TOKYO (Reuters) – A European-Japanese spacecraft set off on a treacherous seven-year journey to Mercury to probe the solar system’s smallest and least-explored planet. FILE PHOTO: The spacecraft BepiColombo is seen at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Kooren The BepiColombo mission,
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WASHINGTON — A Mercury-bound science mission from the European and Japanese space agencies began a seven-year journey to the Solar System’s smallest planet Oct. 19 aboard and Ariane 5 rocket. The BepiColombo mission took off from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 9:45 p.m. Eastern, marking the beginning of a 9-billion kilometer trip
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By Odile Robotti, Next Avenue Contributor  Credit: Getty Royalty Free (This article was written by a member of the 2018-2019 Encore Public Voices Fellows Program.) The landmark report issued last week by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,  the international body for assessing climate change, warns that our planet will reach catastrophic levels of
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The Jurassic seas were a formidable place – home to sharks, crocodiles, sea monsters, and, apparently, piranha-like, flesh-eating fish. A nearly-complete fossil of a ray-finned bony fish with extra sharp teeth has scientists thinking they’ve found the piranha’s Jurassic equivalent. If they’re right, this would be the oldest evidence of a flesh-eating bony fish belonging
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To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Intelsat invested in Africa Mobile Networks (AMN), a U.K.-headquartered group of companies with telecom infrastructure in Africa, to reach “ultra-rural” parts of the sub-Saharan side of the continent. Intelsat did not disclose the size of the investment. AMN
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WASHINGTON — As NASA evaluates proposals for commercially developed small lunar landers, the agency is now seeking payloads that could fly on those spacecraft despite concerns from some scientists that they don’t know if their experiments are compatible with those landers. NASA released Oct. 18 a formal solicitation for “Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads”
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