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20 hours ago

Kapothi

Ten days after losing contact with the Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram, the Indian Space Research Organisation has tweeted a thank for for all the support it received.

The Indian Space Research Organisation has tweeted a thank you for all the support that has been showered on the agency since it lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2 lander during its descent on to the lunar surface.

"Thank you for standing by us. We will continue to keep going forward - propelled by the hopes and dreams of Indians across the world!" the Indian Space Research Organisation tweeted, long with a graphic of an imposing looking Moon.

The graphic also has the sillehoutte of a man jumping between across a cliff and the words, "Thank you for inspiring us to always aim for the sky".

The tweet comes 10 days after Isro lost contact with the Vikram lander during its attempt to land on the Moon. Contact with Vikram was lost moments before it was to land near the south pole of the Moon.
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20 hours ago

Kapothi

SpaceX wants to become one of the world's largest internet providers by deploying a constellation of thousands of satellites to beam broadband from space. And it wants to get it done fast.
Over the past week, the company laid out plans to launch an unprecedented number of rockets next year, with as many as 24 missions dedicated solely to hauling batches of its broadband-beaming satellites into space. SpaceX recently asked regulators for permission to rearrange its planned constellation, dubbed Starlink, in a way that would allow fewer satellites to cover more territory, according to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission.
By the end of 2020, SpaceX could be delivering high-speed internet coverage across the southern United States.
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1 day ago

Kapothi

Today, Amazon launched a new music subscription service called Amazon Music HD with the selling point being "50 million songs in the highest-quality streaming audio."

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Your typical music streaming service plays audio at up to 320kbps, but Amazon has decided to offer a higher-quality (CD quality) streaming experience by promising lossless audio if you subscribe to Music HD. What does that mean for audio playback? You'll have access to over 50 million songs in either high definition (up to 850kbps) or Ultra HD (up to 3,730kbps).

Amazon already has over 50 million songs available to stream in HD and "millions of songs in Ultra HD." It's also offering 90 days free for you to try the service and see if you enjoy the higher quality streaming. Existing Amazon Music subscribers also get access for 90 days without any additional charge. If you can't really tell the difference through your listening device and headphones of choice, it's probably not worth the price without a hardware upgrade happens first.

Subscribing beyond the 90 day free trial will cost $12.99 for Amazon Prime customers or $14.99 for non-Prime listeners. Existing Amazon Music subscribers will pay an extra $5 a month. Amazon's main competition for HD streaming audio is Tidal, which offers a 30-day trial, 60 million tracks, but costs $19.99 a month. That's a huge difference and suggests Amazon is about to steal a lot of Tidal's customers away unless it rethinks its pricing quickly.

Taking full advantage of Amazon Music HD does come with a few pre-requisites. You're going to need an internet connection capable of achieving at least 1.5Mbps to ensure you're getting the highest quality streaming Music HD can offer. Your streaming device needs to support 16-bit/44.1kHz playback and your headphones or speakers need to support the same.

For now, the HD service is limited to customers located in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan.

Source - PCMAG.com
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1 day ago

Kapothi

Mars is a planet of many textures. Images taken by orbiting spacecraft show us the depth and breadth of the Red Planet's funky landscapes that evoke thoughts of shag carpets and spiders. So anybody up for some Mars ice cream?

The European Space Agency and Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter caught sight of a frosty-looking section of ground in the region of the planet's north pole.

The spacecraft's CaSSIS camera snapped a squiggly collection of dunes with darker patches showing through. It looks like a close-up of cookies-and-cream ice cream.

Source - cnet
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1 day ago

Kapothi

NELUM KULUNA illuminates Colombo skyline Yesterday
President Maithripala Sirisena to open Lotus Tower – the highest self-supported structure in South Asia

Towering at an imposing height of 350 metres, the highest self-supported structure in South Asia, the Lotus Tower or Nelum Kuluna will now enable local and foreign visitors to enjoy panoramic views of our paradise island from today.

President Maithripala Sirisena will open Lotus Tower in Colombo Yesterday (16) at the inauguration ceremony which held at 5.00 pm with the expected participation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRC) has also invited all Parliamentarians among other dignitaries, to the inauguration.

Among other features, the tower comprises a telecommunications museum, a revolving restaurant, a hotel, an auditorium, a conference hall, a ballroom and an observation deck.

The construction of the 350-metre-high Multi-Functional Transmission Television and Telecommunications Tower was earlier scheduled to be completed in March 2015. Today, the Lotus Tower finally blossoms today after a delay of four years.

A sum of US$ 104 million has been spent for the construction of the tower, of which 80 percent of the cost has been borne by China Exim Bank. The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRC), China National Electronics Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC) and Aerospace Long-March International Trade Company Limited (ALIT) signed the contract for the project in 2012.
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