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The Voyager Golden Record deconstructed on the Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast

The new episode of the always-fascinating Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast is a play-through of the Voyager Golden Record, the iconic message for extraterrestrials attached to the Voyager I and II space probes launched in 1977. Listen below. The Golden Record tells a story of our planet expressed in sounds, images, and science: Earth’s greatest music from myriad peoples and eras, from Bach to Blind Willie Johnson to Chuck Berry, Benin percussion to Solomon Island panpipes to, yes, Mozart's The Mag...
Tags: Post, Extraterrestrials, Hello From The Children Of Planet Earth, Music, NASA, Science, Space, Voyager Golden Record


SpaceX's Crew Dragon Suffers 'Anomaly' During Testing at Cape Canaveral

One of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon crew capsules suffered an “anomaly” on the launch pad at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station while testing its engines on Saturday, with Florida Today posting an image of “orange plumes” rising from the launchpad and noting “unconfirmed reports” that the capsule was destroyed.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Commercial Crew Program, Nasa, Crew Dragon, Rockets, Space, Technology


The private frontier: corporate space explorers stand by for a $1tn lift-off

Trump’s ambitions for US lunar exploration will be a further boost to the billionaires building a new generation of rocketsPresident Donald Trump has struggled with some of his signature policy promises, but now he has set his sights higher: a return to the moon, five decades after humans last set foot there.The White House has spoken of landing the first woman on the moon within five years and Trump’s vice-president, Mike Pence, has made it clear that the private sector – much of it backed by a...
Tags: Space, Technology sector, Science, SpaceX, Business, Elon Musk, Technology


Spacewatch: Israel's private moon mission crash-lands

Beresheet spacecraft hit moon’s surface at 500km per hour and would have been destroyed on impactIsrael’s Beresheet lander has failed in its attempt to become the first privately funded mission to land on the moon. The 150kg spacecraft began its descent on 11 April but ran into difficulties about 14km above the lunar surface, when the main engine shut down unexpectedly. The spacecraft was still six minutes before the scheduled landing time. Telemetry signals received from the lander made it clea...
Tags: Space, Science, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Moon, The moon


Here’s why the crashed Israeli moon mission was still a tremendous contribution to science

It came so close. It even took a selfie. But with only a few kilometers left to descend, something went wrong and the spacecraft Beresheet veered out of control, taking one final photograph just before it hit the surface. It is thought that there was a fault, possibly in the inertial system, possibly an engine failure, that led to the crash. The spaceship was autonomous – its complex series of trajectory corrections to ensure a safe landing had been programmed in before launch, and could not be ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Syndication, Beresheet


Most ancient type of molecule in universe detected in space

Helium hydride is thought to have played starring role in early universeThe most ancient type of molecule in our universe has been detected in space, scientists have revealed, backing up theories of how the early chemistry of the universe developed after the big bang.The positively charged molecule known as helium hydride is believed to have played a starring role in the early universe, forming when a helium atom shared its electrons with a hydrogen nucleus, or proton. Not only is it thought to ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Chemistry, Physics, Particle physics


First black hole photo confirms Einstein’s theory of relativity

Black holes are long-time superstars of science fiction. But their Hollywood fame is a little strange given that no-one has ever actually seen one – at least, until now. If you needed to see to believe, then thank the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), which has just produced the first ever direct image of a black hole. This amazing feat required global collaboration to turn the Earth into one giant telescope and image an object thousands of trillions of kilometers away. As stunning and ground-break...
Tags: Startups, Space, Hollywood, Science, Earth, Einstein, Event Horizon Telescope EHT, Syndication


High Life's Claire Denis and Robert Pattinson Dissect the Film's Messages About Prison

Claire Denis’ High Life is a film you have to go into while in the right frame of mind in order to even begin understanding it. As discombobulated as the first viewing might leave you feeling, it also ends in a way that urges you to go back and watch it again with a more discerning, adjusted perspective now that…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Prison, Interview, Robert Pattinson, Black Holes, A24, Claire Denis, Claire Dennis, High Life


Pepsi Mercifully Spares Humanity From Its Space Billboards—for Now

If there is one thing no one needs, it’s additional spaces for brands to overwhelm humanity with even more advertising. But thanks to capitalism, the sky is evidently the limit.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Advertising, Ads, Advertisement, Space Junk, Pepsi, Cubesats, Space Ads


Why the Parker Solar Probe is NASA's most exciting mission

The Parker Solar Probe is set to uncover a mystery about the sun: Why is it's corona hotter than its surface?NASA's ability to fly a probe so close to the sun is a marvel of engineering. Michelle Thaller, an astronomer at NASA, explains why the Parker Solar Probe is so hot right now.
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Physics, Engineering, Innovation, Sun, Solar Energy, Cosmos, Michelle Thaller, Parker Solar Probe, Ask an astronomer


Stratolaunch, World's Largest-Ever Plane by Wingspan, Successfully Takes Off on Maiden Flight

