lightning
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Shot of a relaxed elderly man seated in a wheelchair while praying at home during the day Getty Theologists, scientists and thought leaders have attempted for centuries to understand the impact that religion can have on human beings; both mentally and physically. And it is commonly accepted around that world that religion and spirituality are
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WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab successfully launched an experimental satellite for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency March 28 as the company looks to move to a monthly cadence of launches. The company’s Electron rocket lifted off from its private launch site site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 7:27 p.m. Eastern. The rocket’s payload, a
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