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Nasa confirms ocean moon mission

Scientists working on an audacious mission to the ocean world of Europa can proceed with the final design and construction of the spacecraft, Nasa says. The Europa Clipper mission will target the ice-encrusted moon of Jupiter, which is considered a prime target in the search for life beyond Earth, reports BBC. Below its icy shell, Europa is thought to hold ...

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India’s 2nd Moon Mission enters lunar orbit

New Delhi, Aug 20 : India’s second Moon Mission, or Chandrayaan-2, successfully entered into the Moon’s Orbit on Tuesday, confirmed the country’s space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). This is said to be the biggest milestone achieved by Chandrayaan-2 so far. Launched on July 22, it’s lander named “Vikram” will attempt to make a soft-landing on the Lunar ...

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Facebook removing its group chats on August 22

Facebook has announced that it’s removing the group chat functionality that it launched in October last year, which was designed to facilitate more intimate discussion between group members, separate from post comments. As you can see here, Facebook will remove the function as of August 22nd. The reasons why Facebook has chosen to remove the option are not entirely clear, ...

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NASA picks Alabama’s ‘Rocket City’ for lunar lander job

Photo: This illustration provided by NASA on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, shows a proposed design for an Artemis program ascent vehicle leaving the surface of the moon, separating from a descent vehicle. Cape Canaveral, Aug 17 : NASA picked Alabama’s “Rocket City” on Friday to lead development of the next moon lander for astronauts. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville ...

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China’s lunar rover travels 271 meters on moon’s far side

Beijing, Aug 8 : China’s lunar rover Yutu-2 has driven 271 meters on the far side of the moon to conduct scientific exploration on the virgin territory. Both the lander and the rover of the Chang’e-4 probe switched to its dormant mode for the lunar night on Wednesday (Beijing time), according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of ...

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Japan’s NEC shows ‘flying car’ hovering steadily for minute

Photo: NEC Corp.’s machine with propellers hovers at the company’s facility in Abiko near Tokyo, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Japan, Aug 5 : Japanese electronics maker NEC Corp. on Monday showed a “flying car,” a large drone-like machine with four propellers that hovered steadily for about a minute. The test flight reaching 3 meters (10 feet) high was held in ...

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Israel invests in high-tech upgrades at West Bank crossings

West Bank, July 29 : It’s just after 6 a.m. and a Palestinian man’s face is momentarily bathed in crimson light, not by the sun rising over the mountains of Jordan, but by a facial recognition scanner at an Israeli checkpoint near Jerusalem. The Israeli military has installed the face scanners as part a multimillion dollar upgrade of the Qalandia ...

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Nokia gets big profit lift from new-generation 5G networks

Helsinki, Jul 25 : Nokia says its second-quarter earnings nearly doubled on the back of orders from telecom operators for new-generation 5G mobile networks that will be commercially launched en masse this year. The Espoo, Finland-based company said Thursday that its net profit for the April-June period was 258 million euros ($287 million), against 139 million euros a year earlier. ...

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Moon back in NASA’s court 50 years after 1st lunar landing

Photo: In this, May 9, 2019, file photo, Jeff Bezos speaks in front of a model of Blue Origin’s Blue Moon lunar lander in Washington. Cape Canaveral, Jul 21 : Fifty years after humanity’s first lunar footsteps, the moon is back in NASA’s court. The White House wants U.S. astronauts on the moon pronto — by 2024, a scant five ...

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Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears

Photo: Ernie Field holds up a live video of himself taken by a Ring doorbell camera at the front door at his home in Wolcott, Conn.  Dhaka, Jul 19 : The woodsy community of Wolcott, Connecticut, doesn’t see a lot of crime. But when the police chief heard about an opportunity to distribute doorbell cameras to some homes, he didn’t hesitate. ...

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