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Saturday 22 August 2020

This week in space: U.S. military takes an interest in lunar resources race, some solar systems may have several habitable worlds, a second satellite servicing 'tow truck' launches to orbit, and loads more....

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 Pick o' the podcasts

Main Engine cutoff: Small commercial launcher updates

Off nominal:

Planetary Radio:

From the video store

Northrup-Grumman's second 'space tow truck', MEV-2, launches along side two communications satellites. 

SpaceX does another Starlink internet satellite launch...

...and it's drone-boat catches the rocket's nosecone covering ('fairing') for re-use: 

Scotland's highland spaceport gets approval:

Reading material

Blacksky satellites return images only 2 days after launch

Arecibo radio telescope damaged by snapping cable

A private mission to Venus

Rocket Labs to attempt recovery of one of its boosters, a big step towards re-use

Russia's new space station science lab is readied for its mission

Tropical storm Isaiha tracked in visible light and water vapour emission

Cape Cod bay from orbit

Aguas Zarcas meteor may contain building blocks of life

SNC grows tomatoes in test of space garden

Altius Space Machines to support Artemis

White house memo makes LEO research a priority

Scotland's spaceport plan gets approved

Satellite images capture struggle to move stricken ship

Skysat constellation complete

US military eyes role in international competition for lunar resources