Mystery space object flying near Earth discovered to be a 1960's NASA rocket booster

Earth captured the old rocket booster in its orbit around the sun and will keep it as a temporary satellite until March 2021.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Voyager Probes Spot Previously Unknown Phenomenon in Deep Space

NASA’s Voyager spacecraft may be billions of miles away and over 40 years old, but they’re still making significant discoveries, as new research reveals.Read more...
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Later this month, look up to see Jupiter and Saturn appear closer together than they've been since the Middle Ages

On Monday night, December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will look closer together than they've appeared since March 4, 1226, almost 800 years ago. This event, taking place on the December solstice, is known as a "great conjunction." "On the evening of closest approach on Dec 21 they will look like a double planet, separated by only 1/5th the diameter of the full moon," says Rice University astronomy professor Patrick Hartigan. — Read the rest
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Mystery solved: NASA confirmed the space object that just zipped past Earth is a 1960s rocket booster

A model of the Surveyor lander. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA has confirmed that a mysterious object that just flew past Earth is the dead booster of a 1960s Centaur rocket. Earth's gravity briefly captured the booster this year, causing it to loop the planet twice before returning to an orbit around the sun. Scientists confirmed that the object was a Centaur booster by comparing its electromagnetic fingerprint to that of a known Centaur booster in space. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more...
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The Arecibo telescope tracked dangerous asteroids, broadcast to potential aliens, and starred in a Bond film. Here's what the world lost when it collapsed.

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico as seen before its collapse. NAIC Arecibo Observatory/NSF The Arecibo Telescope collapsed on Tuesday: Its 900-ton hanging platform crashed into its main dish. The disaster ended 57 years of historic radio astronomy. Arecibo tracked potentially hazardous asteroids, discovered the first exoplanet, and broadcast a message for aliens. The telescope even starred in a James Bond film and the movie "Contact." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more storie...
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When the Arecibo telescope collapsed, the world lost a powerful asteroid tracker and alien seeker

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico as seen before its collapse. NAIC Arecibo Observatory/NSF The Arecibo Telescope collapsed on Tuesday: Its 900-ton hanging platform crashed into its main dish. In its 57 years of radio astronomy, Arecibo tracked potentially hazardous asteroids, discovered the first exoplanet, and broadcast a message for aliens. The telescope even starred in a James Bond film and the movie "Contact." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the world's...
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Photos show what the Arecibo telescope looked like before and after its disastrous collapse

Images show the Arecibo Observatory telescope's collapse. NAIC Arecibo Observatory/NSF, Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images The Arecibo Observatory's radio telescope collapsed Tuesday morning, when its 900-ton suspended platform crashed into the enormous dish below. Arecibo was one of Earth's best radio astronomy tools for 57 years. Its death is a blow to asteroid-tracking efforts and the hunt for alien life. Photos of the iconic telescope show what it looked like before and after the cr...
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Researchers created a 'Google Map' of the universe, with a million newly discovered galaxies

A map of the universe created with the help of the CSIRO Rapid ASKAP Continuum Survey (or RACS). CSIRO Astronomers have mapped about a million previously undiscovered galaxies beyond the Milky Way. To make the map, referred to as "the Google Map of the Universe," the team used radio telescopes to scour the night sky. The team surveyed 83% of the sky in just 10 days.  You can take a tour of the 3-D map below.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Astronomers have mapped about...
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SpaceX's next Starship rocket may soar to 15 kilometers this weekend, but Elon Musk says there's a 2-in-3 chance the flight may fail

SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is building and launching Starship prototypes in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX; Mark Brake/Getty Images; Business Insider SpaceX is planning to fly a Starship rocket prototype to its highest altitude yet this weekend, according to road closures and a Notice to Airmen issued for the aerospace company's launch site in southern Texas.  The spacecraft should fly 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) into the air. Previous prototypes have only made short hops of about 150 meters (...
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When Sun Ra Went to Egypt in 1971: See Film & Hear Recordings from the Legendary Afrofuturist’s First Visit to Cairo Sun Ra died in 1993 (or he returned to his home planet of Saturn, one or the other). Twenty-seven years later his Arkestra is still going strong. “No group in jazz history has embodied the communal spirit like the Arkestra,” writes Peter Margasak at The Quietus. “Their hardcore fans are the closest thing jazz has to Deadheads.” We could further compare Sun Ra and Jerry Garcia as bandleaders—their embrace of extended free form playing against a ...
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Alabama rocket startup Aevum just unveiled the world's biggest drone - a 28-ton autonomous behemoth that may soon rocket US military satellites into orbit

