Tag: Satellites

One year on this giant, blistering hot planet is just 16 hours long

The hunt for planets beyond our solar system has turned up more than 4,000 far-flung worlds, orbiting stars thousands of  light years from Earth. These extrasolar planets are a veritable menagerie, from rocky super-Earths and miniature Neptunes to colossal gas giants. Among the more confounding planets discovered to date are “hot Jupiters” —  massive balls […]

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Russia Acknowledges Antisatellite Missile Test

MOSCOW — Russia’s military acknowledged on Tuesday that it had conducted a test of an antisatellite weapon that obliterated a target in orbit, sending a vast cloud of debris zipping around Earth and forcing astronauts on the International Space Station to seek shelter. The announcement followed a day of silence in Moscow about the sophisticated […]

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Will Indonesia Edge Its Way into the Space Race?

BIAK, Indonesia — For 15 generations, members of the Abrauw clan have lived much like their ancestors. They farm with wooden plows in patches of the rainforest, gather medicinal plants and set traps to catch snakes and wild boar. The land they occupy on Biak island is everything to them: their identity, the source of […]

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Russian Anti-Satellite Weapon Test Debris Forces Astronauts to Shelter

Russia carried out an antisatellite missile test on Monday, obliterating one of its own satellites in orbit. The test created a vast cloud of debris that continues to orbit Earth, and some of the material loomed dangerously close to the International Space Station, forcing astronauts to take shelter for hours in a pair of spacecraft […]

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Satellites Could Help Track if Nations Keep Their Carbon Pledges

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming, nations must measure and report progress toward their pledged reductions in emissions. They regularly submit greenhouse gas inventories, detailing emission sources as well as removals, or sinks, of the gases within their borders. These are then reviewed by technical experts. The accounting process is intended to […]

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Amazon to Launch First Two Internet Satellites in 2022

“The selection process was a long, arduous, tough one, that was many days of popping the hood and seeing what’s underneath,” Harry O’Hanley, ABL’s chief executive, said in an interview. “I’d say that they went as deep, or deeper, as we’ve ever seen a company go.” The pair of Amazon prototype satellites will test internet […]

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Dying Satellite, Not U.F.O. or Meteor, Likely Caused Midwest Fireball

Something streaked across the night skies over Ohio, Michigan and Indiana during predawn hours on Wednesday. The fireball burned in hues of green, gold and pink, leaving a bright trail in its wake. It spent about two minutes breaking apart into smaller pieces during its descent from orbit before crossing over the border of the […]

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South Korea’s First Homemade Rocket Lifts Off but Is ‘One Step Short’

SEOUL — South Korea launched its first homemade rocket on Thursday, a mission that was only partly successful but that officials called an important step toward ​placing domestically made satellites in orbit to better monitor growing threats from North Korea. The three-stage Nuri rocket, built by the government’s Korea Aerospace Research Institute with the help […]

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Q&A: Lucy mission launches to study ancient Trojan asteroids

On Saturday morning, NASA’s Lucy spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, beginning a 12-year, nearly 4-billion-mile mission to explore some of the oldest objects in the solar system. Named after the famous Australopithecus fossil “Lucy,” the spacecraft will make two slingshot trips around Earth before heading toward a cluster of asteroids […]

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Did a Meteor Explode Over New Hampshire? That May Explain the Boom.

The theories lit up the internet: An earthquake must have caused a prolonged boom that shook homes on Sunday morning in New Hampshire and at least one neighboring state. Some hypothesized that the puzzling disturbance might have been the sound of an aircraft breaking the sound barrier. Both scenarios were quickly discounted. Now some meteorologists […]

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SpaceX’s Satellite Megaconstellations Are Astrocolonialism, Indigenous Advocates Say

Tipping Point covers environmental justice stories about and, where possible, written by people in the communities experiencing the stark reality of our changing planet. Every time you go outside on a clear night to gaze at the constellations strewn across the sky, you are continuing a human tradition that reaches deep into the shadows of […]

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Intelligence Agencies Pushed to Use More Commercial Satellites

WASHINGTON — A cluster of satellites operated by an American company called HawkEye 360 looked down on the Middle East early this year and discovered radar and radio waves associated with a Chinese-based fishing fleet off the coast of Oman. When the company matched the data up with information from NASA satellites that track light […]

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The Secret War Over Pentagon Aid in Fighting Wildfires

In July, as wildfires tore through the American West, President Biden met with the region’s governors to find better ways to battle the flames. Gov. Gavin Newsom of California requested use of military satellites that are designed to warn of missile attacks, calling the orbital fleet “a game changer” for spotting and fighting wildfires. Mr. […]

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