Daily Archives: 27.02.2021

‘Who Was In NASA 901?’: Remembering Project Gemini’s Worst Day, 55 Years On

Assigned in November 1965, the Gemini IX crew of Elliot See (left) and Charlie Bassett were tasked with flying a three-day mission in the late spring of 1966. Their flight would have demonstrated rendezvous, docking, maneuvering and spacewalking. All those plans came to nought on the fateful morning of 28 February 1966. Photo Credit: NASA At 7:41 a.m. CST on ...

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Indian Central Bank Playing by Same Anti-Crypto, Pro-CBDC Rules as China, EU

Source: Adobe/PhotographrIncognito The head of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the subcontinent’s central bank, has again indicated that the government might seek to enact a crypto crackdown – while attempting to gazump the crypto sector by releasing a digital rupee. In an interview with CNBC-TV18, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das appeared to take the same kind of tack that central ...

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Photos: Antares rocket blasts off from Eastern Shore of Virginia

A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket powered off its launch pad at Wallops Island, Virginia, on Feb. 20 with a Cygnus supply ship heading for the International Space Station. Named for Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician portrayed in “Hidden Figures,” the Cygnus cargo freighter delivered more than 8,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the space station Feb. 22. The mission ...

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A Look Inside VC Firms Joining The SPAC Rush

This month’s batch of SPAC filings included its fair share of venture capital firms, with at least three firms filing S-1 documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in February. Lerer Hippeau, Khosla Ventures and Advancit Capital all formed SPACs, according to SEC filings, with Khosla Ventures forming four blank-check companies. Forming a SPAC is another way for VC firms ...

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A prototype of an intelligent underground robotic system for urban environments has been developed

The European research project BADGER, coordinated by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), has presented a prototype of an autonomous underground robot with intelligent navigation for urban environments. This robotic system is composed of two main elements: a surface vehicle with a geo-radar that is used to scan the ground, so that subterranean obstacles can be detected; and an ...

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Xi’an Jiaotong University establishes blockchain research institute with Future FinTech

Future FinTech (FTFT), a leading blockchain eCommerce company and a financial technology service provider, has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Future Commercial Group, has begun cooperating with the School of Economics and Finance at Xi’an Jiaotong University to establish a blockchain finance research institute. Future Fintech and the School of Economics and Finance of Xi’an Jiaotong University will cooperate to ...

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Astronomers Think They’ve Found the Neutron Star Remnant Left Behind from Supernova 1987A

It was the brightest supernova in nearly 400 years when it lit the skies of the southern hemisphere in February 1987. Supernova 1987A – the explosion of a blue supergiant star in the nearby mini-galaxy known as the Large Magellanic Cloud – amazed the astronomical community. It offered them an unprecedented opportunity to observe an exploding star in real-time with ...

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Engineers Continue Troubleshooting Faulty Valve in SLS Rocket’s Engine Section

Engineers carefully lowering the giant SLS Artemis-1 core stage onto the B-2 test stand at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, for the Green Run test campaign. Photo: NASA Earlier this week, NASA and Boeing called off a planned Feb 25 second test fire of the space agency’s mammoth SLS moon rocket core stage, following inspections and checkouts last weekend which ...

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