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Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19bn, NASA’s budget for 2014: $17bn

Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19bn, NASA’s budget for 2014: $17bn

This afternoon Facebook announced that they’d be acquiring the whole of the app ecosystem called WhatsApp for a cool $19 billion USD. This purchase price includes $4 billion in cash, Facebook shares worth $12 billion, and a cool $3 billion in restricted stock units (RSUs) that will go to both WhatsApp’s founders and employees - these stock units will vest over four years once this deal is closed. Meanwhile YouTube personality Marques Brownlee made note of a very interesting realization soon after the Facebook announcement was made - NASA’s entire budget for 2014 is less than $18 billion.

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NASA captures Supernova star secrets on camera

NASA captures Supernova star secrets on camera

NASA has captured the first images of a star's supernova remains, having snapped the burst of radioactive material from the death hundreds of years ago of a star at least eight times larger our own sun. Images from the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) show Cassiopeia A (Cas A), the remains of a huge star, that consists of a "dense stellar corpse" surrounded by the ejected remains. Light from the explosion itself first reached Earth hundreds of years back, NASA says.

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That huge Earth-skimming asteroid? We lost it

That huge Earth-skimming asteroid? We lost it

An asteroid roughly the size of three football pitches that was expected to hurtle past Earth last night has been lost by astronomers, after attempts to track 2000 EM26 during its 27,000 mph fly-by were scuppered by frozen telescopes. The space rock was on course to pass Earth at a distance of around 1.62 million miles, close enough to earn it the classification of "Near Earth Object" (NEO) though not, NASA and researchers were keen to point out, any sort of suggestion that our planet might be in danger. Unfortunately, now they can't find it again.

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Huge asteroid to whip past Earth tonight as NASA warns of space rocks

Huge asteroid to whip past Earth tonight as NASA warns of space rocks

An asteroid 885 feet across and traveling at 27,000 mph will hurtle past Earth later today, with the close - astronomically speaking - fly-by of the space rock named 2000 EM26 reignites NASA warnings into how aware we are of potentially dangerous debris near our planet. Dubbed a Near Earth Object (NEO), 2000 EM26 will pass around 0.018 AU (roughly 1.62m miles) from Earth, with astronomers insisting that the planet is under no threat; streaming video from remote-controlled telescopes will be available to track its flight.

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Google’s Planetary Ventures picked to lease historic NASA Hangar One

Google’s Planetary Ventures picked to lease historic NASA Hangar One

NASA has picked Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures as its "preferred" company to manage iconic Hangar One at Moffett Federal Airfield, despite concerns that arguments over Google's fleet of private jets would sour the deal. The lease, if finalized, will see Hangar One refurbished and put to new use; currently, the site is managed by NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, but rocketing maintenance costs had seen it face potential demolition.

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NASA WASP system allows planetary scientists to use balloons as observation platforms

NASA WASP system allows planetary scientists to use balloons as observation platforms

Scientists have long used balloons to carry certain types of telescopes way up into the air to the stratosphere to get a better view of whatever they are trying to look at. The less atmosphere between the telescope and the target planet, the better the image quality and scientific measurements are for scientists. This is one reason why many observatories are positioned at high elevations.

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