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Saturn's moon Rhea, Epimetheus transiting

Saturn's moon Rhea, Epimetheus transiting | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it
Saturn has a great many more moons than our planet – a whopping 62. A single moon, Titan, accounts for an overwhelming 96% of all the material orbit the planet, with a group of six other smaller moons dominating the rest. The other 55 small satellites whizzing around Saturn make up the ti…

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Hugo Nominations

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Nominations open early in January for the 2014 Hugo Awards and the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and... http://t.co/OTt9ethWQs
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New research maps the secret structure of the sun

New research maps the secret structure of the sun | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it
The phenomenon of solar flares, as seen above, might be better understood thanks to the discovery of giant cells.
Nearly half a century ago, scientists started to unravel the structure of the sun...
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The Space Review: As China goes to the Moon, prize teams stay in the race

The Space Review: As China goes to the Moon, prize teams stay in the race | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it

When the X PRIZE Foundation announced in September 2007 the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP), there was considerable optimism at the time that the winner, whoever that might be, would be the next entity to soft-land a spacecraft on the surface of the Moon (see “Google’s moonshot”, The Space Review, September 17, 2007).

 

The private sector seemed to be making great advances in spaceflight, as the earlier Ansari X PRIZE for suborbital spaceflight demonstrated, while national space agencies were proceeding much more slowly. Other than NASA’s own Vision for Space Exploration, which likely would have included a robotic lander as a precursor to a human lunar landing planned for no later than 2020, the most promising country was China. Yet, at the time the prize was announced, China was still a month away from launching its first lunar mission, the Chang’e-1 orbiter...


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SES-8 On its Way to Geostationary Orbit Following SpaceX's Commercial Launch Debut | SpaceNews.com

SES-8 On its Way to Geostationary Orbit Following SpaceX's Commercial Launch Debut | SpaceNews.com | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it

PARIS—After years of braggadocio and vows that it will overturn the established commercial launch market, SpaceX now can brandish as its business card a successful mission for the world’s second-largest satellite fleet operator.

 

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 3 successfully placed a telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit in a launch that invests SpaceX with the long-anticipated credibility it will now use to attack the global commercial market.

 

The launch, for satellite fleet operator SES of Luxembourg, placed the 3,138-kilogram SES-8 satellite into a supersynchronous transfer orbit with a target perigee of 295 kilometers and an apogee of 80,000 kilometers. 

 

SpaceX and SES confirmed the satellite was correctly separated from the Falcon 9’s upper stage into the designated orbit and that the satellite was sending signals to ground stations.


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"[SES Chief Technical Officer Martin] Halliwell said the rest of the commercial satellite industry was watching the launch, which if successful would shake the industry 'to its roots.'"

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Scientists Smash the Li-Fi Data Record, Achieving Speeds of 10Gbit/s

Scientists Smash the Li-Fi Data Record, Achieving Speeds of 10Gbit/s | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it
If the hype is to believed, Li-Fi could be the next Wi-Fi. And if that's the case, then we're excited--because a team of researchers has just smashed the record for visible light data transmission, pushing it to a staggering 10Gbit/s.
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Krugman’s Theory of Interstellar Trade | Life, Unbounded, Scientific American Blog Network

Krugman’s Theory of Interstellar Trade | Life, Unbounded, Scientific American Blog Network | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it
Everyone needs a little light relief sometimes, including the Nobel winning economist and writer/blogger extraordinaire Paul Krugman. A few months back he reminded the world of ...
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How a Government Shutdown Would Affect Science and Technology

How a Government Shutdown Would Affect Science and Technology | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it
The clock is ticking as a full-fledged government shutdown looms on the horizon. House Republicans remain resolute in their mission to keep Obamacare from kicking in on October 1, the first day of the new fiscal year.
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Researchers Build a Working Carbon Nanotube Computer

Researchers Build a Working Carbon Nanotube Computer | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it
The achievement was reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday. Carbon nanotubes are viewed as having the potential to extend the limits of silicon.
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Private Cygnus Cargo Ship Aborts First Space Station Approach

Private Cygnus Cargo Ship Aborts First Space Station Approach | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it
A new robotic commercial cargo ship for the International Space Station skipped its first attempt to link up with the orbiting lab Sunday (Sept.
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A Brief History of Buildings That Melt Things

A Brief History of Buildings That Melt Things | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it
In London this week, a parabolic "death ray" of sunshine--reflected off of London's newest skyscraper--is destroying luxury cars, starting fires, and frying eggs for comedic effect (oh, England).
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NASA's Curiosity rover is about to make its most daring maneuver yet

NASA's Curiosity rover is about to make its most daring maneuver yet | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it
Behold the Dingo Gap, an area that NASA scientists are intent on getting Curiosity to explore. But to get there, the Mars rover will have to climb over a 3-foot (1 meter) sand dune. If done incorrectly, it could mark the end of Curiosity's incredible journey.
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Japan to Test Space Junk Cleanup Tether Soon: Report

Japan to Test Space Junk Cleanup Tether Soon: Report | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it
Japanese scientists are getting ready to launch a test of a space junk-cleaning tether, according to press reports.
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Up Close Launch Pad Cameras capture Spectacular Sound and Fury of Antares/Cygnus Jan. 9 Blast off to Space Station – Video Gallery

Up Close Launch Pad Cameras capture Spectacular Sound and Fury of Antares/Cygnus Jan. 9 Blast off to Space Station – Video Gallery | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it
Video caption: Antares ORB-1 Launch Pad Camera on south side of pad 0A being hammered from Orbital Sciences Antares rocket launch at 1:07 p.m.
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Japan's Plan To Supply All The World's Energy With A Power Plant On The Moon

Japan's Plan To Supply All The World's Energy With A Power Plant On The Moon | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it

The Japanese architectural firm wants to build a band of solar panels 400 kilometers wide around all the way arounf the Moon's 11,000 kilometer equator and beam the carbon-free energy back to Earth via microwaves, which could then be converted back into electricity ...

 


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Blue Origin Test Fires a New American Rocket Engine | Moonandback

Blue Origin Test Fires a New American Rocket Engine | Moonandback | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it
NASA commercial crew partner Blue Origin has tested a new, hydrogen and oxygen-fueled engine designed to lift the company's crewed Space Vehicle on future missions.
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ISON Watch: A Post-Perihelion Viewing Guide

ISON Watch: A Post-Perihelion Viewing Guide | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it
"ISON Lives!!!" "ISON R.I.P..." Those are just some of the possible headlines that we've wrestled with this week, as Comet C/2012 S1 ISON approaches p
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A strange lonely planet found without a star

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An international team of astronomers has discovered an exotic young planet that is not orbiting a star. This free-floating planet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light-years away from Earth and has a mass only six times that of Jupiter.
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The First Animals In Space

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Some of these space-faring animals gave their lives for the sake of discovery, but many of them returned safely to Earth. Here are the stories of these incredible and brave animal explorers.
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It's Official: Voyager 1 Has Left the Solar System

It's Official: Voyager 1 Has Left the Solar System | I <3 Sci-Fi | Scoop.it
After months of back and forth, scientists now agree that NASA's Voyager 1 has become the first manmade object to leave the solar system. And it only took 36 years to make the 12 billion mile-long journey.
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