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First CubeSats to travel the solar system snap ‘Pale Blue Dot’ homage

The InSight launch earlier this month had a couple of stowaways: a pair of tiny CubeSats that are already the farthest such tiny satellites have ever been from Earth — by a long shot. And one of them got a chance to snap a picture of their home planet as an homage to the Voyager mission’s famous “Pale Blue Dot.” It’s hardly as amazing a shot as the original, but it’s still cool. The CubeSats, named MarCO-A and B, are an experiment to test the suitability of pint-size craft for exploration of the solar system; previously they have only ever been deployed into orbit. That changed on May 5, when the InSight mission took off, with the MarCO twins detaching on a similar trajectory to the geology-focused Mars lander. It wasn’t long before they went farther than any CubeSat has gone before. Citizen spacecraft builders literally race to the moon in NASA’s Cube Quest Challenge A few days after launch MarCO-A and B were about a million kilometers (621,371 miles) from Earth, and it was time to unfold its high-gain antenna. A fisheye camera attached to the chassis had an eye on the process and took a picture to send back home  to inform mission control that all was well. But as a bonus (though not by accident — very few accidents happen on missions like this), Earth and the moon were in full view as MarCO-B took its antenna selfie. Here’s an annotated version of the one above: “Consider it our homage to Voyager,” said JPL’s Andy Klesh in a news release . “CubeSats have never gone this far into space before, so it’s a big milestone. Both our CubeSats are healthy and functioning properly. We’re looking forward to seeing them travel even farther.” So far it’s only good news and validation of the idea that cheap CubeSats could potentially be launched by the dozen to undertake minor science missions at a fraction of the cost of something like InSight.

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Ava DuVernay will direct a ‘New Gods’ movie for DC

A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay is closing a deal with Warner Brothers to direct a movie based on DC’s New Gods comics. The news was first reported in Deadline , and DuVernay seemed to confirm it by subsequently tweeting a tribute to New Gods creator Jack Kirby . While beloved by many comics fans, The New Gods aren’t as well-known as DC or Marvel’s biggest superheroes. They were part of an interconnected series of 1970s titles known as Kirby’s Fourth World, which told the story of the cosmic war between the planets Apokolips and New Genesis. The Fourth World included some of Kirby’s most compelling heroes, including the brooding soldier Orion and the escape artist Mister Miracle ( true story: my first tattoo is drawn from Mister Miracle ), but the most durable character was Darkseid, ruler of Apokolips and master of the Anti-Life Equation. Darkseid’s relationship with Orion provided a clear model for the Star Wars movies (it almost seems too on-the-nose that his name is pronounced “dark side”). Thanos, the villain in Avengers: Infinity War , is sometimes described as a Darkseid knockoff . And DC often brings him back as one of its most reliable bad guys. “Our dreams make us large.” Thank you, #JackKirby . pic.twitter.com/gv3SiccV6a — Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 15, 2018 Batman v. Superman and Justice League seemed to be setting Darkseid up as the ultimate villain of the DC Cinematic Universe. However, those plans may be changing due to the disappointing performance of Justice League . In fact, Deadline suggests that DuVernay’s New Gods film (to be scripted by Chasing Mavericks screenwriter Kario Salem) will be unconnected to the other DC movies. DC is supposedly working on a slate of standalone, creator-driven titles including Todd Phillips’ Joker origin story — a strategy that should result in some interesting films, even if it’s confusing for casual moviegoers. Back in December, DuVernay tweeted that one of the New Gods characters, Big Barda, was her favorite superhero

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How reinventing software testing can transform your business — and change the world

 Software isn’t “eating the world.” It’s feeding the world, healing the world, educating the world and bringing the world’s top minds together to solve our most challenging problems. At least that’s what I’ve witnessed while leading digital transformation initiatives across organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Genentech and… Read More

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How reinventing software testing can transform your business — and change the world

 Software isn’t “eating the world.” It’s feeding the world, healing the world, educating the world and bringing the world’s top minds together to solve our most challenging problems. At least that’s what I’ve witnessed while leading digital transformation initiatives across organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Genentech and… Read More

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NASA Releases Historical Footage On YouTube – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo NASA Releases Historical Footage On YouTube Ubergizmo NASA wants to make it easier for people researching into its discoveries and achievements to find what they're looking for. To that end, the agency has now announced that it's releasing hundreds of videos containing important historical footage on YouTube. and more »

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NASA Releases Historical Footage On YouTube – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo NASA Releases Historical Footage On YouTube Ubergizmo NASA wants to make it easier for people researching into its discoveries and achievements to find what they're looking for. To that end, the agency has now announced that it's releasing hundreds of videos containing important historical footage on YouTube. and more »

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Jupiter is the oldest planet in the Solar System

Jupiter's ancient name really is well-deserved: according to a new study, the king of the planets isn't just the largest in the Solar System, it's also the oldest. A team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and th...

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