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Israel launches Beresheet Moon Mission with privately funded spacecraft

The unmanned craft, which weighs 1,300 pounds and stands about five feet long, began an approximate seven-week journey to the moon, from where it will return images of the rocky surface and conduct experiments on the magnetic field. [19659002] The spacecraft, called "Beresheet", a reference to the Bible's first words in Hebrew: "In the beginning …" space was launched at …

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Deal reveals what researchers in Germany pay for open access | Science

By Kai Kupferschmidt Feb. 21, 2019, 17:30 Project Deal, a consortium of libraries, universities and research institutes in Germany, has unveiled an unprecedented affair with a large journalist-Wiley-who draws closer examination from proponents of open access to scientific documents . The Pact, signed last month but published this week, has been acclaimed as the first such cross-country agreement within a …

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First Moon Landing by Private Company may be Israel's SpaceIL

Nonprofit Israeli Start SpaceIL is ready to become the first private company to achieve a moon landing, after a SpaceX rocket launched its Beresheet Moon Lander Thursday night. X A moon landing of SpaceIL would also make Israel only the fourth nation to do so after the United States, Russia and China. SpaceILs Beresheet lands off in schedule at. 20.45 …

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Japan probe Hayabusa2 lands on distant asteroid

The Ryugu asteroid is believed to contain clues about the origin of life A Japanese probe was sent to collect samples from an asteroid 300 million kilometers away for clues about the origin of life and the solar system landed successfully on Friday, researchers said. Hayabusa2 briefly moved on the Ryugu asteroid, fired a bullet into the surface to push …

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Israel lunar lander hitches ride on SpaceX launch with Indonesian comsat – Spaceflight Now

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket extends into a starry sky Thursday night. Credit: SpaceX An Israeli-built lunar lander aiming to become the first privately funded mission reaches another planetary body shaved away from Cape Canaveral on Thursday evening aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which runs piggyback with an Indonesian communications spacecraft and an experimental US Air Force Space Surveillance Microsatellite. …

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SpaceX just launched Israel's Lunar Lander to the moon

If the Beresheet landing succeeds, it will make Israel the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the moon. (Credit: SpaceIL) The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet was launched tonight on a journey to the moon, where it hopes to move in two months. This is the first attempt to land by a private company, and it is also the first launch …

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The world just got closer to a controversial mosquito "Wipe Out" experiment

Researchers are genetically modifying mosquitoes in a high security laboratory – and they hope the insects will help wipe out some of the mosquito-borne diseases that continue to plague communities worldwide. It is known as a refurbishment: where mosquitoes modified to not transmit a particular virus are used to replace the current insect population over several generations, with the modified …

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Duelling date for outbreak reignite debate over the dinosaur's death

Which came first: impact or outbreak? That question is at the heart of two new studies in February 22 Science trying to answer one of the most hotly debated issues in Earth's geological history: Whether an asteroid impact or massive volcanism that changed the global climate was mostly to blame that all young dinosaurs have disappeared 66 million years ago. …

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