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European space agency signs deal for asteroid defence mission – Sydney Morning Herald

The mission is reminiscent of the 1998 film Armageddon, in which actor Bruce Willis plays a member of a team sent to destroy an asteroid to save Earth.

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Darmstadt, Germany: The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a deal worth 129 million ($208 million) to make a spacecraft for a joint project with NASA looking at how to deflect an asteroid heading for Earth.
NASA is due to launch a spacecraft in June 2021 set on a collision course with the Dimorphos asteroid to test whether it would be possible to nudge objects that might be threatening Earth onto a safer path.
ESA will then launch its spacecraft named Hera after the Greek goddess of marria…

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Stop Saying Isaac Newton Was an Overachiever in Lockdown. Here’s The Reality – ScienceAlert

There’s no doubt that modern science owes the 17th century English polymath Sir Isaac Newton some gratitude. You don’t get a whole unit of force named after you…

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There’s no doubt that modern science owes the 17th century English polymath Sir Isaac Newton some gratitude. You don’t get a whole unit of force named after you for nothing.
But if you’re feeling guilty that your time in isolation hasn’t been as productive as his was reported to have been, go easy on yourself; his Annus Mirabilis wasn’t as mirabilis as you might think.
In a year short on inspiration and big on staring wistfully out of windows in hopes that 2021 has a little less plague, smoke,…

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Venus belongs to Russia, claims cosmonaut corporation director – msnNOW

A Russian space director claims that Venus is a Russian possession.

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A Russian space director claims that Venus is a Russian possession.
Everybody wants to rule the world, claims Tears for Fears, but Russia has set its sights beyond Earth.
Dmitry Rogozin, the director of Roscosmos a Russian-run cosmonaut and aerospace research corporation indicated earlier this week that his nation is organizing an intragalactic mission to Venus, reported TASS.
We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldnt lag behind, asserted Rogo…

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Victoria records 21 new cases of coronavirus, seven deaths – WAtoday

Victoria has recorded just 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the past day and seven more deaths.

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“It is a combination of indoors which is 20 times more dangerous than outdoors. And the length of time you spend.
“There are brief encounters indoors, as you get your takeaway coffee, it is much less of a risk. But if you are indoors for a protracted period of time that is exactly when transmission occurs. People need to be aware of that.”
Since Monday, Victorians living alone have been allowed to visit a ‘bubble buddy’. Regional Victorians can now host up to five visitors from one nominated h…

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