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Beck teams up with NASA and AI for 'Hyperspace' visual album experience


Grammy award-winning artist Beck took an ethereal journey to the stars for his 2019 record "Hyperspace." Now, he has taken this cosmic journey a giant leap forward in a collaboration with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and artificial intelligence creatives OSK. The result: A visual album experience titled "Hyperspace: A.I. Exploration." The new visual album, unveiled today (Aug. To launch "Hyperspace: A.I. Explorations," Beck premiered a bonus track from "Hyperspace" titled "I Am The Cosmos (42420)," on Aug. 12 on Youtube along with videos for the rest of the songs.

NASA to Use AI in Its Future Rover Missions to Mars And Beyond


Since its initiation, AI has captured the attention of the world owing to its wide range of capabilities. Even NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has been planning to enlist AI for future space exploration and other programs. Recently in June 2020, the American space agency announced that it has been training the system of AI that will aid scientists in their quest to look for signs of ancient life on Mars and other planets and moons. The program will be spearheaded by the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosalind Franklin'ExoMars' rover mission. It will be heading for the red planet in 2022/23, before moving beyond to moons such as Jupiter's Europa, and of Saturn's Enceladus and Titan.

"The 'AI' Cosmos" --Intelligent Algorithms Begin Processing the Universe


This June, 2020, NASA announced that intelligent computer systems will be installed on space probes to direct the search for life on distant planets and moons, starting with the 2022/23 ESA ExoMars mission, before moving beyond to moons such as Jupiter's Europa, and of Saturn's Enceladus and Titan. "This is a visionary step in space exploration." said NASA researcher Victoria Da Poian. "It means that over time we'll have moved from the idea that humans are involved with nearly everything in space, to the idea that computers are equipped with intelligent systems, and they are trained to make some decisions and are able to transmit in priority the most interesting or time-critical information". "When first gathered, the data produced by the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) toaster-sized life-searching instrument will not shout out'I've found life here', but will give us probabilities which will need to be analyzed," says Eric Lyness, software lead in the Planetary Environments Lab at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. "We'll still need humans to interpret the findings, but the first filter will be the AI system".

