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American Space News for 19 Oct 2017

U.S. and Taiwan cancel secondNOAA and Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology agreed this month to scrap plans for a second set of next-generation GPS radio occultation weather satellites after determining the joint project... faced an unwinnable battle to secure funding. SpaceNews.com
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Georgia Students to Speak withStudents at New Prospect Elementary School in Alpharetta, Georgia, will speak with the NASA astronauts living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station at 10:50 a.m. EDT on... Monday, Oct. 23.
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Stable Lava Tube Could ProvideA new study by JAXA and international scientists has confirmed the existence of a stable lava tube in the Marius Hills region of the Moon. The post Stable Lava Tube Could Provide a Potential Human... Habitat on the Moon appeared first on Universe Today.
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More Evidence Presented in Defense of Planet 9

Universe Today - 19 Oct 2017 19:18
More Evidence Presented inA new study by a team from the University of Michigan has shown how Planet 9 could have prevented TNOs from being destroyed or ejected over time. The post More Evidence Presented in Defense of Planet... 9 appeared first on Universe Today.
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Roving on the Moon

ESA - 19 Oct 2017 17:55
Roving on the MoonOperations image of the week: Teams in Europe are driving a rover in Canada across a simulated Moonscape
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"My feeling is that if a human being can coax life to build bonds between silicon and carbon, nature can do it too," said Frances Arnold a chemical engineer at the California Institute of Technology,... about implications that new findings...       
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What is space? TheMountains. Whales. The distant stars. All these things exist in space, and so do we. Our bodies take up a certain amount of space. When we walk to work, we are moving through space. But what is space?... Is it even an actual, physical entity? In 1717, a battle was waged over this question. Exactly 300 years later, it continues.
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A solar flare recorded from Spain in 1886

Phys.org - 19 Oct 2017 15:43
A solar flare recorded fromSatellites have detected powerful solar flares in the last two months, but this phenomenon has been recorded for over a century. On 10 September 1886, at the age of just 17, a young amateur astronomer... from Madrid, using a modest telescope, observed one of these sudden flashes in a sunspot. He wrote about what he saw, drew a picture of it, and published the data in a French scientific journal. This is what researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and the Universidad de Extremadura have recently found.
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Orionid Meteor Shower 2017:Some of the brightest and swiftest shooting stars will bedazzle the night sky this year during the Orionid meteor shower, which will peak between Oct. 20 and 22 and continue through early November.
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S.S. Gene Cernan: SpaceThe last human to step off the moon is the latest astronaut to be memorialized with the naming of a space station-bound cargo ship.
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Newfound Bus-Size AsteroidThe newfound asteroid 2017 TD6 will give Earth a close shave on Oct. 19, 2017, when the object flies by Earth at an estimated 119,000 miles away.
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Space Gardening May Treat Astronauts' Blues

SPACE.com - 19 Oct 2017 13:17
Space Gardening May TreatMany people step into their home gardens for a bit of DIY therapy. A new study suggests that astronauts could also reap the psychological benefits of gardening.
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Image: What lurks below NASA's Chamber A?

Phys.org - 19 Oct 2017 12:33
Image: What lurks below NASA'sHidden beneath Chamber A at the Johnson Space Center is an area engineers used to test critical contamination control technology that has helped keep our James Webb Space Telescope clean during... cryogenic testing.
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Deep space communications viaA spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves.
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Flaws in NASA-providedProblems with infrared detectors provided by NASA will delay a European Space Agency astronomy mission, potentially by a year or more, a NASA official said Oct. 18. SpaceNews.com
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Samples brought back fromCurtin University planetary scientists have shed some light on the evolution of asteroids, which may help prevent future collisions of an incoming 'rubble pile' asteroid with Earth.
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Scientists questionA paper published this week in Astrophysical Journal, led by Open University academics, has examined the exact structure and behaviour of the icy particles that collide and grow at the onset of... planet-formation, in a series of revealing experiments at the UK's world-leading neutron source, ISIS.
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Number of undiscoveredFewer large near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) remain to be discovered than astronomers thought, according to a new analysis by planetary scientist Alan W. Harris of MoreData! in La Canada, California.... Harris is presenting his results this week at the 49th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences in Provo, Utah.
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Space Science Could GetThere has been a surge in private resources dedicated to creating new commercial capabilities and initiating the next wave of space exploration -- though not yet for discovery-driven scientific... missions.
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Best Spaceflight and Space History Books

SPACE.com - 19 Oct 2017 07:30
Best Spaceflight and SpaceHere are Space.com writers' and editors' picks for spaceflight and space history books that dazzle.
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Powerful solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobos to hundreds of volts, presenting a complex electrical environment that could possibly affect sensitive electronics... carried by future robotic explorers, according to a new NASA study. The study...       
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Researchers with NASA's Cassini mission found evidence of a toxic hybrid ice in a wispy cloud high above the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. "This cloud represents a new chemical formula... of ice in Titan's atmosphere," said Carrie...       
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A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves. "I am thrilled that Psyche is getting to fly the Deep Space... Optical Communications package," Elkins-Tanton says. "First of...       
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Hawaii As Seen From The Space Station

SpaceRef - 19 Oct 2017 03:06
NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough posted this image on his Twitter account, @astro_kimbrough, with the caption. "Hawaii islands in sunglint. Some #EarthArt to end the day."...
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