The Morning Briefing: Space and satellites

Summary:"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about space and satellites.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about space and satellites.

1.) Nasa back in contact with the International Space Station. Nasa ground controllers have re-established contact with the International Space Station less than three hours after a computer failure briefly interrupted communication.

2.) Sun-powered space lasers, gravity tractor beams, or a nuclear device - how to stop asteroids and meteors from hitting the earth. After the week in which an asteroid passed a mere 17,000 miles from the earth, and a meteor injured over a thousand people in Russia one scientist warns 'duck and cover' is not an option

3.) Mysterious 'space slime' thought to be from Russian meteorite turns out to be unfertilised frog spawn. With a meteorite causing chaos in Russia and an asteroid passing closer to Earth than ever before, last week was a particularly strange and eventful one. But none more so than on Ham Wall Nature reserve in Somerset, were scientists were left baffled by an unusual 'slime'.

4.) Space station's dark matter hunter coy about findings. What a tease. A high-profile dark matter-hunting experiment that sits atop the International Space Station allegedly has interesting results – but its researchers are not telling.

5.) The wonders of detailed satellite imagery. Satellite imagery has a very important part to play in weather. It not only allows us to see what is happening right now, it also gives invaluable information that can be put into weather computer models to predict what is going to happen in the future.

Image credit: NASA

Related:

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation

About

Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charli... Full Bio

zdnet_core.socialButton.googleLabel Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.