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Scott Kelly, Who Spent a Year in Space, Shares Tips on Isolation

Scott Kelly, writing for The New York Times: Being stuck at home can be challenging. When I lived on the International Space Station for nearly a year, it wasn't easy. When I went to sleep, I was at work. When I woke up, I was still at work. Flying in space is probably the only job you absolutely cannot quit. But I learned some things during my time up there that I'd like to share -- because they are about to come in handy again, as we all confine ourselves at home to help stop the spread of the...
Tags: Tech, Earth, International Space Station, New York Times, Scott Kelly


Episode 019 | Jupiter Meets Pluto: Two Thumbs…Up?

SHOW NOTES FOR EPISODE 19 (3/30/20) Title: 019 | Jupiter Meets Pluto: Two Thumbs…Up? Feisty Mars enters Aquarius this week and teams up with Saturn to start the work of serious social change. Venus in Gemini downloads some new eBooks, the First Quarter Moon in Cancer prompts our salute to The Fonz, and Mercury meets The Fog (Neptune). And Jupiter makes the first in a series of aspects to Pluto that promises to be…interesting. Plus: April & Jen pull into Conjunction Junction (what’s your funct...
Tags: Apple, Earth, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Charlie Brown, Neptune, Venus, Aquarius, Astrology, Bsa, Jen, Moonwatch, Jupiter Pluto, Dana Gerhardt


Was Magellan's Voyage Riskier Than Sending Humans to Mars?

A Portuguese historian argues that Magellan's famous trip around the world in 1522 was much harder than sending humans to Mars: Tens of guys died making this crossing; of 250 crew, only 18 returned, Henrique Leitao, a historian at the University of Lisbon, told me... [O]nce NASA or other space agencies or private entities actually launch humans on a six month trajectory to the Red planet, they will likely have mitigated the lion's share of risks to the crew. In contrast, Magellan's crew realized...
Tags: Europe, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Philippines, Mars, Magellan, University of Lisbon, Leitao, Henrique Leitao


Ambitious Project Seeks to Re-Create Every Structure on Earth in Minecraft

An anonymous reader quotes Rock, Paper, Shotgun: For as long as there's been Minecraft, there's been people who want to re-create the world in Minecraft. For one modder, though, it's not enough to have a to-scale replica of our pale blue dot recreated in Mojang's block-builder. A new project named Build The Earth is looking for talented builders with too much time on their hands, bringing them together to fully recreate every last man-made structure on Earth in Minecraft. YouTuber PippinFTS un...
Tags: Tech, Earth, Minecraft, Mojang, Terra, Seattle Super


Gamma-ray space telescope study may have spotted dark matter

Analyzing data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, researchers find hints of dark matter.The scientists looked to spot a correlation between gravitational lensing and gamma rays. Future release of data can pinpoint whether the dark matter is really responsible for observed effects. By comparing data derived from gravitational lensing and gamma ray observations by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, a study showed that certain regions of the sky emit more gamma rays. While the main cause...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Technology, California, France, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Chile, Italy, Innovation, Universe, Einstein, Dark Matter, Telescope, Stanford University


You Can Now Ride a Submarine To the Deepest Point On Earth

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: For some, the ultimate adventure is up in the stars. (See: Musk, Branson, Bezos.) For Texas businessman Victor Vescovo, the trip of a lifetime is a dive to the deepest known point on our own planet, the bottom of the Marianas Trench. For $750,000 per person, Vescovo will take guests down 35,843 feet in Limiting Factor, his $37 million Triton 36,000/2 submarine, whose depth capacity is more than 100 times that of the typical superyacht submersib...
Tags: Tech, Bloomberg, Earth, Pacific, Triton, McCallum, Guam, Rob McCallum, Victor Vescovo, Vescovo, Musk Branson Bezos For Texas


SpaceX to deliver cargo to NASA’s lunar Gateway station using a new ‘Dragon XL ‘ spacecraft

NASA has tapped SpaceX as the first provider of space-based logistics to deliver experiment materials, cargo and supplies to its lunar Gateway, the agency announced on Friday. This means SpaceX will be among the companies that NASA can turn to when it needs things shuttled via spaceship between Earth and this forthcoming platform, which will orbit the Moon and provide a staging ground for future crewed Moon missions. The contract means that SpaceX will play a key role in not only NASA’s...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Falcon Heavy, Carr, Outer Space, Lunar Gateway


The Coronavirus Has Tied Us to Earth

Space missions around the world are on hold—a poignant reminder of how the pandemic has upended civilization.
Tags: Tech, Earth


