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Earth to FEDOR: Russia launches humanoid robot into space

Earth to FEDOR: Russia launches humanoid robot into spaceA Russian humanoid robot was making its way on Thursday to the International Space Station after blasting off on a two-week mission to support the crew and test his skills. Known as FEDOR, which stands for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, the Skybot F-850 is the first humanoid robot to be sent to space by Russia. NASA sent humanoid robot Robonaut 2 to space in 2011 to work in hazardous environments.



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The northernmost reaches of the Earth are on fire. Here's what this record-breaking hot summer looks like from space.

The northernmost reaches of the Earth are on fire. Here's what this record-breaking hot summer looks like from space.Climate change comes with a higher risk of wildfires. This summer, fires have ravaged the Arctic, and the flames can be seen from space.



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The Amazon is burning and smoke from the fires can be seen from space

The Amazon is burning and smoke from the fires can be seen from spaceSmoke from record wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest blanketed São Paulo on Monday and could be seen from space.



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Redesigned airplane seats could mean more space for middle seat

Redesigned airplane seats could mean more space for middle seatThe new design would stagger and lower the middle seats slightly, creating a larger seat and more space on the armrest.



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Vatican college space holds bones of dozens, expert says

Vatican college space holds bones of dozens, expert saysThe expert, Giorgio Portera, said the “enormous” size of the collection under the Teutonic College was revealed when Vatican-appointed experts began cataloguing the remains, which were discovered last week . “We didn’t expect such an enormous number” of bones and other remains which “had been thrown into a cavity,” Portera said. “We want to know why and how” the bones ended up there.



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French President Emmanuel Macron announces creation of French space force

French President Emmanuel Macron announces creation of French space forceOn the eve of Bastille Day celebrations, Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a French space force command within the French air force.



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California quakes left a crack in the Earth so big it can be seen from space

California quakes left a crack in the Earth so big it can be seen from spaceSatellite images show a massive rupture in the Earth's surface left behind by the two earthquakes that rocked southern California last week.



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Photographed: The U.S. Air Force’s Secretive Robot X-37B Space Shuttle

Photographed: The U.S. Air Force’s Secretive Robot X-37B Space ShuttleA Dutch skywatcher achieved a rare feat in late June and early July 2019. Using a 10-inch-diameter telescope fitted with a camera, Ralf Vandebergh photographed the U.S. Air Force's secretive X-37B space plane in mid-mission 210 miles over Earth’s surface."We can recognize a bit of the nose, payload bay and tail of this mini-shuttle, with even a sign of some smaller detail," Vandebergh told Space.com.Vandebergh had been hunting for the robotic spacecraft for months and finally managed to track it down in May 2019, according to Space.com reporter Leonard David. But it took a few more weeks to actually photograph the roughly 29-feet-long robotic shuttle."When I tried to observe it again [in] mid-June, it didn't meet the predicted time and path," Vandebergh told David. "It turned out to have maneuvered to another orbit. Thanks to the amateur satellite observers' network, it was rapidly found in orbit again, and I was able to take some images on June 30 and July 2, [2019]."Boeing built at least two X-37Bs for the Air Force in the mid-2000s reportedly at a cost of around a billion dollars apiece. While it looks like a miniature version of NASA’s Space Shuttle, which retired from service in 2011, the X-37B essentially is a small, reusable and maneuverable satellite with a shorter per-mission endurance compared to single-use satellites.The Air Force describes the X-37B as an “orbital test vehicle,” or OTV.The X-37B blasted off for its first mission on a United Launch Alliance Atlas rocket in April 2010. Where many satellites can function for up to a decade in orbit, the X-37B’s longest mission as of early 2018 was its fourth, beginning in May 2015. It lasted 717 days.



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SpaceX is about to launch the ashes of 152 people into space

SpaceX is about to launch the ashes of 152 people into spaceSpaceX may be yet to launch any living human astronauts into space, but the remains of over 150 people are going to get the ride of their afterlives on Monday night thanks to the company's Falcon Heavy rocket. Among the various satellites and instruments being carried into orbit by SpaceX this evening is a collection of "spaceflight memorials" by a company called Celestis.Celestis offers a rather unique service in that it provides a way for family members to send the remains of their loved ones into space as a tribute and memorial. In this case, the company bought space aboard the Falcon Heavy and will be carrying out the wishes of many of its clients at once, sending the cremated remains of 152 people into Earth orbit.During tonight's launch — assuming it proceeds during its scheduled launch window — the human remains will be released into orbit aboard one of two dozen satellites the Falcon Heavy is hauling.Among those included in tonight's launch — Celestis calls them "participants" — are former NASA astronaut Bill Pogue, Japanese professional basketball star Masaru Tomita, and spaceflight historian Dr. James M. Busby. The full list of 152 individuals, and their memorials, is available online.Believe it or not, this isn't the first time that Celestis has sent human remains into space — in fact, it's not even close. The company has successfully completed 15 launches already, sending the ashes of celebrities like Star Trek "Scotty" actor James Doohan and scientist Eugene Shoemaker into space in decades past.Tonight's Falcon Heavy launch is scheduled to take place at 11:30 p.m. EDT tonight (Monday, June 24th). Following the launch, Celestis will actually be hosting its own "Memorial Service" live stream to honor all of the individuals that were carried skyward. You can watch that live stream starting a couple of hours after the launch via the live stream window below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXBCgEWYMpc



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Joe Biden laments lack of personal connection in politics as he pledges to respect space

Joe Biden laments lack of personal connection in politics as he pledges to respect spaceFacing allegations by several women of unwanted touching, former vice president Joe Biden is bemoaning the lack of personal connections in politics.



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