Found: Most Distant Black Hole

Found: Most Distant Black Hole

“ Scientists have uncovered a rare relic from the early universe: the farthest known supermassive black hole. This matter-eating beast is 800 million times the mass of our Sun, which is astonishingly large for its young age. Researchers report the find in the journal Nature. “This black hole grew far larger than we expected in only 690 million years after the …

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Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

“If you tried to start a car that’s been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Wednesday after 37 years without use. Voyager 1, NASA’s farthest and fastest spacecraft, is the only human-made object in interstellar space, the …

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Drone Race: Human Versus Artificial Intelligence

Drone Race: Human Versus Artificial Intelligence

“Drone racing is a high-speed sport demanding instinctive reflexes — but humans won’t be the only competitors for long. Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, put their work to the test recently. Timing laps through a twisting obstacle course, they raced drones controlled by artificial intelligence (A.I.) against a professional human pilot. The race, held …

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Exoplanet Has Smothering Stratosphere Without Water

Exoplanet Has Smothering Stratosphere Without Water

“A NASA-led team has found evidence that the oversized exoplanet WASP-18b is wrapped in a smothering stratosphere loaded with carbon monoxide and devoid of water. The findings come from a new analysis of observations made by the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes. The formation of a stratosphere layer in a planet’s atmosphere is attributed to “sunscreen”-like …

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NASA to Test Advanced Space Wireless Network and Device for Returning Small Spacecraft to Earth

NASA to Test Advanced Space Wireless Network and Device for Returning Small Spacecraft to Earth

_”NASA launched the Technology Educational Satellite, or TechEdSat-6, to the International Space Station on Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Nov. 12. This bread loaf-sized satellite is part of a continuing series to demonstrate the “Exo-Brake” parachute device, advanced communications and wireless sensor networks. _ TechEdSat-6 was released into low-Earth orbit …

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NASA Builds its Next Mars Rover Mission

NASA Builds its Next Mars Rover Mission

” just a few years, NASA’s next Mars rover mission will be flying to the Red Planet. At a glance, it looks a lot like its predecessor, the Curiosity Mars rover. But there’s no doubt it’s a souped-up science machine: It has seven new instruments, redesigned wheels and more autonomy. A drill will capture rock cores, while a …

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Solar System’s First Interstellar Visitor Dazzles Scientists

Solar System’s First Interstellar Visitor Dazzles Scientists

“Astronomers recently scrambled to observe an intriguing asteroid that zipped through the solar system on a steep trajectory from interstellar space-the first confirmed object from another star. Now, new data reveal the interstellar interloper to be a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a somewhat reddish hue. The asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua by its discoverers, is up to one-quarter mile (400 meters) long …

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Lava or Not, Exoplanet 55 Cancri e Likely to have Atmosphere

Lava or Not, Exoplanet 55 Cancri e Likely to have Atmosphere

“Twice as big as Earth, the super-Earth 55 Cancri e was thought to have lava flows on its surface. The planet is so close to its star, the same side of the planet always faces the star, such that the planet has permanent day and night sides. Based on a 2016 study using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope …

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Uber’s ‘flying cars’ could arrive in LA by 2020 — and here’s what it’ll be like to ride one

Uber’s ‘flying cars’ could arrive in LA by 2020 — and here’s what it’ll be like to ride one

“Uber’s “flying car” project Elevate came whizzing back into view today with a number of key announcements about where it will first appear, who will be working on it, and how this futuristic service will look when it ultimately takes off. In a speech at the Web Summit in Lisbon today, Uber’s head of product Jeff Holden announced …

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Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 ‘Eyes’

Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 ‘Eyes’

“When NASA’s Mars Pathfinder touched down in 1997, it had five cameras: two on a mast that popped up from the lander, and three on NASA’s first rover, Sojourner. Since then, camera technology has taken a quantum leap. Photo sensors that were improved by the space program have become commercially ubiquitous. Cameras have shrunk in size, increased in …

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