ULA successfully launches first US Space Force payload

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed its 134th successful launch, continuing its perfect track record with a mission today for the U.S. Space Force. This is the first-ever dedicated mission for the Space Force, a new branch of the U.S. armed forces dedicated to the defense and protection of America’s strategic assets in space. The payload today was the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite that has been deployed for U.S. defense customers, though the original five...
Tags: TC, Space, Cdc, America, Tech, Earth, United States, Telecommunications, Spaceflight, Ula, Aerospace, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Tory Bruno, United Launch Alliance ULA, Space Force


ULA successfully launches first U.S. Space Force payload

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed its 134th successful launch, continuing its perfect track record with a mission today for the U.S. Space Force. This is the first ever dedicated mission for the Space Force, a new branch of the U.S. armed forces dedicated to the defense and protection of America’s strategic assets in space. The payload today was the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite that has been deployed for U.S. defense customers, though the original five...
Tags: TC, Space, Cdc, America, Tech, Ceo, Earth, United States, Telecommunications, Spaceflight, Ula, Aerospace, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Countdown, Tory Bruno


Coronavirus Updates: Chinese Theaters to Re-Release ‘Avatar’ and ‘Avengers’; U.K. Studios Mull Whether to Close; Animated Series Going Strong

We’re several weeks into coronavirus (COVID-19) being declared a pandemic and having wide-reaching ramifications on the entertainment industry across the globe. But while China, which has managed to curb the virus’ spread, is starting to return to normal life and slowly open its movie theaters, the U.K. and the U.S. movie and TV industries are still getting hit hard. China to Re-Release ‘Avatar’ and the ‘Avengers’ Franchise to Boost Movie Theaters China opened its movie theaters for the fi...
Tags: Apple, Christopher Nolan, Hollywood, Movies, Scotland, China, Disney, Earth, Fox, Netflix, Animation, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Steven Soderbergh, Columbia University, Kate Winslet


A former NASA programmer is using the skills he learned working with a space robot to change the way finance companies adopt new technology

The financial services industry has seen rapid changes over the past five years, with new fintech startups and legacy institutions offering a wide range of novel products and services. Many of those offerings rely on cloud platforms and software as a service, such as that designed by Berlin-based Mambu, which has a team of 200 spread across offices from Singapore to Miami. Mambu CEO and former NASA software engineer Eugene Danilkis told Business Insider how his global team — and the platform i...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Berlin, Singapore, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Dresden, Mambu, Canadian Space Agency, Eugene Danilkis, Miami Mambu, Danilkis


Want to help design a moon robot? NASA needs you.

NASA wants your help redesigning the bucket drum system for its RASSOR excavator. The Moon's weaker gravity and the excavator's light weight pose unique design challenges. RASSOR will one day excavate regolith so it can be processed into the resources necessary for sustainable lunar exploration. Are you an engineer, designer, manufacturer, or STEM student? Maybe just someone with a healthy predilection for bucket drums? Then NASA wants to hear from you.NASA's Lunar Surface Innovation Initiative...
Tags: Design, Technology, Resources, Future, Nasa, Earth, Discovery, Engineering, Moon, Robots, Innovation, Orion, Artemis, Kennedy Space Center, NASA Kennedy Space Center, LSII


Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden Passes Away

"Former astronaut Alfred M. Worden, command module pilot on the Apollo 15 lunar landing, passed away March 18, 2020, in Texas," reports NASA.gov. His son-in-law told the New York Times Worden apparently died of a stroke. "Al was an American hero whose achievements in space and on Earth will never be forgotten," tweeted NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Slashdot reader Iwastheone shares NASA's remembrance: As command module pilot, Worden stayed in orbit while commander David Scott and lunar ...
Tags: Texas, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Rogers, Cape Canaveral, Fred, Smithsonian Magazine, David Scott, AL WORDEN, Worden, Rogers Neighborhood, Alfred M Worden, New York Times Worden, Jim Bridenstine Slashdot, James B Irwin


The first great video game of 2020 has arrived: 'DOOM Eternal' is the catharsis we all need in these scary times

"DOOM Eternal" just launched on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia. It's a gorgeous sequel to 2016's reboot of the classic "DOOM" gaming franchise. The new game is the first truly excellent game of 2020, and a perfectly cathartic experience in a bizarre moment of human history. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. At any given moment in "DOOM Eternal," you can stop and look in any direction and you'll see it: A perfectly-framed shot of cover art for...
Tags: Google, Halo, Trends, Earth, Nintendo, Griesemer, Doomguy, Jaime Griesemer


