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China Plans to Create 'Artificial Moon' to Light up City Skies

China Plans to Create 'Artificial Moon' to Light up City Skies

The Chinese newspaper said Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute, described the artificial moon at a conference earlier this month. The plan is to launch three artificial moons into space over the next four years, which will then operate alternately to light up city streets and ultimately save millions in electricity costs each year. Consulte Mais Informação

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Mission to Mercury: Blast-off for UK-built spacecraft BepiColombo

Mission to Mercury: Blast-off for UK-built spacecraft BepiColombo

The European Space Agency's Mercury Planet Orbiter (MPO) and Japanese space agency Jaxa's Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) will study Mercury for up to two years. BepiColumbo's ion thrusters will be firing for 4.5 years, more than half the journey time. The 22 cm-diameter T6 thruster was designed for ESA by QinetiQ in the United Kingdom, whose expertise in electric propulsion stretches back to the 1960s. Consulte Mais Informação

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Orionid meteor shower set to peak this weekend

Orionid meteor shower set to peak this weekend

This is an annual meteor shower which peaks Saturday night and Sunday night. If you miss the peak, you can also be on the lookout for the shower between October 15 and 29, but the meteors may not be as frequent. As it makes its way around the sun, it leaves a trail of gas and dust behind it, which can be seen when the debris crosses between the Earth's orbit and the sun. Consulte Mais Informação

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Largest-ever galaxy proto-supercluster Hyperion spotted

Largest-ever galaxy proto-supercluster Hyperion spotted

Experts say the find is surprising given Hyperion's staggering mass and size at such an early point in the universe's history. It is estimated that the entire system weighs more than one million billion times the weight of our sun. "This is a structure that contains several thousands of galaxies, if not several tens of thousands". "The unfortunate thing is we could see only a small fraction of them". Consulte Mais Informação

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Hoxie native, NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

Hoxie native, NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

As a result of this, the three astronauts now on the ISS - Alexander Gerst from ESA, Serena Auñón-Chancellor from NASA and Sergey Prokopyev from Roscosmos - are stranded on the station. A Russian space agency official said on Friday that Russia still planned to go ahead as planned with its next manned flight to the ISS in December despite a rocket failure this week. Consulte Mais Informação

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NASA Space Telescope Resumes Operations After Gyroscope Glitch

NASA Space Telescope Resumes Operations After Gyroscope Glitch

The problems with Chandra surfaced on October 10, just days after the iconic Hubble Space Telescope also went into safe mode due to issues with its gyroscopes , which help point the spacecraft. NASA said last week it was still investigating the reason for this sudden shift. Chandra is 19 years old, which is well beyond the original design lifetime of five years. Consulte Mais Informação

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