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SpaceX launches Taiwan's first home-built satellite

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The Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, which is SpaceX's twelfth launch of the year - and the company has eight more planned SpaceX has now launched 12 rockets this year. This launch is a milestone because it is the first space program for which the National Space Organization (NSPO) takes full responsibility for the complete satellite system engineering design, including the payloads. Cameras mounted on the rocket showed it touch down, upright, on a drone ship named'Just Read the Instructions.' Cameras mounted on the rocket showed it touch down, upright, on a drone ship named'Just Read the Instructions.'


SpaceX Dragon delivers scientific bounty to ISS

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A SpaceX shipment arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, delivering a bonanza of science experiments. NASA astronaut Jack Fischer used the space station's hefty robot arm to grab the Dragon 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Pacific, near New Zealand. A SpaceX shipment arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, delivering a bonanza of science experiments. NASA astronaut Jack Fischer used the space station's hefty robot arm to grab the Dragon 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Pacific, near New Zealand She's due back at the beginning of September.


Beyond HAL: How artificial intelligence is changing space systems - SpaceNews.com

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It currently takes the Mars Science Laboratory team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory eight hours to plan daily activities for the Curiosity rover before sending instructions through NASA's over-subscribed Deep Space Network. Last year, Curiosity began using software called Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science that combines computer vision with machine learning to select rocks and soil samples to investigate based on criteria determined by scientists. "Scientists on the mission have been excited about this because in the past they had to look at images, pick targets, send up commands and wait for data," said Kiri Wagstaff, a researcher in JPL's Machine Learning and Instrument Autonomy Group. NASA crews will spend far less time learning to operate the spacecraft than preparing to conduct microgravity research and maintain the orbiting outpost, said Chris Ferguson, the former space shuttle commander who directs crew and mission operations for Boeing's CST-100 Starliner program.


SpaceX to launch super-computer to space

Daily Mail

Elon Musk's SpaceX is poised to launch an unmanned cargo ship carrying a supercomputer to the International Space Station (ISS) today. Messages from Mars to Earth would be delayed from between four minutes to 24 minutes one-way, depending on the distance between the planets, according to the European Space Agency. As astronauts travel millions of miles away, communications will become increasingly delayed, meaning supercomputers will become key to directing missions. Messages from Mars to Earth would be delayed from between four minutes to 24 minutes one-way, depending on the distance between the planets, according to the European Space Agency.


SpaceX poised to send supercomputer, Parkinson's experiment gear to ISS

The Japan Times

MIAMI – SpaceX is poised to launch an unmanned cargo ship toward the International Space Station Monday, including a supercomputer that could direct astronauts on future deep-space missions. The liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Dragon cargo ship, is planned for 12:31 p.m. (1631 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Dragon is packed with 6,400 pounds (2,900 kg) of supplies, including a sophisticated supercomputer made by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), called The Spaceborne Computer. Another experiment on board is designed to help scientists study Parkinson's disease in greater detail in the hopes of finding better treatments for this degenerative disease.


NASA Has Big Plans for AI on Mars and Beyond

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These are two examples of how NASA hopes to use artificial intelligence. This bot-friendly future stands counter to some of the fuss in the press this past week, after Facebook shut down an experiment because two artificially intelligent bots began communicating in a shorthand language instead of English. In the future, he said, NASA astronauts could work with more intelligent robots on Mars, with the robots scouting sites and telling humans the most interesting locations to survey. "NASA is very risk-adverse [about crewed missions]," said Chien, who is technical group supervisor of the artificial intelligence group at JPL.


Space Station gets new floating robo-camera ball

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has unveiled the first images captured by its spherical camera drone on the International Space Station. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has unveiled the first images captured by its spherical camera drone on the International Space Station. The camera ball uses 3D printed internal and external components, and uses drone technology such as Miniaturized Attitude Control Sensors and Actuators in an'All-in-one Module.' The camera ball uses 3D printed internal and external components, and uses drone technology such as Miniaturized Attitude Control Sensors and Actuators in an'All-in-one Module.'


Meet the International Space Station's adorable camera drone

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Astronauts on board the International Space Station have a new robotic companion to play around with. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released the first images shot by the "Int-Ball," a spherical camera that floats around alongside the rest of the crew. JAXA says crew members spend 10 percent of their working hours with a camera in hand, photographing work or equipment that requires further evaluation. A floating camera drone could, in theory, alleviate the crew of that responsibility, giving them more time to conduct experiments and carry out repairs.


Flight plan for Apollo 13 mission goes on sale for £30,000

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Apollo 13 was to be the third mission to land on the moon, but just under 56 hours into flight, an oxygen tank explosion forced the crew to cancel the lunar landing and move into the Aquarius lunar module to return back to Earth. The drama that unfolded during the Apollo 13 mission was re-told in the Hollywood film starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon as Swigert and the late Bill Paxton as Haise. The flight plan for the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission which had to be drastically altered following the'Houston, we have had a problem' emergency on board has been unearthed The Apollo 13 mission which set off on April 11, 1970 was meant to culminate in a third moon landing, with Lovell and Haise voyaging to the lunar surface while Swigert orbited in the command module Odyssey. But just under 56 hours into the mission, an oxygen tank explosion resulted in a major loss of electrical power to the command and service module, forcing the crew to cancel the lunar landing and move into the Aquarius lunar module.


Nasa speaks out over 'Anonymous' video claiming it is about to reveal aliens

The Independent

It also took caviar, ready for the satellite's inhabitants to celebrate the holidays X-rays stream off the sun in this image showing observations from by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) This near-infrared color image shows a specular reflection, or sunglint, off of a hydrocarbon lake named Kivu Lacus on Saturn's moon Titan Although Mimas and Pandora, shown here, both orbit Saturn, they are very different moons. Mimas (246 miles or 396 kilometers across), a "medium-sized" moon, formed into a sphere due to self-gravity imposed by its higher mass An X1.6 class solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun in this image taken 10 September, captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory An image from Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows a 200,000 mile long solar filament ripping through the Sun's corona in September 2013 An image of the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy seen in infrared light by the Herschel Space Observatory. Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope has unveiled in stunning detail a small section of the Veil Nebula - expanding remains of a massive star that exploded about 8,000 years ago Four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with colour data from the Ralph instrument to create this enhanced colour global view of Pluto The HiRISE camera aboard Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this closeup image of a "fresh" (on a geological scale, though quite old on a human scale) impact crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars. "And as we know from experience, NASA's scientific discoveries of today continually drive impactful research for tomorrow that goes far beyond the initial observations."