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The billionaire’s plaything @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

In the movie Moonraker James Bond has to fight a madman with his own fleet of Space Shuttles. The movie was made in 1979, a golden age for government-subsidized spaceflight. Back then the thought that a man like Hugo Drax could afford a fleet of shuttles was ludicrous. The thought that private businesses could send…

via The billionaire’s plaything — TechCrunch

It’s official, SES will be first company to launch on a used SpaceX rocket @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Luxembourg based satellite company SES announced today that they’ve made an agreement with SpaceX to be the first company to launch a payload on a used Falcon 9 rocket. The re-flight, scheduled to take place late this year, will mark the next big milestone on SpaceX’s path toward rocket reusability. To date, Elon Musk’s rocket company has recovered…

via It’s official, SES will be first company to launch on a used SpaceX rocket — TechCrunch

Astronomers have found the closest exoplanet to Earth @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

For the first time, astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting our sun’s nearest neighbor. The newly identified exoplanet (a planet outside our solar system) is officially the closest known exoplanet to Earth, located at a distance of 4.25 light-years away. They’re calling it Proxima b, and it orbits around our nearest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri, every eleven… Read More

via Astronomers have found the closest exoplanet to Earth — TechCrunch

China shows off the rover it plans to send to Mars in 2020 @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

China’s got some lofty space plans lined up for the next couple of decades, culminating with a manned moon landing by 2036. Meantime, the country is looking even further out, geographically speaking, toward the red planet, detailing a mission to send a rover to Mars at around July or August 2020. This week, China revealed some…

via China shows off the rover it plans to send to Mars in 2020 — TechCrunch

China launches the first quantum communications satellite – and what is that, exactly? @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Congratulations are in order for China: by launching the world’s first quantum communications satellite, the country has achieved an interesting — if somewhat difficult to explain — milestone in space and cryptography. Read More

via China launches the first quantum communications satellite – and what is that, exactly? — TechCrunch

NanoRacks’ commercial space testing platform outside the ISS is now open for business @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Say you’ve got an experiment or prototype satellite that you want to expose to the ravages of space. Sure, you could launch it with a bunch of others, but what if you need it back afterwards? NanoRacks has you covered. Read More

via NanoRacks’ commercial space testing platform outside the ISS is now open for business — TechCrunch

Study identifies 20 “second Earth” candidates with potential to harbor life @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Finding life beyond Earth means combing through an incredibly vast array of potential planetary candidates, but one new study from a team of researchers led by San Francisco State University astronomer Dr. Stephen R. Kane hopes to add some additional specificity to the search. The international group of scientists behind the study examined the over 4,000 planets…

via Study identifies 20 “second Earth” candidates with potential to harbor life — TechCrunch

NASA releases new video showing the globe age one year @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Last year around this time, NASA released the first image of Earth taken by the EPIC camera on the DSCOVR satellite. Since then, that camera has captured a full year of our planet from its location at Lagrange Point 1 about one million miles away. Compiling over 3,000 images, NASA put together a video showing a…

via NASA releases new video showing the globe age one year — TechCrunch

Step aside, Tatooine, astronomers have discovered a planet with three suns — TechCrunch

Move over, Tatooine, astronomers have discovered a planet with not one, not two, but three suns. Known as HD 131399Ab, the newly discovered planet is located 320 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Centaurus. The planet is estimated to be merely 16 million years old, making it one of the youngest exoplanets discovered so far. The triple…

via Step aside, Tatooine, astronomers have discovered a planet with three suns — TechCrunch

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