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Saturday, 14 May 2022

This week, off world: Plants grown on lunar soil, SpaceX launches 2500th Starlink satellite, first images of our monster black hole and loads more...

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Watch a SpinLaunch test payload soar with on-board camera

Mars, enhanced


The Tonga Eruption Reached Space! - Universe Today


Black hole: First picture of Milky Way monster - BBC News


SpaceX launches 2,500th Starlink satellite in third back-to-back mission - NASASpaceFlight.com


... and another 24 hrs later


Western Isles angler catches fireball meteor in video - BBC News



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Earth from Space - Arc de Triomphe, Paris - SpaceRef




Reading material: 


Moon soil used to grow plants for first time in breakthrough test - BBC News


Ancient microorganisms found in halite may have implications for search for life (phys.org)


Tianzhou-4 cargo craft docks with Chinese space station - SpaceNews


National Reconnaissance Office partners with U.K. on space mission to fly on Virgin Orbit rocket - SpaceNews




Astronaut Jessica Watkins Floats Above the Earth in the Space Station's Cupola - Universe Today


Extended Trips to Space Alter the Brains of Astronauts - Universe Today


Spire Global adding high-capacity Ku-band antennas to satellites - SpaceNews


Orbex unveils prototype of rocket preparing for UK’s first vertical launch - SpaceNews















Saturday, 30 April 2022

This week, off world: A busy week for the ISS, the Chinese space agency, and SpaceX plus loads more....

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Axiom 1 mission returns:


 Crew 4 mission launches:


The ISS briefly gets a bit of 'gravity' as it fires its engines to boost its orbit:


More Starlink satellites go up:


Watch RocketLabs snag a simulated reusable booster mid-air:


China launches 2 remote sensing satellites:


Then 5 more from the sea:



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The Sun spits out an X2.2 class flare


Earth from Space - Mount Aso, Japan - SpaceRef



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Meteorites could have brought 5 genetic 'letters' of DNA to Earth | Space


Adranos, a startup that makes solid rocket motors, closes $20 million funding round - SpaceNews
















Sunday, 24 April 2022

This week, off world: Astrobotic unveils lunar lander, Starlink signs deal for in-flight internet, a Martian solar eclipse and loads more....

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Earth from space: Earth day


 

A super-detailed view of a Martian crater

 

A Martian solar eclipse


 

China launches 2 missions in quick succession:

 

Another SpaceX Booster passes 12 reuses


A huge particle storm just missed us by a hair:


Frosty dunes on Mars


Visualization of getting into orbit:




Reading material:


Planet Pelicans to offer high resolution and revisit rates - SpaceNews




Chances of Finding Alien Life on Jupiter Moon Europa Shoot Up With New Liquid Water Discoveries (thedailybeast.com)