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Global Space News for 17 Jul 2019

Watch Space Camp Launch NearlyTo celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 launch to the moon Tuesday (July 16), the U.S. Space and Rocket Center launched nearly 5,000 model rockets.
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A unique, low-cost, and crowd-scream-sourced experiment has proven what all sci-fi movie fans know is true: In space, no one can hear you scream.” That line is the tag line from the famous 1979... movie Alien, of course. And now an innovative experiment in Britain has shown that the writer of that movie was correct. …
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Spacecom's Amos-17 launchingOneWeb says its first six satellites are all healthy and have each demonstrated live video streaming in 1080 resolution from low Earth orbit. SpaceNews.com
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Partial Lunar Eclipse Puts onThe moon was at the tail end of a partial lunar eclipse when it rose above the Andean horizon on Tuesday (July 16).
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Police arrest HawaiianPolice arrested elderly protesters, some using wheelchairs and canes, as they blocked a road Wednesday to Hawaii's highest peak to try to stop construction of a giant telescope on land some Native... Hawaiians consider sacred.
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SpaceX Test-Fires 'Starhopper'The Tuesday (July 16) test, which lasted approximately 5 seconds, seemed to be successful despite bright orange flames engulfing the vehicle after its single Raptor engine fired.
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The International Space Station is set to receive a few more crewmembers on Saturday followed by a new docking port next Tuesday....
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Op-ed | The next space age

Space News - 17 Jul 2019 22:00
Op-ed | The next space ageTwenty-five years after Apollo 11, Arthur C. Clarke outlined for SpaceNews an exploration vision marked by reusable launch vehicles and space elevators. This piece first appeared in our July 18-24,... 1994 issue. SpaceNews.com
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SpaceX has revealed the cause of the accident that took place back in April, attributing it to a leak that took place just prior to the final tactic engine fire test. The post Crew Dragon Exploded... Back in April Because of a Nitrogen Tetroxide Leak appeared first on Universe Today.
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Here's What We Thought We KnewScientists had some major misconceptions about the moon before the Apollo missions.
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Op-ed | The omnipresence of space

Space News - 17 Jul 2019 20:43
Op-ed | The omnipresence ofThe breadth of engagement in space continues to increase as new companies are formed to take advantage of the flexibility and affordability of cubesats and smallsats to use space in new ways.... SpaceNews.com
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Here's What Neil Armstrong SawNow you can see what Neil Armstrong saw as he landed the Apollo 11 lunar module, known as the Eagle, on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969.
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Michael Collins' Views onFifty years later, Michael Collins only has vague recollections of where he was when he first saw humans land on the moon.
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Momentus raises $25.5 millionMomentus, an in-space transportation startup, has raised nearly $34 million in funding to date for its Vigoride and Vigoride Extended vehicles to move small satellites from one orbit to another.... SpaceNews.com
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Earth's Shining UpperNASA's Goddard Space Flight Center:
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Image: Chang'e-4 lander

Phys.org - 17 Jul 2019 16:22
Image: Chang'e-4 landerAt a time when ESA is looking forward to future lunar exploration, it turns out there is already some small but crucial ESA-developed hardware in operation on the far side of the moon.
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Flying the final approach toAs the Apollo 11 lunar module approached the Moon's surface for the first manned landing, commander Neil Armstrong switched off the autopilot and flew the spacecraft manually to a landing.
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Diamond shines its light onNearly 50 years after our first steps on the moon, samples from the Apollo missions, Mars and Vesta still have a lot to tell us about the formation of the planets and the Earth's volcanoes, and... Diamond Light Source is helping to shine a light on these insights.
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Op-ed | What will be differentHalf a century after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first "small steps," we're going back with all the wonders of 21st century technology, but this time, things will be different.... SpaceNews.com
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What Artemis will teach usHumans have not had much of an opportunity to work on the moon. The 12 Apollo astronauts who got to explore its surface clocked in 80 hours in total of discovery time. From their brief encounters, and... from extensive analyses of Apollo samples and lunar meteorites that were found on Earth, scientists have learned nearly as much as is possible to learn about the lunar environment without much contact with the surface. Now, for the first time in half a century, NASA's Artemis missions will allow scientists and engineers to examine the surface from up close. This will teach us how to move safely across lunar soil, known as regolith; how to build infrastructure on top of it; and how to keep humans safe in space. The techniques scientists will develop on the moon will make it possible for humans...
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Why the moon is such a cratered place

Phys.org - 17 Jul 2019 15:50
Why the moon is such aLook up on a clear night and you can see some circular formations on the face of our lunar neighbour. These are impact craters, circular depressions found on planetary surfaces.
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Opinion: Young Americans"Hidden Figures" and "First Man" were arguably the most inspirational space-themed movies of the last several years. Both, though, had to reach back to the glory days of John Glenn and Neil Armstrong.... The faces of my children after watching these movies was the surest sign of a missed opportunity, of a generation raised without a Moonshot.
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New measurement of universe'sA team of collaborators from Carnegie and the University of Chicago used red giant stars that were observed by the Hubble Space Telescope to make an entirely new measurement of how fast the universe... is expanding, throwing their hats into the ring of a hotly contested debate. Their result--which falls squarely between the two previous, competing values--will be published in the Astrophysical Journal.
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ESA confirms asteroid willAsteroid 2006 QV89, a small object 20 to 50 metres in diameter, was in the news lately because of a very small, one-in-7000 chance of impact with Earth on 9 September 2019.
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ESA identifies demand forDozens of very different commercial and institutional missions to the moon are planned for the coming decades.
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