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Sunday, 22 November 2020

This week in space: Yes, there is phosphine on Venus (maybe not as much though), Space Station Guys photographing the ISS from the ground, massive fireball over Australia and loads more...

 Learn the ins and outs of pseudoscience, and debunking it: Read 'Escaping The Rabbit Hole' here.


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Pick o' the podcasts:



Deep Space Update: Vega & Starship Failures, Operation Stellar Lancer and Baby Yoda on the ISS



Planetary Radio:

 



From the video store:


RocketLabs launch 30 satellites in one go, recovers their 1st stage booster


SpaceX launches crew to the ISS


(and seen from the ground in one long shot)


...and they dock in record time:


Sentinel 6 satellite launches to monitor sea levels


Why rocket exhausts look the way they do:


Starship Test Destroys Raptor Engine, But Burst Disc Saves Rest Of Vehicle


Australian ship catches massive fireball entering our atmosphere


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Friday, 30 October 2020

This week in space: OSIRIS-REx is ready to head home, a meteor full of organic compounds, Rocketlabs launch 10 satellites in one launch, and loads more...


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Pick o' the podcasts


Space pod: Light reverberations from supermassive black holes





From the video store


Epic Aurora: 


Meteor that came down over the US is full of organic compounds


Rocket labs launches a fleet of of Earth observing satellites on one launch


What is 'the over view effect'?


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Friday, 23 October 2020

This week in space: Lunar water discovery, NASA mission snags a chunk of asteroid, Axiom Space finalises it's first private mission and loads more...


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Pick o' the podcasts:


NASA spacecast:


Off Nominal:


Universe Today: Any Updates from Venus?


Main Engine Cut-Off: Lunar politics



From the video store:


Hot-fire of ESA's booster for it's new Ariane  6 rocket


OSIRIS-REx tags the surface of the asteroid Bennu... ...nets a significant chunk...


...and here's the messy aftermath:


NASA Weekly ISS Space to Ground Report for 16 October, 2020


SpaceX launches even more Starlink satellites 


Reading material:

'Exciting discovery' about the Moon to be announced Monday (it probably relates to lunar ice somehow)


EDIT: yes it does! Here's the Space.com story, and here's the original paper


Axiom Space finalises it's first private ISS mission...


...as the crew vote!


Lockheed Martin looks to launch missions from the Shetland isles



NASA awards contracts for lunar technologies and ice prospecting payload

Supergiant Star Betelgeuse Smaller, Closer Than First Thought


Astrobotic CubeRover Prepared For Regolith Testing

A Spacecraft Could Get to Titan in Only 2 Years Using a Direct Fusion Drive










Friday, 16 October 2020

This week in space: A record breaking trip to the ISS, the Artemis accords governing lunar exploration signed, future light sails may fly past the Sun for a boost, and loads more....


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 Pick o' the podcasts

Main Engine Cut-Off: SpaceX and L3 Harris to build missile warning satellites

We Martians: The Mars Underground




From the video store


Infrared map of Enceladus shows geologic activity in both hemisphere's


A Soyuz spacecraft makes a record breakingly fast trip to the International Space Station


Virgin Orbit aims for a second test flight by the end of this year:


Blue origin's News Shephard rocket flies a test mission for NASA Moon landing tech


China launches Gaofen-13 Earth observation satellite


Earth from Space: Laguna San Rafael National Park, Chile



Reading material:

8 nations sign the 'Artemis accords' to govern new lunar exploration...


...while China's Chang'e mission begins it's 23rd lunar day


Russia plans to launch it's own re-useable rocket in 2026


Satellite servicing company Astroscale recieve $51 million funding


The Moon's far side is the prefect spot to do SETI


Best design for a light-sail may be one that skims the Sun


'Planet' unveils 50cm resolution rapid-revisit satellite imagery


NASA selects first human-tended sub-orbital research payload


OrbitalSidekick wins $16 million U.S. Airforce contract