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Interstellar visitor ’Oumuamua probably came from a two-star system | Science | The Guardian
Astronomers studying the interstellar asteroid ’Oumuamua find that it probably formed around a binary star
space  nasa 
1 hour ago by tonys
Welcome to the Center of the Universe
When a mission launches into space, whether it is to Venus, Mars, or as far out as Pluto, we have to be able to track it, send commands, and receive data — all over a signal about as powerful as the wattage of a refrigerator light bulb. These faint whispers are hard to hear, and losing track of them for any length of time can be a harrowing experience. If the Deep Space Network goes down, if we permanently lose our connection to Cassini, it would not only be a loss of billions of dollars but also two decades of work.
space  astronomy 
1 hour ago by mookieproof
Musk: Atmospheric tests of interplanetary spaceship could happen next year – Spaceflight Now
“Most likely, it’s going to happen at our Brownsville location because we’ve got a lot of land with nobody around, so if it blows up, it’s cool,” he said.
yesterday by sandykoe
APOD: 2018 March 17 - The Crab from Space
Explanation: The Crab Nebula is cataloged as M1, the first object on Charles Messier's famous list of things which are not comets. In fact, the Crab is now known to be a supernova remnant, expanding debris from the death explosion of a massive star. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  space 
yesterday by eemorningwood
National Geographic built 'Space Projection Helmets' for its new show
When it came time for National Geographic to build an immersive experience for its new show, One Strange Rock, the network didn't want another virtual reality experience. So it worked together with McCann and New York City-based Tomorrow Lab to build something entirely new: Space Projection Helmets. From the outside, they look like replica NASA gear -- fitting since One Strange Rock is focused on astronauts and their view of Earth. On the inside, though, they have all of the equipment necessary for a personal theatrical experience. You can think of the helmets as mini OMNIMAX cinemas, the dome version of IMAX screens typically found in science museums.
National_Geographic  vr  space 
yesterday by stacker

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