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  • Hubble telescope turns 30 (#1)
  • ESA Cluster keeps flying (#11)
  • Spacecraft inspired by animals (#3)
  • Tracking plastic using satellites (#8)


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Space.com

In the beginning, it was just the Large Space Telescope, its mundane name a marker of how very extraordinary an observatory it was. Decades later, it is simply Hubble, perhaps the most recognized telescope ever built.


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Times of London ($)

US billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is locking horns with a pistol-loving Russian official in a battle for the future of the lucrative space industry.


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The modern-day space race is proving to be as exciting as the one that unravelled during the 20th century. Here, Tom Parfitt reports about the claim from a Russian official about this particular race being rigged.

Digit

Because of the ruthless forces of natural selection, organisms have developed all kinds of strategies to interact with their environments. Outer space is not conducive to life, but aerospace engineers can reverse engineer applicable biological approaches in robots, and then apply them to space exploration. Robotic probes and living things are often constrained in similar ways, such as a requirement for optimum energy use, a tolerance for extreme environments, or the ability to make rapid decisions in novel situations.


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Inverse

The SpaceX CEO is looking to build a Mars city, and its NASA contract could fuel its creation.


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Deccan Herald

As the world is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic and the United States is in a precarious situation, President Donald Trump has passed an executive order allowing Americans ‘the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of resources in outer space’.


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Space.com

Human space exploration has shown us that we live on a beautiful swirl of green and blue and white — even when life on Earth is riddled with sorrows, sickness and challenges knotted beyond measure.


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PTI

Scientists have discovered a six-planet system — a “super-Earth” and five “mini-Neptunes” which display an exceptionally regular spacing, hinting at how the system may have formed.


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Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Earth observation scientists analysed data from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellites to develop this new approach, which demonstrates for the first time that aggregated patches of plastics floating in coastal waters can be detected by satellites.


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SatellitePro ME

SatellitePro ME spoke to two leading specialists about their USPs, their markets, and whether 3D printing is really the universal cure-all so beloved by popular culture.


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The Conversation

The Hubble Space Telescope launched on the 24th of April, 30 years ago. It’s an impressive milestone especially as its expected lifespan was just 10 years.


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The Hubble Space Telescope has recently completed 30 years, even though it was only meant to last for a decade. Rodger Thompson analyses how this piece of equipment has truly opened our eyes.

The Register

Space Extenders ESA’s Cluster mission is heading into its third decade of operations. The Register spoke to some of the people behind the four spacecraft about how the team turned a five-year nominal lifetime into 20 years and beyond.


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Xinhua Net

China’s first Mars exploration mission has been named Tianwen-1, announced the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Friday, China’s Space Day.


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NASA

Astronomers may have discovered a new kind of survival story: a star that had a brush with a giant black hole and lived to tell the tale through exclamations of X-rays.


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Environmental Defense Fund

Findings published today in the journal Science Advances show that oil and gas operations in America’s sprawling Permian Basin are releasing methane at twice the average rate found in previous studies of 11 other major U.S. oil and gas regions.


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The Hill

President Donald Trump’s space policy has certainly evolved since the campaign when he was telling people that he doubted sending people to Mars was a good idea with American infrastructure needing to be rebuilt. During his presidency, Trump has set America on a course back to the moon. He has also started encouraging space commercialization, including the mining of the moon and other celestial bodies.


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Spaceflight Now

Continuing support of the International Space Station amid the coronavirus pandemic, Russian teams transferred a Soyuz rocket to a launch pad in Kazakhstan on Wednesday in preparation for liftoff Friday (U.S. time) with a Progress resupply freighter.


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The Next Web

Meet exoplanet Kepler-1649c — it’s the same size as Earth, and its distance from its sun is just right for life — and that may NOT be a good thing.


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University of Arizona

When is a planet not really a planet? Many new exoplanets – over 4,000 now so far – have been discovered and confirmed orbiting other stars. But, sometimes, all might not be quite as it first appears.


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Several of the articles on this list deal with exoplanets. Here University of Arizona researchers dig into the case of Fomalhaut b, one of the first such discoveries, and see it was “doing things a bona fide planet should not be doing.”

Space.com

SpaceX remains on track to launch astronauts next month despite a few remaining issues, members of a NASA advisory panel said Thursday.


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Syfy

After floating around in space for several months, the ESA planet hunter CHEOPS is finally ready to scour the cosmos for planets we never knew existed.


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Earth Sky

Why didn’t we see them before? It’s because exoplanets are so far away, several light-years away at their closest. And it’s because – unlike stars – exoplanets don’t shine with their own light.


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Tech Times

Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, said on Twitter on Wednesday, April 22, that the failure of a single Merlin engine in the most recent Starlink launch was due to a “small amount” of isopropyl alcohol that ignited during the flight.


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Tehran Times

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that Iran’s launch of a military satellite into the orbit does not contradict UN Security Council resolution on the Iranian nuclear program.


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Tech Republic

As one would imagine, scooping up cosmic trash in the vacuum of space is no easy task. Three companies at the forefront of space debris removal provide insights on this unique set of challenges.


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Guardian

Richard Dreyfuss holds together an earthbound tale of an old widower who dreams of a voyage to the stars


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