Weekend reading: Lockdown links for days

What caught my eye this week. I have seen a few stock market corrections and crashes up close. Yet it still amazes me the speed with which everything changes. One minute (actually it felt like one decade) you’re arguing with people who proclaim that high-quality government bonds have become riskier than shares, or that the sustainable withdrawal rate should be 0.04% higher. The next minute – WHOOSH! – the world’s major indices have fallen by 20-35% or more: FTSE All-Share. Note the swan div...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, London, China, Marketing, US, Tesla, Bank Of England, Tesco, Earth, Bbc, Atlantic, Britain, NHS, Virgin Galactic


Stuart Russell on how to make AI ‘human-compatible’

In a career spanning several decades, artificial intelligence researcher and professor Stuart Russell has contributed extensive knowledge on the subject, including foundational textbooks. He joined us onstage at TC Sessions: Robotics + AI to discuss the threat he perceives from AI, and his book, which proposes a novel solution. Russell’s thesis, which he develops in “ Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control,” is that the field of AI has been developed on the false p...
Tags: TC, Tech, Earth, Artificial Intelligence, Alan Turing, Machine Learning, Simulation, Robotics, Self-driving Car, Turing Test, Russell, Norbert Wiener, Stuart Russell


At Long Last, NASA's Probe Finally Digs in On Mars

NASA unsticks its Martian digging probe by whacking it with a shovel. From a report: Every day, the InSight lander's suite of instruments sends back data proving that the Red Planet isn't really dead. Marsquakes rumble the seismometer. Swirling vortices register on onboard pressure sensor. And temperature sensors help track the weather and changing of the seasons. Despite the lander's successes, however, one gauge has met with resistance from the Martian environment while trying to carry out its...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Martian, Red Planet, German Aerospace Center, MacGyvers


Japan's Asteroid-Smashing Probe Reveals a Surprisingly Young Space Rock

Iwastheone shares a report from Space.com: A cannonball that [Japan's Hayabusa2 probe fired at Ryugu, a 2,790-foot-wide near-Earth asteroid] is shedding light on the most common type of asteroid in the solar system, a new study reports. [...] The cannonball, dubbed the Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI), blasted out a crater about 47.5 feet (14.5 m) wide with an elevated rim and a central conical pit about 10 feet (3 m) wide and 2 feet (0.6 m) deep. The artificial crater was semicircular in shape, an...
Tags: Japan, Tech, Earth, Arakawa, Ryugu


Here’s how TechCrunch is keeping our brains busy while we’re stuck at home

This is a difficult time. Whoever and wherever you are, your life is likely already changing in ways you never could have anticipated as the world grapples with the fast-spreading global outbreak of a virus we don’t yet fully understand. It’s weird and hard and we’re feeling it too. Now more than ever, diving into new skills, old interests and even — perhaps especially — totally fluffy mindless entertainment can keep our minds refreshed and our days full. From at-home workouts and soothing virtu...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Cook, China, San Francisco, Tech, Earth, Taiwan, Chicago, Netflix, United States, New Jersey, Korea, Pokemon, Tim Heidecker, Cbs


Can Astronauts Use GPS To Navigate On the Moon?

schwit1 shares a report from IEEE Spectrum: Here on Earth, our lives have been transformed by the Global Positioning System, fleets of satellites operated by the United States and other countries that are used in myriad ways to help people navigate. Down here, GPS is capable of pinpointing locations with accuracy measured in centimeters. Could it help astronauts on lunar voyages? Kar-Ming Cheung and Charles Lee of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California did the math, and concluded that th...
Tags: Europe, California, Montana, Russia, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lee, Galileo, Cheung, Charles Lee, IEEE Spectrum, Kar Ming Cheung, IEEE Aerospace Conference


SpaceX breaks a Falcon 9 rocket re-use record with successful Starlink launch

SpaceX has successfully launched and deployed its sixth batch of 60 Starlink satellites, further growing its constellation for the internet broadband system it plans to launch for customers starting later this year in the U.S. and Canada. This brings SpaceX’s total Starlink constellation size to 360 spacecraft, extending the company’s lead as the world’s largest private satellite operator. The launch this morning used a Falcon 9 first stage booster that flew for its fifth time, marking a reco...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Texas, Science, Tech, Earth, Canada, United States, North America, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Falcon


