Daily Archives: 22.11.2020

Photos: Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich encapsulated for launch

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite — named for the former head of NASA’s Earth science division who died of cancer earlier this year — is affixed to the top of the 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 rocket awaiting liftoff from the Central Coast of California at 12:17:08 p.m. EST (9:17:08 a.m. PST; 1717:08 GMT) Saturday. The satellite was built by Airbus ...

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There Might Be Water On All Rocky Planets

If you asked someone who was reasonably scientifically literate how Earth got its water, they’d likely tell you it came from asteroids—or maybe comets and planetesimals, too—that crashed into our planet in its early days. There’s detail, nuance, and uncertainty around that idea, but it’s widely believed to be the most likely reason that Earth has so much water. But ...

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Earth and the Moon Might Have Captured an Old Upper Stage Rocket

Back in September, the Pan-STARRS1 survey telescope noticed an object that followed a slight but distinctly curved path in the sky, a telltale sign that it was captured by Earth’s gravity. Initially, this object was thought to be a near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) and was given a standard designation by the Minor Planet Center (2020 SO). However, the Center for Near-Earth ...

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Astroscale announces March 2021 launch date for world’s first commercial active debris removal demonstration mission

(18 November 2020 – Astroscale) Astroscale today announced that its End-of-Life Services by Astroscale-demonstration (ELSA-d) mission will launch on a Soyuz rocket operated by GK Launch Services from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, in March 2021. ELSA-d (courtesy: Astroscale) “We now have the launch in our sights,” says Seita Iizuka, ELSA-d Project Manager. “Publicly announcing this significant milestone is possible thanks to ...

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Pakistani Regulator Shows Positive Signs To Growing Local Crypto Market

Source: Adobe/natanaelginting Financial regulator Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) is seemingly leaning toward a more liberal stance on crypto regulation in the country with over 212m people, which is already one of the top emerging crypto markets, a recent position paper indicated. The SECP admitted that its position is based on the ‘do-not-harm’ approach. This approach “is based ...

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International satellite launches to extend measurements of sea level rise

A Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base with the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich oceanography satellite. Credit: SpaceX A European-built satellite with the unusual shape of a house launched into orbit Saturday aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from California’s Central Coast, carrying a sophisticated radar altimeter to measure rising sea levels on our home planet. The Sentinel-6 ...

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