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Sunset on Pluto, a mighty odd mountain on Ceres, and much more...

18 Sep 2015, 07:39 UTC
Sunset on Pluto, a mighty odd mountain on Ceres, and much more...
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Sunset on Pluto captured by New Horizons space probe:Sunset on the planet Pluto. 'Nuff said. Above: Sunset on Pluto. Original captured by New Horizons, colour added by Ian R of unmanned spaceflight.com using New Horizons data.The Solar system to scale:A map of the solar system is a difficult thing to get right: If you want to show the planets to scale then their orbits will be much, much to small. If you show the orbits to scale the planets will be so small as to be invisible. To Scale: The Solar System from Wylie Overstreet on Vimeo.Spiderfab tech could enable gigantic space telescopes: Above: CGI impression of a Spiderfab droid at work. Image courtesy of tethers unlimited.Spiderfab is an idea from Tethers Unlimited that takes elf assembly in space to the next level: rather than launching massive, bulky spacecraft whole, send them up as raw components with a 'factory' smart enough to build those components into the finished product. It would certainly save space!Using this approach  space telescopes and solar sails hundreds of meters across could be constructed in space. Follow the link to the menu, then click each further link for Tethers Unlimited's prestnation, audio files, etcSpaceX's 'Red Dragon ship ...

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