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Stellar nursery: the Taurus Molecular Cloud is in the newly discovered superbubble. (Courtesy: ESO) The highest-resolution 3D map of nearby molecular gas clouds in Milky Way has revealed a structure that is creating new regions of star formation. Called the Perseus-Taurus Shell, or Per-Tau Shell for short, the region is a “superbubble” in the interstellar
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WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab will launch a NASA technology demonstration satellite under an unconventional arrangement as the agency works on a more standardized approach for launching smallsats. Rocket Lab announced Oct. 6 that NASA selected the company to launch the Advanced Composite Solar Sail System (ACS3) spacecraft on an Electron rocket. The 12-unit cubesat will
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Companies that have demonstrated the technical viability of broadband satellite megaconstellations now face a bigger challenge: closing the business case. In sessions at the Satellite Innovation conference here, industry executives and observers expressed continued skepticism that constellations of hundreds or thousands of low Earth orbit satellites will be able to generate
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Cosmic detector: the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory may have detected gamma rays from “mellow” supermassive black holes. (Courtesy: NASA E/PO, Sonoma State University/Aurore Simonnet) “Mellow” supermassive black holes (SMBHs) at the centres of some galaxies could be the source of mysterious low-energy gamma rays and high-energy neutrinos that have been seen by some observatories, according
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ST. LOUIS – The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency plans to conduct an annual assessment of commercial satellite imagery like the Olympic-themed evaluation the organization conducted earlier this year. “Over the next four to five years, we expect to see 500 remote sensing satellites each year launching into space,” Dave Gauthier, director of NGA’s Commercial and Business
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ST. LOUIS – The National Reconnaissance Office roadmap for bringing commercial satellite imagery into its hybrid space architecture, which includes government and commercial satellites, emphasizes cybersecurity and licenses that allow the agency to share data with partners inside and outside the U.S. government. The NRO already delivers approximately 50,000 commercial images per week that it
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Hans Koenigsmann, one of the first employees of SpaceX and who recently retired from the company, has joined the board of satellite laser communications company Mynaric. Mynaric announced Oct. 6 that Koenigsmann will join the German company’s supervisory board, the equivalent of a board of directors. He will take the place
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Cool vegetation: a study in the Finnish taiga has shown that plants have a cooling effect as temperatures increase. (Courtesy: Kallerna/CC BY-SA 3.0) Researchers in Finland have observed a plant-induced cooling effect in the atmosphere, which strengthens as temperatures increase. The team, led by Taina Yli-Juuti at the University of Eastern Finland, studied the negative
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