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Europe names world's first disabled astronaut


PARIS, Nov 23 (Reuters) - The European Space Agency on Wednesday named the first ever "parastronaut" in a major step towards allowing people with physical disabilities to work and live in space.
The 22-nation agency said it had selected former British Paralympic sprinter John McFall as part of a new generation of 17 recruits picked for astronaut training.
 

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Scientists make unprecedented detection on a planet 700 light-years away


Now, for the first time, they've discovered "a full menu" of atoms and molecules in an exoplanet's clouds, and some are interacting. This latest detection proves that astronomers can peer into the atmospheres of strange exoplanets and decipher what's transpiring or being made chemically — and if these worlds might then contain conditions that could potentially harbor life. (On our planet, atmospheric chemistry, which is responsible for creating the likes of an insulating atmosphere and the protective ozone layer, is vital for life.)
 

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Construction begins on the world's largest radio observatory


The SKA Observatory is around three decades in the making and is the brainchild of astronomers from around the world, who came together in the 1980s to explore how radio waves can tell stories about the history of the universe. In 2012, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation settled on two sites in South Africa and Australia to co-host the facility, taking advantage of the lack of human-generated radio waves in remote regions for clear observations of the cosmos.
 

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SETI is a whole nother discussion. I do not agree with them or their methodology and have contacted them a few times about it with zero response.

As for the telescope, that is awesome. The Arecibo collapse anniversary was this week, and I hope this can replace it.
 

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I've shared thus with you before....https://timothypierce.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/86/
 
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