July 26, 2019

56: Phew! We're Officially In The Clear

56: Phew! We're Officially In The Clear

ESA confirms asteroid will miss Earth in 2019

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SpaceTime 20190726 Series 22 Episode 56

*ESA confirms asteroid will miss Earth in 2019

Astronomers have confirmed that Asteroid 2006 QV89 won’t hit the Earth when it makes its close approach on September 9th.

*A planetary defence exercise sharpens both scientists and emergency teams

A recent planetary defence exercise designed to see whether the Earth really could protect itself from a major asteroid impact didn’t do so well -- with scientists failing to save New York City from a major asteroid impact.

*SpaceX Dragon test failure find fault

Investigators have blamed a leak of propellant due to the failure of a titanium check valve -- for the explosion which destroyed a Crew Dragon 2 capsule during tests at Cape Canaveral in April.

*Russian Spektr space telescope launched

The Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos has successfully launched Moscow’s new Spektr-RG X-ray space Telescope.

*The Science Report

Unravelling the structure of the influenza A virus genome.

A new study finds Autism Spectrum Disorder is mostly genetics based.

The Agent Smith malware infecting millions of android devices globally.

Development of a super-fast version of the central building block of a quantum computer.

The magic crystals of Peter Brock’s energy polarizer.

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