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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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Rotating Stars 

Mysterious signals have been picked up from distant galaxies. When fast radio bursts or FRBs, as they are called, reach Earth's telescopes they shine brightly for a few milliseconds, then disappear. Astronomers have detected dozens over the past decade, and have just announced they've found more of them, including a rare repeating signal. We don't know exactly what they are or where they're from, but here are several theories.

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 China Landing in Far East side of the Moon CUp

China reached a milestone in space exploration on Thursday, landing a vehicle on the far side of the moon for the first time in history, the country’s space agency announced. The landing of the probe, called Chang’e-4 after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology, is one in a coming series of missions that underscore the country’s ambitions to join — and even lead — the space race. The mission “has opened a new chapter in humanity’s exploration of the moon,” the China National Space Administration said in an announcement on its website. The agency said the spacecraft landed at 10:26 a.m. Beijing time on January 3, 2019 at its target on the far side of the moon.

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Firs Mars Image from Insight landing

After six months of travel from Earth, the InSight spacecraft landed on the red planet on Monday, November 26, 2018. About three hours before landing, mission navigators adjusted InSight’s timing or alignment to avoid any perilous Martian dust storms. Then they separated from the cruise stage 13 ¾ minutes before landing. Before InSight entered the Martian atmosphere, the spacecraft will split away from its solar-paneled cruise stage and switch to battery power. Light and communications will now take 8 minutes and 7 seconds to reach Mars from Earth. See above the first image received after Insight landing on Mars.

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hubble over earth

Launched nearly 28 years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope has changed our understanding of the cosmos, allowing us to calculate the age of the universe and the rate at which it is expanding. Hubble has allow us to peer back to almost the origins of the universe, to locations more than 13.4 billion light-years from Earth.This photo essay presents some of the Hubble's most spectacular images.

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 Space race 2

Building houses on Mars may sound like science fiction – but the idea that we could build and live on other planets, is actually not as far-fetched as you might think. As technology continues to rapidly evolve and space travel becomes increasingly viable, many respected organisations around the globe are now racing to develop credible, workable proposals for habitation on Mars, and more importantly for how such extra-terrestrial buildings would be constructed.Here we've taken a look at three of the most advanced and credible prototypes under development by some of this world’s leading architects, academics and engineers.