Jay Skylus, the CEO of autonomous launch startup Aevum, stands in front of a Ravn X rocket-launching drone. Aevum Scrappy launch startup Aevum unveiled the world's most massive drone on Thursday. Called Ravn X, the 55,000-pound UAV is designed to drop a rocket in midair, which will shoot small satellites into orbit. The US Air Force picked Aevum to fly a $4.9 million satellite mission in 2021. Aevum has also contracted a commercial mission. Jay Skylus, Aevum's CEO and founder, says his com...
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A new system separates oxygen and hydrogen from Mars’ water

Mars explorers will need more oxygen and hydrogen than they can carry to the Red Planet.Martian water may be able to provide these elements, but it is extremely salty water.The new method can pull oxygen and hydrogen for breathing and fuel from Martian brine. When people finally get to Mars, there are a two things they're going to need lots of: oxygen and fuel. (Drinking water, too, but that's another story.) They'll need more than they could reasonably bring with them. Fortunately—we now know—...
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A video shows the 'violent' collapse of the iconic Arecibo telescope. It sounded like an avalanche, a staff scientist said.

An aerial view of the damage at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico after one of the main cables holding the receiver broke on December 1, 2020. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images The Arecibo Observatory's iconic radio telescope collapsed Tuesday morning. Newly released videos show how the telescope's 900-ton suspended platform crashed into the bowl-shaped dish below. The tops of three support towers snapped off as the platform fell. A staff scientist said the collapse sounded like an ea...
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Gut-Wrenching Photos Show Damage at Arecibo Observatory Following Collapse

As feared, the 900-ton instrument platform collapsed yesterday at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, falling onto the gigantic radar dish below. Photos of the scene are revealing the extent of the damage at the famous facility, which is known for contributing to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and …Read more...
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Daily Crunch: Google fires co-lead of its Ethical AI team

Google fires a leading researcher, Stripe launches a new banking service and WarnerMedia shakes up the theatrical business model. This is your Daily Crunch for December 3, 2020. The big story: Google fires co-lead of its Ethical AI team Timnit Gebru, a leading researcher in the field of ethics and artificial intelligence, tweeted last night that Google fired her in response to a message she sent to an internal email list. Casey Newton obtained the email in question, in which Gebru expressed...
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Astronomers Confirm Mystery Object as NASA's Lost Rocket Booster From the 1960s

An incoming object spotted by astronomers this past August has been confirmed as the upper stage of a Centaur rocket, which NASA launched in 1966 during an ill-fated mission to the Moon. It’s a neat achievement, but the confirmation took some doing. Read more...
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On the same day China landed a probe on the moon, the US's massive telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed

Left: China National Space Administration Right: RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images On the same day that China collected lunar rocks in a groundbreaking space mission, a critical US telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico collapsed. The observatory, built in 1963, was a beacon for US astronomical research, lasted through natural disasters, and inspired generations of Puerto Rican researchers. China's successful accomplishment with the Chang'e-5 probe is the first time sinc...
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NASA Video Captures Decades of the Sun's Spitting Fury

An anonymous reader shares a report: Dec. 2 was the 25th anniversary of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a joint project from NASA and the European Space Agency. To celebrate, the agencies released a dramatic, nearly 50-minute-long video showing the sun blasting out solar material from 1998 through 2020. The SOHO spacecraft constantly stares at the sun, recording its every whim. It's spectacular and mesmerizing. "What becomes clear as the sun turns and years pass and background sta...
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Video from China's rock-collecting spacecraft shows the probe stick its landing on the moon

A panoramic image taken by Chang'e 5 after it successfully landed. Mons Rümker is visible in the distance. CNSA China landed a spacecraft on the moon Tuesday as part of its rock-collecting mission, Chang'e-5. The probe is set to drill rock samples and send them back to Earth by mid-December. If successful, it will be the first time a country has brought home moon rocks in more than 40 years. China's space agency released video of the landing on Wednesday.  Visit Business Insider's home...
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Nasa to pay company $1 to collect moon rocks

