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China launches rover to land on far side of the moon

China launched a rover early Saturday destined to land on the far side of the moon, a global first that would boost Beijing’s ambitions to become a space superpower, state media said.   The Chang’e-4 lunar probe mission—named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology—launched on a Long March 3B rocket from the southwestern Xichang launch centre at 2:23am (1823 ...

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NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid, its 1st visitor

Photo: NASA shows the asteroid Bennu. After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft has arrived at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years on Nov. 16, 2018. Cape Canaveral, Dec 4 : After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years. The robotic explorer ...

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‘Flawless’: NASA craft lands on Mars after perilous journey

Photo : Engineers celebrate as the InSight lander touch downs on Mars in the mission support area of the space flight operation facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. Cape Canaveral, Nov 27 : A NASA spacecraft designed to drill down into Mars’ interior landed on the planet Monday after a perilous, supersonic plunge ...

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From parcel delivery to security, Singapore bets big on drones

Hi-tech Singapore is planning to roll out a swarm of drones for tasks that include delivering parcels, inspecting buildings and providing security, but safety and privacy concerns mean the initiative may hit turbulence.   Companies have already started testing the devices for commercial use, mainly in an area of over 200 hectares (500 acres) dotted with high-rise buildings and shopping ...

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Before Mars landing, a nail-biting ‘six and a half minutes of terror’

A spacecraft that cost nearly a billion dollars is on course to make a perilous landing Monday on Mars, if it can survive a high-speed approach and the scorching heat of entering the Red Planet’s atmosphere, a process NASA has nicknamed “six and a half minutes of terror.”   “There is very little room for things to go wrong,” said ...

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Samsung apologizes over sicknesses, deaths of some workers

Photo: Kinam Kim, President & CEO, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics bows in apology in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. South Korea, Nov 23 : Samsung Electronics has apologized for the sickness and deaths of some of its workers, saying it failed to create a safe working environment at its computer chip and display factories. The announcement by the ...

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Facebook appeals its UK fine in Cambridge Analytica scandal

London, Nov 22 : Facebook has appealed its 500,000-pound ($644,000) fine for failing to protect the privacy of its users in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, arguing that U.K regulators failed to prove that British users were directly affected. Britain’s Information Commissioner Office leveled the fine after concluding Facebook processed the personal information of users unfairly by giving app developers access ...

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Skype ‘blocked’ across country

Dhaka, Nov 19 : Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has reportedly blocked telecommunication application Skype across the country. Emdadul Haque, secretary general of Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB), told UNB that they have received a letter from the BTRC asking them to keep all kinds of communication from home and abroad via Skype suspended. Several international internet gateway ...

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New discovery shows glass made from exploding stars

The next time you’re gazing out of the window in search of inspiration, keep in mind the material you’re looking through was forged inside the heart of an exploding ancient star.   An international team of scientists said Friday they had detected silica—the main component of glass—in the remnants of two distant supernovae billions of light years from Earth.  Researchers ...

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New space industry emerges: on-orbit servicing

Imagine an airport where thousands of planes, empty of fuel, are left abandoned on the tarmac. That is what has been happening for decades with satellites that circle the Earth.   When satellites run out of fuel, they can no longer maintain their precise orbit, rendering them useless even if their hardware is still intact.  “It’s literally throwing away hundreds ...

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