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Russia's space agency releases eerie footage of human-like android Fedor

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Russia's space agency has released eerie footage of its human-like android which will board the International Space Station next week. Nicknamed Fedor - which stands for Final Experimental Demonstration Research - the anthropomorphous machine was seen undergoing a battery of stress-tests at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Dubbed Putin's robo-naut, the machine can be seen determining targets and honing in on specific points, such as steering wheels, which will surely come in handy while they're in orbit. The scenes come ahead of its inclusion on the unmanned Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft on 22 August 2019. 'MMA fighter' loses temper and battles two revellers at once In action: Dubbed Putin's robo-naut, the machine can be seen determining targets and honing in on specific points, such as steering wheels, which will surely come in handy while they're in orbit On time: Putin's deputy premier, Dmitry Rogozin, claimed the war in Syria had shown Russia the importance of robots in difficult environments, and promised Fedor would make its space debut in five years - a deadline it will soon meet Fedor stands 6-foot tall, weighs no less than 233 pounds depending on extra equipment, and can lift up to 44 pounds of cargo.


Nasa InSight Mars lander sends back 'beautiful' selfie from red planet's surface

The Independent - Tech

Nasa's brand new Mars lander has sent back the first stunning of the surface of the red planet, taken at the end of a terrifying journey. As well as showing the dusty red ground that is now the InSight lander's home, the photo marks a successful close to a journey that took seven months from Earth, and culminated with a nervy few hours as InSight blasted through the Martian atmosphere. The photograph, which shows the InSight spacecraft in the front and the Martian surface further on, is an incredible look at a world that has killed most of the landers that have tried to journey there. From the International Space Station, Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Terry W. Virts took this photograph of the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Gulf Coast at sunset This image of an area on the surface of Mars, approximately 1.5 by 3 kilometers in size, shows frosted gullies on a south-facing slope within a crater. The image was taken by Nasa's HiRISE camera, which is mounted on its Mars Reconaissance Orbiter The Soyuz TMA-15M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, carrying three new astronauts to the International Space Station.


What Space Camp is like when you go as a grown-up

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In 2018, alas, Space Camp is also the nearest you can get to space tourism. Right now not even $30 million will get you aboard the Soyuz rocket in Kazakhstan, the last functioning launch system that takes people to space, which suffered a catastrophic failure on October 11. Elon Musk's SpaceX, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic: all are developing space tourism offerings. And all seem perpetually five years away from their launch date. Yes, we've seen a lot of important developments in private space flight, such as the fact that both SpaceX and Blue Origin have made their booster rockets reusable by figuring out how to land them after a launch.


Astronauts who crash landed after major launch failure will head back to ISS in same rocket

The Independent - Tech

The two astronauts involved in a crash landing after a Russian launch when wrong will head back up to space in the same rocket. The head of Russia's space agency said that the pair have been provisionally scheduled to fly back to the International Space Station in spring of next year. And his equivalent at Nasa said he had full confidence in the Soyuz rocket, despite the potentially catastrophic failure observed during the latest launch. From the International Space Station, Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Terry W. Virts took this photograph of the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Gulf Coast at sunset This image of an area on the surface of Mars, approximately 1.5 by 3 kilometers in size, shows frosted gullies on a south-facing slope within a crater. The image was taken by Nasa's HiRISE camera, which is mounted on its Mars Reconaissance Orbiter The Soyuz TMA-15M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, carrying three new astronauts to the International Space Station.


Japanese space agency to land Hayabusa-2 spacecraft on asteroid and carry samples back to Earth

The Independent - Tech

The Japanese space agency will land two robots on an asteroid next month – the latest step in historic plans to explore its surface and bring samples back to Earth. The mission to the 1km-wide space rock, known as Ryugu, could provide clues not only to the asteroid's formation but to the formation of our solar system. The Japanese space agency have now selected dates for the deployment of smaller crafts from Hayabusa-2 . From the International Space Station, Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Terry W. Virts took this photograph of the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Gulf Coast at sunset This image of an area on the surface of Mars, approximately 1.5 by 3 kilometers in size, shows frosted gullies on a south-facing slope within a crater. The image was taken by Nasa's HiRISE camera, which is mounted on its Mars Reconaissance Orbiter The Soyuz TMA-15M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, carrying three new astronauts to the International Space Station.


Humanoid robot praises Astana, Kazakh President - The Astana Times

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ASTANA – A humanoid robot named Sophia told a conference of mayors from Silk Road cities July 3 that she loves Astana architecture. "Walking around the city, I fell in love with the unique architecture of your capital, in which the most advanced technologies and innovative methods of city planning in the 21st century are concentrated. I saw a beautiful and dynamic young capital with magnificent buildings," Sophia told the Global Silk Road Cities Mayors Forum. Sofia is equipped with artificial intelligence, visual information processing and facial recognition technology. She can imitate human gestures and facial expressions and can answer certain questions and conduct conversations on predetermined topics.


Soyuz space capsule brings ISS crew back after five month mission

BBC News

Three crew members from the International Space Station (ISS) have arrived safely back on Earth after a mission of more than five months. A Soyuz capsule carrying Russian Anton Shkaplerov, American Scott Tingle and Japan's Norishige Kanai floated down under a red-and-white parachute for a landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. Footage from the Russian space agency Roscosmos showed recovery helicopters circling as the capsule touched down at 18:39 local time (12:39 GMT) on Sunday, sending up a cloud of dust. Anton Shkaplerov, who was the first to be lifted and carried from the capsule, told the camera crew: "We are a bit tired but happy with what we have accomplished and happy to be back on Earth. We are glad the weather is sunny."


Japanese ISS astronaut Kanai lands in Kazakhstan after 5½-month mission

The Japan Times

ZHEZKAZGAN, KAZAKHSTAN – Three crew members of the International Space Station returned to Earth on Sunday after completing a 5½-month mission, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, Norishige Kanai of Japan and Scott Tingle of NASA landed in the Kazakhstan countryside around 6:40 p.m., 3½ hours after detaching from the station. The three had been on the orbital laboratory since mid-December, with Shkaplerov, 46, serving as mission commander from February until he turned over command to American Drew Feustel on Saturday. Kanai, a 41-year-old former Maritime Self-Defense Force doctor, drew international attention for claiming on Twitter to have grown 9 cm taller after three weeks at the space station due to the absence of gravity. He later said he had made a measurement mistake and it had only grown 2 cm.


GraphGrail Ai has Taken Part in the Astana Moneymaking Summit

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The official part of the summit was held in the comfortable halls of the Hilton Astana on the territory of the EXPO complex, where the guests could not only listen to useful reports from successful moneymakers, but also make new acquaintances and negotiate in convenient networking areas. During the summit, topical issues of the cryptocurrency market were raised and answers were given to the most perplexing of questions.


GraphGrail Ai at the Blockchain Conference in Astana

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GraphGrail Ai, the world's first Artificial Intelligence platform for Blockchain built on top of Natural Language Understanding technology with the DApps marketplace, has attended the Blockchain Conference in Astana on the 8th of February.