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The Verge
For former NASA astronaut Garret Reisman, SpaceX’s May 27 launch of the company’s first human passengers to space is going to be a very personal moment.

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Space.com
CAPE CANAVERAL – The U.S. Space Force’s mysterious X-37B space plane successfully launched on its sixth mystery mission from Florida today (May 17).

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Southwest Research Institute
It’s no secret that Mars once had abundant water flowing on its surface in the forms of rivers, lakes, and even an ocean. For this reason, scientists continue to wonder whether or not Mars might have had life in the past. Today, the surface is an extremely cold, dry place where even a single droplet of water would instantly freeze, boil, or evaporate.

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Chemical & Engineering News
Simplicity is the key to designing reactors for missions to the Moon and Mars

Editor’s Note: Part of space exploration is powering everything. Here Tien Nguyen writes for the publication of the American Chemical Society about what role nuclear energy might play.

CNet
New research suggests salty brine puddles are more abundant on the surface of Mars than expected — but life is unlikely to survive within.

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The Drum
Picture this: you’re flying to planet Fhloston to stay at a new luxury hotel, arriving by spaceship in your own personal sleep pod. OK, that may be the Luc Besson film The Fifth Element, but holidaying outside Earth is perhaps a little closer than the film, set in the year 2263, suggests.

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Bloomberg
High costs, inhospitable conditions spur development of robots designed to work in outer space.

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Ars Technica
A week ago, China launched the newest version of its largest rocket, the Long March 5B, from its southernmost spaceport. The launch proceeded normally and represented another success for China as it seeks to build a robust human spaceflight program. Over the next few years, this rocket will launch components of a modular space station.

Editor’s Note: Earlier this week, there were multiple reports of debris falling from a Chinese rocket into the Atlantic Ocean. However, Eric Berger reports about what it missed, and that some parts of the debris might have landed in the African nation of Côte d’Ivoire.

Syfy
A shadow Pluto cast across the Earth reveals that its atmosphere isn’t collapsing.

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Economic Times (Times of India)
BENGALURU: India’s space agency will tap startups to develop food and medicines for astronauts, better tools to access machines in a spacecraft and green engines for its maiden humanspace flight Gaganyaan-1. It will also potentially help them build products and solutions that they can exploit commercially.

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Space.com
Two NASA astronauts entered quarantine today (May 13) to prepare for a historic launch to space on a SpaceX spacecraft.

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ESA
Nature is a powerful sculptor – as shown in this image from ESA’s Mars Express, which portrays a heavily scarred, fractured martian landscape. This terrain was formed by intense and prolonged forces that acted upon Mars’ surface for hundreds of millions of years.

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Space News
WASHINGTON — German space company OHB is moving ahead with plans to launch a commercial lunar lander mission in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in late 2022 as it looks for government and commercial customers.

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GeekWire
NASA today unveiled a list of 10 principles for a set of bilateral international agreements for participation in the moon exploration program known as Artemis.

Editor’s Note: It could prove to be extremely difficult for us to set up bases on the Moon without international cooperation. In order to facilitate this, NASA has released a set of 10 principles known as the Artemis Accords, Alan Boyle reports.

NASA
Arctic sea ice helps keep Earth cool, as its bright surface reflects the Sun’s energy back into space. Each year scientists use multiple satellites and data sets to track how much of the Arctic Ocean is covered in sea ice, but its thickness is harder to gauge.

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Space.com
SpaceX’s latest Starship prototype keeps passing tests, edging closer and closer to a highly anticipated test flight.

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Seattle Times
Tethers Unlimited, a small but innovative space technology company with about 85 employees based in Bothell, has been acquired by a company that’s focused on garnering high-tech space contracts from NASA, the Department of Defense and U.S. intelligence agencies.

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CNN
Taking a meeting in London at noon and returning to New York in time for dinner? Even before coronavirus, that was just a dream — but a dream business travelers and companies that serve them have clung to for decades.

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Teslarati
SpaceX’s first high-flying, triple-engine Starship prototype is rapidly approaching completion at the same time as the company is preparing for the rocket’s predecessor to lift off on its inaugural test flight.

Editor’s Note: SpaceX has never been afraid of trying something new. There is a lot going on at Elon Musk’s company with launches, though here Eric Ralph reports about a project in a different stage of production, the company’s first spacecraft with three Raptor engines, now called the SN5.

Spaceflight Now
Darting through low clouds, the US Air Force’s reusable X-37B spaceplane rode a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket into orbit Sunday, debuting upgrades to accommodate additional scientific experiments, a dishwasher-sized tech demo satellite, and classified military objectives.

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The Guardian
Sir Richard Branson is to sell $500m (£405m) in Virgin Galactic shares in order to prop up his airline and leisure interests, which have been ravaged by the coronavirus crisis.

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The Hill
China has successfully launched its Long March 5B rocket, putting a prototype of its new crewed spacecraft into low Earth orbit.

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Houston Chronicle
Norm Knight started his NASA career in the 90s with the space shuttle, impressed by the engineering marvel that launched like a rocket, hauled space station parts like a truck and then landed like a glider.

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Fed Tech Magazine
NASA’s 3D-printing program began with making tiny wrenches and may end up building infrastructure on the moon. In between those moments, however, astronauts aboard the International Space Station are testing technology designed to make the printing process more efficient.

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Xinhua Net
After the successful maiden flight of the Long March-5B large rocket and the testing of China’s new-generation manned spaceship, more details of China’s space station have been unveiled.

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