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VR Headset on ISS 'Really Makes a Difference' for Astronaut Exercise
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VR Headset on ISS 'Really Makes a Difference' for Astronaut Exercise

Astronauts on the International Space Station can experience cycling routes on Earth with the help of a VR headset and a new exercise bike.

NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'
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NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will use a cloud-based system to extend the life of polar-orbiting satellites slated for decommissioning.

Japan's SLIM Moon Lander Is Carrying a Transforming Ball Robot
From ACM TechNews

Japan's SLIM Moon Lander Is Carrying a Transforming Ball Robot

Last week, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the Smart Lander for Investigation Moon probe with a small, spherical lunar explorer aboard.
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