hmmmm… does this mean the trump family and the biden family will merge bodies?


A cosmic “gold rush” in brazilian hinterland. After a meteorite shower, a bunch of astronomers, researchers and meteorite hunters from Brazil and abroad popped up in the small city of Santa Filomena, state of Pernambuco.

Some people are willing to pay US$ 25,000.00 for a piece of a space stone.

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Fuel for Nibiru and other doom planets conspiracies!

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a 56-year-old satellite burning up in the sky spotted by sharp school kids

NASA’s first Orbiting Geophysical Observatory satellite, launched in 1964, plunged into Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated into pieces over the Pacific Ocean over the weekend.

The Center for the Near-Earth Object Studies at the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory previously announced it was expecting the OGO-1 satellite to return home soon albeit not in one piece. Two teenagers in middle school on Maui – Holden Suzuki and Wilson Chau – went looking for it with astronomers at the Las Cumbres Observatory, and spotted a dot streaking across space from footage by its telescope atop Mt Haleakalā on the Hawaiian island.


The Final Frontier.

Rocket Lab boss Peter Beck talks to The Reg about crap weather, reusing boosters, and taking a trip to Venus

Interview As Rocket Lab sought to get its Electron booster back into action, The Register spoke to CEO Peter Beck about finding faults, recovering rockets, and missions to Venus.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… a pair of black holes coalesced resulting in largest gravitational wave we’ve seen

Video The latest gravitational wave event, announced by astrophysicists today, is a particularly good 'un. Not only is it the largest signal detected yet, it’s the first time an intermediate-sized black hole has ever been spotted.


Everything’s falling apart. The Moon is slowly rusting up – and it’s probably Earth’s fault

The Moon’s surface is peppered with flecks of rust, according to research published on Wednesday.

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By my math, that’s 80kg of oxygen making it to the moon naturally every year. What would it cost to put that much oxygen on the moon deliberately I wonder?


Like Uber, but for satellite launches: European Space Agency’s ride-sharing rocket slings 53 birds with one bang

The European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully demonstrated its Small Spacecraft Mission Service dispenser by slinging 53 satellites from a single rocket.


Astronomers get more than they bargained for, as Mars probe InSight’s instruments detects solar eclipses

The seismometer and magnetometer on NASA’s Martian InSight probe specifically designed to detect marsquakes have proved unexpectedly sensitive enough to respond to Martian eclipses too, scientists report.

Astronomers usually rely on cameras to study Martian solar eclipses as parts of the Sun are temporarily swallowed as the moon Phobos flits across. But now, there are two other instruments onboard the InSight lander that can enrich solar observations: the magnetometer and seismometer.


Zero. Zilch. Nada. That’s how many signs of intelligent life Astroboffins found in probe of TEN MILLION stars


Europe is falling behind in AI, we need to launch our second machine learning-powered satellite soon, says ESA

The European Space Agency is planning its second AI-powered climate-monitoring satellite, the Φ-sat-2, just days after it successfully launched its first one aboard the Vega rocket.

The ɸ-sat-2 mission (pronounced phi, a letter of the Greek alphabet) will be similar to its predecessor; it’ll run computer vision algorithms to process and analyse satellite images on an Intel Movidius Myriad 2 edge chip. The software designed by Ubotica, a startup headquartered in Ireland, automatically detects clouds in the images to determine if they are interesting enough to beam back to Earth.

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Q: How does hydrogen turn into a metal? A: Hang on a second, I need to train my AI supercomputer first

Scientists have trained a neural network on a supercomputer to simulate how hydrogen turns into a metal, an experiment impossible to reproduce physically on Earth.

Under extreme pressures and high enough temperatures – such as in the cores of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune – hydrogen enters a strange phase. The electrons normally bound to its nuclei are free to move, and they collectively whiz around to conduct electricity, a common property in metals.


Shine on you crazy diamond: We don’t know who needs to hear it but NASA’s explained the weird shape of the Bennu asteroid

Speckles of dirt kicked up from Bennu’s surface can stay suspended in space and sometimes they even orbit the asteroid, only to come crashing back down onto its equator, giving it its spinning-top or diamond-like shape.

The phenomenon was spotted last year. Scientists studying images of Bennu snapped by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft discovered the asteroid was spitting out bits of debris. At first, these pinprick of material were mistaken for background stars.

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No, it’s not the trailer for the new Dune, it’s the potential view from the ‘Super Hi-Vision Camera’ on Japan’s 2024 mission to Mars

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) are planning to pop a “Super Hi-Vision Camera” with 4K and 8K capabilities onboard JAXA’s 2024 mission to Mars.

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Got a Moon rocket handy? NASA is looking for proposals from the private sector for scraping bits off the surface of the Moon.

Breathlessly announced by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, the expectation is that at least one company will step up to collect a lump of regolith before the agency’s 2024 deadline for putting boots on the surface.

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NASA is sending two small hand-luggage suitcase-sized spacecraft to study binary asteroids in 2022

NASA is splashing $55m on a new space mission to send two small camera-carrying spacecraft to study a type of an object in our Solar System that has yet to be observed in detail: binary asteroids.