Galileo

The UK buys a 45 percent stake in broke satellite startup OneWeb

OneWeb After losing access to the EU’s satellite-navigation system Galileo due to Brexit, the UK is hoping to replace it with OneWeb satellites. A government-led consortium has won an auction for the satellite internet company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March as it sought a buyer.  If a US bankruptcy court approves the …

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EU will speed up its spaceflight plans in response to SpaceX and China

JODY AMIET/AFP via Getty Images The modern space race is heating up, and the European Union is acutely aware that it needs to keep pace. Space chief Thierry Breton told Reuters in an interview that the EU is accelerating its plans in light of rapid progress by private companies like SpaceX as well as China’s …

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Take a virtual tour of the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy

Entrance to the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy. Jennifer Ouellette “And yet it moves”: Galileo’s index and middle fingers, lovingly preserved. Sean Carroll A closer look at Galileo’s middle finger. Sean Carroll Collection of early telescopes. Sean Carroll A large armillary sphere (1588-1593) built for Ferdinand I de’ Medici. Jennifer Ouellette A close-up of the …

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