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Saturday, 1 May 2021

This week in space: NASA goes all in on SpaceX and the Moon, Russia and China look to a research base there, NASA plans a mission to 1000 AU and loads more...



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China launches Tianhe module, start of ambitious two-year station construction effort - NASASpaceFlight.com


Space junk map tracks 200 ‘ticking time bombs’ - BBC News


Arianespace launches Vega's return to flight with rideshare mission - NASASpaceFlight.com


Starlink v1.0 L24 launches as SpaceX receives permission for Starlink modifications - NASASpaceFlight.com


NROL-82 | Delta IV Heavy | Everyday Astronaut | Post Launch Review


NASA is now Planning a Mission to go 1,000 AU From the Sun, Deep Into Interstellar Space - Universe Today





Reading material:


Virgin Selected to Bring Orbital Launch Capabilities to Brazil (spaceref.com)


Russia to select actress for Soyuz mission in May - SpaceNews


Op-ed | Competition delivers the goods and the crew for all NASA commercial space services - SpaceNews


Intuitive Machines’ first lunar lander mission slips to 2022 - SpaceNews


China, Russia open moon base project to international partners, early details emerge - SpaceNews


Mystery solved? Heat-trapping clouds may explain ancient Mars' rivers and lakes | Space


Strange crater suggests ancient Mars may have been frigid with occasional snowmelt | Space




Saturday, 24 April 2021

This week in space: The first powered flight on Mars (enhanced video), astronauts ride a reused Dragon to the ISS, Bill Nelson confirmed as NASA administrator and loads more...

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


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First ever powered flight on Mars:


...and an enhanced video showing the dust kicked up:


...and the second ever powered flight on Mars!


Off the Earth, for the Earth; Endeavour lifts off with international crew for six month mission - NASASpaceFlight.com


...and we get a tour of the ship:


...and the ISS crew watch them dock:


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Earth from Space: Laizhou Bay, China - SpaceRef


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NASA emphasizes good relationship with Roscosmos as Russia mulls exiting ISS - SpaceNews


China to launch a pair of spacecraft towards the edge of the solar system - SpaceNews


Nelson sails through NASA administrator confirmation hearing - SpaceNews


MOXIE creates oxygen on Mars (marsdaily.com)


Mars' changing habitability recorded by ancient dune fields in Gale crater (marsdaily.com)


Mars has right ingredients for present-day microbial life beneath its surface, study finds (marsdaily.com)


Antimatter stars may lurk in the solar system’s neighbourhood | New Scientist



Saturday, 17 April 2021

This week in space: $3 billion for SpaceX to build a manned lunar lander, nuclear propulsion demo, Blue Origin aces test flight and loads more...


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Saturday, 10 April 2021

This week in space: An Easter egg hunt from orbit, more Starlink satellites, aliens and astrophysics with Avi Loeb and loads more...

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

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Interview: Oumuamua, Aliens and Astrophysics with Dr. Avi Loeb



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China launches experimental satellite on a Long March 4B - NASASpaceFlight.com


Simple self assembling wires


SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites, lands booster for the 79th time:


Earth from Space: Easter Egg Hunt - SpaceRef



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Soyuz launches to International Space Station



Reading material:


Fires In Nepal As Seen From Orbit - SpaceRef


Op-ed | Build a Robot Base on Mars - SpaceNews


Telesat completing financing for Lightspeed constellation - SpaceNews


China's Chang'e 4 probe resumes work for 29th lunar day (moondaily.com)


Lunar Gateway Will Maintain its Orbit With a 6 kW ion Engine - Universe Today


Bruno: The next big thing for ULA is a long-endurance upper stage - SpaceNews


Probing for life in the icy crusts of ocean worlds (spacedaily.com)


Space-based solar power getting key test aboard US military's mysterious space plane | Space


NASA, Blue Origin Partner to Bring Lunar Gravity Conditions Closer to Earth - SpaceRef Business

Friday, 2 April 2021

This week, in space: SN11 rains down as spare parts, helicopter on Mars, Jupiter's cannibal storm and loads more...

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Ingenuity helicopter unfolds on Mars:

Starship SN11 lands in bits as SpaceX refine forward plan - NASASpaceFlight.com



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Saturday, 27 March 2021

This week in space: SN11 gets ready to fly, how to explore craters of eternal darkness and new species living on the ISS...

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

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Pick o' the podcasts:


Spacepod 183: The solar wind with Dr. JianHangout


Weekly Space Hangout and Q&A.

 


Planetary Radio:



Main engine cutoff:


Off Nominal:


We Martians:



From the video store:


Starship SN11 waits new launch date - Super Heavy BN1 rollout to follow - NASASpaceFlight.com



Falcon 9 Starlink v1.0 L22 launches from Cape Canaveral SLC-40 - NASASpaceFlight.com



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Unexpected 'scratching' noise recorded on Perseverance rover


Getting Ingenuity the Mars helicopter ready to fly


Clouds over Curiosity rover:


Soyuz rocket launches 36 OneWeb satellites into orbit for modified satellite internet constellation | Space