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Ridding space of old satellites and debris

Colorado Springs, United States | AFP | With constellations of thousands of telecommunication mini satellites expected to orbit Earth in the near future, the risk of space-debris collisions will grow. For Nobu Okada, it’s an opportunity. The 46-year-old Japanese entrepreneur founded the start-up Astroscale in Singapore in 2013 with the …

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Battle for space more stealth than Star Wars

Colorado Springs, United States | AFP | At tens of thousands of kilometers above the Earth, a Russian satellite slowly approached the French-Italian satellite Athena-Fidus in October 2017, a move France later denounced as “an act of espionage.” What is less widely known is that just a few days before …

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Saturn’s rings are younger than the planet itself

How old are #Saturn’s rings? Data from @CassiniSaturn suggest they’re younger than the planet, forming 10–100 million years ago when dinosaurs lived on Earth: — NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) January 17, 2019 Washington, United States | AFP |  Saturn’s rings are younger than scientists thought and appeared within the …

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SpaceX launches final 10 satellites for Iridium

Los Angeles, United States | AFP | SpaceX on Friday blasted off a payload of global communications satellites for Iridium, marking the first launch of 2019 for the California-based company headed by Elon Musk. “Three, two, one, ignition, liftoff of Falcon 9,” Iridium CEO Matt Desch said on a live …

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Mars InSight deploys French-made quake sensor on Red Planet

Washington, United States | AFP | The US space agency’s unmanned Mars Insight lander, which touched down on the Red Planet last month, has successfully deployed its key, quake-sensing instrument on the alien world’s surface, NASA said Thursday. The seismometer, known as the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, or SEIS, …

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