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  • NASA back to astronauts (#1)
  • Space debris vote in limbo (#13)
  • COVID19 hurts China space plans (#2)
  • Virgin Orbit aces flight (#10)


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CNN

Next month, human spaceflight will return to US soil after nearly a decade.


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Abacus News

The coronavirus pandemic has shown just how essential the internet has become to modern life. Many people confined at home have relied on it to work, socialize and order the things they need for daily life. But it’s also something that only half of the world’s population has access to.


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Inverse

In the ongoing quest to find signs of life outside of our planet, Mars tops the list of places scientists are looking. But some might be getting a little ahead of themselves.


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Being fascinated by the possibility of life on Mars is nothing new but here Inverse reports on one scientist who “might be getting a little ahead of” himself. Passant Rabie reports on Rhawn Joseph.

Syfy

So it’s been an interesting week for comets. 2I/Borisov, the second interstellar comet we’ve ever seen, split in half; the comet we were hoping would be the brightest of the year (C/2019 Y4 ATLAS) instead disintegrated; and the first interstellar comet we’ve ever seen, ‘Oumuamua, may be a shard shredded off a planet that got torn apart by its dying host star.


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Reuters

TOULOUSE – French space scientists are using the COVID-19 lockdown as a dry run for what it will be like to be cooped up inside a space craft on a mission to Mars.


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Universe Today

In 2016, astronomers working for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) confirmed the existence of a terrestrial planet around Earth’s closest stellar neighbor – Proxima Centauri. The discovery of this nearby extrasolar planet (Proxima b) caused no shortage of excitement because, in addition to being similar in size to Earth, it was found to orbit within the star’s habitable zone (HZ).


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Associated Press

A U.S.-Russian crew landed safely Friday in the steppes of Kazakhstan following a stint on the International Space Station and was greeted with extra precautions due to the coronavirus.


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Earth Sky

Not all that long ago, scientists thought that Earth was the only place in the solar system with an ocean. But then we learned – surprise! – that several icy moons in the outer solar system are also water worlds.


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Associated Press

NASA and SpaceX have picked May 27 for resuming astronaut launches from the U.S. after nine years of complete Russian dependence.


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Space

The runway is now clear for Virgin Orbit’s first-ever launch.


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Cnet

Combine an active imagination with an image of Mars and you may spot a shag carpet, a Star Trek insignia or even Pac-Man on the red planet. The team behind the HiRise camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter imagined a dragon.


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Radiological Society of North America

Extended periods in space have long been known to cause vision problems in astronauts. Now a new study in the journal Radiology suggests that the impact of long-duration space travel is more far-reaching, potentially causing brain volume changes and pituitary gland deformation.


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Ever wondered about the impact that spaceflight has on the brains of astronauts? A new study published has found that astronauts’ brains tend to grow larger, explaining some vision problems.

Space News

WASHINGTON — The leaders of the House Science Committee are asking the Federal Communications Commission to delay an April 23 vote to introduce stricter space debris regulations opposed by the satellite industry.


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The West Australian

The Perth skies are set to be a space nerd’s dream this weekend, with a string of planet sightings and space station flyovers.


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Universe Today

When it comes to comets, the only thing that is certain is the orbital path. Though the cosmos has yet to send us a really bright comet for 2020 to keep us occupied during the ongoing worldwide pandemic and lock down, it has sent us a steady stream of descent binocular comets, including C/2017 T2 PanSTARRS, C/2019 Y1 ATLAS, and C/2019 Y4 ATLAS. And though Y4 ATLAS won’t match the “Comet of the Century” media hype, another interesting binocular comet has just made its presence known over the past weekend: C/2020 F8 SWAN.


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The Harvard Crimson

What was the most important event in the history of space exploration?


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The Verge

Today, Russia conducted another test of its missile system designed to destroy a satellite in orbit around Earth, according to US Space Command. It is believed to be the 10th test of this anti-satellite, or ASAT, technology, but it’s unclear if the missile actually destroyed anything in space.


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Syfy

Earth’s battle against asteroids — just in case we get thrown into some sort of Deep Impact scenario — isn’t just going to be fought on this planet.


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CNN

The Arctic’s ozone layer developed a tear, which grew into a hole, and then a bigger hole. Now, it may be biggest hole the North Pole’s ozone layer has ever incurred.


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CBS News

With their replacements safely aboard the International Space Station, three crew members packed up for an overnight trip back to Earth early Friday, returning to an unfamiliar world in the grip of a pandemic that will force them to extend the social isolation they were hoping to end.


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Gov.uk

The UK space industry has some of the brightest minds in the country and is well placed to support the unprecedented national effort to overcome the biggest threat the UK has faced for decades.


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The space industry, like many others, has begun to focus its efforts towards dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. Here, the UK government announces a new partnership between the NHS and the European Space Agency.

Portland Press Herald

Meir, who grew up in Caribou and spent 205 days in space, is scheduled to land in a remote area of Kazakhstan early Friday morning.


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Driving.ca

The owners of these “Astro-Vettes” enjoyed three things: Horsepower, booze and mayhem.


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National Post

It’s one of history’s great counterfactuals. What if, in the summer of 1969, the world watched and listened as a Soviet cosmonaut – Alexei Leonov, perhaps – became the first human to set foot on the moon?


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Politecnico di Milano

Can 3D Printers support extra-terrestrial colonisation in Space?


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