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Mandla Maseko is set fulfill his ambition to become the first black African to travel into space. He has been selected as one of the 23 civilians to be on a suborbital flight 62 miles above the earth in a commercial space plane. (Feb. 4) Video provided by AP


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E-ELT: Looking Into Black Holes

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Deutsche Welle (July 21, 2013) — Known as the E-ELT for short, the European Extremely Large Telescope will be located at the European Southern Observatory, the ESO. At the moment, parts of the spyglass are being assembled in Garching in southern Germany. Jochen Liske of the ESO is involved in the project, which is expected to be ready to operate in the coming decade. Yet astronomers already know the telescope will be used to research black holes. At the moment, an enormous gas cloud is being torn apart by a black hole in the galaxy where the earth is located, the Milky Way. The E-ELT will be used to probe events like this, with the aim of answering key astronomical questions, such as the role of black holes in the development of galaxies.
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RAW VIDEO: Talking Robot Astronaut to Head to Space Station

RAW VIDEO: Talking Robot Astronaut to Head to Space Station

CBC (Aug. 2, 2013) — Kirobo, the world's first space conversation robot, will be launched into space from the Tanegashima Space center to the International Space Station Sunday.
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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Flies Higher and Faster

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Flies Higher and Faster

Buzz60 (Sep. 6, 2013) — Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is taking space tourism to the next level. The space machine is designed to take suborbital flights, zooming passengers on short space adventures. On its most recent flight, the spaceship flew under rocket power for 4 seconds longer than ever before reaching an altitude of 69,000 feet. Over 600 people have signed up to be the first to take a ride, but the company still needs approval from the FAA to take passengers into space. Krysitn Goodwin has the story.
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'Black Hole Cam' to Capture First Image of Black Hole

'Black Hole Cam' to Capture First Image of Black Hole

Buzz60 (Dec. 19, 2013) — European scientists are looking to snap the first picture of a black hole. The Milky Way is theoretically centered by a massive black hole and the BlackHoleCam is going to try and get the first image of it's event horizon, the point of no return. Europe is also launching a billion dollar telescope to map the Milky Way. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) has the rest.
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