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Robot crewed space stations, a picture worth 1000 papers, and more....

15 Sep 2015, 10:51 UTC
Robot crewed space stations, a picture worth 1000 papers, and more....
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US military developing robot run deep space 'hub' for deeps space satellite servicing:The US military definitely has an interest in space - as well as their surveillance satellites and whatever else they have up there they run a small fleet of robotic reusable space planes called the X37-B's.Above: An X37-B coming in to land. Courtesy fo the USAF.Now DARPA is looking to begin development on robotic arms, which will be used as part of an in-space repair, construction, and servicing hub, located in geostationary orbit. The robot run space station would be part of a "a vibrant, robust ecosystem that involves transportation, repair, refuelling, upgrading, [and] in situ construction"  officials said.Gigantic nitrogen crystals on Pluto: The surface and near subsurface of Pluto is dominated by solid (and possibly liquid) nitrogen, which does some weird stuff, as the video below shows....Above: Liquid nitrogen freezing solid does some weird, and explosive, stuff.... ... but the paper linked to in the title suggests that it might grow into monstrous crystals over a meter big. Plus the New Horizons team report they have seen a picture worth 1000 scientific papers from their space craft, which has led space geeks like myself to go on forums ...

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