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Global Space News for 14 Nov 2018

Jodrell Bank ObservatoryJodrell Bank is releasing audio recordings of a Soviet space mission from fifty years ago, just as the race to the moon was approaching the finish line.
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Extended life for ESA's science missions

Phys.org - 14 Nov 2018 16:55
After a comprehensive review of their scientific merits and technical status, the SPC has decided to extend the operation of the five missions led by ESA's Science Programme: Cluster, Gaia, INTEGRAL,... Mars Express, and XMM-Newton. The SPC also confirmed the Agency's contributions to the extended operations of Hinode, Hubble, IRIS, SOHO, and ExoMars TGO.
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Gravitational waves from aFor the first time astronomers have detected gravitational waves from a merged, hyper-massive neutron star. The scientists, Maurice van Putten of Sejong University in South Korea, and Massimo della... Valle of the Osservatorio Astronomico de Capodimonte in Italy, publish their results in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters.
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Catching asteroid 3 Juno at its best

Phys.org - 14 Nov 2018 16:37
Catching asteroid 3 Juno atNot all oppositions are created equal. This week's sky target offers a good case in point, as asteroid 3 Juno reaches its most favorable viewing position for the decade.
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U.S. Army kicks off new smallThe Army's interest in small satellites has not wavered. Pentagon contractor Dynetics announced last week it has been selected to develop small satellites for the USASMDC/ARSTRAT under a program named... Gunsmoke-L. SpaceNews.com
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Astronomers detectScientists have discovered something amazing.
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Direct observations of aIn the past 30 years, the number of planets discovered beyond our solar system has grown exponentially. Unfortunately, due to the limitations of our technology, the vast majority of these exoplanets... have been discovered by indirect means, often by detecting the transits of planets in front of their stars (the Transit Method) or by the gravitational influence they exert on their star (the Radial Velocity Method).
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ArianeGroup to shed 2,300"The end of the development of Ariane 6 and the need to increase competitiveness in the European rocket launch business compel ArianeGroup to reduce its capacity by the equivalent of 2,300 full-time... jobs by 2022," the company said in a statement. SpaceNews.com
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Image: Hubble spots a lonely blue dwarf

Phys.org - 14 Nov 2018 15:30
Image: Hubble spots a lonelyThis captivating image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 shows a lonely dwarf galaxy 100 million light-years away from Earth. This image depicts the blue compact dwarf... galaxy ESO 338-4, which can be found in the constellation of Corona Australis (the Southern Crown).
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The dance of the smallAn international team led by researchers from the IAC used data from the ESA satellite Gaia to measure the motion of 39 dwarf galaxies. This data gives information on the dynamics of these galaxies,... their histories and their interactions with the Milky Way.
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Image: Mapping the night

Phys.org - 14 Nov 2018 14:02
Image: Mapping the nightImaging Earth from space is a favourite pastime for astronauts on the International space Station. They can set their cameras to automatically snap photos while they work, but often make time to... Earth-gaze and take photos of their own.
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What Does Sunrise on MarsThanks to our robotic emissaries, we humans know what a sunrise on Mars looks like without ever having set foot on the Red Planet ourselves -- but what does it sound like?
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These Organic-InspiredNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Autodesk, a software company, have engaged in a multiyear collaborative research project to investigate new approaches for building interplanetary landers.
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A Twilight Moon Takes a PeekA twilight scene shows a 96 percent illuminated moon peeking through the clouds behind the Roman Catholic Church of La Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona.
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ɸ-week and AI

ESA - 14 Nov 2018 12:45
ɸ-week and AIThe focus of the second day of ESA's ΙΈ-week was on applying artificial intelligence to Earth observation, and a boot camp
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Catching Asteroid 3 Juno at Its Best

Universe Today - 14 Nov 2018 11:35
Not all oppositions are created equal. This week's target offers a good case in point, as asteroid 3 Juno reaches its most favorable viewing position for the decade. The post Catching Asteroid 3 Juno... at Its Best appeared first on Universe Today.
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UNICEF and ɸ: EarthEvery day, UNICEF works to help children that are victims of poverty, disease, conflict, migration and more. These problems are not only tragic, but also extremely complex. To further improve the way... it works, UNICEF is taking a non-traditional approach by looking at breakthrough technology, Earth observation, big data and artificial intelligence.
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Mapping The Night From Orbit

SpaceRef - 14 Nov 2018 05:00
Imaging Earth from space is a favourite pastime for astronauts on the International space Station....
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Why We Care About Space Rocks

SpaceRef - 14 Nov 2018 04:57
The entire history of human existence is a tiny blip in our solar system's 4.5-billion-year history....
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ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured an unprecedented series of images showing the passage of the exoplanet Beta Pictoris b around its parent star....
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Evidence for Ancient Glaciation on Pluto

SpaceRef - 14 Nov 2018 04:51
A letter authored by SETI Institute scientist Oliver White was published by Nature Astronomy today. Co-authors included researchers Jeff Moore, Tanguy Bertrand and Kimberly Ennico at NASA's Ames... Research Center in Silicon Valley....
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Orbital View Of Camp Fire In California

SpaceRef - 14 Nov 2018 04:49
The six-day-old Camp Fire has already attained the unfortunate title of California's deadliest fire....
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Griffin: Future of new DoDGriffin said nothing has yet been decided on how the Space Development Agency should be organized. SpaceNews.com
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ISS science not affected by smaller crew

Space News - 14 Nov 2018 01:50
ISS science not affected byThe smaller crew complement on the International Space Station created by last month's Soyuz launch abort has not affected research activities there or plans to send new experiments on upcoming cargo... missions. SpaceNews.com
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NASA Brings Mars Landing,NASA's Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander is scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet at approximately 3 p.m. EST Nov. 26, and viewers... everywhere can watch coverage of the event live on NASA Television, the agency's website and social media platforms.
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