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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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                      • Liquid water 'lake' revealed on Mars

                        Researchers have found evidence of an existing body of liquid water on Mars.


                        The proposed "lake" sits beneath the Red Planet's south polar ice cap, and is about 20km across.
                        Here : https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44952710

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                        • First cold atomic clock in space:
                          https://www.space.com/41277-chinese-...ock-orbit.html

                          And now, for the first time, a team of Chinese researchers has figured out how to make one of the most precise atomic-clock technologies currently available work in space.
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                          Cold atomic clocks, which work by
                          laser-cooling atoms to near absolute zero before measuring their oscillations, can be more precise, because at very low temperatures, these "ticks" are more consistent. But actually getting atoms to those temperatures is very difficult on Earth, let alone in the confines of a spacecraft.
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                          As Science reported in 2017, researchers with the European Space Agency (ESA) said Tiangong-2's cold atomic clock was not as precise as it could have been. But ESA's clock — which, in theory, would be more precise — has faced delays and has never actually gone up into space.

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                          • Don't know what happened to ACES (ESAs cold atomic clock) and the Pharao module. ACES should go up on a Japanese HTV and Pharao on a Space X.

                            http://wsn.spaceflight.esa.int/docs/...aces_flyer.pdf

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                            • https://www.space.com/41438-parker-s...to-launch.html


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                              • The awesome beauty of Jupiter captured by Juno, in 13 photos
                                For the past two years, the spacecraft has been taking photos of Jupiter. Here are the best shots.
                                Like Earth, Jupiter is surrounded by a field of magnetic radiation. But Jupiter’s is much, much stronger. If Juno didn’t hit a precise region at the poles where the magnetic field is the weakest in its entry, it wouldn’t have survived; the radiation would have fried the craft.

                                Juno hit its mark, and Scott Bolton, who leads Mission Juno, called it “the hardest thing NASA has ever done.” Since then, Juno has been completing an orbit of Jupiter once every 53 days.

                                In June, Juno’s mission was approved to continue through at least July 2021. After that, NASA can choose to extend the mission — or it could end it, plunging the craft into Jupiter’s gauzy atmosphere, where it would burn up. If this dramatic ending sounds familiar, it’s because last year NASA crashed Cassini, the spacecraft that orbited Saturn, into that gas giant. It was awesome.
                                https://www.vox.com/science-and-heal...great-red-spot

                                I love the images of the north and south poles and the persistent storms found there.

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