A commercial satellite operator says it has captured a rare image of China’s first aircraft carrier as it sailed through the Yellow Sea, after going through an exercise that’s the 21st-century equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack.
A Google Maps satellite has spotted a series of bizarre structures during a sweep of the Gobi desert in China. The internet is buzzing with theories about what their purpose is, with suggestions ranging from giant QR readers to practise targets for military satellites.
A Tweet on Nasa’s official Twitter account said ‘Re-entry prediction now later than expected – tonight or late Saturday morning,’ at just before noon Eastern Time. The official Nasa site reveals that the satellite’s orientation has changed during its plunge – and that its rate of descent was ‘changing’, making it difficult for Nasa computers to predict the time or place of landing.
NASA space junk experts have refined the forecast for the anticipated death plunge of a giant satellite, with the U.S. space agency now predicting the 6 1/2-ton climate probe will plummet to Earth around Sept. 23, a day earlier than previously reported.
WikiLeaks has released documents to The Daily Telegraph that disclose a show of military strength by both the United States and China using space missiles to target satellites. China shocked the U.S. in January of 2007 when it took out one of its own weather satellites that was orbiting 530 miles above the Earth, and the U.S. responded.