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750,000 Pieces of Junk Circle Earth. This Japanese Firm Wants to Start Clearing It.

As the satellite industry booms, a Japan-based venture is working to prevent space-debris collisions that could paralyse transportation, defence and telecommunications systems. Astroscale Holdings is preparing to rendezvous with, capture and dock a test satellite early next year to show how its technology can help clear orbiting junk, Miki Ito, 36, general manager of Astroscale’s Japan unit, said in an interview. …

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Artificial Intelligence Can Help Improve Understanding of Earth Science: Study

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can significantly improve our understanding of the climate and Earth science, says a study by German scientists. AI can be applied to data related to extreme events such as fire spreads or hurricanes, which are very complex processes influenced by local conditions. It can also be applied to atmospheric and ocean transport, soil movement and vegetation dynamics …

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NASA Heading Back to Moon Soon, and This Time to Stay

NASA is accelerating plans to return Americans to the Moon, and this time, the US space agency says it will be there to stay.  Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, told reporters Thursday that the agency plans to speed up plans backed by President Donald Trump to return to the moon, using private companies.    “It’s important that we get back to …

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How NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover Enriched Space Science in 15 Years

Designed to last just 90 days and travel 1,000 metres on Martian landscape, NASA’s Opportunity rover outlived its mission lifetime by more than 14 years to become the longest lasting robot sent from Earth and the first wheeled vehicle off Earth to log a drive distance of over 45 kms. Before its mission came to an end on Wednesday, the …

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NASA Finally Bids Adieu to Opportunity, the Mars Rover That Kept Going and Going

Rolling up to the crater’s edge, the Opportunity rover took in a landscape unlike anything any Earthling had ever seen. A vast, meteorite-blasted expanse of volcanic rock and iron oxide extended for 15 miles, ringed by rugged mountains under a dusky orange sky. In months to come, the enterprising robot would uncover signs that warm, liquid water had altered these …

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SpaceX Protests NASA Launch Contract Awarded to Its Chief Rival

SpaceX has filed a protest challenging the nearly $150 million contract that NASA recently awarded to its chief rival, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, the latest salvo in an ongoing war between the companies over lucrative rocket launch contracts. In a statement, SpaceX, the California company founded by Elon Musk, said it was the first time it …

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NASA to Launch New Space Telescope in 2023 to Explore Origins of Universe

US space agency NASA has unveiled a new space telescope that would begin a two-year mission in 2023 to look for life’s ingredients and probe how the universe evolved. The Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionisation and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission is a planned two-year mission, funded at $242 million (roughly Rs. 1,700 crores), and will …

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Faridabad Students Win Microsoft’s Asia Contest, Set Eyes on US Finals

It was an apt moment for the Indian Tricolour to fly high as the student team from Faridabad-based Manav Rachna Institute of Research and Studies won the Microsoft Imagine Cup Asia Regional Semifinals here on Tuesday, moving one step closer to win the grand prize of $100,000 (roughly 71 lakhs) at the world championship in the US. The three-member team …

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Venture Capital Firm Uses AI to Seek Out Start-Ups Across Europe

A London-based venture capital firm that uses artificial intelligence to find promising start-ups across Europe said on Tuesday it had raised EUR 53 million ($60 million) for its biggest fund to date. InReach Ventures was founded by Roberto Bonanzinga and John Mesrie, both previously at Balderton Capital, and Ben Smith, formerly at Microsoft’s teamworking tool Yammer. InReach has spent three years …

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