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SpaceX confirms $1bn Google investment

SpaceX confirms $1bn Google investment

SpaceX has confirmed its new funding round, with Google and Fidelity splashing $1bn to grab a chunk of Elon Musk's rocket company. Rumors of the planned investment began yesterday, with Google said to be particularly keen on working on satellite internet services after its own project to blanket the planet with broadband in a similar fashion fell through in 2014. The deal will see Google and Fidelity together holding just short of 10-percent of SpaceX, valuing it at around $10bn in total.

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The largest ever Hubble photo shows Andromeda’s glory

The largest ever Hubble photo shows Andromeda’s glory

Taking high-resolution photos of your neighbors is usually frowned upon, but not when the neighbor in question is the Andromeda galaxy and the camera is the Hubble Space Telescope. NASA has shared the sharpest large composite image ever taken of the sprawling mass of stars, space dust, and more, a vast 1.5 billion pixels that together cover a 61,000 light year long section of the galaxy. It's a shot that gets more and more involving even as you zoom in closer, but NASA is hoping that it will do more than just amaze people.

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NASA releases Ceres shots as Dawn nears dwarf planet

NASA releases Ceres shots as Dawn nears dwarf planet

NASA has shared its newest photos of distant dwarf planet Ceres, the next destination for the long-traveling Dawn spacecraft as it continues its nearly two-decade mission. The 590 mile wide planet is just 27 pixels across in Ceres' first snapshot, beamed back to Earth as the exploring spaceship makes its approach, but that's still enough to help guide the craft into orbit. Meanwhile, the quality will only increase as the distance from the mysterious planet shrinks: NASA says that the next scheduled photos will be the best shots of Ceres ever seen by human eyes.

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Opera singer Sarah Brightman to spend ten days on the ISS

Opera singer Sarah Brightman to spend ten days on the ISS

If you aren't a fan of British opera singers, you might not recognize the name Sarah Brightman. She is a 54-year-old soprano singer who started singing on stage in Phantom of the Opera. Word has surfaced that the singer is currently in training for an out of this world trip- literally. Brightman has reportedly spent a whopping $52 million to spend ten days in space on the ISS.

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Sid Meier’s Starships once again takes to the stars

Sid Meier’s Starships once again takes to the stars

Sid Meier is a name that is quickly associated with turn-based strategy and world building games, most of which take place on our beloved planet Earth. But after Civilization: Beyond Earth, itself seen as a "spiritual successor" of Sid Meier's own Alpha Centauri run, the acclaimed game designer seems to be turning his gaze skyward once more. Firaxis has just announced what is bound to be its next hit title, Starships, which unambiguously revolves around the development of your own star fleet and, perhaps, the formation of your own interstellar federation.

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Google said close to $1bn SpaceX investment

Google said close to $1bn SpaceX investment

Google is reportedly near to splashing a considerable amount of cash on SpaceX, Elon Musk's ambitious space exploration company, as part of a funding round that would value the company at more than $10bn. SpaceX has already begun running unmanned resupply missions to the International Space Station, and is currently testing reusable rocket technology that could potentially slash the cost of putting people, satellites, and other cargo into orbit, or even further beyond, such as a manned mission to Mars that Musk continues to promise. According to insiders, with Google's own space plans stumbling, the next best thing is a slice of SpaceX.

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NASA spots the Mars lander lost for a decade

NASA spots the Mars lander lost for a decade

It was the little space explorer that astronomers forgot, the Beagle 2 Mars Lander that went silent back in 2003 and has never spoken up since, but thanks to NASA's eye-in-the-sky has now been found again. Scientists at the European Space Agency had resigned themselves to never knowing the fate of Beagle 2, which landed on the red planet as part of the Mars Express mission but then failed to respond after touchdown on December 25, 2003. New shots from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, however, have revealed the final resting place of the lander, as well as tantalizing details about quite how far into its mission it actually made it.

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SpaceX rocket crashes and explodes on landing at sea

SpaceX rocket crashes and explodes on landing at sea

SpaceX has been performing very well with its rockets and Dragon spacecraft delivering supplies to the ISS for NASA. So far, most of those trips have gone off without a hitch. SpaceX has an ambitious plan that would allow it to capture those first stage rockets and reuse them to make the cost of sending cargo and people into space more affordable.

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Richard Branson plans to launch 648 small satellites for broadband

Richard Branson plans to launch 648 small satellites for broadband

Virgin Galactic CEO Richard Branson has announced that he wants to launch an entire constellation of small satellites into space that will be used to deliver broadband connectivity. The satellites will be used by a company called OneWeb to deliver broadband to millions of users around the world who don't currently have access to broadband internet. To start with 648 satellites would be launched.

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ISS crew to return to US sector: no ammonia detected

ISS crew to return to US sector: no ammonia detected

Early this morning, a potential ammonia leak on the International Space Station forced a trio of astronauts to move from the US segment of the ISS into the Russian segment, sealing off the US segment in the process until further data could be collected. An alarm had been triggered that could have indicated an ammonia leak, and in addition the ISS's protection software proceeded to shut down one of a pair of redundant cooling loops. Fortunately, all has ended well.

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