WASHINGTON — NASA will perform an independent review of the non-profit organization that runs the portion of the International Space Station designated a national laboratory while also calling for a “strategic pause” in that organization’s work. In a pair of tweets late Aug. 13, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he was calling for the independent
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Facebook has been clandestinely accumulating written transcriptions of its users’ conversations, which the social media giant recorded through their phone microphones. That’s according to third-party contractors who spoke to Bloomberg about the practice. The contractors said that they were paid to listen in on countless, occasional vulgar conversations among Facebook Messenger users, though the company
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Libreshot In 1930, the famous economist John Maynard Keynes speculated that the 21st century work week would last just 15 hours. Sadly, this prediction has not yet come to pass. If it’s any consolation, however, people are devoting more time to leisure activities. But who spends more time engaging in leisure pursuits, men or women?
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BAE Systems originally won the contract for the Hallmark Tools, Capabilities, and Evaluation Methodology program in November 2017. WASHINGTON — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded BAE Systems the second phase of an existing $12.8 million contract to develop digital tools to test and evaluate technologies for space command and control. The second phase
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An employee demonstrates a concept biometric payment system on the Wirecard AG exhibition stand at the Noah Technology Conference in Berlin, Germany in June. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg Photo credit: © 2019 Bloomberg Finance LP © 2019 Bloomberg Finance LP Earlier this year, San Francisco became the first city in the United States to ban the use
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WASHINGTON — The European Space Agency said Aug. 12 that another test of the parachutes that will be used on the ExoMars 2020 lander mission failed last week, putting the schedule of the mission into jeopardy. The Aug. 5 test, using a high-altitude balloon above the Esrange test site in northern Sweden, was intended to
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ATLANTA — As Russia prepares to launch an experimental humanoid robot to the International Space Station later this month, a similar NASA robot is being readied for a return to the station after repairs on Earth. In an Aug. 1 presentation at the ISS Research and Development Conference here, Jonathan Rogers, deputy project manager for
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The Universe is vast beyond imagination, containing billions upon billions of galaxies. We have a pretty good handle on a lot of galactic dynamics, but how these colossal objects form, grow, and change is still something we’re struggling to understand. Enter the UniverseMachine: simulation software run on a powerful supercomputer, able to grow millions of
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ATLANTA — An experimental module added to the International Space Station three years ago to test expandable module technologies has been cleared to remain on the station through the late 2020s. In a July 30 presentation at the ISS Research and Development Conference here, Nathan Wells, an instrumentation lead for the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module
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TRONA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 02 — View of meteorite streaking over Trona Pinnacles near Death Valley, CA during annual Perseid Meteor Showers, August 2, 2019. (Photo by Bob Riha Jr.,Getty Images) Getty Images It’s the time of year when your friends and family who are just a bit more nerdy or maybe outdoors-inclined all start
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This article originally appeared in the July 29, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Tim Pickens has vivid memories of Project Apollo. Growing up in Huntsville, Alabama, where his father worked at Redstone Arsenal, Pickens recalls his father explaining why their home windows were vibrating. Saturn V was undergoing testing nearby. “My passion to get us
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The Indian space agency on Tuesday successfully raised Chandrayaan-2’s orbit for fifth time at 3:04pm. According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the orbit of Chandrayaan-2 was raised to an orbit of 276×142,975km by firing the spacecraft’s onboard motors for 1,041 seconds. All spacecraft parameters were normal. The next manoeuvre is Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI),
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In a desperate attempt to re-freeze the Arctic, designers have proposed a wacky and futuristic iceberg-making submarine. By bringing together a fleet of these huge vessels, the team hopes to create new ice fields that will ultimately help balance polar ecosystems. The radical geoengineering proposal was recently awarded second prize in an international competition organised
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LOGAN, Utah — Iceye is publicly releasing its first synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite imagery with a resolution of less than one meter. “Under one-meter resolution imaging from SAR satellites under 100 kilograms is a remarkable technological achievement,” Iceye CEO Rafal Modrzewski told SpaceNews by email. “It helps in solving a different set of Earth
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