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SpaceX’s Bold Vision To Dominate The Solar System

Jul 30, 14 SpaceX’s Bold Vision To Dominate The Solar System

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Gwynne Shotwell wants her company to become the master of the solar system. The president and chief operating officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) said recently her spunky Hawthorne, California, aerospace startup will become the “most widely used space transport company in the -- let's call it the solar system” -- by 2100.

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The Race To Protect Planes From Cosmic Rays

Jul 29, 14 The Race To Protect Planes From Cosmic Rays

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It is an invisible threat from outer space: -distant cosmic events that can cause a computer, or even an aircraft, to crash here on Earth. The idea may sound more science fiction than fact but concerns have reached the point where a major European effort has been launched to investigate the havoc that can result from cosmic rays.

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Researchers Practice Life On Mars On Earth

Jul 29, 14 Researchers Practice Life On Mars On Earth

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For the last four months, a team of researchers have been practicing for life on the Red Planet by living in a mock-up Mars habitat on a Hawaiian volcano. Expedition leader Casey Stedman and his five-person team have mostly stayed inside their 10,000 square foot solar-powered dome, isolated from the rest of the world.

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Russia Restores Contact With ‘Sex Gecko’ Satellite

Jul 28, 14 Russia Restores Contact With ‘Sex Gecko’ Satellite

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Three days after Russia lost communication with the Foton-M4 satellite, carrying geckos, fruit flies and mushrooms, Roscosmos announced it had regained control of the “sex gecko” satellite.

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Time To Prepare For Another Powerful Solar Storm

Jul 27, 14 Time To Prepare For Another Powerful Solar Storm

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A powerful solar storm erupted on the surface of the sun and narrowly missed Earth in 2012, but scientists believe a similar storm could occur again, seriously affecting the planet’s electrical networks, according to a new report.

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Earth Narrowly Escaped Solar Blast That Could ‘Knock Civilization Back To 18th Century’

Jul 26, 14 Earth Narrowly Escaped Solar Blast That Could ‘Knock Civilization Back To 18th Century’

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Back in 2012, the Earth narrowly escaped a solar storm "big enough to knock modern civilization back to the 18th century," according to a report published by NASA. "If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces," University of Colorado Professor Daniel Baker said.

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Aliens On Line 2; Hold, Please…

Jul 25, 14 Aliens On Line 2; Hold, Please…

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Back in the 1970s, scientists at Ohio State University began searching for signs of intelligent alien life using a radio telescope the size of three football fields. Like a giant car antenna, it listened for broadcasts from space. They called it the Big Ear.

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Rockets In Gaza And Israel As Seen From Space

Jul 24, 14 Rockets In Gaza And Israel As Seen From Space

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Rocket fire exchanged between Hamas militants in Gaza and forces in Israel can be seen from a new perspective after astronaut and International Space Station resident Alexander Gerst tweeted his views from space.

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Hope For SpaceX As US-Russia Relations Sour

Jul 24, 14 Hope For SpaceX As US-Russia Relations Sour

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Even before the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine last week, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) was gaining ground in its fight to get a foothold in the lucrative Defense Department satellite launch business. The shootdown and the growing anger against Russia are likely to help the company.

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Canada’s Space-Bound Laser Has Eyes For Asteroid

Jul 23, 14 Canada’s Space-Bound Laser Has Eyes For Asteroid

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A motley crew of kids, scientists and politicians posed in front of a boxy machine at the Royal Ontario Museum on Thursday. The instrument, known as a laser altimeter, quickly scanned them to create a multi-dimensional map of the scene. Four years from now, a new version of that instrument will be sent to map something slightly trickier — the asteroid Bennu.

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