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Global Space News for 15 Jul 2019

Silica aerogel could make Mars habitable

Phys.org - 15 Jul 2019 17:00
Silica aerogel could make MarsPeople have long dreamed of re-shaping the Martian climate to make it livable for humans. Carl Sagan was the first outside of the realm of science fiction to propose terraforming. In a 1971 paper,... Sagan suggested that vaporizing the northern polar ice caps would "yield ~10 s g cm-2 of atmosphere over the planet, higher global temperatures through the greenhouse effect, and a greatly increased likelihood of liquid water."
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Image: Hubble peers atThe galaxy NGC 1156 resembles a delicate cherry blossom tree flowering in springtime in this Hubble image. The many bright "blooms" within the galaxy are in fact stellar nurseries--regions where new... stars are springing to life. Energetic light emitted by newborn stars in these regions streams outwards and encounters nearby pockets of hydrogen gas, causing the gas to glow with a characteristic pink hue.
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Successful launch for eROSITAThe Russian-German Spektrum-Roentgen-Gamma (SRG) space mission successfully lifted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome on Saturday, July 13 at 14:31. Onboard is the eROSITA X-ray telescope, which was... developed and built by a consortium of German institutes supported by Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) and led by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE). Astronomers from the University of Bonn are involved in the scientific preparation and exploitation. 1.5 million kilometres from Earth, eROSITA will perform a deep survey of the entire X-ray sky over the next four years, providing the first ever deep imaging survey of the sky at soft and hard X-rays.
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NASA to Broadcast Next SpaceNASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting 7:35 p.m. EDT Sunday, July 21, for the launch of its 18th agency-contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station. Live coverage will... begin on NASA Television and the agency's website Sunday with prelaunch events.
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Prime Day 2019 Deals: SpheroThis year's Amazon.com Prime Day megasale gives you the chance to own two of the most popular droids in science fiction history -- R2-D2 and BB-9E.
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Trump submits Esper'sSecretary of the Navy Richard Spencer became the third acting secretary of defense since Jim Mattis resigned. SpaceNews.com
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Silica Blankets Could Make Mars Habitable

Scientific American - 15 Jul 2019 22:30
Silica Blankets Could MakeThin layers of lightweight aerogel might be the main ingredient for making regions of the Red Planet more Earth-like --
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House Armed Services CommitteeThe committee cited concerns about the "turmoil surrounding the Space Development Agency." SpaceNews.com
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FCC outlines proposed smallsatUnder newly proposed rules, smallsat operators will be able to choose a licensing path -- for authorization as a domestic operator or for U.S. market access as a foreign operator -- for $30,000... instead of the $472,000 fee required today for satellites in non-geosynchronous orbits. SpaceNews.com
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The International Space Station is gearing up for a pair of spaceships launching next weekend to deliver a new crew and more science and supplies....
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New Apple TV+ Series 'For AllThe celebrations this week marking the first moon landing's 50th anniversary are about a month too late, or so is the conceit in the Apple TV+ series "For All Mankind."
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Astronomers have discovered, for the first time, moons forming in the disk of debris around a large exoplanet. Astronomers have suspected for a long time that this is how larger planets--like Jupiter... in our own Solar System--get their moons. It’s all happening around a very young star named PDS 70, about 370 light years away …
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Space Force legislative talksThe House and Senate voted in support of a space service to be nested inside the Air Force, but much still remains unresolved. SpaceNews.com
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Lunar eclipse marks MoonFifty years to the day since mankind launched the first mission to set foot on it, the Moon is set to treat Earthlings to a partial lunar eclipse on Tuesday.
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HBO to Air Epic Mini-SeriesYours to watch on HBO, then yours to own on Blu-ray.
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Aquila the Eagle Flies High inIf you look up high in the southern sky this week around midnight, you'll be able to see a pattern of stars that resembles a jet plane.
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Carnival of Space #620

Universe Today - 15 Jul 2019 19:53
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by me at the CosmoQuest blog.
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The Last Lunar Eclipse of 2019On the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 tomorrow, the moon will be darkened by Earth's shadow in a partial lunar eclipse.
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Astronaut Snoopy to Fly inSnoopy will don an orange spacesuit and float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and NASA's future missions.
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LHC experiments present newInterActions.org News Wire:
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How We Could Make MarsTransforming Mars into a life-friendly world doesn't have to be a herculean, planet-wide effort.
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Mapping the moon for Apollo

Phys.org - 15 Jul 2019 17:10
Mapping the moon for ApolloAt an International Astronomical Union meeting in 1955, noted astronomer Gerard Kuiper asked for suggestions and collaborators on a project to make a map of the moon. At the time, the best lunar... atlases had hand-drawn images, and Kuiper wanted to use state-of-the-art telescopes to make a photographic atlas.
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India assesses technical snagIndia's space organization is examining the technical snag that led to the aborting of the launch Monday of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the moon, an official said.
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Apollo 11's Momentous LandingSteve Bales was just 26 years old when NASA's Apollo 11 mission touched down on the moon's surface, and to this day, he remains astounded that somebody so young would be permitted to make a call that... affected history.
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MASCOT confirms whatGerman Aerospace Center (DLR):
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