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NASA's newest supersonic jet will NOT have a front window

Daily Mail - Science & tech

NASA is currently working on a supersonic plane shaped like a pencil which doesn't have a front-facing window for the pilot to look out of. This seemingly flawed concept will be mitigated by the installation of a 4K ultra high resolution TV screen showing a live feed from two cameras mounted on the front of the plane. The system is called the eXternal Visibility System (XVS) and will combine terrain data and visual input to create a comprehensive image of the plane's location. Known formally as the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST), it has garnered the nickname'son of concord' and could be ready for test fights by 2021 and could one day fly from London to New York in just three hours. The pilot's lack of a window will be solved by the installation of a 4K ultra high resolution TV (artist's impression, pictured) screen showing a live feed from two cameras mounted on the front of the plane NASA is currently working on a supersonic plane shaped like a pencil which doesn't have a front-facing window for the pilot to look out of (pictured).


NASA's InSight lander is gearing up to help rescue a instrument trapped beneath Mars' surface

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NASA is gearing up for a rescue operation that they hope will save a critical instrument on its Mars lander that remains trapped just centimeters below the surface. In March, after less than a year on Mars' surface, NASA's InSight Lander reported that a critical instrument -- a'mole' probe that is designed to burrow into the planet and assess heat emissions -- hit a snag. For several months, the probe, which was meant to bore 16 feet downward, has been trapped just 30 centimeters beneath the planet's surface after less than a month into its burrowing process. A newly devised plan, however, could extricate the probe once and for all. NASA's InSight probe will try to save a critical instrument that is trapped beneath Mars' surface.


Space poll: Americans prefer averting asteroids over Mars missions

Christian Science Monitor | Science

Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon or on to Mars, a poll shows. The poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, released Thursday, one month before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, lists asteroid and comet monitoring as the No. 1 desired objective for the United States space program. About two-thirds of Americans call that very or extremely important, and about a combined 9 in 10 say it's at least moderately important. The poll comes as the White House pushes to get astronauts back on the moon, but only about a quarter of Americans said moon or Mars exploration by astronauts should be among the space program's highest priorities. About another third called each of those moderately important.


Asteroid watch more urgent than Mars trip for Americans: AP-NORC poll

The Japan Times

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA - Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon or on to Mars, a poll shows. The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, released Thursday, one month before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, lists asteroid and comet monitoring as the No. 1 desired objective for the U.S. space program. About two-thirds of Americans call that very or extremely important, and about a combined 9 in 10 say it's at least moderately important. The poll comes as the White House pushes to get astronauts back on the moon, but only about a quarter of Americans said moon or Mars exploration by astronauts should be among the space program's highest priorities. About another third called each of those moderately important.


Asteroids, research, robots: Poll shows Americans don't want a space program focused on moon

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon or on to Mars, a poll shows. The poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, released Thursday, one month before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, lists asteroid and comet monitoring as the No. 1 desired objective for the U.S. space program. About two-thirds of Americans call that very or extremely important, and about a combined 9 in 10 call it at least moderately important. The poll comes as the White House pushes to get astronauts back on the moon, but only about a quarter of Americans said moon or Mars exploration by astronauts should be among the space program's highest priorities. About another third called each of those moderately important.


Asteroid Bennu up close: NASA's Osiris-REx snaps detailed images of the oddly-shaped object

Daily Mail - Science & tech

NASA's Osiris-REx spacecraft has made its closest approach yet to an asteroid 1.4 billion miles from Earth. The probe dipped down to just .4 According to NASA, this put it in position to break the record for'the closest distance a spacecraft has orbited a body in the solar system.' Stunning new images from after the maneuver now reveal a close look at the boulders and craters dotting the surface of the distant object. The close-up image shared this week by NASA was captured on the 13th, showing Bennu half sunlit and half in shadow from the spacecraft's view. At the time, Osiris-REx was .4


NASA is investing in technology that could help mine asteroids and the moon for precious resources

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NASA says its presence on the moon won't just be for show. With new technology, the agency hopes to mine natural resources on the lunar surface as well as reachable asteroids. Through NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, the agency said it will begin to explore the feasibility of robotic rovers and mining technology that could make space mining a reality. To do so, it has green-lit two mission concepts this month. NASA wants to get a jump-start on mining in space with a tandem of proposals that would develop future technology.


How Will We Get to the Singularity? Sci-Fi Author Vernor Vinge Singularity University

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Landslide Geohazard Assessment With Convolutional Neural Networks Using Sentinel-2 Imagery Data

arXiv.org Machine Learning

In this paper, the authors aim to combine the latest state of the art models in image recognition with the best publicly available satellite images to create a system for landslide risk mitigation. We focus first on landslide detection and further propose a similar system to be used for prediction. Such models are valuable as they could easily be scaled up to provide data for hazard evaluation, as satellite imagery becomes increasingly available. The goal is to use satellite images and correlated data to enrich the public repository of data and guide disaster relief efforts for locating precise areas where landslides have occurred. Different image augmentation methods are used to increase diversity in the chosen dataset and create more robust classification. The resulting outputs are then fed into variants of 3-D convolutional neural networks. A review of the current literature indicates there is no research using CNNs (Convolutional Neural Networks) and freely available satellite imagery for classifying landslide risk. The model has shown to be ultimately able to achieve a significantly better than baseline accuracy.


NASA's Curiosity rover discovers clay on the surface of Mars

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Clay discovered on Mars that formed when soil mixed with water may give crucial clues to life that once lived on the now-barren planet billions of years ago. NASA's six-wheeled Curiosity rover has discovered the material on the martian surface beforehand - but never in such large quantities. Curiosity marked the occasion with an impressive selfie via its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), a camera on the end of the rover's robotic arm. NASA's six-wheeled robot has found clay on the martian surface beforehand but never before in such large quantities. It was also marked with an impressive selfie of the Curiosity rover via its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), a camera on the end of the rover's robotic arm (pictured) The momentous discovery was made in an area aptly known as the'clay-bearing unit' on the incline at the base of Mount Sharp, a 3.4 mile-high (4.5km) mountain.