The US space agency has awarded two American and one Japanese firm contracts to pick up lunar soil.
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Space Perspective raises $7M for its plan to ferry tourists to the edge of space

Space tourism startup Space Perspective has raised a new $7 million in seed funding, from investors including Prime Movers Lab and Base Ventures . The company, founded by Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, who previously founded stratospheric balloon company World View, is focused on developing Spaceship Neptune, a pressurized passenger capsule that is meant to be carried by an ultra-high altitude balloon to the very edge of space to provide passengers with an unparalleled view. Spaceship...
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NASA will pay a company $1 to collect moon rocks

NASA will pay $1 to a start-up to collect a small amount of material on the surface of the Moon, the space agency announced on Thursday.
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After six years and 6bn km, Japan's Hayabusa2 prepares to bring home cargo of asteroid dust

Japanese craft collected dust from the asteroid Ryugu that scientists hope could shed light on the origins of lifeThe last time Hayabusa2 was seen with the naked eye, Barack Obama was president of the United States and Brexit was a distant Europhobe fantasy.Six years and three days after its groundbreaking mission began, the Japanese spacecraft will drop a capsule onto the Australian outback carrying pristine asteroid fragments that scientists believe could shed light on the formation of the sol...
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Aerospace’s Steve Isakowitz to speak at TC Sessions: Space 2020

A mere two weeks remain until we kick off TC Sessions: Space (December 16 & 17), our first conference focused on the technology designed to push galactic boundaries and the people making it happen. Building successful space programs, whether private, public or hybrid combination, requires a well-trained workforce — today and for generations to come. That’s why we can’t wait for Building the Workforce of the Future, a breakout panel discussion featuring Steve Isakowitz. Isakowitz is the president...
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Astronomers unveil most detailed 3D map yet of Milky Way

Images will enable scientists to measure the acceleration of the solar system and the mass of the galaxyAstronomers have unveiled the most precise 3D map yet of the Milky Way, an achievement that promises to shed fresh light on the workings of the galaxy and the mysteries of the broader universe.The vast electronic atlas was compiled from data gathered by the European Space Agency’s Gaia observatory which has been scanning the heavens since it blasted off in 2013 from Kourou in French Guiana. Co...
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Chinese probe heads back to Earth after leaving moon's surface

Chang’e-5 spacecraft carrying first samples of lunar rock since Soviet space mission in 1976A Chinese space probe has left the surface of the moon to return to Earth, bringing with it the first samples of lunar rock to be collected in four decades.China has poured billions into its military-run space programme, with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022 and eventually sending humans to the moon.
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China lands spacecraft on moon to collect lunar rocks – video

China has successfully landed a probe on the moon's surface, according to state media. The Chang'e-5 spacecraft drilled into the surface of the moon to collect soil early on Wednesday, the first probe to collect lunar samples in four decades.If the return journey is successful, China will be only the third country to have retrieved samples from the moon, following the US and the Soviet Union in the 60s and 70sChina to collect first moon rocks since 1970s after successful probe landingChina launc...
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Find out how startups like Skyroot and Bluefield are building new industries at TC Sessions: Space 2020

At our fast-approaching first TC Sessions: Space event, which is happening December 16-17, we’re going to be highlighting some of the most exciting startups and founders tackling big problems with innovative and groundbreaking solutions. Some of those companies are focused on building tomorrow’s spacecraft, and others are working on in-space technologies that could become the next big anchor upon which countless other businesses are built. Two of the companies joining us at TC Sessions: Space ar...
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Mystery space object is 54-year-old rocket, not asteroid, says NASA

By MARCIA DUNN | AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A mysterious object temporarily orbiting Earth is a 54-year-old rocket, not an asteroid after all, astronomers confirmed Wednesday. Observations by a telescope in Hawaii clinched its identity, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The object was classified as an asteroid after its discovery in September. But NASA’s top asteroid expert, Paul Chodas, quickly suspected it was the Centaur upper rocket stage ...
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NASA selects four companies for Moon material collection as it seeks to set precedent on private sector outer space mining

NASA has selected the winning candidates that they’ve decided to tap to collect lunar resources for eventual Earth return, from a number of commercial companies who applied. The four companies all have rides booked on future commercial lunar lander missions, and the agency is using this as a demonstration of what kinds of efficiencies it can realize by piggybacking on private industry for serving its needs – and a precedent-setting event for NASA paying private companies to retrieve materials...
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