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Another SpaceX History Maker: Successful Launch and Landing of Used Falcon 9 Booster

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

SpaceX made history twice in one launch as it launched and recovered a previously flown and recycled first stage booster. The launch went off without incident or delay at 6:27 pm eastern time on Thursday evening from the Kennedy Space Center. The mission, SES-10, carried a communications satellite from Luxembourg-based communications company SES. The first stage successfully performed a re-entry burn, re-entered ...

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Two ways to watch tonight’s historic SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Live

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch 02-19-2017

SpaceX will, for the first time ever, launch a rocket Thursday night that has a first stage booster that Elon Musk’s commercial space company has successfully launched and landed previously. Static fire test complete. Targeting Thursday, March 30 for Falcon 9 launch of SES-10. pic.twitter.com/0tZ7u6gngI — SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 27, 2017 The Falcon 9 launch, SES-10, is scheduled for 6:27 ...

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WATCH LIVE: NASA conducts a spacewalk at the International Space Station

ISS Space Walk

NASA conducts a spacewalk at the International Space Station to prepare for the future arrival of commercial spacecraft. WATCH LIVE: NASA spacewalk at the International Space Station WATCH LIVE: NASA conducts a spacewalk at the International Space Station to prepare for the future arrival of commercial spacecraft. Posted by NBC News on Thursday, March 30, 2017

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NASA to Preview ‘Grand Finale’ of Cassini Saturn Mission

Cassini the Grand Finale

NASA will hold a news conference at 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 4, at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, to preview the beginning of Cassini’s final mission segment, known as the Grand Finale, which begins in late April. The briefing will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Cassini has been orbiting Saturn since June ...

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Watch Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Unveiling

Samsung Galaxy S8 unveiling

Samsung held an event Monday during which it unveiled the features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. What’s included: Infinity display that curves around edges Home button changed to a soft button eliminating the lost visual area at the bottom of the phone face Initially launching in five colors ‘Bixby’ – intelligent voice-interactive interface Multi-level touch sensitivity Multi-frame image ...

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NASA Unveils New Searchable Video, Audio and Imagery Library for the Public

NASA makes searchable video and image library public

NASA officially has launched a new resource to help the public search and download out-of-this-world images, videos and audio files by keyword and metadata searches from NASA.gov. The NASA Image and Video Library website consolidates imagery spread across more than 60 collections into one searchable location. NASA Image and Video Library allows users to search, discover and download a treasure ...

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Oops! Driverless Uber involved in serious crash

Uber headless car crash

As if Uber didn’t have enough bad news with scandals and such, photos posted to twitter Friday show a driverless uber on its side after a collision with another car. BREAKING: Self-driving Uber vehicle on it’s side after a collision in Tempe, AZ. Photos by @fresconews user Mark Beach pic.twitter.com/5NCF2KG0rW — Fresco News (@fresconews) March 25, 2017 Uber just started ...

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Watch: How Catching a Real Ball in Virtual Reality Can Change You

Catching a ball in virtual reality

Disney Research is putting some effort into bringing together virtual reality and real reality. We present a system enabling users to accurately catch a real ball while immersed in a virtual reality environment. We examine three visualizations: rendering a matching virtual ball, the predicted trajectory of the ball, and a target catching point lying on the predicted trajectory. In our ...

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Does Water Swirl the Other Way in the Southern Hemisphere?

Does Water Swirl the Other Way in the Southern Hemisphere

The idea that water going down a drain or flushed down a toilet swirls in opposite directions in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres has a long history but few have ever done the experiment. Youtubers Destin from Smarter Every Day and  Veritasium performed identical experiments in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. They found that the direction of water swirl in ...

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WATCH: Launch Broadcast: Delta IV WGS-9

UAL launch of Delta IV with WGS-9 for air force

If you’ve been following me, you know I’m a huge fan of space exploration, space science and of course rockets! This version of the Delta IV, the M+4, features a two-stage liquid-fueled vehicle supported by four solid-rocket motors (SRM’s) during the first portion of the launch. The solid rocket motors are jettisoned after burning through their fuel. The WGS-9 is a ...

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Weapon physicist declassifies rescued nuclear test films

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory nuclear weapons testing film

The U.S. conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962, with multiple cameras capturing each event at around 2,400 frames per second. But in the decades since, around 10,000 of these films sat idle, scattered across the country in high-security vaults. Not only were they gathering dust, the film material itself was slowly decomposing, bringing the data they contained ...

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How to Teleport Schrödinger’s Cat

Quantum teleportation

Henry Reich of Youtube’s  Minute Physics presents a fantastic explanation of the physics involved in teleportation. Reich offers a down-to-earth, illustrated discussion of quantum entanglement, superposition, and teleportation.  

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WATCH: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch with Echostar 23 Satellite

SpaceX falcon 9 launch 3-16-17

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket delivered EchoStar XXIII, a commercial communications satellite for EchoStar Corporation, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) on Thursday. SpaceX launched the EchoStar XXIII from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX had hoped to launch early Tuesday morning but due to high winds, had to reschedule to Thursday morning. SpaceX ...

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