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Tesla's Elon Musk expects 'robotaxis' to start in USA next year

Tesla's Elon Musk expects 'robotaxis' to start in USA next year Some are aiming to have their fully autonomous cars begin carrying passengers in small geographic areas as early as this year. Well, it's 2019 and full autonomy still isn't here, and a Tesla hasn't yet crossed the United States entirely on Autopilot. [Full Article...]

Tesla unveils plans for full autonomous driving tech and "robo-taxis"

Tesla unveils plans for full autonomous driving tech and All Tesla cars are made today with full self-driving capabilities ready to go once government regulation catches up, Musk said. No Tesla auto is at either level so far. Tesla vehicles rely on cameras and radars as their vision system for self-driving. "You have expensive hardware that's worthless on the vehicle", Musk said. [Full Article...]

NASA Astronaut Projected to Set Record for Longest, Single, Female Spaceflight

NASA Astronaut Projected to Set Record for Longest, Single, Female Spaceflight It would also put Koch's time in space just shy of the longest single spaceflight by any NASA astronaut: former astronaut Scott Kelly's 340 days in 2015-16. 3. " NASA is looking to build on what we have learned with additional astronauts in space for more than 250 days", said Jennifer Fogarty, a chief scientist for NASA's Human Research Program in a statement. [Full Article...]

How and when to watch the 2019 Lyrid meteor showers

Look up: It's the Lyrid meteor shower! Meteor showers like the Lyrids occur when Earth passes through the dusty trail left behind by a comet. The only solution is to go out both nights and look for "fast and bright meteors" falling out of the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the bright star Vega , which rises in late evening and passes almost overhead shortly before dawn, according to NAS... [Full Article...]

Elon Musk's SpaceX suffers capsule anomaly during Florida tests

Elon Musk's SpaceX suffers capsule anomaly during Florida tests Flames and smoke could be seen by beachgoers across the Space Coast and at the Kennedy Space Center. Crew Dragon, also known as Dragon 2, is a reusable spacecraft designed as a successor to the Dragon space freighter. USA aerospace manufacturer SpaceX said on Sunday that an "anomaly" had occurred during static fire tests for the abort engines of its Crew Dragon spacecraft. [Full Article...]

USA launches Antares rocket developed by Ukrainian enterprises

USA launches Antares rocket developed by Ukrainian enterprises The extended missions of Koch and Morgan will help scientists gather additional data about the effects of long-duration human spaceflight beyond those of the normal six-month station expedition, NASA said . Between June and September, several astronauts will return to Earth and be replaced by others, including an Italian, Luca Parmitano, and the first ever astronaut from the United Arab Emirates,... [Full Article...]

Why Friday's 'Pink Moon' might actually be a different color

Why Friday's 'Pink Moon' might actually be a different color When can I see the pink moon? But a mini heatwave isn't the only thing Mother Nature is blessing us with, as a fancy Pink Super Moon is also on the horizon. Whatever intentions you set on a new moon always develops throughout the course of the waxing moon phase, until your desires blossom completely on the full moon. [Full Article...]

Astronomers Show first image of a black hole — Science fact

Astronomers Show first image of a black hole — Science fact Thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT ) project, we now get our first direct look at a supermassive black hole and its shadow . 'Christopher Nolan's team of scientists and visual effects artists did a pretty wonderful job of predicting what a black hole might actually look like in Interstellar , ' added another impressed fan. [Full Article...]

Soundgarden Fans Petition To Name Newly-Photographed Black Hole After Chris Cornell

Soundgarden Fans Petition To Name Newly-Photographed Black Hole After Chris Cornell Here on Planet Earth, the reflective glow of the photo brought to mind one of the 1990s biggest songs: Soundgarden's 1994 hit "Black Hole Sun". A black hole's event horizon is that the objective of no come back on the far side that something - stars, planets, gas, dirt and every one styles of nonparticulate radiation - gets engulfed into oblivion. [Full Article...]

A Pink Moon Is Coming This Month-Here’s What’s Special About It

A Pink Moon Is Coming This Month-Here’s What’s Special About It It adds: "April's full Moon is called the Full Pink Moon , heralding the appearance of the "moss pink" or wild ground phlox - one of the early spring flowers". Tribes such as the Algonquian traditionally kept track of time by naming the Moon's phases after particular events. To maximize your moongazing, check out this complete list of all the full moons, their nicknames, and how to best s... [Full Article...]

