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Elon Musk reveals how SpaceX Starlink customers will get online

Elon Musk reveals how SpaceX Starlink customers will get online

SpaceX's Starlink satellite constellation may be starting to take shape in orbit, but we're only just starting to find out what the user-experience of the internet service will be like down on the ground. Elon Musk's ambitious plan to build a network of satellites tens of thousands in number will eventually, if the plan pans out, deliver internet connections to areas previously underserved by ISPs or offline altogether.

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Gravitational ripples from a pair of colliding neutron stars detected

Gravitational ripples from a pair of colliding neutron stars detected

Caltech researchers are reporting that the LIGO Livingston Observatory has picked up what appears to be gravitational ripples from the collision of a pair of neutron stars. LIGO Livingston is part of the gravitational-wave network that incudes LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) funded by the National Science Foundation, and the European Virgo detector.

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NASA’s TESS discovers first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone

NASA’s TESS discovers first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone

NASA has used the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) to find exoplanets since the mission launched. The goal is to discover exoplanets that might be orbiting stars in their habitable zone to search for habitable worlds and potentially extraterrestrial life. TESS has found its first Earth-sized planet that is in a star's habitable zone.

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NASA and Boeing will form a team to investigate Starliner glitch

NASA and Boeing will form a team to investigate Starliner glitch

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has published an update on the failed Boeing Orbital Flight Test, revealing that the space agency is working with the private company to launch a joint independent team to investigate what went wrong. The people on this team will be tasked with looking into the problems that led to the Orbital Test Flight issue and with making recommendations to help protect future launches.

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SpaceX Starlink satellite launch today will be first under U.S. Space Force

SpaceX Starlink satellite launch today will be first under U.S. Space Force

SpaceX is set to put a new string of Starlink satellites into orbit today in a launch planned to happen at Cape Canaveral. If the launch goes off, it will be the first launch of 2020 and will be the 45th Space Wing's inaugural launch as part of the U.S. Space Force. The 45th Space Wing is one of five Air Force space wings that have been assigned to the U.S. Space Force effective December 20, 2019.

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NASA says its tiny ASTERIA spacecraft has lost contact with Earth

NASA says its tiny ASTERIA spacecraft has lost contact with Earth

ASTERIA, a tiny satellite launched in April 2017 to help study planets outside of our solar system, has lost contact with its human operators on Earth, according to NASA. The spacecraft was last heard from on December 5; subsequent attempts to contact the briefcase-sized satellite have proven unsuccessful, leaving only weeks before the space agency gives up.

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Tech trends in the next decade

Tech trends in the next decade

Brace yourselves. We have entered a new decade and with it comes all sorts of cool tech upgrades that are sure to change our lives – and get us spending, no doubt. Tech will be building on the electric vehicles, mobile internet, smartphones, tablets and other foundations laid in the 2010s. From consumer tech to new industrial forces, this is what the 2020s will bring to us.

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Water is common on exoplanets, but it’s not as plentiful as expected

Water is common on exoplanets, but it’s not as plentiful as expected

Scientists have discovered something strange about the exoplanets that have been discovered and studied so far. Water, which is essential for life as we know it, is said to be common, but unexpectedly scarce on exoplanets. What scientists have found is that many exoplanets have water, but there is less water on the distant worlds than expected.

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Details on the demise of the moon’s magnetic field announced

Details on the demise of the moon’s magnetic field announced

If we took a compass to the moon today, it wouldn't work because the moon has no magnetic field. That wasn't always the case. Scientists at MIT have pinned down the timing of the demise of the lunar dynamo. Scientists say that at one point in the lifecycle of the moon, billions of years ago, it had a magnetic field that was likely stronger than the field that the Earth has today.

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NASA shares frozen moonrise image snapped from space

NASA shares frozen moonrise image snapped from space

Shortly before Christmas, an image was captured from the International Space Station that shows the moon over a frozen winter landscape, offering a unique and somewhat stunning frosty perspective of the celestial body. The image was captured using a Nikon D5 digital camera using a 50mm lens by a member of the Expedition 61 crew.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon animation reveals the ISS round trip in store

SpaceX Crew Dragon animation reveals the ISS round trip in store

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule has had something of a rocky year, but assuming things go to plan from here on out, we should see it begin to do crewed test flights early next year. Today, SpaceX gave us a taste of what's ahead by releasing a new, three-minute long animation that details a round trip for the Crew Dragon capsule, from lift-off here on Earth to splash down in the ocean.

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HabEx mission wants to search for Earth-like exoplanets

HabEx mission wants to search for Earth-like exoplanets

A new space mission called Habitable Exoplanet Observatory or HabEx wants to use a new space telescope to search for habitable Earth-like exoplanets. The mission would use a telescope with a mirror larger than Hubble's and would use origami techniques to utilize an external starshade to block the light from target stars.

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