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Ciro Villa
Testing this Universe - Philomath - U.S. Space Program
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Space Science
Artificial Intelligence
Current Events
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"With two months until the Earth Gravity Assist, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is only about 39 million km away from Earth. Want more navigation details? ->"

Share courtesy of +OSIRIS-REx Mission


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Tonight … Go young moon hunting at dusk

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Expedition 52-53: Prime and backup crew members
In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 52-53 prime and backup crews pose for pictures in front of the first stage engines of the Soyuz booster rocket July 24 as part of their final fit check dress rehearsal. From left to right are prime crewmembers Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency, Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Randy Bresnik of NASA and backup crew members Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and Mark Vande Hei of NASA. Nespoli, Bresnik and Ryazanskiy will launch July 28 aboard the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station.

Credit: Andrey Shelepin/Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
Image Date: July 24, 2017

+Paolo Nespoli
+European Space Agency, ESA
+NASA Johnson Space Center
+Samantha Cristoforetti
+Luca Parmitano
+ISAA - Italian Space and Astronautics Association

#NASA #ISS #Earth #Science #Cosmonauts #Soyuz #Commander #SergeyRyazanskiy #AlexanderMisurkin #Astronauts #NorishigeKanai #Japan #日本 #JAXA #MarkVandeHei #PaoloNespoli #RandyBresnik #ASI #ESA #Europe #Russia #Россия #Baikonur #Cosmodrome #Kazakhstan #Human #Spaceflight #Expedition52 #UnitedStates #JSC #STEM #Education

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Tour the Arecibo Observatory in 360 3D Virtual Reality

I'm calling this one done... for now. Still want to fix a few errors and extend the tour to the lower section of the azimuth arm. Also I never really fixed the many issues with the video codecs I was having, so I think you're losing quite a bit of detail here. Next time I might try rendering in 4k to see if that helps.

The video includes sound, which isn't really necessary but I think helps with the immersion if you have a headset. If not, you can still enjoy it in regular 360 on a PC.

Full details (and many still images) here :
It's worth looking at if only to see the signs, which are sadly not really visible in the video.

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Weird science just in from NASA’s #Cassini mission to #Saturn:
- Length of Saturn’s day remains unknown
- Planet’s magnetic field has no tilt
- Its rings have mysterious plateaus

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See the constellation Scutum the Shield

It's noticeable in a dark sky because the starlit Milky Way is behind it.

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A new crew is less than a week away from launching to space, while the orbiting crew is researching advanced cancer therapies. 

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