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SpaceX releases Falcon 9 (CRS-11) Landing [Video]

SpaceX Falcon 9 landing video

SpaceX released a video on Tuesday showing the landing of the Falcon 9 first stage from Saturday’s launch. The video shows just how exact an uneventful SpaceX has made the recapture of its most reusable component. The landing seems almost blandly routine when just a few years ago, they were considered dramatic. It might take a moon base to pique ...

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Microsoft wants to put your face in some strange places

Microsoft Face Swap

Microsoft’s Face Swap, available on the Google Play Store, gives users the ability to “search and transport” themselves “into fun & inspirational scenes.” Microsoft’s app isn’t pioneering in the least for its ability to take a selfie and place it in another location or on another person. The free to use and ad-free app does, however, allow users to search for ...

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Sometimes Saving Money Is Rocket Science

It’s ironic Elon Musk, one of America’s premier subsidy farmers, is also a perfect example of the difference between the private sector approach to cost and the government’s. Musk differs from earlier entrepreneurs like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford who became wealthy by building a better mousetrap. Musk became wealthy by harvesting government subsidies. The LA Times ran the numbers ...

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Scientists detect gravitational wave from merger of black holes

Gravity wave from Black Hole merger

Scientists have JUST published this new observation. On January 4th, 2017 they detected the merger of two black holes 3 billion light-years away. This marks the furthest detection they’ve been able to make and increases confidence that these events will be seen with increasing frequency as the LIGO interferometers become more sensitive to low amplitude gravitational waves (as sources of ...

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Update – Watch Live: SpaceX to launch recycled capsule [video]

SpaceX SES-10 Falcon 9 used booster launch 3-30-17

SpaceX is hoping to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on an International Space Station resupply mission Saturday evening. And for the first time, the mission will use a previously flown Dragon capsule. This recycled component mission comes just two months after SpaceX’s reuse of a previously flown first stage booster. “This whole notion of reuse is something that’s very, very ...

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NASA photos turned into Stunning video of Jupiter flyby

Computer enhanced Jupiter Picture Gerald Eichstadt

NASA’s Juno spacecraft passes closely to Jupiter once every six weeks taking sensor readings and pictures over a 2 hour period. A set of enthusiasts then took those images and produced this amazing 2-minute video as the probe goes from the planet’s north pole to its southern pole. The video comes from the May 19, 2017,  flyby of the gas ...

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Users experience Twitter Issues Wednesday

Twitter Outage

Twitter users across the northeastern United States, western Europe and Japan experienced issues using Twitter Wednesday for about 90 minutes. Desktop web access to the social media microblogging site Twitter.com loaded tweets without images or video in the northeastern U.S. and direct message capability was reported to be down in parts of the European Union. The issues became widespread around 6 ...

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Watch live: Astronauts conduct emergency spacewalk to replace computer system

NASA spacewalk 5-23-17

ASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer are preparing for an emergency spacewalk to replace a fried data relay box. “The spacewalkers are gathering their tools and checking their spacesuits today with assistance from Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet,” NASA officials explained in a blog update. “The trio are also reviewing the contingency spacewalk procedures.” The computer system, which is vital ...

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June is a busy month for SpaceX

SpaceX Launch 5-1-17

SpaceX has succeeded in achieving several “firsts” with their last three launches and June looks like a busy one for the American aerospace firm. June SpaceX Launches Orders for Falcon 9 launches reach a high point in June with Elon Musk’s highly successful rocket company launching four Falcon 9 rockets into space with payloads from government and civilian customers. On ...

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SpaceX Launches Heaviest Payload Yet from Falcon 9 [Video]

Spacex heaviest launch yet 5-15-17

SpaceX is targeting launch of Inmarsat-5 Flight 4 from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 51-minute launch window opened on Monday, May 15, at 7:20 p.m. EDT, or 23:20 UTC. SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a payload from communications satellite operate Inmarsat, the fourth in a constellation created to provide high-bandwidth broadspeed ...

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How to shoot a great portrait on iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone how to shoot a great portrait with iPhone 7 plus

Apple released a set of videos to demonstrate how to take a variety of pictures using the iPhone 7 Plus. One video demonstrates how to take a great portrait with Apple’s newest device. The video explains that first, the phone’s camera app should be switched from “photo mode” to “portrait mode. Portrait Mode uses the iPhone 7 Plus’s twin-lens rear ...

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Secret Air Force Space Plane Returns Home with a ‘Boom’

X-37B lands at Kennedy Space Center

The Air Force X-37B space plane landed Sunday at Cape Canaveral, Florida. As the plane descended to the airfield, it created sonic booms that could be heard throughout central Florida. The #AirForce #X37B #OTV4 has returned from orbit and has landed safely @NASAKennedy. Stay tuned for more info. — U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) May 7, 2017 The X-37B spend 718 ...

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WATCH: SpaceX launch a government satellite on Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX Launch 5-1-17

SpaceX successfully launched its first U.S. national security payload Monday morning after having aborted the launch Sunday just 52 seconds before ignition. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on time, without issue and the first stage returned to earth and landed exactly in the center of the pad at landing area one. The classified payload belongs to the National Reconnaissance ...

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How Do We Know The Universe Is ACCELERATING?

is the universe expanding

The universe is expanding – this we know from looking at redshifts of distant galaxies – but the acceleration of the universe’s expansion is harder to measure. It requires measuring the change of recession velocity over time, and it’s done by comparing Type Ia supernovas as standard candles at different distances, which is how we know the universe is accelerating!

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