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Günther Mulder
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UX and Copy is what I do. And writing about interesting things in science.
UX and Copy is what I do. And writing about interesting things in science.

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Spotted: Sentinel-2B chilling out in the Large Space Simulator.

#Sentinel2B is the next satellite to be launched for Europe’s environmental #Copernicus programme. It is being subjected to the extreme cold of space to make sure it is fit for life in orbit. High-performance pumps in the Space Simulator, the largest vacuum chamber in Europe located at #ESTEC, remove all the air within the chamber to produce a vacuum, while liquid nitrogen in the walls mimic the cold of space.

Read more about Sentinel-2B's chilly summer here:
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus/Sentinel-2/Chilly_summer_for_Sentinel-2B

Credit: ESA–G. Porter
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Places.... This one in the middle of nowhere

Nauru is a tiny island, population 12,000, a third of the size of Manhattan and far from anywhere: Yet at the center of several of the decade's biggest global events. Contributing editor Jack Hitt tells the untold story of this dot in the middle of the Pacific and its involvement in the bankrupting of the Russian economy, global terrorism, North Korean defectors, the end of the world, and the late 1980s theatrical flop of a London musical based on the life of Leonardo da Vinci called Leonardo, A Portrait of Love. (30 minutes)
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http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/253/the-middle-of-nowhere

600 refugees detained there currently, says This American Life...

https://www.google.de/maps/place/Nauru+Australian+Immigration+Detention+Center/@-0.5417208,166.9294576,1260m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0000000000000000:0x361a53969cbfa88b!8m2!3d-0.5406596!4d166.9308159

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So why do we know so much more about dogs than about cats in space? Helen Keen, award winning comedy writer and performer, talks about cats in space at +TEDxESA last November #ScienceBeyondFiction  

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And far from having to wait for Nasa, +European Space Agency, ESA  have already created a 3D-printed block from simulated moon dust. We had it at +TEDxESA  in November 2015, with Tommaso Ghidini explaining the idea behind it and much more. Here's his talk (you can see the 3D printed block in the background): https://youtu.be/kbAac9DxM1I

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Public Service Broadcasting: glorious celebration of Cosmonauts at the Science Museum. And yes, the album is brilliant and brilliantly geeky.

http://gu.com/p/4g59y?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Google%2B

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More eye-opening fare from +TEDxESA  - this one from Dr. Tommaso Ghidini - beautiful and amazing.

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An amazing talk by +Danko Nikolic from this year's +TEDxESA on How to Make Intelligent Robots That Understand the World. It's really in the title, and for the rest, you should just watch the talk.

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Goodbye #1999JU3, welcome Ryugu! 

The target asteroid for +JAXA | 宇宙航空研究開発機構  Hayabusa and #DLR  +CNES MASCOT lander mission has a new name! Find out why at http://global.jaxa.jp/press/2015/10/20151005_ryugu.html or https://mascot.cnes.fr/en/hayabusa-2-mission-goes-toward-ryugu-asteroid

Want to to know what #Ryugu is? You will find out in the ancient Japanese story 'Urashima Taro'. To read or listen to the audio version, go to  http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/72/japanese-fairy-tales/4881/the-story-of-urashima-taro-the-fisher-lad/ 

Find @MASCOT2018 on twitter for the latest updates: https://twitter.com/MASCOT2018

(DVE)

Image 1: An artist's impression of Hayabusa 2 probe with the MASCOT lander at the Ryugu asteroid. Credit: JAXA. Image 2: Statue of Urashima Tarō in Mitoyo, Kagawa. Credit: Toto-tarou. GFDL, cc-by-sa-2.5.
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