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SpaceX ISS cargo mission delayed by 24hrs from bad weather

Jak Connor | Jul 25, 2019 4:00 AM CDT

If you didn't know, SpaceX planned to launch a rocket to the International Space Station on a cargo mission. That planned flight has been unfortunately delayed.

SpaceX ISS cargo mission delayed by 24hrs from bad weather

The original scheduled launch was for today, July 24th and SpaceX's workhorse rocket the Falcon 9 was planned to take a robotic Dragon cargo capsule. The location for the launch was from Launch Complex 40 at Cap Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:24 p.m. EDT (2024 GMT).

This isn't the first time the Falcon 9 and the Dragon have taken flight, as SpaceX has already gotten two completed flights to the ISS. According to the Air Force's 45th Space Wing Weather Squadron, there was only a 30% chance that today's weather would act as expected. Will Ulrich, a official employee at the Weather Squadron said "Today's weather looks terrible. There's a pretty unique weather pattern we have in place. With an instantaneous window today, either the weather is good or it is not."

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INCREDIBLE picture of a galaxy 70 million light years away

Jak Connor | Jul 25, 2019 2:00 AM CDT

Most people are extremely curious of the vastness of space, as within the infinite black there is truly some beauty found in observing galaxies and star clusters. That is what we have here today, a perfect image of a galaxy millions of light-years away.

INCREDIBLE picture of a galaxy 70 million light years away

NASA's Hubble Telescope is one the leading telescopes that observe our universe and just a couple of days ago NASA release an image of a galaxy spotted. The galaxy that was observed was NGC 2985, which is about 70 million light-years from Earth and Hubble managed to capture the incredible above image.

From the image we can see that NGC 2985 is a spiral galaxy that is almost near symmetrical, which is quite rare for galaxies we have observed. This is because when a galaxy is developing over the course of millions of years they usually bleed into and become a part of a neighboring galaxy which creates a non-symmetrical appearance when observed. An example of this is our own Milky Way galaxy as 10 billion years ago it consumed a smaller galaxy about quarter of its size, more on that here.

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Toyota to build NEXT-GEN lunar rover with remarkable range

Jak Connor | Jul 25, 2019 1:00 AM CDT

Toyota has released a new video showcasing their next-gen lunar rover they have planned for manufacturing. The rover will be pressurized and will be able to house astronauts for some period of time.

Toyota to build NEXT-GEN lunar rover with remarkable range

In the above video which was been released onto the Toyota Motor Corporation YouTube Channel, we are introduced to the rover project that is a collaboration between The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota. From the video we learn that the rover will use electric fuel cell technology and be equipped with solar panels to power its journeys across the moons surface.

The rover plans also include the ability of astronauts being able to live inside the rover for select amounts of time. The astronauts will also be able to remove their space suits as the inside of the rover will be pressurized. Toyota and JAXA expect that the rover will have a total lunar-surface cruising range of more than 10,000km, which is quite a feat when you consider that the total circumferance of the moons surface is just over 10,900km.

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New study says the Moon could have millions of tonnes of ice

Jak Connor | Jul 24, 2019 2:00 AM CDT

A recent study has come out that suggests that scientists current understanding of what is on the moon might not be completely fulfilled.

New study says the Moon could have millions of tonnes of ice

A new research paper that has been published in Nature Geoscience by Lior Rubanenko, Jaahnavee Venkatraman and David Paige suggests that there might actually be more water on the moons surface than once expected. Using data from the Arecibo Observatory and also NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, we found that Mercury has much more water in its cratered areas on its surface. These craters revealed ice vapor and ice deposits.

Since it was unexpected that Mercury contained thick ice sheets, we looked for the same craters on the moon to see if the trend followed. The research states that due to material buildup inside of these divots or craters, ice was eventually formed. Researchers have now located 2,000 craters across Mercury's surface and have cross-referenced these craters with the moons surface and have found 12,000 similar looking craters.

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Winner Winner Galaxy dinner: The Milky Way devoured a galaxy

Jak Connor | Jul 24, 2019 1:00 AM CDT

Imagine watching a galaxy level battle between two galaxies fighting it out to see who is going to win on the consumption level. The Milky Way is an undefeated champion in this regard as 10 billion years ago it swallowed up a fellow galaxy.

Winner Winner Galaxy dinner: The Milky Way devoured a galaxy

About 10 billion years ago, the Milky Way had a "violent collision" with another galaxy. Researchers from the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) used the Gaia space telescope to observe the position, brightness and distance of over 1 million stars in the Milky Way. The observation was within 6,500 light years of the Sun and indentified two clusters of stars - one set being "blue" and containing less metal and the other "red" containing more.

From this observation the researchers were able to determine that each of the sets of stars were equally as old, except that the blue set had been set into a "chaotic" motion. This is the evidence of The Milky Way swallowing up another galaxy around 10 billion years ago. "The novelty of our work is that we have been able to assign precise ages to the stars that belong to the galaxies that merged and, by knowing these ages, when the merger took place," Carme Gallart, lead author of the study published in Nature Astronomy.

