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Google Timelapse shows a changing Earth in animated form

Google Timelapse shows a changing Earth in animated form

Google has launched a new project called Timelapse that allows users to see the history of the Earth all the way back to 1984 and view how our planet has changed over the past 28 years. You can view any part of the world, just like in Google Earth, except that Timelapse automatically creates an animated timelapse GIF based on what you're looking at.

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FCC considers using satellite airwaves to provide Internet on commercial aircraft

FCC considers using satellite airwaves to provide Internet on commercial aircraft

Most major airlines around the world have been offering Internet service on flights for a number of years. Selling Internet access to passengers on aircraft has proven to be a nice additional stream of revenue for cash strapped airlines. Typically, providing Internet service on aircraft requires an antenna on the ground.

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Young students aim to be among first to launch small satellite

Young students aim to be among first to launch small satellite

Students at St. Thomas More Cathedral School in Arlington, VA are aiming to be a part of a milestone. The school is looking to become the first K-8 school to launch a "CubeSat" satellite into space. The proposed satellite that the students will build would be four inches long in all directions and would weigh around three pounds.

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Chinese space junk collides with Russian satellite

Chinese space junk collides with Russian satellite

While outer space is vast with distances that are hard for the human mind to comprehend, the space around our planet is becoming quite crowded. There are approximately 900 satellites in orbit around the Earth today and untold amounts of orbiting space junk and debris. The space junk and debris includes things such as defunct satellites, small parts from spacecraft, and satellites that have been purposely destroyed or exploded accidentally.

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Canada launches NEOSSat to keep an eye out for asteroids

Canada launches NEOSSat to keep an eye out for asteroids

More than a few asteroids have neared our planet this year, with some getting pretty close, relatively speaking. This has prompted a variety of theories on how to deal with them, such as laser beams that will evaporate threatening space rock. Less an asteroid sneak up on us, Canada has launched the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite, called NEOSSat for short, which is equipped with a camera to help us keep an eye out for asteroids.

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Dish Network’s chairman says he doesn’t want to kill advertisements, talks about AutoHop

Dish Network’s chairman says he doesn’t want to kill advertisements, talks about AutoHop

Dish Network has been a source of controversy for many months now thanks to its AutoHop commercial-skipping feature, which allows users to automatically skip commercials in DVR recordings. Broadcast networks have stated that such a feature is detrimental to the industry as a whole, which earns quite a bit of revenue through the advertisements. Dish's chairman Charlie Ergen has responded to this criticism in an interview with AllThingsD, stating that he doesn't want to kill commercials.

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NASA launches Landsat 8 into orbit

NASA launches Landsat 8 into orbit

Today, NASA launched the eighth Landsat satellite into space, continuing the tradition of tracking various environmental changes and resource usage around Earth. The Landsat program has been around since 1972, and has been providing quality data of our planet for over four decades now. The satellite officially launched at 1:02 pm ET from from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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DARPA to breathe new life into dead satellites

DARPA to breathe new life into dead satellites

There are a ton of dead satellites currently still orbiting the Earth, but certain parts on these satellites often still work, such as antennas and solar panels. However, there's no method to salvage and reuse these satellite parts once they're launched into space, but DARPA is looking into it, and has launched a new program specifically for recycling old satellite parts.

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Landsat 5, a satellite that has been observing Earth since 1984, to be shutdown

Landsat 5, a satellite that has been observing Earth since 1984, to be shutdown

The United States Geological Survey is poised to shut down the Landsat 5, an observational satellite that has been circling our fair planet since 1984. The announcement comes about 25 years after when the satellite was originally slated for deactivation. During its life span, Landsat 5 has taken over 2.5 million snapshots.

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NASA shows off stunning images of the earth at night

NASA shows off stunning images of the earth at night

Thanks to the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, NASA and the NOAA have released a series of high-quality composite images of the Earth at night time. These images are very high-quality, capturing all sorts of lights, including wildfires and even lights on boats. They've been compiled into a video as well, allowing you to view a 360-spinning model of the Earth at night, which you can view on the NASA website.

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Judge rejects request to block Dish AutoHop and PrimeTime Anytime

Judge rejects request to block Dish AutoHop and PrimeTime Anytime

Ah, commercials. They're convenient for those times you want to grab more snacks without missing any of your show, and maddening when you just want to watch TV without seemingly endless commercials. Dish Network offers two features via its Hopper Whole-Home DVR that allows users to record shows and skip commercials. Fox tried to block these features, but a judge has ruled in Dish's favor.

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SpaceX Dragon engine loss had consequences for Orbcomm OG2 satellite

SpaceX Dragon engine loss had consequences for Orbcomm OG2 satellite

The SpaceX Dragon capsule is currently on the way to the International Space Station, but today we found out that the launch didn't exactly go as smoothly as planned. A little over one minute into the launch, the Falcon 9 rocket lost one of its engines. We were told that this little issue won't affect the mission to the ISS, but now Orbcomm is saying that the engine loss had some unintended consequences for the launch of one of its OG2 telecommunications satellites.

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