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American Space News for 22 Feb 2017

United Arab Emirates Has aElon Musk has been rather outspoken in recent years about his plan to create a human settlement on Mars. Stressing the need for a “backup location” for humanity, he has dedicated his company... (SpaceX) to the creation of a reusable spacecraft (aka. the Interplanetary Transport System) that in the coming decades will be able to […] The post United Arab Emirates Has a Plan to Colonize Mars with 600,000 People in 100 Years appeared first on Universe Today.
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Spectacular SpaceX SpaceKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - Sunday's inaugural blastoff of a commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from historic pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 19 proved to be space spectacular like none... other along the Florida Space Coast, that will help path the path for eventual human journeys to the Red Planet. The post Spectacular SpaceX Space Station Launch and 1st Stage Landing – Photo/Video Gallery appeared first on Universe Today.
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A mission to examine the habitability of Jupiter's ocean-bearing moon Europa is taking one step closer to the launchpad, with the recent completion of a major NASA review....
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SpaceX Aborts Space StationA software glitch caused an abort of the rendezvous with the International Space Station this morning (Feb. 22, 2017). NASA PAO commentator Rob Navias explains.
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The unpiloted Russian Progress 66 launched at 12:58 a.m. Wednesday (11:58 a.m. Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It is now orbiting the planet on course for the International... Space Station....
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Lowest-frequency accreting(Phys.org)--Astronomers have found the lowest-frequency accreting millisecond X-ray pulsar in the X-ray source known as IGR J17062'6143. By analyzing the data provided by the Rossi X-ray Timing... Explorer (RXTE) spacecraft, the researchers detected 163.65 Hz X-ray pulsations from this source. The findings were presented Feb. 17 in a paper published on arXiv.org.
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A geophysical planet definition

Phys.org - 22 Feb 2017 15:54
A geophysical planetIn 2006, during their 26th General Assembly, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) adopted a formal definition of the term "planet". This was done in the hopes of dispelling ambiguity over which... bodies should be designated as "planets", an issue that had plagued astronomers ever since they discovered objects beyond the orbit of Neptune that were comparable in size to Pluto.
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Surprising dunes on comet Chury

Phys.org - 22 Feb 2017 15:52
Surprising dunes on cometSurprising images from the Rosetta spacecraft show the presence of dune-like patterns on the surface of comet Chury. Researchers at the Laboratoire de Physique et Mécanique des Milieux Hétérogènes... (CNRS/ESPCI Paris/UPMC/Université Paris Diderot) studied the available images and modeled the outgassing of vapor to try to explain the phenomenon. They show that the strong pressure difference between the sunlit side of the comet and that in shadow generates winds able to transport grains and form dunes. Their work is published on 21 February 2017 in the journal PNAS.
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Megamovie project toWith only six months to go before one of the most anticipated solar eclipses in a lifetime, the University of California, Berkeley, and Google are looking for citizen scientists to document and... memorialize the event in a "megamovie," and help scientists learn about the sun in the process.
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SpaceX aborts approach toA navigation error forced SpaceX to delay its shipment to the International Space Station on Wednesday, following an otherwise smooth flight from NASA's historic moon pad.
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How to Get Back to the Moon in 4 Years--This Time to Stay

Scientific American - 22 Feb 2017 14:00
How to Get Back to the Moon inThe answer is pretty straightforward: turn to private industry --
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Image: European Service ModuleEven the most complex of systems comes down to properly configured wires and cables, such as those pictured here on the Propulsion Qualification Model of the Orion service module.
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Russia Launches RoboticThe Russian space agency Roscosmos on Wednesday launched the unpiloted Progress 66 cargo ship early Wednesday (Feb. 22) on a mission to deliver fresh supplies to the International Space Station.
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NASA's Europa flyby missionA mission to examine the habitability of Jupiter's ocean-bearing moon Europa is taking one step closer to the launchpad, with the recent completion of a major NASA review.
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Commercial crew providersThe two companies developing commercial crew vehicles are confident that they will be ready to start carrying astronauts in 2018 despite a recent report that concluded delays into 2019 were likely.... SpaceNews.com
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Members of the Sternberg Astronomical Institute of the Lomonosov Moscow State University have been studying changes in the appearance of emissions from around the supermassive black hole in the center... of a galaxy called NGC 2617. The center of this galaxy underwent dramatic changes in appearance several years ago, becoming much brighter; astronomers were able to make groundbreaking observations. The results of these investigations have been published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
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MetOp's trial by vacuum

ESA - 22 Feb 2017 12:55
MetOp's trial by vacuumTechnology image of the week: Europe's latest weather satellite lowered into a giant vacuum chamber for space testing
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SpaceX Dragon Capsule AbortsA SpaceX Dragon cargo ship packed with nearly three tons of supplies aborted its rendezvous to the International Space Station early Wednesday (Feb. 22) due to a navigation software glitch, NASA... officials said.
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An unmanned Russian cargo ship lifted off successfully Wednesday on a supply mission to the International Space Station.
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There is an interesting paper with press conference participants Sara Seager and Michael Gillon among the authors in 2015 "Hubble Space Telescope search for the transit of the Earth-mass exoplanet... Alpha Centauri Bb" that says results from exoplanet surveys indicate...       
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NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has found a signal at the center of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy that could indicate the presence of the mysterious dark side of the universes known as dark... matter. The signal is similar to one...       
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