Daily Archives: 28.01.2021

Spacewalkers Complete Columbus Upgrades, Look Ahead to Monday EVA

Victor Glover, the sixth African-American to walk in space, manhandles the Columbus Ka-Band Antenna (COL-Ka) out of the Quest airlock. Photo Credit: NASA, via Jessica Meir/Twitter Almost a full decade since the most recent African-American spacewalk, Expedition 64 astronaut Victor Glover has picked up the baton by wrapping up the first session of Extravehicular Activity (EVA) of his career. Together ...

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Axiom reveals first all-private crew for trip to International Space Station

STORY WRITTEN FOR  & USED WITH PERMISSION Former NASA astronaut and Axiom vice president Michael López-Alegría will fly on the Ax-1 mission as commander. He will be joined by Canadian investor and philanthropist Mark Pathy, American entrepreneur and non-profit activist investor Larry Connor, and impact investor and philanthropist Eytan Stibbe of Israel. Credit: Axiom Space A four-man crew led by a ...

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Lunar solar experiment build completed despite challenges

(27 January 2021 – NASA Glenn) NASA is one step closer to understanding the solar power challenges and opportunities on the Moon’s surface after completing the build and readiness review of the Photovoltaic Investigation on the Lunar Surface, or PILS, experiment. The agency overcame multiple engineering challenges to get the experiment ready for integration with a commercial lander for a ...

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Astronomers Find a Planet Like Jupiter, but It Doesn’t Have any Clouds

Can you picture Jupiter without any observable clouds or haze? It isn’t easy since Jupiter’s latitudinal cloud bands and its Great Red Spot are iconic visual features in our Solar System. Those features are caused by upswelling and descending gas, mostly ammonia. After Saturn’s rings, Jupiter’s cloud forms are probably the most recognizable feature in the Solar System. Now astronomers ...

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Boeing 737 MAX safe to return in Europe – regulator

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency clears Boeing's 737 MAX for service in Europe Boeing's modified 737 MAX airliner is safe to return to service in Europe, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said today, lifting a 22-month flight ban after two crashes of the jet which caused 346 deaths.  EASA executive director Patrick Ky said it had "every ...

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‘Bleep-bloop-bleep! Say “cheese,” human’

Good portrait photography is as much art as it is science. There are technical details like composition and lighting, but there’s also a matter of connecting emotionally with the photo’s subjects. Can you teach that to a robot? Marynel Vazquez wants to find out. She and her research team have built a robot designed to negotiate the quick but very ...

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Ethereum Rally Fuelled by DeFi, Can Bitcoin Get Some of This Fuel Too?

Source: Adobe/andreanord80 Ethereum (ETH) rally has been fuelled by decentralized finance (DeFi), but what if there were a simpler way to use bitcoin (BTC) in DeFi too – the yield opportunity would lead to more demand and to institutional levels of capital, according to blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis‘ chief economist. At 11:00 UTC, ETH is trading at USD 1,398, after ...

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NASA to Begin New RS-25 Engine Test Series for Future Artemis Missions

The world’s most efficient rocket engine unleashing 512,000 pounds of thrust and a thunderous roar across southern Mississippi and NASA’s Stennis Space Center during a 535-second full power test fire in August 2015. The same engine that powered the space shuttle so reliably for years, the RS-25, will again be employed for NASA’s Space Launch System, upgraded to meet the ...

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As SPACs Hunt Targets, They Could Disrupt VC World

After a year unlike any other for SPACs in 2020, a vast majority will spend this year on the hunt for their perfect target company — something that could leave many scrambling in an ultra-competitive environment while also disrupting the venture capital market. Last year saw 250 special purpose acquisition companies — SPACs — undertake an IPO, over four times ...

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