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  • https://twitter.com/CBSNewsRadio/sta...47908507160576

    CIMON will be the first artificial intelligence robot to be in space. It will be an assistant to astronauts on the International Space Station.

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    • https://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Vi...nch_into_space

      SOYUZ: LAUNCH TO ORBIT – COMPLETE ASTRONAUT LAUNCH INTO SPACE

      Filmed from inside the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft and from left to right: NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev and ESA astronaut and flight engineer Alexander Gerst

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      • http://spacenews.com/china-reveals-d...rch-8-rockets/

        HELSINKI, Finland — A senior designer with the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology has presented updated details for an upcoming series of new rockets to expand China’s launch capabilities, including super-heavy-lift and reusable rockets.

        Long Lehao, a chief designer with CALT, a major launch vehicle institute under the main contractor for China’s space activities, revealed the details in a lecture at Tsinghua University in Beijing on May 31.

        Long gave an overview of the history and progress of Chinese launch vehicles before providing updates on new projects under development, notably the Long March 9.

        The Long March 9 will be a Saturn 5-class super-heavy-lift rocket comparable in capacity to the Space Launch System currently being developed under NASA.
        According to Long, the Long March 9 will be capable of lifting 140 metric tons to low Earth orbit, 50 tons to Earth-Moon transfer orbit, and 44 tons to Earth-Mars transfer orbit.

        The 93-meter-high Long March 9 is expected to have a launch mass of over 4,000 metric tons, producing close to 6,000 tons of thrust.

        The core stage will have a diameter of 10 meters while four boosters will each have a diameter of up to 5 meters. This would make the boosters comparable to the Long March 5, China’s largest rocket so far, which debuted in 2016 and last July suffered a first stage engine issue that prompted a redesign. A third flight of the rocket is expected around November.

        The Long March 9 is slated to be ready for a test flight around 2030, with Long adding that progress on the project includes successful forging of 10-meter-diameter alloy rings and breakthroughs related to 500-ton-thrust kerosene-liquid oxygen and 220-ton-thrust hydrolox engines.
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        • ISRO successfully tests crew escape system for first human space flight
          http://www.bgr.in/news/isro-successf...-space-centre/

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          • https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard...er-solar-probe

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            • Absolutely amazing!

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              • Record-quick supply mission to ISS:
                https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018...ur-rendezvous/

                Pizza still got cold though, but not bad.

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                • China's own GPS system got its 32nd satellite: http://spacenews.com/two-chinese-lau...ckup-to-orbit/

                  HELSINKI, Finland — China launched twice July 9, with an early Long March 2C launch of two satellites for Pakistan into low Earth orbit being followed up with a Long March 3A mission to back up China’s Beidou navigation satellite system.....

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                  • Israeli spacecraft aims for historic moon landing… within months


                    SpaceIL's unmanned probe will blast off before year's end; touchdown scheduled for February 13, 2019, when it will unfurl national flag, conduct experiments

                    Save the date. On February 13, 2019, an Israeli-built unmanned spacecraft is expected to land on the moon, having blasted off from Earth two months earlier, project managers said at a news conference Tuesday.

                    If all goes well, the SpaceIL spider-like craft will give Israel entry into the exclusive club of just three nations that have so far achieved a controlled landing on the moon’s surface.

                    The probe will be launched sometime in December from Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, officials said during the media event, held at an Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) space technology site in Yehud. It is scheduled to land on February 13, 2019.
                    https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-fir...p-to-the-moon/

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                    • Super exciting!

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