Stratolaunch, the world’s largest plane by wingspan and the brainchild of late Silicon Valley billionaire Paul Allen, finally took off at around 10:00 a.m. local time on Saturday for a two and a half hour inaugural flight, the Washington Post reported.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Paul Allen, Airplanes, Aviation, Rockets, Spaceflight, Northrop Grumman, Stratolaunch, Air Launch


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The first-ever photo of a black hole, artwork-adorned Japanese currency, inspiration from Milan Design week and more First-Ever Photo of a Supermassive Black Hole Truly a quantum leap, astronomers have “seen the unseeable” and captured an image of a supermassive black hole—a “smoke ring framing a one-way portal to eternity,” Dennis Overbye writes for the New York Times. A planet-sized network of eight radio telescopes—called …
Tags: Photography, Space, Science, Design, Environment, History, Furniture, Asteroids, Archeology, Black Holes, Self-driving, Linkaboutit, Dark Blue, Link About It, Milan Design Week, Verner Panton


The internet’s idiots are already trying to discredit Katie Bouman’s historic accomplishments

In years to come, April 10 will be remembered as a historic day for humankind, science, and women in STEM. On this day, the first ever image of a celestial phenomenon was published — a black hole — largely thanks to the algorithms created by Katie Bouman. Despite this, the internet is already trying to discredit her revolutionary work. Bouman is a graduate student in computer science and artificial intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and her research led her research...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Social Media, Tech, Bbc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, Bouman, Katie Bouman


This newsletter was not written by a robot*

Bots are becoming an inevitable part of newsgathering. Two women are determined to prevent them becoming an inevitable part of warfare*although it’s a bit stilted in placesIn a week in which robot journalists won new customers and admirers in Britain, you’ll be reassured to note that the Guardian is still relying on human beings, for the Upside series at least.And very busy they were, investigating hopeful stories that all involved David-and-Goliath struggles, albeit in very different fields. Co...
Tags: Food, Astronomy, Space, Science, Media, UK News, World news, Newspapers, Work & careers, David, Britain, Ireland, Robots, Switzerland, The far right, Access to water


Powehi: black hole gets a name meaning 'the adorned fathomless dark creation'

Language professor in Hawaii comes up with name welcomed by scientists who captured first image of galactic phenomenonThe black hole that was depicted for the first time this week in in an image produced in a landmark experiment has been named by a language professor in Hawaii.University of Hawaii-Hilo Hawaiian professor Larry Kimura named the cosmic object Powehi, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, World news, US news, Hawaii, Black Holes, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Larry Kimura, Powehi, Hawaii University of Hawaii Hilo Hawaiian


Here’s why Israel’s first moon landing ended in an awesome crash

Israel‘s first attempt at landing an unmanned spacecraft on the Moon today ended in a hard landing after an engine failure caused it to miss its descent window. While it’s unfortunate the craft’s journey ended abruptly, the mission should be lauded as a total success. The craft, named Beresheet (translated: in the beginning), was slated to touch down on the surface of the Moon at approximately 3:25 PM PST, but communications with the vessel were lost upon impact. The Israeli Aerospace Industry’s...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Israel, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Beresheet


Trifecta! SpaceX launches first mission on Falcon Heavy and lands all three boosters

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle successfully undertook its first commercial mission today, taking a communications satellite to orbit and proving the viability of its heavy-lift rocket platform. And as a piece de resistance, all three rocket cores autonomously landed themselves back on Earth and will soon be ready to fly again. The mission is still underway, but the most dangerous moments are over with, and the system passed with flying colors. It’ll be some time before the next second s...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Earth, Falcon Heavy, Cape Canaveral, Arabsat


Twin astronaut study suggests interplanetary travel may not be a health risk

The human body “remains robust and resilient” after almost a year in space, according to a long-term, multi-institutional study of twins, one of whom lived aboard the International Space Station for 340 days while the other remained on Earth. These heartening results remove a potential barrier to crewed interplanetary missions — and just in time for us to start planning them. The study, conducted by NASA and its partners on the American astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly, minutely monitored the ...
Tags: Health, Space, Science, Government, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Mars, Astronauts, Iss, Scott Kelly, Space Station, Scott, Mark Kelly, Human Research Program


‘We have not managed to land successfully’: Israel's moonshot fails

Spacecraft crashes in to lunar surface after engine and communications breakdownAn Israeli spacecraft has crashed into the lunar surface, ending the first privately funded attempt to land on the moon.About the size of a washing machine, the 585kg (1,290lb) robotic lander experienced an engine and communication failure in the last seconds of touchdown. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, The moon


Final Results of NASA Twins Study Show How Scott Kelly Changed After a Year in Space

Last year, various media outlets fumbled their reporting of genuinely interesting research from NASA, one that hoped to start figuring out what happens to our bodies if we live in space for long periods of time. The study was a meticulous comparison of then 50-year-old astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year aboard…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Nasa, Twins, Scott Kelly, Mark Kelly


Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft is lost during historic lunar landing attempt

