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Financial Post
Renée Hložek is in a pretty good place to observe Canada’s place and possible future in space. A renowned cosmologist and frequent media commentator on all things related to astronomy, she was born and educated in South Africa, she studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and is a TedX Fellow.

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Associated Press
SpaceX completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts in the next few months, mimicking an emergency escape shortly after liftoff Sunday. No one was aboard for the wild ride in the skies above Cape Canaveral, just two mannequins.

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NASA
NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge isn’t for the faint of heart. The critical thinking that goes into designing rovers and the hours spent building them require dedication from teams of students from high schools, colleges and universities around the world.

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Reuters
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Elon Musk’s SpaceX simulated a successful emergency landing on Sunday in a dramatic test of a crucial abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule, a big step its mission to fly NASA astronauts for the first time as soon as this spring

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Associated Press
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that Japan will form a space defense unit to protect itself from potential threats as rivals develop missiles and other technology and the new unit will work closely with its American counterpart recently launched by President Donald Trump.

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Spaceflight Now
While NASA and Boeing engineers investigate the cause of a software error that cut short the first orbital test flight of the Starliner crew capsule last month, ground teams have returned the spaceship from its landing site in New Mexico back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Reuters
Applications to become Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa’s girlfriend have topped 20,000, streaming service AbemaTV said on Thursday (Jan 16), ahead of its documentary on his search for a “life partner” to take on his moon voyage.

Editor’s Note: When a Japanese billionaire announced his offer to take a girl to the moon, it created a lot of media hype. Here, Reuters explores the TV show behind the proposal.

Bloomberg
China is taking its rivalry with the US to another planet. The Chinese space agency is preparing a mid-year mission to Mars, marking the most ambitious project on an exploration checklist intended to achieve equal footing with Nasa and transform the nation’s technological know-how.

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Indo-Asian News Service
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk aims to send 10 lakh people to Mars by 2050 and in a series of tweets, has revealed how is he going to achieve the daunting task of colonising the Red Planet and make humans beings ‘multiplanetary’.

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RIA Novosti
Currently in development, the Oryol (‘Eagle’) crewed spacecraft is a crucial element of Russia’s plans to land cosmonauts on the Moon. Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin has previously indicated that flight testing of the spaceship should be completed by 2028.

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AFP
SpaceX will on Sunday simulate its emergency abort system on an unmanned spacecraft, the last major test before it plans to send NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.

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ABC News
It was the final test flight before the Crew Dragon can fly humans to the ISS.

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Associated Press
Spacewalking astronauts had to make do with fewer lights and camera views from one helmet Wednesday while performing critical battery work outside the International Space Station. It was the second pairing of NASA’s Jessica Meir and Christina Koch outside the orbiting lab. Last October, they teamed up for the world’s first all-female spacewalk.

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Scientific American
A battle for the sky is raging, and the heavens are losing. Upcoming mega constellations of satellites, designed to blanket Earth orbit in spacecraft beaming high-speed Internet around the world, risk filling the firmament with tens of thousands of moving points of light, forever changing our view of the cosmos.

Editor’s Note: SpaceX has become one of the most prominent players in the space transportation industry. Here, Jonathan O’Callaghan looks at whether it is break environmental law.

Economic Times (Times of India)
The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) aims to undertake more human space flights and also build a station in the outer space, once it successfully completes its maiden mission — Gaganyaan — in 2022, Isro chairman K Sivan said. Aiming to be the fourth country to launch a human space mission from its own soil, Isro has identified the first cohort of pilots to be trained for the ambitious programme.

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RIA Novosti
Researchers from the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos found a way to hide sensitive activity on Russian soil from the vigilant eyes of foreign surveillance satellites. The new method suggests shutting down orbital spying in the early stages of the vehicle’s approach toward Russian territory, according to the agency.

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China Daily
China’s most powerful low-orbiting communication satellite, also the biggest spacecraft ever built by a private Chinese company, was launched on Thursday morning in Northwest China. The GalaxySpace 1, designed and built by Beijing-based startup GalaxySpace, has also been widely considered the country’s first 5G-capable satellite, which features a very strong capability in data transmission.

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Ars Technica
This year could see the fulfillment of a number of long-promised achievements in human spaceflight. For the first time, private companies could launch humans into orbit in 2020, and two different companies could send paying tourists on suborbital missions. The aerospace community has been watching and waiting for these milestones for years, but 2020 is probably the year for both.

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The New York Times
Usually the destruction of a rocket means a failed mission. But on Sunday, SpaceX was demonstrating a crucial safety system of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, a capsule that is to carry astronauts for NASA to the International Space Station.

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The Atlantic
The science of adapting to cold weather could change treatment of inflammatory diseases, insomnia, and trauma.

Editor’s Note: Long space voyages may require something new in the human rhythm, hibernation. Here James Hamblin looks at the subject generally, while also peaking into how its being treated in the world of space.

RIA Novosti
With increasing demand to provide satellite bandwidth for television, telecommunication and broadcasting services, India’s national space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has built a new satellite, GSAT-30.

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The Guardian
When humanity’s dying stragglers mark up the final tapes for the time capsule, I hope they’ll call this episode A Great Week to Bail Out an Airline. Even as David Attenborough warned of Earth’s “crisis moment”, the UK government rescued ailing airline Flybe on the basis that some people can’t get to work between Wales and Scotland or wherever any other way.

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Associated Press
Astronauts launched by SpaceX in coming months will ride to their rockets in high fashion. Instead of using a retro-style astrovan, SpaceX crews will travel to the launch pad in Tesla sports cars.

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Press Association
European space missions will allow astronomers to observe some of the most violent cosmic events in the universe, researchers say. Collisions of supermassive black holes may be simultaneously observable in both gravitational waves and X-rays at the beginning of the next decade due to two major observatories set for launch in the early 2030s by the European Space Agency (ESA).

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Buffalo News
The rhetoric of a summer evening on a clear night in July. The stars winked on one by one, and I could see the mythic procession of constellations as they marched across the sky. Orion gripping his shield; the Pleiades sisters huddling close. And then the moon rose brilliantly in the east. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. Time and space carried me back.

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