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Watch a Chinese probe on the far side of the Moon

On January 2nd, China became the first country to land a spacecraft on the Moon's far side (not the dark side) when its Chang'e-4 probe gently touched down the surface. Now, China's space agency has released footage of the landing. The short video shows the robotic landing over the surface of the moon before abruptly tilting to descend (hovering at …

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Russia's only space telescope has stopped responding to commands Uh, Korolev? The Spektr-R room telescope is now just a ghost of what it once was. Russia's only space telescope recently stopped responding to commands issued from the ground, according to BBC . The details of the problem have not been made quite clear, and while it is not possible to issue commands to the telescope, it still sends data. Spektr-R began confronting problems on January 10, when Roscosmos, Russia's space bureau noted problems in the telescopes communication system had made the unit unable to refine specific targets. Specialists started working to try to restore communication to the system, but Roscosmos announced via Twitter despite repeated attempts to reconnect "it was not possible to reconnect to the radio telescope." A Toast to Spektr-R Launched in 2011, the telescope was originally only expected to continue working until 2014, but has far survived this expectation. Once slated to launch in 2004 or 2005, the Spektr-R encountered "multiple delays" during construction. With its 33-foot radio antenna, the Spektr-R works with a network of telescopes on the ground to investigate the origin and structure of radio signals from within and beyond our galaxy. The telescope also contains instruments for observing solar wind and the Earth's outer magnetosphere. Blackout Attempts to restore communication with Spektr-R are still ongoing, although they have not been successful so far. Yuri Kovalev, research director for the Spektr-R project, told the BBC that "there is still hope." With Spektr-R, currently unable to take on new missions and a data transfer problem affecting Russia's second science satellite, Mikhailo Lomonosov, Russia, currently has no active science satellites. A Russian-German joint telescope project, Spektr-RG, was originally scheduled for launch in 2011, but is now expected to become operational in March 2019. Until then, Roscosmos can only hope that its specialists can restore Spektr-R to

Spektr-R, Russia's only space radio telescope, stops responding to commands [Gizmodo] More about room telescopes: James Webb Telescope is delayed. Again. Here are 4 things to know about it Source link

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James Watson: Scientist loses titles after claims about race

Image copyright EPA Image caption James Watson, seen here in 2009, apologized in 2007 after making similar remarks                  Nobel Prize-winning American scientist James Watson has been stripped of his honorary titles after repeating comments about race and intelligence. In a TV program, the pioneer in DNA studies made a reference to a view that genes cause a difference on …

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Technology identifies electricity producing bacteria | MIT News

Living in extreme conditions requires creative adjustments. For some species of bacteria found in oxygen deficiency, it means finding a way to breathe that does not involve oxygen. These hardy microbes that can be found deep within mines, at the bottom of lakes and even in the human intestine have developed a unique breathing that involves the excretion and pumping …

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Mysterious shift in the Earth's magnetic field asks scientists to solve world magnetic model that guides navigation

The updated version of the World Magnetic Model, which plays a key role in modern navigation, was due to be released on January 15th. This was postponed due to the ongoing government shutdown. (19459013) Pixabay ) Earth's magnetic field is constantly moving, and because it is used to navigate properly on the planet, scientists must regularly update the World Magnetic …

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NASA asteroid WARNING: Giant 269ft asteroid on Earth Approach TOMORROW | Science | News

The asteroid, called by NASA Asteroid 2019 AR2, will make a so-called "Earth Close Approach". Asteroid path calculations predict the rocks will reach their nearest distance to the ground tomorrow afternoon. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) expects Asteroid AR2 to fluctuate around noon. 6pm Sunday January 13th. The unexpected flyby comes just 10 days after barreling space rock was discovered …

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Super Earth could have the potential to support life, says astronomers

An illustration showing the size a distance of Super-Earth Barnard b, the labeled planet. (Villanova University ) Barnard b or GJ 699 is a bitterly cold planet with a mass three times the size of the earth. The temperature of the planet is minus 274 degrees Fahrenheit. A newly discovered super-Earth orbit of our second-largest star system has the potential …

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