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Earth and Beyond

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Earth and Beyond

Why Bombing Europa Might Be A Good Idea

about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? Last week British engineers conducted an experiment designed to show one way of exploring Jupiter's moon Europa: They fired a 20-kilogram high-velocity penetrator, at 340 meters per second, into a 10-ton block of ice. While the block was reduced to a pile of snow ...

Earth and Beyond

On The Hunt For Supernovae

about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? This week the international team of researchers behind the Dark Energy Survey (DES), which since 2012 has examined the universe's accelerated expansion, announced a new initiative that will focus on the massively bright exploding stars known as supernovae. The five ...

Earth and Beyond

A Trip To The Moon, Starting At About $300

about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? Pocket Spacecraft is, according to their Kickstarter site, a group of scientists, engineers and designers planning to "kick start the personal interplanetary space age" by offering, for a base price of £199 (about US$300), a thin-film, sensor-loaded device that ...