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Iridium NEXT constellation now complete

A successful SpaceX launch on Friday 11 January, which transported ten satellites into low orbit, means that the constellation of Iridium NEXT is now complete. The company announced that all 10 satellites have successfully communicated with the Iridium Satellite Network operations center and are preparing to undergo initial in-orbit testing. This was the eighth and last launch for the Iridium …

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China offers NASA use of moon mission probe

"It did not cost a lot of money, I could say that it could be like a kilometer of subway we build." It was also revealed that NASA scientists exchanged data with the Chinese lunar team, and China has consented to NASA's request to use the lunar changer Chang & e-4 for future American exploration of the farther side of …

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Lightning-inspired method makes ammonia with no catalyst | Research

US researchers have invented a way to produce ammonia, vital in the production of fertilizers to feed the 7.7 billion human beings of the Earth , without relying on catalysts as do today's industrial methods. The team, led by Mohan Sankaran and Julie Renner at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, electrolytically produces ammonia from water and nitrogen. This …

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Nike the ‘tick python’: Full recovery is hopeful

At the end of last week, Tony Harrison of Gold Coast Snake Catcher on the East Coast of Australia released a fantastic video on Facebook of a call that had to retrieve a carpet python from a customer's pool in Coolangatta . Image / Gold Coast and Brisbane's Facebook page Snake Catcher Amazed by what he found, Harrison said: "I …

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why has nobody found any life outside of Earth?

Curious Kids is a series for children. Send your question to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au. You may also like the Imagine This podcast, a co-production between ABC KIDS and The Conversation based on Curious Kids. Why has no one ever found a life outside of the Earth? – Anna G, 12, Strathfield, Sydney. Anna, thank you for your fantastic question. Astronomers like us …

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