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David Copperfield’s secret magic techniques crash-landed on the Moon

By | beresheet, Gadgets, Israel, Space, spaceIL, TC

The loss of Israel’s Beresheet lander during its descent to the lunar surface was unfortunate, but the mission was still largely a success — and has certainly created an interesting cultural artifact on the moon where it impacted. Perhaps more interesting than we could have known: It turns out David Copperfield stashed the secrets to his illusions onboard, and they may have survived the crash.

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Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft is lost during historic lunar landing attempt

By | beresheet, Gadgets, Israel, lunar landing, Science, Space, SpaceX

Israel’s SpaceIL almost made history today as its Beresheet spacecraft came within an ace of landing on the surface of the Moon, but suffered a last minute failure during descent. Israel missed out on the chance to be the fourth country to make a controlled lunar landing, but getting 99 percent of the way there is still an extraordinary achievement for private spaceflight.

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Mars helicopter bound for the Red Planet takes to the air for the first time

By | drones, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, jpl, mars 2020, NASA, Robotics, Science, Space, TC, UAVs

The Mars 2020 mission is on track for launch next year, and nesting inside the high-tech new rover heading that direction is a high-tech helicopter designed to fly in the planet’s nearly non-existent atmosphere. The actual aircraft that will fly on the Martian surface just took its first flight and its engineers are over the moon.

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SpaceX makes history by completing first private crew capsule mission

By | commercial crew, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, international space station, ISS, NASA, Space, SpaceX

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule has safely splashed down in the Atlantic, making it the first privately built crew-capable spacecraft ever to complete a mission to the International Space Station. It’s one of several firsts SpaceX plans this year, but Boeing is hot on its heels with a crew demonstrator of its own — and of course the real test is doing the same thing with astronauts aboard.

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Ubiquitilink advance means every phone is now a satellite phone

By | Gadgets, Hardware, Mobile, Science, Space, Startups, TC, ubiquitilink

Last month I wrote about Ubiquitilink, which promised, through undisclosed means, to provide a sort of global satellite-based roaming service. But how, I asked? (Wait, they told me.) Turns out our phones are capable of a lot more than we think: they can reach satellites acting as cell towers in orbit just fine, and the company just proved it.

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Watch the historic first private mission to the Moon launch Thursday night

By | beresheet, Gadgets, google lunar x prize, Hardware, Israel, lunar landing, Moon, Robotics, Science, Space, spaceflight, TC

For the first time later this week, a privately developed moon lander will launch aboard a privately built rocket, organized by a private launch coordinator. It’s an historic moment in space and the Israeli mission stands to make history again if it touches down on the Moon’s surface as planned on April 11. The Beresheet […]

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