Space

SpaceX to launch classified US govt payload Sunday

From Yahoo News: Miami (AFP) – SpaceX on Sunday is scheduled to make its first military launch, with a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which makes and operates spy satellites for the United States. No details were made public about the payload, known only as NROL-76, which was first announced last year. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is …

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Artificial Intelligence Programs Exhibit Racial And Gender Biases, Research Reveals

Machine learning algorithms are picking up deeply ingrained race and gender prejudices concealed within the patterns of language use, scientists say From TheGuardian.co.uk:  An artificial intelligence tool that has revolutionised the ability of computers to interpret everyday language has been shown to exhibit striking gender and racial biases. The findings raise the spectre of existing social inequalities and prejudices being …

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Saturn’s moon Enceladus may support alien life – NASA (VIDEO)

  From RT: New research from NASA indicates that Saturn’s moon Enceladus may support microbial life. Details of new findings about ocean worlds in our solar system, arising from discoveries by the agency’s Cassini spacecraft and the Hubble Space Telescope were announced live by the agency. NASA scientists have detected hydrogen from hydrothermal vents in ice plumes from Saturn’s ocean-bearing …

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Astronomers close in on first direct view of a black hole

From The Globe And Mail:   If Avery Broderick’s wishes come true, the next 10 days will bring something new to humanity’s view of the universe. For the first time, the University of Waterloo physicist says, there could be “visceral, direct evidence that there are monsters in the night.” The monsters Dr. Broderick has in mind are supermassive black holes: …

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NASA To Smash Spaceship Into Asteroid As Emergency Rehearsal For Future Mission To Save Planet

Curator’s Note:  This isn’t hyperbole.  Asteroid Apophis is scheduled to come VERY close to Earth in 2029 and 2036 with a high possibility of impacting the planet.  THIS is the kind of thing humankind should be spending billions of dollars on.   What follows is from TheSun.co.uk: NASA and the European Space Agency want to ram into an asteroid in …

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Stephen Hawking Will Go To Space Aboard Virgin Galactic!

From Independent.Co.Uk: Stephen Hawking is going to go to space. The cosmologist and physicist will leave the Earth on board Richard Branson’s spaceship, he has said. Professor Hawking told Good Morning Britain that he’d never dreamed he’d be able to head into space. But “Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately”, he …

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Oldest Fossil Ever Found Shows Alien Life On Mars Possible

By Sarah Knapton, science editor From Telegraph.co.uk: It’s life, but not as we know it. The oldest fossil ever discovered on Earth shows that organisms were thriving 4.2 billion years ago, hundreds of millions of years earlier than previously thought. The microscopic bacteria, which were smaller than the width of a human hair, were found in rock formations in Quebec, …

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SpaceX Plans To Send Two Tourists Around The Moon In 2018!

SpaceX has plans to send two private citizens around the Moon, CEO Elon Musk announced today. It will be a private mission with two paying customers, not NASA astronauts, who approached the company. The passengers are “very serious” about the trip and have already paid a “significant deposit,” according to Musk. The trip around the Moon would take approximately one …

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VIDEO: NASA Finds 7-Planet Star System That May Support Life!

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SpaceX Launches Rocket From NASA’s Historic Moon Pad!

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket soared from NASA’s long-idled moonshot pad Sunday, sending up space station supplies from the exact spot where astronauts embarked on the lunar landings nearly a half-century ago. It was the first flight from NASA’s legendary Launch Complex 39A since the shuttle program ended almost six years ago, and SpaceX’s first liftoff from …

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