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Nasa, Japan Make 2.95 Million Satellite Earth Images Free

All Earth imagery – consisting of more than 2.95 million individual scenes from a prolific Japanese remote sensing instrument operating aboard Nasa’s Terra spacecraft since late 1999 has now been made available to users everywhere at no cost , Nasa announced on Friday. “The public will have unlimited access to …

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Isro Says Chandrayaan II Will Be Indigenous, Take Minor Help From US

Opting to go solo in its ambitious Chandrayaan II project, India has decided not to take Russia on board and keep the mission completely indigenous with “minor” help from the US. Isro chairman A S Kiran Kumar said Chandrayaan II, having an indigenously built Lander and Rover, will be launched …

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Isro Developing ‘Front-End Chip’ for Satellite Navigation System

The Indian space agency is in the process of getting ready the radio frequency chips for its satellite navigation system, a top official said on Thursday. “We are in the process of developing the front-end chip. The initial version is expected to be ready this year,” A.S. Kiran Kumar, Indian …

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Scientists Develop Mind-Controlled Wheelchair

US scientists have developed a machine that enables people to navigate a robotic wheelchair through their thoughts. “In some severely disabled people, even blinking is not possible,” said Miguel Nicolelis, a neuroscientist at Duke University. “For them, using a wheelchair or device controlled by non-invasive measures like an EEG (a …

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India, US Discuss Collaboration on Space Exploration

India and the US Thursday discussed the possibilities of collaboration in future Mars exploration projects and other space missions. The Mars Working Group of the two countries, which met Thursday, sought to identify and implement goals that Nasa and Isro share on Mars exploration, particularly coordinated observations and science analysis …

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LIGO’s Twin Black Holes May Have Been Born Inside Single Star

Adding a new dimension to the historic gravitational waves discovery, new research suggests that the two black holes in focus may have resided inside a single, massive star whose death generated the gamma-ray burst. On September 14 last year, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in the US detected gravitational …

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More Satellites Needed to Meet Rising Space-Tech Demand: Isro

Noting that there is an increasing demand and enhanced use of space technology-based tools in governance, Isro chairman A S Kiran Kumar Friday said efforts are on to build capacity within the country for doing more frequent satellite launches. The vehicle assembly building was presently one of the “bottlenecks” before …

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Stand on Mars Without Leaving the Office: How Nasa Is Using Microsoft’s HoloLens

At its global unveil, Microsoft demonstrated how the HoloLens – its augmented reality headset – could significantly improve our gaming and design experience. But, of course, the application of its well-praised HoloLens isn’t limited to just these spheres. Later in the same year, Nasa partnered with Microsoft to form a …

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Atmospheric tides alter rainfall rate

When you see a bad moon rising, expect an ever-so-slightly wetter day. The lunar gravitational pull imperceptibly boosts rainfall when the moon is on the horizon and somewhat reduces rainfall when the moon is overhead or on the opposite side of the Earth, a new analysis of global rainfall concludes. …

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