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Science Correspondent — BBC
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BBC Science Correspondent

Tim Peake to control machine on Earth from International Space Station

bbc.co.uk — UK astronaut Tim Peake will get to drive a rover on Mars shortly. Or, at least, that is the scenario he is facing in a challenging experiment. In reality, the Briton, currently on the International Space Station, will command a robot to roll around a giant sandpit in Stevenage that simulates the surface of the Red Planet.

New EU Sentinel radar satellite takes first image

bbc.co.uk — The EU's newest Earth observation satellite, Sentinel-1b, has returned its first radar imagery. It shows a 250km swathe of the Arctic that includes Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago. Sentinel-1b was launched on Monday by a Soyuz rocket, and engineers have spent the hours since running early checks.

Glaciers with a flotilla of 'ice sails'

bbc.co.uk — Rare and somewhat esoteric. These are the huge pyramids of ice that stand proud of the surface on some glaciers. To date, the phenomenon has only really been seen around the Karakoram mountain region of Pakistan. The Baltoro glacier, which begins life at the very summit of K2, has some particularly fine examples.

James Webb's mirror is revealed

bbc.co.uk — Revealed for the first time in all its glory - the main mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope, which will be launched in 2018. JWST is regarded as the successor to Hubble, and will carry technologies capable of detecting the light from the first stars to shine in the Universe.

Beagle probe 'seen in sharper view'

bbc.com — From the section Science & Environment Supporting evidence that the Beagle-2 probe is sitting intact on the surface of Mars has come from a new imaging technique developed by UCL scientists. Their method stacks and matches multiple pictures taken from orbit to resolve more detail than can be retrieved through standard processing.

Beagle probe 'seen in sharper view'

bbc.co.uk — Supporting evidence that the Beagle-2 probe is sitting intact on the surface of Mars has come from a new imaging technique developed by UCL scientists. Their method stacks and matches multiple pictures taken from orbit to resolve more detail than can be retrieved through standard processing.

Second EU radar Sentinel satellite launches

bbc.co.uk — The European Space Agency has launched a second radar satellite into the EU's new Sentinel constellation. Sentinel-1b was carried into orbit by a Soyuz rocket that flew out of Sinamary in French Guiana. The new platform will monitor shipping lanes for pollution and icebergs, and survey land surfaces for evidence of subsidence - to name just three of the myriad applications for radar imagery.

Sentinels in constant watch on mighty polar glaciers

bbc.co.uk — The EU's Sentinel satellite system has begun monitoring six mighty polar glaciers in near real-time. The sextet - Pine Island and Thwaites in Antarctica; and Jakobshavn, Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden, Zacharae Isstrom and Petermann in Greenland - are major contributors to ongoing sea-level rise. They are thinning and flowing faster, and scientists believe some of them have become unstable.

Sentinel maps North Korean nuclear blast aftermath

bbc.com — From the section Science & Environment The ground convulsion resulting from North Korea's underground nuclear bomb test in January has been mapped by Europe's Sentinel-1a radar satellite. The EU spacecraft uses a technique called interferometry to sense surface movements. Its data shows rock above the blast zone going down by up to 7cm in one area and rising 2-3cm in another.

Solar Impulse sets off for California after long lay-off

bbc.co.uk — The zero-fuel aeroplane, Solar Impulse, has renewed its effort to try to circumnavigate the globe. The 72m-wingspan vehicle set off from Kalaeloa, Hawaii, at shortly after dawn local time, bound for San Francisco. Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard is at the controls and expects the flight to take two-and-a-half days.
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Apr 29, 2016

.@astro_timpeake has found three targets in his Martian "Easter egg" hunt. Now after bonus points. #METERON pic.twitter.com/hJILY85pun

Apr 29, 2016

RT @esaoperations: On #ISS @astro_timpeake sending camera pan & tilt commands - follow @Air@AirbusGroupeo feed via httpairbusdefenceandspace.com/astronaut-tim-…target="_blank" href="http://twitter.com/search?q=%23METERON">#METERON

Apr 29, 2016

RT @esaoperations: Confirmed: @astro_timpeake has started sending commands to Bridget the Rover #meteron Live video from ISS now https://t.airbusdefenceandspace.com/astronaut-tim-…o/u5kSrgisYM

Apr 29, 2016

@markmccaughrean @alokjha @AirbusDS @astro_timpeake Even in sub zero temps and at extremely low air pressure - his hair still looks perfect.

Apr 29, 2016

@markmccaughrean ...but not in caves. Might scratch the roof paintwork on a stalactite.

Apr 29, 2016

@markmccaughrean That's the whole point, though. Imagine Elon's in Mars orbit, and needs to move his Teslas around before he arrives.


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