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Gibraltar Supreme Court says Iranian tanker is free to sail | News

Gibraltar's Supreme Court has ruled Iranian oil tanker is free to sail, just hours after the United States "to seize" the vessel, authorities said. Grace 1 British Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4 Grace 1 The European Union [19659005sanctionsagainstthegovernmentofSyrianPresident Bashar al-Assad . Iran had denied the accusation and called the seizure "an act of piracy." Chief …

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500 Years Ago Today Magellan and Elcano Set Sail to Conquer the World

On August 10, 1519, King Charles of Spain watched naval officers Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastián Elcano set sail to the 'Spice Islands', now the Maluku Islands in Indonesia. 239 brave men boarded five ships, and to evade the Portuguese fleet, Magellan first sailed south and west from Seville. Almost exactly three years after their departure, on September 6, 1522, …

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The Light Sail is Working … It's Working!

Good news from The Planetary Society: LightSail 2's solar sail is intended as intended. After launching on June 25th, then deploying its solar sail system on July 23rd, mission managers have been working on the solar sail to optimize their way LightSail 2 orients itself towards the Sun. "Bruce Betts, LightSail Program Manager, Chief Scientist, Planetary Society." Bruce Betts, LightSail …

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So, how much did the light sail of the Planetary Society really sail?

This image was taken during the LightSail 2 sail delivery sequence on July 23, 2019 at 18:49 UTC. The sail is almost fully deployed and appears warped near the edges due to the spacecraft's 185-degree fisheye camera lens. This image was taken during the LightSail 2 sail delivery sequence on July 23, 2019 at 18:48 UTC. Baja California and Mexico …

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Solar sail test successful so far! / Boing Boing

Yesterday, a satellite less than a shoebox unfurled a solar sail making it the first spacecraft to orbit the Earth powered by sunlight. LightSail2 is a project of the Planetary Society, a fantastic nonprofit organization co-founded by astronomer and science educator Carl Sagan. From the New York Times: For centuries, it was only a dream: traveling through space propelled by …

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Drama in near-Earth orbit while LightSail2 sets sail

LightSail 2 has successfully used its awnings. Shortly after 12:00 PST, the Planetary Society tweeted that the sails were set and the spacecraft sailed with sunlight. We can all enjoy their success and wonder how awnings will fit in with humanity's plans for space exploration. This is a dramatic moment for LightSail 2 and The Planetary Society, the world's largest …

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A New Website Tracks the Just-Launched Solar Sail Spaceship

Locked On Last month, a spacecraft called LightSail 2 – which uses a solar sail to propel itself using sunlight. The planetary society, the space research organization that developed the solar sail, publishes every update it sends down. The Planetary Society expects LightSail 2's sail to unfurl some time this week, according to The Verge at which point it will …

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Japanese whalers set sail for commercial hunting

Copyright EPA Caption The first whaling ships depart early Monday from Nordkushiro Five Japanese whaling ships have set out for decades despite international criticism for the country's first commercial hunt. The whaling ships have permission to catch 227 whales – Minke, Bryde and Sei – by the end of the year. Japan's last commercial hunt took place in 1986, but …

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Battlewakes Pirates sail to Oculus Quest and PSVR

Hopefully, UploadVR's look at Survio's latest game Battlewake in our E3 VR Showcase has pleased you this week. If you were hoping to play the game with other headsets besides Oculus Rift and we have good news. it also comes to Quest and PSVR. The latter version was confirmed earlier this week on Kinda Funny's E3 Showcase. A representative from …

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