Bonds between AAAS and Hubble span three decades


On New Year's Day, 1925, Henry Russell, director of the Princeton University Observatory, presented to the joint meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Astronomical Society a research paper that would change humanity's understanding of the Universe and our place in it. Busy with ongoing observations at the Mount Wilson Observatory near Los Angeles, the paper's author, Edwin Hubble, mailed his work to the meeting rather than traveling to Washington, D.C., to present it himself. Using Mount Wilson's 100-inch telescope—the world's largest from 1917 to 1949—Hubble had taken images of the Andromeda Nebula, determining that it is a galaxy of its own, composed of individual stars. The observation proved that our Milky Way does not take up nearly the entire Universe, as many astronomers of the time believed, but instead is one galaxy of many. “This paper is the product of a young man of conspicuous and recognized ability in a field which he has made peculiarly his own,” Russell and Joel Stebbins, secretary of the American Astronomical Society, wrote in a letter to the AAAS Committee on Awards. “It has already expanded one hundred-fold the known volume of the material universe.” Of approximately 1,700 scientists who shared research at the meeting, the committee chose two—Hubble and a zoologist named L. R. Cleveland—to share the 1924 Thousand Dollar Prize, an award honoring the most noteworthy contributions to science presented at the AAAS Annual Meeting each year. Now called the Newcomb Cleveland Prize, the yearly award goes to the author or authors of a particularly impactful paper published in Science . “The Association Prize will never be awarded to a more appreciative student than your present choice,” Hubble wrote to AAAS secretary Burton Livingston in February 1925. “The occasion of the reward, however, must be regarded as a triumph of modern instruments rather than a personal achievement.… This was accomplished by the use of the largest telescopes in existence.” Decades later, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched into Earth orbit an instrument exponentially larger and more precise than anything available to Hubble, and it bore his name. In April 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope became the first major optical telescope to be placed in space. Free from the atmospheric distortion and light pollution faced by land-based telescopes, Hubble has provided data leading to more than 17,000 peer-reviewed publications on topics including star formation, galaxy mergers, and dark matter, the largely unseen mass that occupies most of the Universe. NASA is celebrating a series of the Hubble mission's 30th-anniversary milestones this year, from the launch in April to its “first light” image in May and its observations of Supernova 1987A in August. Throughout the mission's first three decades, AAAS has honored its scientists with awards and fellowships and used their expertise to guide AAAS programs. AAAS and Hubble also overlap in their vision for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) enterprise, as both work to enhance public engagement, educate and diversify the STEM workforce, and foster international collaboration. “Hubble, slam dunk, aligns with almost all of them,” astronomer Kathryn Flanagan said of AAAS's goals. Prior to retiring in March, Flanagan oversaw the Hubble mission as deputy director and interim director of the Baltimore-based Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), a nonprofit science center operated for NASA and responsible for Hubble's science operations and public outreach. She also chaired AAAS's astronomy section in 2016 and was inducted as an elected AAAS fellow this year, the latest of dozens of Hubble-affiliated scientists to receive the honor. “Hubble was, when I assessed it a few years back, contributing as a recommended or required component in half the state departments of education in the U.S.,” Flanagan said, referencing the prevalence of the telescope's findings in public school curricula. “It reached half the public middle school students in the country.” Flanagan also highlighted the Hubble mission's dedication to international collaboration through its partnership with the European Space Agency in development and operations, publicly available archives, research time allotted to scientists from around the world, and a double-anonymous peer-review process, which ensures that unconscious bias does not play a role in determining which research proposals are selected. Many AAAS programs, including Science in the Classroom, the Center for Science Diplomacy, and SEA Change, have a similar focus on science education, international collaboration, and achieving equity in STEM disciplines. Carol Christian, Hubble Space Telescope outreach project scientist at STScI, works to share the mission's discoveries with the world. Christian is part of the Hubble news team, highlighting science results from hundreds of refereed papers each year. Additionally, she leads a program that brings Hubble data to individuals with blindness and visual impairments using 3D printing. Christian also has served as a screener for the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards since 2010. Each year, approximately 70 scientists volunteer to assess the scientific accuracy of the award program's print, digital, and video reporting candidates. Christian said that the review panels consist of researchers from diverse disciplines, including geology and the life sciences. “You learn a lot from the people that are your fellow reviewers,” she said. Prior to working with the Kavli Awards, Christian brought her expertise in satellite imagery to the U.S. Department of State, where she worked from 2003 to 2007 through the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships program, which places more than 250 scientists each year in policy roles across all three branches of the federal government. She enjoyed putting her scientific knowledge to practical use during her time as a fellow. “Suddenly, to be doing something that actually has import—policy may depend on it, economics may depend on it—that was pretty interesting,” Christian said. Margaret Burbidge, an influential astrophysicist who died in April at the age of 100, was perhaps the first scientist to contribute to both the Hubble mission and AAAS. During her term as president of AAAS in 1983, she was on the team that developed the Faint Object Spectrograph, one of the five science instruments on Hubble when it launched. Burbidge and her colleagues designed the instrument to detect the physical and chemical properties of faint objects in galaxies beyond our own, and it provided the first strong observational evidence for the existence of a supermassive black hole in the core of another galaxy. “She was one of the names that we all knew of as pioneers in the field of modern astronomy,” astrophysicist Jennifer Wiseman said following Burbidge's death. “An inspirational person as a brilliant scientist and in particular as a courageous woman scientist who opened up the field for many of us coming later on.” Like Burbidge did for a time, Wiseman works with the Hubble Space Telescope and is also active in AAAS activities. As Hubble's senior project scientist, Wiseman works with a team of scientists and engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to keep the telescope as scientifically productive as possible. Prior to her NASA career, Wiseman served as an American Physical Society congressional science fellow, a role under the umbrella of the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships. She brought her subsequent connection with Hubble to a broad AAAS audience by co-organizing a symposium on the Hubble Space Telescope mission—its scientific discoveries, image processing feats, and future promise—at the AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting, and she has given Hubble overview talks at subsequent AAAS gatherings. Since 2010, Wiseman has also directed the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program, which works to foster communication between scientific and religious communities. “Being an active scientist while attentive to public science engagement helps me to recognize how scientists and the other communities that DoSER works with—including ethicists and religious communities—can better understand each other and our common interests in science, technology, and their positive contributions to society,” Wiseman said. “Astronomy in general gives everyone a sense of humility, awe, wonder, and curiosity,” she added. “I enjoy sharing with many types of public audiences the amazing things we're discovering with telescopes and other scientific facilities. I'm very humbled and encouraged by how such discoveries can inspire deeper discussions of meaning and purpose and of using science to help one another, as we all ask questions together of who we are as human beings in an awesome Universe and how we can use our knowledge to uplift the human spirit.”

