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Elon Musk Address
Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species
IAC, Tuesday, Sept. 27th
18:30-19:30 UTC

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ESA Euronews: Rosetta heads for glorious crash-landing

In just a few days' time ESA's Rosetta mission is going to come to a close in a most extraordinary fashion, because the spacecraft is going to slowly, and deliberately crash-land into the comet that it has been orbiting for the past two years. Euronews is with the team as they prepare for this dramatic finale.
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NASA will host a teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, to present new findings from images captured by the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope of Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa. (Spoiler alert: NOT aliens)
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TMRO 9.29 - Blue Origin's future rocket plans

Blue Origin announced their New Glenn orbital rocket this last week. We take a peek at the history of Blue Origin, where they are now, what they have announced and the possible New Armstrong tease could mean.

In Space News we have:
  • Israel launches Ofek-11 with hiccups
  • Dwarf Planet Pluto “Paints” Charon Red
  • China launches Tiangong-2
  • Earth’s Carbon Came From Ancient Collision With Mercury Like Planet
  • Vega launches 5 sats
  • A billion stars: Gaia’s First Milky Way Map
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Potrzebna jest krew dla Łukasza Zwolana który niespodziewanie zachorował na ostrą białaczkę limfoblastyczną. W pierwszej fazie leczenia niezbędna jest duża ilość krwi. Krew można oddać dla chorego w centrum krwiodawstwa w szpitalu papieskim w Zamościu lub którymkolwiek punkcie pobrań w regionie i kraju. Wystarczy podać imię i nazwisko "Łukasz Zwolan" oraz nazwę placówki, w której przebywa "Samodzielny Publiczny Szpital Kliniczny nr 1 w Lublinie". To niewiele, a może uratować życie. Udostępniajcie dalej i oddawajcie krew, aby pomóc!
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Gaia space telescope plots a billion stars

The most precise map of the night sky ever assembled is taking shape. Astronomers working on the Gaia space telescope have released a first tranche of data recording the position and brightness of over a billion stars. And for some two million of these objects, their distance and sideways motion across the heavens has also been accurately plotted.

Gaia's mapping effort is already unprecedented in scale, but it still has several years to run. Remarkably, scientists say the store of information even now is too big for them to sift, and they are appealing for the public's help in making discoveries.

To give one simple example of the scope of Gaia: Of the 1.1 billion light sources in Wednesday's data release, something like 400 million of these objects have never been recorded in any previous catalogue.

"You're imaging the whole sky in basically [Hubble] space telescope quality and because you can now resolve all the stars that previously maybe looked as though they were merged as one star at low resolution - now we can see them," explained Anthony Brown from Leiden University, Netherlands.

continue on bbc.com
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First data from ESA's Gaia mission
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Launched in December 2013, Gaia is destined to create the most accurate map yet of the Milky Way.

By making accurate measurements of the positions and motions of roughly 1% of the total population of stars in the Milky Way, it will answer questions about the origin and evolution of our home galaxy.

The first intermediate data release, containing, among other things, three-dimensional positions and two dimensional motions of a subset of two million stars, demonstrates that Gaia’s measurements are as precise as planned, paving the way to create the full map of one billion stars to be released towards the end of 2017.
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Gaia’s first sky map

An all-sky view of stars in our Galaxy – the Milky Way – and neighbouring galaxies, based on the first year of observations from ESA’s Gaia satellite, from July 2014 to September 2015.

This map shows the density of stars observed by Gaia in each portion of the sky. Brighter regions indicate denser concentrations of stars, while darker regions correspond to patches of the sky where fewer stars are observed.

more at esa.int
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In Just 25 Years, We Have Destroyed 10% Of The Earth’s Wilderness

A group of international researchers undertook a project to map the Earth's wilderness areas. Using data from maps dating back to the early 90s, the team discovered just how much of the wilderness areas are still left today. What they found is troubling.

more at futurism.com
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Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.

The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.

“These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have rendered those faculties totally inactive.”

more at The New Yorker ;-)
August 2016, the eleventh temperature record breaking month in a row...
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NASA analysis finds August 2016 another record month

August 2016 was the warmest August in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. [...]

The record warm August continued a streak of 11 consecutive months dating back to October 2015 that have set new monthly high-temperature records. The monthly analysis by the GISS team is assembled from publicly available data acquired by about 6,300 meteorological stations around the world, ship- and buoy-based instruments measuring sea surface temperature, and Antarctic research stations. The modern global temperature record begins around 1880 because previous observations didn't cover enough of the planet.
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this is the actual Fuller projection aka Dymaxion map. it represents area and local angles pretty well but is less continous then other map projections.

it obviously is not the same as Peirce quincuncial projection. despite tumblr-rumors that just won't die.

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The first data from ESA's Gaia mission will be released on 14 September 2016. Follow the live streamed coverage of this press event over on ESA's YouTube channel, between 9:30–11:00 UTC.

Launched in December 2013, Gaia is destined to create the most accurate map yet of the Milky Way. By making accurate measurements of the positions and motions of stars in the Milky Way, it will answer questions about the origin and evolution of our home galaxy.

The first intermediate data release, containing among other things three-dimensional positions and two-dimensional motions of a subset of two million stars, demonstrates that Gaia’s measurements are as precise as planned, paving the way to create the full map of one billion stars to be released towards the end of 2017.
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