Israel’s SpaceIL almost made history today as its Beresheet spacecraft came within an ace of landing on the surface of the Moon, but suffered a last minute failure during descent. Israel missed out on the chance to be the fourth country to make a controlled lunar landing, but getting 99 percent of the way there is still an extraordinary achievement for private spaceflight. Beresheet (“Genesis”) launched in February as secondary payload aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and after a month and a ...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Space, Spacex, Science, Israel, International Space Station, Moon, Xprize, Falcon Heavy, Peter Diamandis, Ansari, SpaceX Falcon, Mojave, Diamandis, Israel Aerospace Industries


Spending time in space causes subtle physiological changes, Nasa twins study finds

Investigation on impact of life in space on human body could inform potential missions to MarsWhen Nasa set out to study identical twin astronauts – one orbiting in space for nearly a year, the other left behind on Earth – the outcome was uncertain. Would Scott Kelly return to Earth younger than his brother, Mark, as depicted in the film Interstellar?The answer, outlined in the most comprehensive investigation on the impact of life in space on the human body, is that there were apparently no sub...
Tags: Space, Science, Biology, World news, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Human biology, Mars, Scott Kelly, Mark, Scott, MarsWhen Nasa, International Space Station Scientists


The First Detailed Study of How Mice Behave in Space Reveals Strange, Coordinated Zooming

New research based on experiments done on the International Space Station shows that mice adapt quickly to microgravity conditions. Unexpectedly, however, some of the mice began to exhibit a rather curious circling behavior, zipping around the walls of their metal cage with reckless abandon.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Animal Behavior, Microgravity, Space Mice, Effects Of Microgravity


"How to take a picture of a black hole," a 2017 TED talk by grad student Katie Bouman who then helped make it happen

Yesterday, scientists revealed the first ever photo of a black hole. Three years ago, Katie Bouman, then a computer science grad student at MIT, led the development of a key algorithm that helped make this historical image possible. In the TED Talk above from 2017, she explained "How to Take a Picture of a Black Hole." "No one of us could've done it alone," Bouman told CNN yesterday. "It came together because of lots of different people from many backgrounds." In September, Bouman will start...
Tags: Video, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Cnn, Mit, Scientists, Bouman, Katie Bouman


Watch SpaceX’s historic Falcon Heavy Launch and triple landing attempt here

It’s finally launch day for the Falcon Heavy’s first mission, and SpaceX’s heavy-duty rocket platform is due to take off at 3:35 Pacific time. The launch will take a major communications satellite into orbit, and as an encore all three of the first stages will attempt to return to Earth and make soft landings. Success means the inauguration of a new era in spaceflight. Falcon Heavy was first tested last February, with a dummy payload of a Tesla Roadster and a mannequin dubbed “Starman,” now s...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Earth, Launches, Falcon Heavy, Launch Vehicles, Falcon Heavy Launch, Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Of Course, Space Shuttle T


First-Ever Photo of a Supermassive Black Hole

Truly a quantum leap, astronomers have “seen the unseeable” and captured an image of a supermassive black hole—a “smoke ring framing a one-way portal to eternity,” Dennis Overbye writes for the New York Times. A planet-sized network of eight radio telescopes—called the Event Horizon Telescope—peered through interstellar dust and gas to reveal the black hole, located in a galaxy called Messier 87, which exists some …
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Design, Tech, New York Times, Linkaboutit, Telescopes, Dennis Overbye, Supermassive Black Hole


First image of a supermassive black hole

One day, my children, all this will be yours. From The National Science Foundation: So how were scientists able to “see” the supermassive black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy 53 million light years away? ... It is still impossible to image the actual black hole (again, that intense gravity let’s nothing escape) so the data being collected is light from the material around the event horizon of the object — the “point of no return” of a black hole. What we are seeing is truly the silhouett...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Holes, National Science Foundation


Here’s the first image of a black hole

Say hello to the black hole deep inside the Messier 87, a galaxy located in the Virgo cluster some 55 million light years away. It may seem underwhelming at first, but it’s one of four images of the supermassive spacetime deforming structure — marking the first time such an object has been photographed. The shots were captured using combination of eight radio observatories spread out along four continents, creating what MIT refers to as a “virtual, Earth-sized telescope.” There’s light surroundi...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Bbc, Mit, Netherlands, Black Hole, Neptune, Radboud University, Messier, Haystack Observatory, Blackhole, Heino Falcke, Geoffrey Crew


Black hole picture captured for first time in space ‘breakthrough’

A network of eight radio telescopes around the world helped to record the imageAstronomers have captured the first image of a black hole, heralding a revolution in our understanding of the universe’s most enigmatic objects.The picture shows a halo of dust and gas, tracing the outline of a colossal black hole, at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy, 55 million light years from Earth. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Black Holes


Scientists discover evidence of giant planet 13 times more massive than Jupiter

A team of Brazilian astronomers recently determined a giant exoplanet, over thirteen times more massive than Jupiter, is likely responsible for some funky orbital observations of a far away half-dead binary system. How it got there remains a mystery, but the scientists have some interesting theories. KIC 10544976 – or ‘the place where a big ass planet got discovered’ as we like to call it – is a binary system (comprised of two stars) considered to be ‘evolved.’ Another way of putting it is that ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Jupiter, KIC



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