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NASA website shares new daily photos of Earth

NASA website shares new daily photos of Earth

Following the release of a handful of new images of Earth taken by NASA's DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory) satellite over the past few months, the space agency has launched a new section of its website that showcases daily photos of our "blue marble." The website, found at epic.gsfc.nasa.gov, will post 12 new photos per day, all taken of the Earth over the last 24 hours as it rotates. The images are all taken by DSCOVR's camera, known as EPIC, or Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera.

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ThumbSats can carry experiments into near-Earth orbit for normal people

ThumbSats can carry experiments into near-Earth orbit for normal people

Part of the challenge in getting smaller science experiments into space is the cost of a rocket launch. A new type of satellite has been built called the ThumbSat that is small enough at it could be crammed into the nooks and crannies of a launch vehicle potentially making a launch cheaper. Early next year 20 of the ThumbSats will be launched and will beam data to earth via a network of 50 listening stations around the world.

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Facebook to bring broadband internet access to Africa via satellite

Facebook to bring broadband internet access to Africa via satellite

Shortly after Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg pledged to help the UN in bringing internet access to refugee camps, the social network has announced it will bring broadband internet to sub-Saharan Africa thanks to a partner ship with Eutelsat, a French satellite operator. As the latest effort under Facebook's Internet.org initiative, a satellite will bring internet access to over 14 nations in the most populated areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Boeing’s all-electric propulsion satellite begins operation

Boeing’s all-electric propulsion satellite begins operation

The world's first all-electric propulsion satellite, built by Boeing, has officially entered operations, the company has revealed. The ABS-3A 702SP (small platform) satellite, first launched into space back in March, serves as a telecommunications satellite and was given to its owners on August 31st. Boeing built the satellite for ABS, a telecommunications company in Bermuda, which says it will be used to provide service to North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

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NASA building microsatellites to better track & predict hurricanes

NASA building microsatellites to better track & predict hurricanes

In an effort to prevent a reoccurrence of the Hurricane Katrina disaster from ten years ago, NASA is currently working on project that will see satellites used to observe hurricanes from space, and improve forecasts of their movements. The mission is called CYGNSS (Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System), and relies on eight microsatellites — as opposed to one, large satellite — working in a group. Together, they will be the first such crafts to be able to frequently look into the inner core of an active storm.

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EPFL plans satellite that gobbles space junk like Pac-Man handles ghosts

EPFL plans satellite that gobbles space junk like Pac-Man handles ghosts

Swiss space agency EPFL has revealed its plans to help clean up space debris like old satellites with a new Pac-Man-like solution called "CleanSpace One." The mission will involve a new satellite that will capture small pieces of orbiting junk through the use of a net. The idea actually came about as a solution to EPFL's first satellites, the small SwissCubes launched five years ago, that need to be collected so they don't pose further threats to other satellites or astronauts.

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Google Earth celebrates 10 year anniversary, adds ‘Voyager’ feature

Google Earth celebrates 10 year anniversary, adds ‘Voyager’ feature

Ten years ago, today, Google unveiled Google Earth, a magical way to explore the world and surroundings with the click of a mouse. In that time, Google has come a long way, expanding its scenic views via Street View cars and treks. To celebrate, Google Earth is introducing a new feature, Voyager. It's a new layer for Earth that lets you visually explore the world through new and interesting images. Voyager is only available for Google Earth desktop users, but the images are breathtaking, so you'll enjoy seeing them on a bigger screen

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NASA will launch CubeSats as part of next year’s Mars mission

NASA will launch CubeSats as part of next year’s Mars mission

NASA has announced that when it launches a stationary lander next year as part of its Mars effort, it will include a pair of CubeSats. This will mark the first time CubeSats have been flown into deep space, says the space agency, and a success will demonstrate that the technology is able to rapidly transmit data about the status of the primary spacecraft destined for Mars. The CubeSats were both built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and will fly independent of the InSight lander, which will land on Mars next September.

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SpaceX applies for FCC approval of space Internet plans

SpaceX applies for FCC approval of space Internet plans

We are really veering dangerously close to Skynet, this time a literal interpretation of that name. SpaceX has finally gone official with its ambition to put a swarm of low-orbiting satellites around the earth to deliver Internet where no carrier has gone before. And also where carriers profit. The company has filed an FCC application, marking the formal start of the road towards its dreams. If approved, SpaceX plans to start test next year. Barring any disastrous setbacks, its space Internet service could go live by 2020.

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Facebook ditches plan to send satellite into space

Facebook ditches plan to send satellite into space

Many of the major tech companies that rely on the internet for users to take advantage of their service are focused on getting people online in areas where broadband is traditionally lacking. Getting the next billion internet users online is a big area of focus for Google. Facebook is also interested in getting as many people online as possible. The more people who use the web around the world, the more users Facebook gains and the more revenue it can potentially generate.

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FTC charges DirecTV with fraud for misleading customers

FTC charges DirecTV with fraud for misleading customers

DirecTV has been charged by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for misleading customers. The advertising in question was DirecTV's 12-month discount package. The plan was advertised as costing only $19.95, but obscured from customers was the fact that a 2-year contract was needed to get deal. Even more astounding is that the FTC alleges that DirecTV charged customers for premium channels after a 3-month trial period, and DirecTV never told customers that they needed to cancel these channels in order to avoid being charged automatically.

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Delta to improve in-flight WiFi with faster satellite-based system

Delta to improve in-flight WiFi with faster satellite-based system

Airline Wi-Fi is notoriously slow, it's easy to get frustrated when online games like Words with Friends are inaccessible at 35,000 ft. There is nothing worse than a long flight when the Wi-Fi that you've paid a premium for can't deliver anything but video that never stops buffering. Long flights will be getting more bearable because Delta is planning to improve its Wi-Fi service's broadband speed and coverage by switching to the Gogo's new 2ku satellite service. This will replace their older Gogo Wi-Fi which was said by frequent-flyers to have speed and coverage availability issues.

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