Rocket Lab to begin monthly launches with dedicated DARPA mission – NASASpaceflight.com

Rocket Lab is aiming for a rapid launch cadence in 2019, and look to begin that campaign with the first Electron launch of the year. The window to launch the R3D2 mission for DARPA opens today at 22:30 UTC and lasts four hours. Daily launch opportunities continue until March 30.The Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment […]

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Astrophysicist Rejects Science-Religion Animosity, Says Science is Spiritual – WCAI

The Templeton Prize is sometimes described as the Nobel Prize for spirituality. It was established in 1972 by the late Sir John Templeton to honor “a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” Past recipients include Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, but also a substantial list of physicists […]

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a super speedy pulsar – Digital Trends

CTB 1, seen here in a deep exposure that highlights visible light from hydrogen gas, is the expanding wreckage of a massive star that exploded some 10,000 years ago. The pulsar, formed in the center of the collapsing star, is moving so fast it has completely exited the faint shell. Scott Rosen/NASA/GSFC A super-speedy pulsar […]

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Global ocean group to study possible toxic splashdowns of space debris – Coast Mountain News

A global agency that sets rules for the seas is studying the environmental effects of more and more rocket stages that may contain toxic fuel dropping into the world’s oceans. The International Maritime Organization’s concern comes after Inuit groups expressed anger over Russian launch stages splashing down in Canadian waters hunters depend on for food. […]

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Asteroid Ryugu is porous, shaped like a spinning top, and is formed of rubble – Digital Trends

Hayabusa-2 image of the asteroid Ryugu as seen from a distance of 3.7 miles. JAXA / University of Tokyo / Kochi University / Rikkyo University / Nagoya University / Chiba Institute of Technology / Meiji University / University of Aizu / AIST. The Japanese Space Agency, JAXA, has been exploring a distant asteroid named Ryugu […]

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The Pic of the Day: After rocket abort mid-flight, astronaut makes it to the ISS on second launch – NEWSREP

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Snapping more selfies, Beresheet makes last pass around Earth before moon try – The Times of Israel

Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft selfie camera is continuing to click away as the satellite performs its largest elliptical orbit around Earth ahead of a planned moon landing on April 11. On Sunday, engineers with SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries released a number of photos from Beresheet’s camera, including a selfie with the Earth from 265,000 kilometers […]

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‘Marble Planet’ Photo Of Jupiter Showcases Stunning Power Of Jovian Storms – Tech Times

Jupiter Marble, a reference to the classic Earth photo dubbed Blue Marble, shows the swirling clouds and storms of the gas giant. The photo was captured by the Juno spacecraft that has been studying Jupiter since 2016.   ( Kevin M. Gill | NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS ) The Juno spacecraft continues to deliver breathtaking photos of Jupiter. […]

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Halo Drive: Black holes to accelerate interstellar craft to near-LIGHT SPEED – Express.co.uk

Black holes are spacetime regions exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing – even light — can escape. Our understanding about black holes is beginning to grow, following LIGO’s recent detection of gravitational waves – providing the first direct evidence that black holes exist. And a Columbia University astrophysicist believes black holes offer an unprecedented […]

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Sky Watch: Orion Nebula is home to a cosmic masterpiece of chaos – St. Paul Pioneer Press

One object in the night sky that is sure to turn on anyone to the hobby of stargazing is the great Orion Nebula, a gargantuan stellar factory. I guarantee you’ll be wowed when you train a telescope on it for the first time, even with the smallest of telescopes or binoculars. To find the Orion […]

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