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Google acquiring Skybox Imaging satellite company

Google acquiring Skybox Imaging satellite company

This week the folks responsible for picking up companies at Google has announced that they’ll be entering outer space with Skybox Imaging. This company is known for its launching of the world’s smallest high-resolution imagine satellite - one of many, we must assume for the future. Google will more than likely use its abilities to push forth services like Google Maps with higher-resolutions images of the world.

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Moon maker: Scientists sift Apollo rocks to figure formation

Moon maker: Scientists sift Apollo rocks to figure formation

The moon may be a mainstay of the night sky, but scientists believe they're one step closer to understanding where it came from with the help of new research into rock samples brought back by Apollo astronauts. Existing theories that a huge impact of an unknown planet with Earth billions of years ago spawned the debris that would later cluster to create the moon was believable, but discrepancies in the science had always left scientists scratching their heads.

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NASA catches vast solar eruption in unprecedented detail

NASA catches vast solar eruption in unprecedented detail

NASA has caught a vast solar eruption - huge outpourings of energy from the sun, exploding at 1.5 million miles per hour - on camera in unprecedented detail, taking advantage of a new satellite. IRIS, or the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, was launched back in June 2013 on a mission to document activity in the lowest levels of the sun's atmosphere, and the new footage - which you can see after the cut - is the first time it has spotted a coronal mass ejection.

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NASA ForceShoes keep tabs on astronaut exercise

NASA ForceShoes keep tabs on astronaut exercise

Exercising is an important part of daily life, more so for astronauts than us gravity-bound folk. To ensure those aboard the International Space Station get exercise that is both extensive and of adequate quality, the space agency has developed a pair of sandals called ForceShoes that are able to measure load.

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Forget Google’s self-driving car: NASA’s Morpheus aces autopilot test

Forget Google’s self-driving car: NASA’s Morpheus aces autopilot test

NASA's pogoing Morpheus spacecraft has been showing off its nighttime landing skills, putting Google's self-driving car to shame by showing how the unmanned pod could set down autonomously on a distant planet. The test was the first time Morpheus had used its self-piloting descent system at night, proving the technology would work even in situations where the surface of a planet or moon might not be visible to the naked eye.

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