NASA's Perseverance rover has launched: It's a stepping stone to send humans to Mars

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In the past few weeks, two different spacecraft have launched to the red planet and on July 30, one more was sent out. After the United Arab Emirates and China successfully launched their spacecraft to Mars earlier this month, the United States has gotten in on the action. United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket, equipped with NASA's Mars Perseverance rover, launched Thursday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Perseverance would be NASA's fifth rover to reach the Martian surface. Perseverance will bring the space agency one step closer in taking humans to Mars – an initiative that's been a long time coming.

Nasa Mars rover: Perseverance robot ready to fly

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The weather in Florida is set fair for the launch of the American space agency's (Nasa) big new Mars rover. The one-tonne Perseverance robot is heading to the Red Planet to search for life and to begin the process of returning rocks to Earth for analysis. An Atlas rocket will send the vehicle on its way from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It'll be the third mission despatched to Mars this month, after launches by the UAE and China. Lift-off is timed for the start of a two-hour window that opens at 07:50 local time (12:50 BST; 11:50 GMT). The cruise to Mars takes seven months.

Nasa Mars launch: Space agency to head to red planet in search of alien life

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Nasa is sending a rover to Mars in the hope of finding evidence of alien life. The next-generation Perseverance rover will liftoff from Florida's Cape Canaveral before arriving at the red planet on Friday, where it look for traces of life that could once have been present on our nearest neighbour. The space agency's mission – which has cost $2.4 billion – will launch at 7.50am local eastern time, or 12.50pm in the UK. The car-sized six-wheeled robotic rover, which will launch atop an Atlas 5 rocket from the Boeing-Lockheed joint venture United Launch Alliance, also is scheduled to deploy a mini helicopter on Mars and test out equipment for future human missions to the fourth planet from the sun. The weather forecast from the Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron put chances of an undisturbed liftoff at 80 percent, reporting a slim chance that thick clouds would form over the launchpad and delay the launch.

NASA prepares to launch SUV-sized Perseverance rover to Mars


NASA is set to launch an SUV-sized rover to Mars on Thursday, July 30 with the hopes of answering one question – is there life on the planet? The Perseverance rover will take flight aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 7:50am ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida and is scheduled to arrive on the Red Planet in February 2021. The descend to Mars has been described as'seven minutes of terror,' but if the rover makes a successful landing it will travel to Jerzo Crater - a region scientist speculate was home to a lake 3.5 billion years ago. Here Perseverance will hunt for'biosignatures' of past microbial life and collect rock core samples in slender, metal tools that will be cached on the Martian surface to be retrieved in 2026 for a return trip to Earth. The prized rover is not making the journey alone, as it will be accompanied by a helicopter named Ingenuity. NASA is comparing this mission'to the Wright brothers moment,' as it will be the first time in history an aerial vehicle has flown on another world.

NASA set to launch robotic rover to seek signs of past Martian life – IAM Network


A replica of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover is shown during a press conference ahead of the launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the rover, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. July 29, 2020. REUTERS/Joe SkipperThe $2.4 billion mission, slated for liftoff at 7:50 a.m. ET (1150 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral, is planned as the U.S. space agency's ninth trek to the Martian surface. The United Arab Emirates and China separately this month launched probes to Mars in displays of their own technological prowess and ambition. Launching atop an Atlas 5 rocket from the Boeing-Lockheed (BA.N) (LMT.N) joint venture United Launch Alliance, the car-sized Perseverance rover is expected to reach Mars next February.

NASA set to launch robotic rover to seek signs of past Martian life

The Japan Times

NASA is set to launch an ambitious mission to Mars on Thursday with the liftoff of its next-generation Perseverance rover, a six-wheeled robot tasked with deploying a mini helicopter, testing out equipment for future human missions and searching for traces of past Martian life. The $2.4 billion mission, slated for liftoff at 7:50 a.m. from Florida's Cape Canaveral, is planned as the U.S. space agency's ninth trek to the Martian surface. The United Arab Emirates and China separately this month launched probes to Mars in displays of their own technological prowess and ambition. Launching atop an Atlas 5 rocket from the Boeing-Lockheed joint venture United Launch Alliance, the car-sized Perseverance rover is expected to reach Mars next February. It is due to land at the base of an 820-foot-deep (250 meters) crater called Jezero, a former lake from 3.5 billion years ago that scientists believe could hold traces of potential past microbial Martian life.