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Global Space News for 11 Jan 2019

Uh oh, Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 is Down

Universe Today - 11 Jan 2019 23:05
On January 8th, an important piece of equipment on the Hubble Space Telescope went down. The Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) suspended its operations because of a hardware. The Hubble team is investigating... the anomaly, and during this time the space telescope’s other instruments are working normally and continuing their science operations. The WFC3 was …
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Canadian scientists using the CHIME (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) have detected 13 FRBs (Fast Radio Bursts), including the second-ever repeating one. And they think they’ll find... even more. CHIME is an innovative radio telescope in the Okanagan Valley region in British Columbia, Canada. It was completed in 2017, and its mission is to act …
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Elon Musk shows off prototypeSpaceX CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the first pictures of a retro-looking, steely rocket called Starship that may one day carry people to the Moon and Mars.
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Blood Moon 2019: A Great TotalMore than three years have passed since most of North America saw a good total lunar eclipse. So be sure to put a big circle on your calendar for Sunday, Jan. 20.
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See the Far Side of the MoonChina made history earlier this month with the first successful soft landing on the far side of the moon -- and now, the mission has sent back an incredible panorama view of its work site.
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SpaceX completes Iridium Next constellation

Space News - 11 Jan 2019 19:30
SpaceX completes Iridium NextSpaceX launched the final 10 Iridium Next satellites into orbit Jan. 11, completing its first mission of the year and last for its largest non-government customer, Iridium Communications.... SpaceNews.com
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Superheroing Ain't Easy:Playing Captain Marvel required more than nine months of physical training.

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A Regular Crewmember DepartsAlara makes an important decision that affects the whole crew in Episode 3 of Season 2 of "The Orville."
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Ball and SSL win studyThe Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has awarded contracts to Ball Aerospace and Space Systems Loral to develop designs for a privately funded satellite to track methane emissions. SpaceNews.com
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 Iridium Communications satellites has blasted off from California.
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SpaceX Launches 10 IridiumA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lofted 10 final Iridium Next satellites into orbit today (Jan. 11), completing a two-year, eight-launch contract between the two companies.
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Space weather can be tryingResearchers at Aalto University have developed a new technique which can be used for analysing fluctuations in the Earth's magnetic field. The method presented in the Space Weather journal was used to... study magnetic field changes in different years and at different times of the day and different latitudes.
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Week in images

ESA - 11 Jan 2019 16:30
Week in imagesOur week through the lens: 7 - 11 January 2019
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Steam-propelled spacecraftUsing steam to propel a spacecraft from asteroid to asteroid is now possible, thanks to a collaboration between a private space company and the University of Central Florida.
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Interstellar objects likeOn October 19th, 2017, the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System-1 (Pan-STARRS-1) in Hawaii announced the first-ever detection of an interstellar object, named 1I/2017 U1 (aka.... 'Oumuamua). In the months that followed, multiple follow-up observations were conducted to learn more about this visitor, as well as resolve the dispute about whether it was a comet and an asteroid.
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It looks like dark matter canLook at a galaxy, what do you see? Probably lots of stars. Nebulae too. And that's probably it. A whole bunch of stars and gas in a variety of colorful assortments; a delight to the eye. And buried... among those stars, if you looked carefully enough, you might find planets, black holes, white dwarves, asteroids, and all sorts of assorted chunky odds and ends. The usual galactic milieu.
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China's moon rover preparesChina on Friday hailed its historic mission to the far side of the moon as a "complete success" so far but said new challenges await its rover as it explores rugged terrain.
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The Brightest Quasar of theThe energetic core of a distant galaxy blasts past the record for brightest object in the early universe, blazing with the light equivalent to 600 trillion suns.
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India plans manned spaceIndia will send its first manned mission into space by December 2021, the head of the country's space agency said on Friday.
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Holy cow! Mysterious blastA brief and unusual flash spotted in the night sky on June 16, 2018, puzzled astronomers and astrophysicists across the globe. The event--called AT2018cow and nicknamed "the Cow" after the... coincidental final letters in its official name--is unlike any celestial outburst ever seen before, prompting multiple theories about its source.
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Group of telescopes findsESA's high-energy space telescopes Integral and XMM-Newton have helped to find a source of powerful X-rays at the centre of an unprecedentedly bright and rapidly evolving stellar explosion that... suddenly appeared in the sky earlier this year.
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SpaceX Finishes BuildingAssembly of the test-flight version of SpaceX's Mars-colonizing "Starship" vehicle is now complete, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced Thursday night (Jan. 10).
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NASA's InSight Lander on MarsNASA's InSight Mars lander is officially hunting for quakes on the Red Planet.
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Lego 'LUVOIR' Space TelescopeA Lego model of NASA's proposed Large UV Optical Infrared Surveyor (LUVOIR) telescope has landed here at the 233rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
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Stratolaunch Airplane Nears First Flight

SPACE.com - 11 Jan 2019 12:44
Stratolaunch Airplane NearsThe latest taxi test of the giant aircraft being developed by Stratolaunch for its air-launch system is a sign the plane's first flight may take place soon.
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