Monthly Archives: May 2018

Cygnus cargo ship launched to space station

Orbital ATK sent its robotic Cygnus cargo spaceship on its way to the International Space Station today, loaded up with more than 7,200 pounds of supplies, equipment and science experiments. The two-stage Antares rocket rose from its launch pad from … Continue reading

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China sends relay satellite toward moon’s far side

China today launched a satellite that will serve as the communications relay for a future probe on the moon’s far side. The satellite, dubbed Queqiao(Chinese for “Magpie Bridge”), lifted off from the Xichang Launch Center in southwest China atop a Long March … Continue reading

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Small seeds could spur giant leap in space farming

When Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket launches a robotic Cygnus cargo spaceship toward the International Space Station, as early as Monday, it’ll be sending seeds that could show the way for future space farmers. The Antares liftoff is currently set for … Continue reading

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NASA’s planet-hunting probe sends first test image

One month after its launch, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has sent back an initial test image that shows more than 200,000 stars in the southern sky. TESS’ image was taken by one of its cameras with a two-second exposure. The picture is centered … Continue reading

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Kilauea eruption sparks Mount St. Helens memories

The ash plumes, red alerts and evacuations caused by the Kilauea volcano’s eruption are stirring up wonder and worry in Hawaii, but they’re also stirring up memories on the 38th anniversary of Mount St. Helens’ big blast in Washington state. … Continue reading

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6 takeaways from Elon Musk’s big tunnel talk

If billionaire Elon Musk’s tunnel vision comes to pass, travelers will be able to zip beneath Los Angeles through an underground Loop system at 150 mph for about $1 a ride. That’s the promise of the Boring Company in a nutshell. During … Continue reading

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Worried about fake news? Get set for fake humans

We have heard the voice of our future AI overlord — and it’s making hair appointments for us. Last week, Google wowed the world by demonstrating a voice assistant called Duplex that sounds eerily human on the telephone, right down the um’s and … Continue reading

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