Lynk sends the first text message from space directly to a normal cell phone

Last year Lynk — then called Ubiquitilink — showed that from now on, every phone can be a satellite phone. But they’ve spent the last year honing the product and have just demonstrated the real thing: Sending a plain old text message from a “cell tower in space” to a normal phone on the surface. Of course there are “real” satellite phones, but these expensive, complex devices establish a dedicated link using frequencies not used by normal mobiles — and of course, they’re quite expensive and bulk...
Tags: TC, Tech, Earth, Falklands, Iss, Miller, Charles Miller, Lynk


Watch SpaceX launch 60 more Starlink satellites and attempt a Falcon 9 re-use record

SpaceX is launching its latest Starlink mission today, with a takeoff time of 8:16 AM EDT (5:16 AM PDT) currently scheduled to take place at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch will carry 60 more Starlink broadband internet satellites to their low Earth orbit destination, using a Falcon 9 rocket with a booster that flew four times previously, including twice in 2018 and twice last year, most recently in November for another Starlink mission. This is the second launch attempt for th...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Florida, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Broadband, North America, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon, Outer Space, Kennedy Space Center


We're Better Equipped to Find Extraterrestrial Life Now Than Ever Before

"However small the probability of seeing a signal from E.T. is, those chances are soon going to be a lot better than they have been in the past," reports Smithsonian magazine: Sure, after decades of listening, there is still no message. But with more data to sift through, and new technologies with superior search capabilities, odds of hearing from E.T. are rapidly improving. If the probability in the decade 2011 - 2021 were x percent, it's going to be 1,000 times x in the following decade, says...
Tags: Tech, Earth, Smithsonian, Jill Tarter, SETI Institute, AAAS, Andrew Siemion, SETI Research, Tarter, Siemion, Berkeley SETI Research Center SETI


Watch SpaceX launch more Starlink satellites and go for a Falcon 9 re-use record

SpaceX is launching its latest Starlink mission today, with a takeoff time of 9:22 AM EDT (6:22 AM PDT) currently scheduled to take place at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch will carry 60 more Starlink broadband internet satellites to their low Earth orbit destination, using a Falcon 9 rocket with a booster that flew four times previously, including twice in 2018 and twice last year, most recently in November for another Starlink mission. This launch will include a landing at...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Tech, Earth, Broadband, North America, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Falcon, Outer Space


Europe and Russia's Robotic Mission To Mars Is Delayed Until 2022

Europe and Russia have decided to push back the launch of their joint robotic rover to Mars until 2022, rather than launch this year as originally planned. More testing is needed on the vehicle's parachutes ahead of the launch, according to the European Space Agency (ESA), and there isn't enough time to get all of that work done before the launch window in July and August. The Verge reports: This is the second major delay for the rover, which is a critical piece of the ExoMars mission -- a partn...
Tags: Europe, Russia, Tech, Earth, Esa, United Arab Emirates, Mars, Roscosmos, Proton, European Space Agency ESA, US China, Rosalind Franklin, Jan Wörner


Momentus buys six slots on SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare missions

Momentus, the in-space shuttle service for payloads, has bought six spaces on SpaceX SmallSat Rideshare Program missions. The launches include five trips to Sun-Synchronous orbit and one to mid-inclined low Earth orbit, and after delivery, Momentus’ small space shuttles will carry customers’ payloads to customized drop-off altitudes and orbits. The company’s Vigoride vehicles already have customers including Steamjet, NuSpace and Aurora Space Technologies, according to a statement from the compa...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Spacex, Chief executive officer, Tech, Earth, Flight, Sun, Satellite, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Falcon, Outer Space, Momentus, Mikhail Kokorich, Sun Synchronous


What is the purpose of belief in a world of innovation?

We are reading the penultimate short story in Ted Chiang’s collection Exhalation. Omphalos questions what it means to believe: in our world, in alternative worlds, and in ourselves. Given that beliefs are crucial to everything we do in innovation and science, I thought the theme deeply dovetailed with a lot of what TechCrunch readers care about. I’m excited to talk about it more. Tomorrow, I will post analysis on the final short story, Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom as well as some concl...
Tags: Science Fiction, Book Review, Tech, Earth, Reddit, Ted Chiang, Galileo, Chiang


NASA Declares Starliner Mishap a 'High Visibility Close Call'

After pondering the totality of issues that arose during a December test flight of Boeing's Starliner spacecraft this week, NASA chief of human spaceflight Doug Loverro said Friday that he decided to escalate the incident. From a report: So he designated Starliner's uncrewed mission, during which the spacecraft flew a shortened profile and did not attempt to dock with the International Space Station, as a "high visibility close call." This relatively rare designation for NASA's human spaceflight...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Boeing, LOVERRO, Luca Parmitano, Starliner, Doug Loverro, Independent Review Team



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