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American Space News for 11 Dec 2017

Scientists from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) joined in the recent international effort to observe -- and create a detailed profile of -- the first known large object... from interstellar space to pass through our solar system....
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December 11, 2017: Today's links to headline stories from around the world on the threats, opportunities, and dangers facing our fragile planet --along with an occasional dash of humor, popular... culture, and an intriguing conspiracy theory or two. Coverage includes...       
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Astronomers identify twelve(Phys.org)--Astronomers have found a dozen new faint Herbig-Haro objects in the dark nebula LDN 673 by employing a novel color-composite imaging method. The discovery, reported in a paper published... December 1 on the arXiv pre-print server, could provide new important information about star formation process.
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Alien Probe or GalacticIt’s a long shot, but scientists are about to listen very closely for radio signals from our solar system’s first known interstellar visitor --
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Snatching at the cradle of life

Phys.org - 11 Dec 2017 15:22
Silence of the WA outback key in detecting low-frequency radio waves and, maybe, the precursors of life itself.
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Why doesn't Venus have a magnetosphere?

Phys.org - 11 Dec 2017 15:20
Why doesn't Venus have aFor many reasons, Venus is sometimes referred to as "Earth's twin" (or "sister planet," depending on who you ask). Like Earth, it is terrestrial (i.e. rocky) in nature, composed of silicate minerals... and metals that are differentiated between an iron-nickel core and silicate mantle and crust. But when it comes to their respective atmospheres and magnetic fields, our two planets could not be more different.
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Research shows why meteroidsOur atmosphere is a better shield from meteoroids than researchers thought, according to a new paper published in Meteoritics & Planetary Science.
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Blue Origin Preparing toAn airspace closure notice published by the Federal Aviation Administration Dec. 9 suggests Blue Origin is preparing to resume test flights of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle after a hiatus of more... than a year.
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President Trump to Sign SpacePresident Donald Trump is scheduled to sign his administration's first space policy directive in a White House ceremony Dec. 11, one that may formally direct NASA to send humans back to the moon.
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Geminid Meteor Shower PeaksThis pre-Christmas display of celestial fireworks is due to reach its peak during the long, dark hours from Wednesday night (Dec. 13) into early Thursday morning (Dec. 14).
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In-Space Manufacturing IsA small, privately built machine designed to make optical fiber is launching toward the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule tomorrow (Dec. 12).
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Hubble frames an explosive galaxy

Phys.org - 11 Dec 2017 13:38
Hubble frames an explosiveDon't be fooled! The cosmic swirl of stars in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image may seem tranquil and unassuming, but this spiral galaxy, known as ESO 580-49, actually displays some explosive... tendencies.
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Image: The moon in 1992

Phys.org - 11 Dec 2017 13:18
Image: The moon in 1992The moon was a focal point for NASA in 2017, whether it was blocking out the sun during one of the most-viewed events in U.S. history, or reinvigorating the agency's human space exploration plans. But... the moon has always been a focus of humanity's imagination.
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Galileo satellites atop rocketEurope's next four Galileo navigation satellites are in place atop their Ariane 5, ready to be launched next Tuesday.
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Image: Crescent nebula

Phys.org - 11 Dec 2017 13:06
Image: Crescent nebulaA young massive star that began life around 25 times more massive than our own Sun is shedding shells of material and fast winds to create this dynamic scene captured by ESA's XMM-Newton.
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President to sign space policyPresident Donald Trump is scheduled to sign his administration's first space policy directive in a White House ceremony Dec. 11, one that may formally direct NASA to send humans back to the moon.... SpaceNews.com
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Hot stellar bubble

ESA - 11 Dec 2017 10:11
Hot stellar bubbleSpace Science Image of the Week: A massive star nearing the end of its life creates a dynamic bubble in space
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(Case Western Reserve University) For his life's work, geologist Farouk El-Baz, a NASA scientist on the Apollo space program's site-selection committee, will receive the 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize from... the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University during a ceremony and academic symposium Sept. 13-14.
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(Purdue University) When a meteor comes hurtling toward Earth, the high-pressure air in front of it seeps into its pores and cracks, pushing the body of the meteor apart and causing it to explode.
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