SpaceX lost its Falcon Heavy core booster to the ocean

SpaceX lost its Falcon Heavy core booster to the ocean Even though the triple rocket landing went smoothly, the center core unfortunately fell into the ocean and was lost to rough seas on its way back to the Florida coast. But because the Falcon 9 booster used in the makeup of Falcon Heavy was modified, upgrades to the octograbber were not complete when it was most needed. [Full Article...]

SpaceIL, Israel spacecraft, crashed on moon, commander says

SpaceIL, Israel spacecraft, crashed on moon, commander says The engineering team at SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said that the first technical issue occurred 14km above the lunar surface. But the world's first private moon mission ended in failure yesterday when the dishwasher-sized robot smacked down into the lunar surface. [Full Article...]

United Kingdom climate protesters block roads, glue themselves to train

United Kingdom climate protesters block roads, glue themselves to train They were stood holding a banner with "climate emergency" written on it - while another man in a hi-vis jacket glued himself to the side. Police officers then climbed up onto the train roof to unstick the protesters before removing them. "Years of one day marches and writing to your MPs has only led to Carbon dioxide emissions going up by 60% since the 1990s", Williams said. You're a load of i... [Full Article...]

Israel to Shoot for the Moon, Again

Israel to Shoot for the Moon, Again Israeli state-owned defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI). also took part in its development, which continued even after the competition ended with no timely victor. Speaking on Sunday, the Israeli PM was full of praise for the mission , saying it had " put Israel into the history books " as one of seven countries to orbit the moon. [Full Article...]

SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon Heavy, Lands All Three Boosters

SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon Heavy, Lands All Three Boosters The so-called Arabsat 6A satellite was placed into an equatorial orbit some 22,000 miles (36,000km) above the Earth. Eight minutes after liftoff, SpaceX landed two of the first-stage boosters back at Cape Canaveral , side by side, just like it did for the rocket's debut past year. [Full Article...]

SpaceX: Falcon Heavy rocket launch and landing

SpaceX: Falcon Heavy rocket launch and landing Believe it or not, the trio of boosters aren't the only things that SpaceX managed to recover. The spaceship delivered a communication satellite into orbit for Saudi company, Arabsat. The ability to retrieve payload fairings is the latest step in SpaceX's creation of rocket systems that are entirely reusable. Musk has sought to recover and reuse the fairings for additional launches because the... [Full Article...]

Meet Katie Bouman, the STEM hero behind today’s black hole photo

So, after the stunning image was revealed to the world Wednesday, Bouman's excitement spilled out at what seemed the speed of light. Bouman, 29, a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, had been working on such an algorithm for nearly six years, since she was a graduate student at MIT . [Full Article...]

Elon Musk's SpaceX sends world's most powerful rocket on first commercial flight

Elon Musk's SpaceX sends world's most powerful rocket on first commercial flight Completed less than 35 minutes after launch, this mission included a wealth of major events and firsts, including the first launch of Falcon Heavy Block 5, the first successful triple booster recovery, and one of the highest orbital apogees yet seen during a SpaceX mission - 90,000 km (55,500 mi) above Earth. [Full Article...]

Long-lost cousin of modern humans found analyzing bones from Philippines cave

Long-lost cousin of modern humans found analyzing bones from Philippines cave Mr Détroit said: "Arrival by accident ... is favoured by many scholars, but this is mainly because of arguments like " Homo erectus were not clever enough to cross the sea on purpose". Mijares, who led a small team of foreign and local archaeologists behind the rare discovery, said he plans to resume the diggings next year and hopes to find larger fossil bones, artifacts, and possibly stone tools... [Full Article...]

A black hole, once a mathematical curiosity, is brought to light

A black hole, once a mathematical curiosity, is brought to light Four teams of scientists worked independently to analyze their data , retrieved over 10 days in April 2017 by telescopes from Mexico to Antarctica to Hawaii. Katie Bouman (or Katherine L. Bouman) first learned about the Event Horizon Telescope in 2007, back in high school in West Lafayette, Indiana, then pursued it as work in college at the University of MI. [Full Article...]


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