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  • At work at the moment i can see SOFIA parked. This is her third season down here. The last two years people from work have been able to have a look through her. All I got were the SOFIA patch and NASA stickers.

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    • Just found out than NASA means Never A Straight Answer. Didn't know that.

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      • Luxembourg's asteroid mining law takes effect August 1st

        Luxembourg's parliament has voted in favor of passing an asteroid mining law that give companies ownership of what they extract from the celestial bodies. The European country has been working on the bill since 2016 and originally intended to pass it earlier this year. It took a bit more time to iron things out, but in the end, it's gotten an overwhelmingly unanimous vote and is scheduled to take effect on August 1st.
        Here : https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/30/...-law-august-1/

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        • And so it begins...

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          • If companies can make real money from space conquest they will invest in it. So I am fine with that (still hoping to go to space).

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            • Harvesting astereoids under the powerful Luxembourgian flag is like registering an ocean going cargo ship under the Mongolian flag - its now both possible

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              • Catching Up With Dawn, the Massive Spacecraft Exploring the Asteroid Belt

                It’d be hard to invent a more Star Wars-esque spacecraft than Dawn. It’s 65 feet from tip to tip. It’s exploring the asteroid belt.
                https://www.wired.com/story/catching...mbid=social_fb

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                • Cassini counts down into its deadly dive into Saturn
                  Cassini's mission ends next week when it dives into Saturn's atmosphere and violently tears apart within a minute. But there's still science to be done before the spacecraft ends its epic journey.

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                  • Originally posted by Penny the Penguin View Post
                    Cassini counts down into its deadly dive into Saturn

                    lets see how long cassini will be able to gather data´s, especially images before bursting into pieces. hopefully the end of its mission will be the most interesting part. pretty sure they´ve sealed and covered the most sensitive instruments/electronic parts solidly to achieve a sensational ending.

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                    • I just hope the teddy bear made it back in one piece
                      It was launched from a flatbed truck, its sole occupant a teddy bear from the local primary school.

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                      • Schweet....... The names of the future rockets are a bit grandiose though! Start humble!

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                        • Originally posted by heiliger_geist View Post


                          lets see how long cassini will be able to gather data´s, especially images before bursting into pieces. hopefully the end of its mission will be the most interesting part. pretty sure they´ve sealed and covered the most sensitive instruments/electronic parts solidly to achieve a sensational ending.
                          Well said heiliger_geist, certainly interesting and remarkable.


                          A link to the final plunge live stream

                          https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/...dia/#streaming

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                          • Bye bye Cassini. You will be mist!

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                            • Cassini's 13 year journey comes to a spectacular end.

                              Canberra records Cassini's last signal as 13-year Saturn mission ends

                              US space agency NASA received the final signal from its Cassini spacecraft on Friday as its groundbreaking 13-year Saturn mission ended with a meteor-like plunge into the planet's atmosphere.

                              Cassini, the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, ended its mission around 8.54pm AEST, shortly after it lost contact with Earth as it entered the gas giant's crushing atmosphere at about 113,000 km/hr.
                              http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci...15-gyioyp.html



                              Quick Facts about Cassini: https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/grand-finale/cassini-quick-facts/


                              Good job and goodbye Cassini.

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                              • And here are the next space missions to watch out for, including an exploration of Mars that will involve a three-step, three rocket plan to bring samples back (!), a look at Jupiter and its moons, a look outside the solar system, and an exploration of the sun's corona. Such an exciting time!

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