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PhoneSat 1.0 during high-altitude balloon test. Photo courtesy of NASA Ames Research Center, 2011

Here’s what we know about PhoneSat, NASA’s coolest technological venture into space: it’s low-cost and it’s sporting none other than the ‘droid. It’s actually part of the CubeSat Launch Initiative that ties in small consumer electronics with working nanosatellites.

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Android is going to space. Smartphones have previously been part of NASA shuttle missions as productivity tools and for experimentation. This time, however, an Android smartphone will, itself, be the core of the satellite. With the STRaND-1 project, British company Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. hopes to launch a smartphone satellite…

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Our ancestors viewed the starry sky every night. In their minds and imaginations, they formed stars into unique objects that we now call constellations. They also told stories of how these constellations came to be. Thanks to today’s technology, we are able to see the real images of stars, planets,…