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AI Astronaut: CIMON World's First Flying AI Assistant into ISS


There was a time where astronauts on the International Space Station were all alone. But with the advent of Artificial Intelligence, now they feel less lonely. Crew Interactive MObileCompanioN (CIMON) is an AI Astronaut Assistant that is developed by German space agency DLR, Airbus, and IBM. The project lead for this first free-flying AI astronaut, Matthias Biniok, was approached for this big project in 2016. Their main aim, was to build a robot and send it into space for providing assistance.

Artificial intelligence improves prediction of solar storms


In the current "space weather" study, an international team headed by the Central Institute of Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) and the Institute for Space Research (IWF) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences was able to create static solar wind models using new machine learning – combining algorithms and thus improving space weather forecasting. June 17, 2021 – Space weather not only ensures remarkable light processes, also known as polar lights, but can also have a huge impact on our modern technologies. So-called geomagnetic storms, for example, can have a significant impact on power supplies, GPS and other communications systems that our modern society depends on. The expansion of our space programs and the increasing human presence in space, such as the International Space Station or soon again on the Moon, require an accurate prediction of the solar wind. The solar wind is a stream of charged particles that spreads from our central star into space and also hits the Earth's magnetic field.

Russia and China reveal their roadmap to build a base on the MOON

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Russia and China have committed to work together on a moon base and lunar space station, but it will not be ready to house astronauts until at least 2036, the two countries said. Known as the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS), it will consist of a surface moon base and station in lunar orbit, with construction expected to start in 2026. The two nations have asked other international agencies to join them in the project, which will also include rovers and'hopping robots' to aid eventual inhabitants. NASA is working with the European Space Agency (ESA), as well as Canada and Japan on the Lunar Gateway, a modular crewed space station designed to operate in orbit around the moon and help astronauts reach the lunar surface from 2024. While Russia and China are working together on the moon, the two will compete in low Earth orbit, with both planning their own space station to rival the International Space Station (ISS).

Nasa says newly discovered 'weird' planet with 'unknown' atmosphere is remarkably similar to Earth

The Independent - Tech

A'weird' planet recently discovered has excited scientists in their hunt for extraterrestial life. Researchers from Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of New Mexico discovered exoplanet TOI-1231 b orbiting an M dwarf star – otherwise known as a red dwarf. Scientists were able to characterise that star, and measure both the radius and the mass of TOI-1231 b. This then gave them the necessary data to calculate density, and hypothesise what the atmosphere is made of. The planet, a temperate sub-Neptune sized body with a 24-day orbit, is eight times closer to its star than the Earth is to the sun, but its temperature is similar to our home planet because the red dwarf itself is less potent. Its atmosphere is approximately 330 Kelvin or 140 degrees Fahrenheit, making TOI-1231b one of the coolest, small exoplanets accessible for atmospheric studies discovered yet.

NASA picks Venus for two new robotic missions

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

NASA is returning to Venus, our closest yet perhaps most overlooked neighbor, after decades of exploring other worlds. Bill Nelson, NASA's new administrator, on Wednesday announced two new robotic missions to the solar system's hottest planet. (June 2)

NASA marks Perseverance's 100th day on Mars in tweet celebrating its biggest achievements

Daily Mail - Science & tech

NASA's Perseverance celebrated its 100th Martian day on Tuesday since the rover put its massive wheels in the dusty landscape of the Red Planet on February 18. Perseverance, nicknamed Perky, has since hit a number of milestones that could not only help NASA find life, but also pave the way for humans to one-day walk on Mars. These achievements include recording sounds on Mars, making oxygen using carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and sending back more than 75,000 pictures of the Martian world. The car-sized vehicle also helped the US space agency fly the first powered drone, Ingenuity, on another world and is currently on a mission, exploring the Jezero Crater, to find signs of ancient microbial life. World's first all-electric AI speedboat appears to float Dominique Samuels claims it's'psychotic' to unfriend an anti-vaxxer NASA's Perseverance celebrated its 100th Martian day on Tuesday since the rover put its massive wheels in the dusty landscape of the Red Planet on February 18 Perseverance embarked on its 239 million-mile journey to Mars on July 30, 2020 from Florida's Space Coast facility. Strapped atop an Atlas V-541 rocket, the rover and its travel companion, Ingenuity, took off from Launch Complex 41 at 4:50am ET. NASA held a live briefing on February 18, as the world waited to learn if the rover and helicopter survived the'seven minutes of terror.'

Space debris rips holes into the International Space Station

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Scientists track over 23,000 objects in low-Earth orbit to avoid collisions with satellites and the International Space Station.

Space debris punctures International Space Station's robotic arm

The Independent - Tech

The International Space Station has been hit with a piece of orbital debris, leaving a sizeable hole in its 17 metre-long robotic arm. Experts from the Canadian Space Agency and Nasa found the puncture during a routine inspection of Canadarm2. The arm performs station maintenance, moves supplies – and even astronauts – and performs "cosmic catches" by grappling visiting crafts and bringing them to the ISS. The inspection, which took place on 12 May, found that the puncture came from a piece of space debris that was too small to be tracked – which accounts for rock or dust particles to flecks of paint from satellites, the CSA says. Any object the size of a football or larger can be tracked.

ISS' Robotic Arm Damaged After Getting Hit By Orbital Debris

International Business Times

An important part of the International Space Station (ISS) been damaged after getting hit by orbital debris. The damage doesn't appear to be substantial, but it shows the threat posed by such "junk." The damage was discovered during an inspection of the ISS' Canadarm2 on May 12, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) said in a statement. Canadarm2 is the CSA's contribution to the ISS and is essentially a robotic arm that performs various important tasks, from moving supplies and even astronauts to grabbing visiting vehicles then berthing them to the ISS. Images of the hit show small damage, but it was quite a "lucky strike," considering that Canadarm2 only has a diameter of 14 inches.

Mars: Nasa's Perseverance rover's first 100 days in pictures

BBC News

Since touching down on 18 February, the robot has captured some amazing images from around its landing site, Jezero Crater, a 49km (30 mile) wide impact depression just north of the Red Planet's equator.