Science 

NASA spaceship snaps RECORD-BREAKING photo while 3.79billion miles away from Earth

The image is the furthest photo away from Earth ever taken from outer-space. New Horizons flew past the dwarf planet Pluto in July 2015. After the fly-by, the spacecraft continued into the Kuiper Belt. The released photo surpassed the “Pale Blue Dot” images of Earth that were taken in 1990 by NASA’s Voyager 1. The images for “Pale Blue Dot” – part of a composite – were taken from 3.75 billion miles (6.06 billion kilometres) away. New Horizons took more photos as it sped deeper into the cosmos in December.…

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Science 

Farthest photos ever taken, from nearly 4 billion miles away

The NASA spacecraft that gave us close-ups of Pluto has set a record for the farthest photos ever taken. In December — while 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers) from Earth — the New Horizons spacecraft snapped a picture of a star cluster. The photo surpassed the “Pale Blue Dot” images of Earth taken in 1990 by NASA’s Voyager 1. The images for “Pale Blue Dot” — part of a composite — were taken 3.75 billion miles (6.06 billion kilometers) away. New Horizons took more photos as it sped deeper…

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Science 

This record-breaking photo was taken from 6 billion km away

This photo was taken by the farthest camera from EarthNASA / JHUAPL / SwRI Photo By Leah Crane NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is now one of the most distant human-made objects, and it just took the most distant photograph ever. The image of an icy rock in the Kuiper belt has had colour added to increase the contrast. After its visit to Pluto, the spacecraft headed out toward the Kuiper belt on its way to its next target, a Kuiper belt object (KBO) called 2014 MU69. It is now about…

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Technology 

NASA spacecraft snaps images from record-breaking distance – CNET

New Horizons captured these Kuiper Belt objects in December. NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI These fuzzy images may look like flashlights shining through a foggy window, but they’re actually a testament to the willpower of a plucky spacecraft and the people on Earth who sent it on its mission. For now, they’re also the farthest images from Earth ever captured by a spacecraft.  NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft launched in 2006 and made a splash when it spent some time investigating the weirdness of dwarf planet Pluto in 2015.  The space agency then sent the…

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How To 

14 things you might not know about the SpaceX rocket launch – CNET

One of the most ridiculous parts of the launch was seeing a dummy astronaut called “The Starman” inside a Tesla Roadster floating in space. SpaceX Before Tuesday’s test launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, not even the company’s CEO Elon Musk knew what to expect. “It’s either going to be an exciting success or an exciting failure,” he said. “One big boom! I’d say tune in, it’s going to be worth your time.” Musk was right: There was a big boom when the Falcon Heavy’s 27 engines fired and lifted…

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Technology 

After Falcon Heavy launch, Elon Musk revealed 7 wild things – CNET

Starman behind the wheel SpaceX Following the successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday, founder and real-life comic book character Elon Musk answered questions from reporters about the achievement and his plans for the future.  Musk relayed the fate of the rocket’s center booster, which missed its droneship landing, unlike the spectacle of the near simultaneous touchdown of the twin side boosters. Musk went on to reveal a number of remarkable things about the mission and what’s next for SpaceX, starting with the…

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Sport 

NBA trade rumours: Cavs open to offers, Celtics star available, Warriors inquiry

Cavs open to offers for J.R. Smith The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly open to trading J.R. Smith and has already been offered to a number of teams. That’s according to Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer, who claims the Cavaliers are also willing to put Brooklyn’s first-round pick in 2018 on the table. Smith is enduring one of toughest seasons at the Quicken Loans Arena in recent years, averaging just under 35 per cent from beyond the arc and 7.9 points per game. However, while the report states the Brooklyn…

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Science 

We may be able to see mountains and valleys on distant worlds

Is there another Grand Canyon somewhere out there?NASA/JPL-Caltech By John Wenz There are stunning mountain ranges on Earth, Mars and even Pluto. But what about worlds further afield? Moiya McTier at Columbia University in New York presented her research into the embryonic field of exotopography on 11 January at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society. She says that by analysing the dip in a star’s light as a planet passes in front of it, we might be able to discern actual details about the planet’s landscape. None of the…

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Lifestyle 

Stars 2018: Is this the year you strike it rich?

GETTY Russell Grant predicts whether 2018 will be a time of fun and fortune or financial uncertainty ARIES MARCH 21 – APRIL 20 YOUR finances are on an upward swing although it may take a while before you start to reap the benefits. Get advice from a money manager or financial expert between March and July to avoid any hidden fees and to look over terms and conditions. You’ll be surprised by a windfall in June but you should keep it quiet from any friends or relatives who can’t manage…

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15 science & tech leaders offer surprising predictions for 2018

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE The past year has been a momentous one for science and technology. From the detection of gravitational waves (predicted almost a century ago by Einstein) to the rise of virtual currencies like Bitcoin to the creation of genetically modified human embryos, 2017 was marked by all sorts of remarkable discoveries and innovations. What will 2018 bring? No one knows for sure. But as we did for 2017, we asked top scientists and thought leaders in innovation what they expect to see in the new year.…

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