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The first batch of space-baked cookies is back on Earth, along with muscle-bound “mighty” mice and other space station experiments. SpaceX provided the ride home Tuesday, a month after its Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station. The capsule parachuted into the Pacific, returning 3,800 pounds of gear.

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The Guardian
Schemes from firms such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX raise fears for our view of heavens

Editor’s Note: The number of satellites floating above our heads could soon balloon to astronomical numbers. Here the Guardian speaks to campaigners at the International Dark-Sky Association.

UPI
North Korea is determined to press forward with space development “regardless of any opposition,” according to a South Korean press report.

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European Space Agency
Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the signature of a launch services contract for the Euclid satellite – with the mission’s timeframe for liftoff starting in mid-2022 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana (South America).

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Ars Technica
NASA wants to return to the Moon, but it would like to do so in a way different from the Apollo Program — more sustainably, so that there are not just a handful of missions before humans retreat back into low Earth orbit.

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AFP
Jasmin “Jaws” Moghbeli earned her fierce nickname during her time as a decorated helicopter gunship pilot who flew more than 150 missions in Afghanistan.

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Xinhua
The U.S. private space company SpaceX launched its third batch of 60 Starlink satellites into space on Monday, in an effort to build a 12,000-strong or even more satellite network capable of providing broadband internet services.

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Gizmodo
The successful launch of 60 new Starlink satellites means SpaceX now operates more commercial satellites than any other company in the world. It’s a major milestone for the Elon Musk-led company, which still needs to show it’s capable of responsibly managing its burgeoning megaconsellation.

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Futurism
Before Crew Dragon can ferry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, SpaceX needs to prove that its spacecraft will keep those astronauts safe in the event of a catastrophic rocket failure.

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Atlas Obscura
One day in the 1950s, Thomas Voter pulled a mask over his nose and mouth, reached for an airbrush, and attempted to make the aurora borealis dance across a darkened sky. The particular paint he was using contained ingredients that would fluoresce under ultraviolet light, also known as black light. These lights near the mural would be designed to sweep across the image, making the aurora shimmy, quiver, and astound.

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UPI
NASA is establishing a “joint, independent team” to probe the failure of Boeing’s Starliner space capsule to reach the International Space Station during a test flight.

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AFP
NASA on Friday celebrated its latest class of graduating astronauts at a public ceremony in Houston, honoring a diverse and gender-balanced group now qualified for spaceflight missions including America’s return to the Moon and eventual journey to Mars.

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CNN Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte now has a Presidential Adviser on Space Matters.

Editor’s Note: Will the Philippines become a “spacefaring nation” within the decade? CNN Philippines covers a space developments from an unexpected corner of the globe here.

AP
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched 60 more mini internet satellites late Monday, this time testing a dark coating to appease stargazers.

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CNN
After more than two years of training, the first class of NASA astronaut candidates under the agency’s program to land the first woman and next man on the moon have graduated.

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NASA
The first Space Launch System (SLS) rocket core stage for NASA’s Artemis program completed manufacturing work at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and was loaded onto the agency’s Pegasus barge on Jan. 8 for delivery to NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

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CNN
An astronaut on board the International Space Station had a front row view of “shooting stars” lighting up the sky over the Northern Hemisphere last weekend.

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AP
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The governor of New Mexico has hosted about 30 executives in the aerospace industry at a closed-door summit to reportedly collaborate on strategies promoting business development in the state.

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Reuters
44-year-old Maezawa, who sold his online fashion retailer Zozo Inc to SoftBank Group Corp, is seeking single females aged over 20 for the show, which will be shown on streaming service AbemaTV.

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AP
A Japanese billionaire has launched an online wanted ad for a girlfriend who will fly around the Moon with him on a SpaceX rocket.

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LSU Health
Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine’s branch campus in Baton Rouge, is the lead author of a paper describing a previously unrecognized risk of spaceflight discovered during a study of astronauts involved in long-duration missions.

Editor’s Note: One thing that Deepnews does well is keep up with the latest developments coming out of universities. Here LSU explains the finding of one of its researchers published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Press Trust of India
HOUSTON: Raja Jon Vurputoor Chari, an Indian-American US Air Force colonel, is among 11 new NASA graduates who have successfully completed their over two years’ of basic astronaut training and are all set to be a part of the space agency’s ambitious future missions to the International Space Station, Moon and Mars.

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Xinhua
The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft has returned to Earth after being released from the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, bringing multiple scientific samples and gears.

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Indo-Asian News Service
Chennai: India and the European Space Agency Arianespace are getting ready to open their 2020 space missions with the launch of communication satellite GSAT 30.

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Florida Tech
A Florida Tech physicist has been awarded a $550,000 NASA grant to try to solve one of astronomy’s most vexing and dangerous problems: predicting when and where harmful doses of solar energetic particle radiation will occur.

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