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Latest from Pluto, 'Wafer sats' could reach up to 25% of lightspeed, and more..

11 Sep 2015, 20:15 UTC
Latest from Pluto, 'Wafer sats' could reach up to 25% of lightspeed, and more..
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Asteroid deflection and high speed 'wafer sats':A company named DE-star has released their latest video on their laser propulsion project. The projects aims are to develop a realistic means of deflecting an asteroid on a collision course with Earth, and a means of photon based propulsion for interstellar space craft. A poster explaining how the technology would enable a range of missions to the nearest stars is here.Laser being fired at simulated asteroid.:New data comes back from new Horizons :The latest data is back from Pluto, and it's proving to be a strange world: Colour image courtesy of Phil Stooke on unmannedspaceflight.comChaotic terrain on Pluto, courtesy of NASA.“Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we’ve seen in the solar system,” said New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado. “If an artist had painted this Pluto before our flyby, I probably would have called it over the top — but that’s what is actually there.” the dwarf planet also shows signs of dunes, something that was predicted before the flybyPluto's Moon Charon has been known for a while to have a mysterious reddish cap over one ...

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