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Venezuelan blackout blamed on 'electromagnetic attack'

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 23, 2019 2:39 AM CDT

Venezuela has been plunged into darkness for the fourth time this year with another nationwide blackout hitting the country, in something that Venezuelan officials are calling a hostile "electromagnetic attack".

Venezuelan blackout blamed on 'electromagnetic attack'

The blackout has taken most of the country down including the capital Caracas, with close to 94% of the Venezeulan telecommunications infrastructure affected. Internet connectivity in the country has dropped to 10% nationwide, which means we're not hearing much out of the country and whatever comes out, is in drips.

The Venezuelan government released a statement on Twitter saying the blackout was "an electromagnetic attack" but didn't point any fingers in who did it. Officials are working around the clock to restore power and internet cconnectivity, while working on supplies like food and water, as well as health services and transportation.

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Musk's Super Heavy Rocket has 8200 tonnes of FARTING power

Jak Connor | Jul 23, 2019 1:00 AM CDT

Elon Musk is the real-life Tony Stark of our age, founding companies such as Tesla and SpaceX and pioneering some of the best technology advancements in their respective fields.

Musk's Super Heavy Rocket has 8200 tonnes of FARTING power

SpaceX is currently designing a selection of rockets, some of which are eventually aimed at to at taking us humans to Mars. The rocket that is shaping up to be the winner of the Mars race is SpaceX's Super Heavy Rocket. Originally, the Super Heavy Rocket was planned to have 31 next-generation Raptor Engines, each of the engines are powered by cryogenic liquid methane and liquid oxygen. Ignition of both of these substances creates 200 tonnes of force per engine, and the Super Heavy Rocket now has 41 of them on at launch.

Musk recently took to Twitter to answer a fans question regarding the full stack of engines on the rocket. Musk replied with "Full stack is 41 rn, but kinda beggin for just one more ..." SpaceX's Super Heavy booster will be launching the 100-passenger Starship vehicle towards Mars. Starship will be powered by 6 Raptors, which explains the total of 41 - Super Heavy having 35 + Starship having 6. Funnily enough, SpaceX already has one round flight booked to the moon, Yusaku Maezawa will be taking the Starship Super Heavy rocket around the moon sometime in 2023.

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NASA's Artemis Moon program completes new Orion space module

Jak Connor | Jul 22, 2019 1:00 AM CDT

During the 50th anniversary for the Apollo 11 Moon missions, Vice President, Mike Pence shared with the American people some great news surrounding the next moon mission, Artemis 1.

NASA's Artemis Moon program completes new Orion space module

NASA is currently planning on returning to the moon by 2024, and to do that the space exploration company needs to do two preparation tests on their brand new spacecraft called Orion. This new space program has been called Artemis by NASA - in honor of Apollo's twin sister in Greek Mythology and will consist of three stages.

The Artemis 1 launch will an uncrewed spacecraft thousands of miles past the moon. Artemis 2 will consist of the astronaunts actually being aboard Orion, and then finally Artemis 3 will be the launch where American astronauts will step foot back on the moon. Before these checkpoints of the Artemis space program can go underway, there still needs to be some final tests done to Orion before its blasted off into space.

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'Holy Grail' of computer science found in Quantum Computing

Jak Connor | Jul 20, 2019 2:00 AM CDT

A recent discovery has come out from the Faulty of Physics, University of Warsaw and University of Oxford regarding Quantum Computation and how it is much faster then standard methods we are using today.

'Holy Grail' of computer science found in Quantum Computing

According to the scientists from the mentioned Universities, the discovery has been deemed the 'Holy Grail' of computer science and will unlock more faster and more accurate data processing. The studies suggests that with this now new found knowledge, quantum technologies could boost applications such as medical diagnostics, robotics, artificial intelligence and much more.

Since the the 1970's, we have been using the Fast Fourier Transform algorithm (FFT). This algorithm makes it possible to efficiently compress and transmit data, store pictures, broadcast digital TV and talk over our phones. While this algorithm is widely used, it still has limited capabilities. The answer to these limitations has now be found in the power of Quantum Mechanics with what has been called the Quantum Fourier Transform (QFT).

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Human-based AI solves Rubik's Cube in 28 moves, 1.2 seconds

Jak Connor | Jul 18, 2019 3:00 AM CDT

Ever wondered the fastest possible time with a Rubik's Cube? Its not by a human, but of course an artificial intelligence and boy its quick.

Human-based AI solves Rubik's Cube in 28 moves, 1.2 seconds

Above we have Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo who have engineered a robot that can solve a Rubik's Cube much faster than humanly possible. This robot can solve a puzzle in just 0.38 seconds, which is the current record on paper. This news came out in March of last year, but now we have a new invention in the artificial intelligence Rubik's Cube solving field. This time, researchers behind DeepCubeA have managed to teach their artificial intelligence through human experience to solve a cube in 1.2 seconds.

While this might not be as fast as Katz and Di Carlo's demonstration, DeepCubeA's AI managed to solve the cube in less moves. This is because the system focuses on using real learning experience and to improve speeds. DeepCubeA equipped their AI with roughly 10 billion different puzzle combinations, this repertoire of combinations allowed for the AI to complete the puzzle in just 28 moves. The average human takes around 50 moves to solve a Rubik's Cube.

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