Posts Tagged 'Satellite'

Sandy Island, The Island That Wasn’t There

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A New Zealand researcher thinks that he has solved the riddle of a mysterious South Pacific island shown on Google Earth and world maps, but which doesn’t really exist. He thinks that a whaling ship from 1876 is to blame.

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The Quantum Teleportation Race Goes Into Space in 2016

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Three years ago, Jian-Wei Pan and his colleagues were able to quantum teleport information across 16 kilometers. This was one of the first major steps to the research team’s ultimate goal of teleporting photons to a satellite orbiting the Earth.

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Satellites Could Be Used to Detect Nuclear Tests

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Underground nuclear tests can be detected in the skies and as a result, global satellite networks could become a powerful tool in order to detect clandestine underground nuclear explosions (UNE).

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Commercial Network of Microsatellites Aims to Help Weather Prediction

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Most orbiting satellites point down towards Earth, but the satellites of the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology look sideways. Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC) look towards the curving horizon in order to track the dozens of satellites that are part of the Global Positioning System. By tracking their radio signals, COSMIC is providing atmospheric data that enhances weather forecasts and climate models.

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New Theoretical Models Salvage Moon-Forming Impact Theory

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Theia impacting proto-Earth, image by Fahad Sulheria.

One of the widest accepted models for the Moon’s formation states that a renegade, Mars-sized planet, named Theia, slammed into Earth 4.5 billion years ago, and pushed up debris that would eventually coalesce into a satellite. This theory has been able to predict and explain many facts, like the mass of Earth and the Moon, but it also says that most of the lunar-forming debris stemmed from Theia, not proto-Earth. Theia is thought to have originated from a different part of the Solar System, with different elemental isotopes, which conflicts with some of the more sensitive measurements of the past decade showing that rocks from Earth and the Moon have identical isotopic ratios of oxygen, titanium, chromium, and tungsten.

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KANZ Field Power Desk Helps You Live and Work Well off the Grid

You know that when World War Z happens, you better be prepared because there’s no way that you’ll be able to charge your smartphone when the power grid is down. The KANZ Field Power Desk will help all technological zombie fighters to keep working and playing as long as the sun is still in the sky.

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NASA PhoneSat Plans on Launching Satellites Made from COTS Components

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NASA is currently basking in the success of their Curiosity mission to Mars, but if the space agency hopes to continue to lead the charge in space exploration, it needs to find new ways of doing old things. NASA’s PhoneSat project aims to launch low-cost satellites, easily assembled, and place them into orbit.

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Cryosat Mission Took Detailed Data of Polar Ice Caps

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The ESA’s Cryosat mission has been watching the Arctic sea ice with a high degree of precision ever since it was launched in 2010 to monitor the changes in thickness and shape of polar ice. It’s taken two years for scientists to tackle the amount of data that Cryosat generated.

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Exposing 8,000 Years of Civilization with Satellites

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Analysis of the locations of ancient settlements can reveal the many connections between them.

Hidden beneath mounds of Earth, in the fertile crescent of the Middle East, lie overlooked networks of small settlements that date back millennia. Archaeologists are now probing these mounds to find out more about early human settlements.

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Metal Sphere from Orbit Hits Brazilian Town

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A small town in northeastern Brazil, in the state of Maranhão, was greeted by a 110-pound metal sphere that came crashing down. Locals from Riacho dos Poços reported that the crash sounded like a plane had fallen or an earthquake.

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