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Global Space News for 16 Jul 2019

Defense nominee Mark EsperEsper told the SASC that, if confirmed, he intends to get involved in the Space Force legislative debate. SpaceNews.com
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'Moonshot': This Gorgeously"Moonshot" paints a beautiful and informative picture of humanity's first mission to the moon.
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Two rockets will be rolling out to their launch pads this week in Kazakhstan and Florida to blastoff to the International Space Station....
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For All Humankind: TheThe National Space Society (NSS) recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first landing of humans on the Moon with its 38th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in... Arlington, Virginia.
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Engineers at NASA JPL are busy developing next-generation robotic missions that will allow astronauts to explore harder-to-reach places in the search for life. The post NASA is Building Robots That... Can Climb Rock and Ice Cliffs appeared first on Universe Today.
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Supernova observation first ofWhen NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched into space in April 2018, it did so with a specific goal: to search the universe for new planets.
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Europe's GPS rival Galileo suffers outage

Phys.org - 16 Jul 2019 20:38
Europe's GPS rival GalileoEurope's Galileo satellite position system, a future rival of the American GPS network, has been out of service since Friday, its oversight agency said.
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Apollo 11 astronaut returns toApollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned Tuesday to the exact spot where he flew to the moon 50 years ago with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
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Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is now the first spacecraft to retrieve a subsurface sample from an asteroid. On July 11th, the spacecraft touched down for a second time on asteroid 162173 Ryugu. This... time, the probe retrieved a sample from a crater it excavated with its impactor. The subsurface sampling operation is a complex mission. …
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Poll: 50 Years After ApolloAmericans are more willing to pay for a mission that would land an astronaut on Mars, a Gallup poll conducted in the lead-up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing has found.
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Glass-ceramics company, with"The closure of this round is really allowing us to accelerate the ability to move into higher levels of production for these tip of the spear type of customers, and those are the space-related... defense contractors." SpaceNews.com
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Could the Apollo 11 moonThe passage of half a century has blurred many of the reasons that the United States was able to accomplish what seemed like science fiction: the July 20, 1969, landing of Apollo 11 on the moon.
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NASA Adds Events to​NASA is offering new opportunities, in addition to those announced July 2, for America to celebrate with the agency the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon mission and look to the... future of exploration on the Moon and Mars.
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Gaia starts mapping theThe second release of data from the Gaia star-mapping satellite, published in 2018, has been revolutionising many fields of astronomy. The unprecedented catalogue contains the brightness, positions,... distance indicators and motions across the sky for more than one billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy, along with information about other celestial bodies.
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What Is NASA's Wide FieldNASA's future flagship telescope, WFIRST, will help us find potentially habitable exoplanets and study a mysterious phenomenon called dark matter.
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Embracing the new Space Age

UK Space Agency - 16 Jul 2019 19:07
Science Minister Chris Skidmore makes a speech about the strength of the UK space industry, 50 years on from the launch of the Apollo 11 mission.
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SpaceX Says Faulty Valve LedThe April 20 explosion of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft was caused by a leaky component and faulty valve, the company says.
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Speeding up science onModeling the shape and movement of near-Earth asteroids is now up to 25 times faster thanks to new Washington State University research.
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Download your Apollo 11 at 50As part of our monthlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, SpaceNews is proud to present this special digital edition. SpaceNews.com
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Apollo 11 Flight Log, July 16,Commander Neil Armstrong, command module pilot Mike Collins and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin blasted into space 45 years ago today (July 16) on Apollo 11's history-making mission to the moon.
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LRO Camera Simulates View fromNASA's Goddard Space Flight Center:
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The UK's capabilities were boosted today with 10 projects receiving a share of £2m to develop technologies that could transform weather forecasting and the study of climate change.
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Bridenstine says NASA planningNASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said July 15 that, as NASA presses ahead with plans to return humans to the moon by 2024, he will not rule out a first human mission to Mars as soon as 2033.... SpaceNews.com
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The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Scientific American - 16 Jul 2019 17:30
The 50th Anniversary of ApolloCelebrating the past and future of humans on the moon --
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New Hubble constantAstronomers have made a new measurement of how fast the universe is expanding, using an entirely different kind of star than previous endeavors. The revised measurement, which comes from NASA's Hubble... Space Telescope, falls in the center of a hotly debated question in astrophysics that may lead to a new interpretation of the universe's fundamental properties.
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