Vintage film shows Thwaites Glacier ice shelf melting faster than previously observed
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Vintage film shows Thwaites Glacier ice shelf melting faster than previously observed

Professor Dustin Schroeder (foreground) and art historian Jessica Daniel splice 50-year-old film containing radar measurements of Antarctica into a reel in preparation for digital scanning at the Scott Polar Research Institute in the UK. Credit: Dustin Schroeder Newly digitized vintage film has doubled how far back scientists can peer into the history of underground ice…

Astronauts Celebrate Labor Day 2019 in Space
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Astronauts Celebrate Labor Day 2019 in Space

NASA astronauts Christina Koch (left), Nick Hague (center) and Andrew Morgan pose for a selfie inside the International Space Station’s Cupola observation module as a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft hovers just outside in the background during their Expedition 60 mission. (Image: © NASA) American astronauts on the International Space Station are starting this week with a…

SpaceX reportedly refused to move Starlink satellite, provoking odd space agency tweets
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SpaceX reportedly refused to move Starlink satellite, provoking odd space agency tweets

The European Space Agency (ESA) has published an unusual press release – in the form of a Twitter thread – specifically blaming SpaceX’s nascent Starlink constellation for a collision avoidance maneuver recently performed by Aeolus, a scientific spacecraft in low Earth orbit (LEO). SpaceX reportedly refused to move its Starlink satellite, triggering the maneuver.SpaceX launched…

One of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites almost collided with a weather forecasting satellite today
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One of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites almost collided with a weather forecasting satellite today

The European Space Agency had to move one of its satellites out of the way today to protect it from colliding with a SpaceX Starlink satellite, the space agency just announced on Twitter.A first: ESA says it’s the first time it has had to perform a “collision avoidance maneuver” to stop one of its satellites from crashing into a…

Errol Morris and Bob Odenkirk team up to “capture the absurdity and the desperation” of climate change
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Errol Morris and Bob Odenkirk team up to “capture the absurdity and the desperation” of climate change

Director Errol Morris made a bunch of darkly funny 30-second spots about climate change starring Bob Odenkirk. From his director’s statement: I have never had any trouble believing in climate change, global warming, or whatever you want to call it. The scientific evidence is overwhelming. Galileo famously replied to Archbishop Piccolomini (or some other Vatican…