I love the fact that this sucker lands vertically. Older cheap science fiction movies were derided for running rocket launches backward to depict a landing--that will look normal now.
This is the one thing I believe Obama got right--the US should no longer be in the low orbit business when private companies are making far greater strides. On the other hand I believe the US should have turned focus on a manned Mars landing program.
Originally Posted by CubaMark
Just over 15 minutes to Space X's return to launch with Falcon 9!
Wow. Glad I caught that... a successful launch of Falcon 9, the 2nd stage now en route to satellite deployment (Iridium new internet satellite system), and the first stage made it back to a safe -bullseye!- landing on the drone ship in the Atlantic. And for the first time, the video on the first stage remained active all the way from re-entry to landing. Thrilling!
No doubt it'll be up on YouTube (here!) or SpaceX's own site by the time you read this... check it out, worth it!
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(Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers reports the discovery of a new giant radio galaxy (GRG) associated with the galaxy triplet known as UGC 9555. The newly discovered galaxy turns out to be one of the largest GRGs so far detected. The findings were presented Feb. 6 in a paper published online on arXiv.org.
Located some 820 million light years away from the Earth, UGC 9555 is a part of a larger group of galaxies designated MSPM 02158. Recently, a team of researchers led by Alex Clarke of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in Manchester, U.K., has combed through the data provided by the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) and uncovered new, important information about this distant disturbed galaxy group.
India just set a word record by successfully launching 104 satellites in one go. This happened a couple of hours ago. The previous record was held by Russia - 39 satellites.
Out of the total 104 satellites placed in orbit, 101 satellites belonged to six foreign countries. They included 96 from the US and one each from Israel, the UAE, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Kazakhstan. One of those satellites is Google's.
Among the foreign satellites, 88 cube satellites belonged to San Francisco-based earth imaging startup Planet. With the launch, the company has increased its fleet to 143 satellites which will soon begin capturing images of the earth's entire landmass, including India, every day.
Eight other satellites belonging to Spire Global, US, will provide services for vessel tracking and weather measurement.
The nanosatellites from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UAE are mostly technology demonstrators.