Month: September 2019

Comet Borisov seen by the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii in September 2019. Gemini Observatory/NSF/AURA Scientists have performed one of the first studies of our second interstellar visitor, and discovered that it looks just like comets in our own Solar System. At the end of last month, what is now known as 2I/Borisov was spotted flying
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These days we’re used to jaw-dropping photos getting snapped from the International Space Station, but the latest one NASA astronaut Christina Koch recently posted to Twitter comes with a special message, too. The image shows the Soyuz MS-15 spaceflight taking three people to the ISS: Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir as part
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Global warming has put a glacier in the Italian Alps at risk of collapse, officials warned, leading to road closures, travel restrictions, and evacuations in the immediate vicinity. Municipal officials issued the order after surveyors observed a significant increase in the sliding speed of the Planpincieux glacier, which rests on the Italian side of the
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In 1991, soon after Operation Desert storm commenced bombing Iraq, the director of the National Reconnaissance Office — the U.S. spy satellite agency whose very existence would remain a state secret for another year — got a call from Colin Powell. The media-savvy general wanted to show news reporters satellite images of Iraqi targets U.S.
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Members of the NASA Mars Helicopter team attach a thermal film to the exterior of the flight model of the Mars Helicopter inside the Space Simulator vacuum chamber at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA is planning to launch its next Mars
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To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES The launch of two commercial spacecraft on a Proton scheduled for Sept. 30 has been delayed. International Launch Services said Sept. 24 that the launch was postponed because of “an issue encountered during electrical testing,” but didn’t elaborate
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A general view of atmosphere seen at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures Los Angeles premiere of ‘Robocop’, on Monday, Feb, 10, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP Images) Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP It’s not quite Robocop. Turns out security in the Blade Runner era (yes, that dystopia was set in 2019) takes less of a humanoid
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WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission’s most vocal official on C-band spectrum rebuffed critics of a satellite industry proposal to repurpose some of the spectrum for cellular 5G through a private auction.  FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly on Sept. 24 defended a private auction like what C-Band Alliance members Intelsat, SES and Telesat have proposed as
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Tshering Tobgay is sweating. I meet the young, earnest monk while in a hallway of a referral hospital in the Bhutanese border town of Gelephu. He’s here after contracting dengue in another Bhutanese town that borders India, Phuentsholing. He wasn’t aware of the latest lethal outbreak because there’s limited access to news in the temple
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