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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Developed and built for a rally in 1939 that never was, the Porsche Type 64 is the first in a long line of Porsche race cars. Bought from the Porsche family in 1949, it was the first proper Porsche sold, and was raced during the 1950’s by forgotten race legend Otto Mathé. Up for auction in August, the prototype Porsche is expected to sell for $20 million.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • In a decision mirroring Kennedy’s decision to go to the Moon in the first place, Trump has requested NASA to ‘accelerate’ plans to return to the moon. But that’s not all: “This time, when we go to the Moon, we will stay. And then we will use what we learn on the Moon to take the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • As ESA’s website explains, its Planetary Defence Office is an “essential element” in ESA’s safety-related activities. It’s stated goals:Become aware of the current and future position of near-Earth objects relative to our planetEstimate the likelihood of Earth impactsAssess the consequences of any possible impactInform relevant parties, e.g. national emergency response agenciesDevelop methods to deflect any risky asteroids
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  • The EU did give money to the EHT. But it did so through the European Research Council, not through the ESA as one would assume going on the information given. The EU provided about €34.3 million in funding (€14 million for the BlackHoleCam-project and another €30.3 for the RadioNet-project). A rather long list of other institutions providing funding suggests that the claim that it wouldn’t have happened without the EU is rather facetious.
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  • In 2012 the Huet Brothers decided they want to build a more… commercial product. The absolute madmen. It is called the HB Coupe and it is stunningly beautiful. There is not a lot of room for the children, but the chances that you’ll be able to produce a few of those are vastly increased by driving a Huet.
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  • The boys from Aviar Motors call it “the first electric Muscle Car with incredible acceleration dynamics and high level of comfort.” Well, let’s not ponder the Russian notion of comfort for too long, but the ‘incredible’ part seems quite legit. The R67 is a downright monster.
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  • They pulled it off by designing a new car that’s essentially an evolution of their previous cars, aiming for the future without forgetting where it all started. And that’s no accident. Porsche knows all too well that when it overdoes changes to their designs (hello there 996), the loyal fan base gets up in arms, and no one likes angry Germans.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Fighting against Earth’s gravitational field, it put itself in orbit around the moon. Eventually, though frugal, SMART-1 ran out of fuel and was inextricably attracted by the Moon. So on 3 September 2006, it crashed, after successfully fulfilling its mission and remaining active beyond expectations.
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  • CryoSat uses a radar altimeter, that detects tiny variations in the height of the ice across the entire continent, which includes the steeper continental margins. The vast majority of ice losses occur there. The model uses about 250 million measurements, taken by CryoSat between July 2010 en July 2016. This is about 5 million more than used for the previous version – for a snapshot of 95% of the continent, up by 3%.
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  • The image is of the G305 star-forming complex: a stellar nursery. Cloudy and dusty places that shine brightly in infra-red light, stellar nurseries feature a number of bright, intricate gas clouds. These are heated by the infant stars in their midst, which stand out in the image as a blue tone, contrasting with the red-brownish colour of cooler regions.
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