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The Milky Way Is Full of Toxic, Sticky Grease

Space: It’s cold, dark — and apparently full of grease. Source:

How Theoretical Physicists Can Help Find E.T.

If and when humans discover extraterrestrial intelligence, should we expect to find it in the form of biological brains or artificially intelligent robots? Source:

Why Relativity's True: The Evidence for Einstein's Theory

As good skeptics, we shouldn’t immediately believe general relativity’s tangle of mathematics at first blush. Instead, we need evidence. Good evidence. Source:

House Science Committee approves space traffic management bill

RENTON, Wash. — The House Science Committee approved a bill June 27 that would give the Commerce Department new responsibilities for space traffic management despite opposition by some Democrats that the bill “rubber stamps” the administration’s space policy. The committee…

Earth's Limb, Pacific Ocean and the Space Station's Kibo Laboratory

The Earth’s limb and the Pacific Ocean contrast segments of the International Space Station’s Kibo laboratory module built by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in this June 23, 2018 image. At right is a portion of the Experiment Logistics Module,…

Army troops could be headed to the Space Force

WASHINGTON — If and when a new military branch for space gets off the ground, its ranks would be dominated by airmen. But Army soldiers also would have a role by virtue of much they rely on military satellites in…

JWST suffers another launch delay, breaches cost cap

RENTON, Wash. — NASA announced yet another launch delay for the James Webb Space Telescope June 27, pushing the flagship observatory’s launch to no earlier than late March 2021 while breaking a cost cap set by Congress. NASA said it…

NASA Completes Webb Telescope Review, Commits to Launch in Early 2021

The Independent Review Board (IRB) established by NASA to assess progress on its James Webb Space Telescope has unanimously recommended that development on the world’s premier science observatory should continue; NASA has established a new launch date for Webb of…

New Land Mobile Technology Driving the Need for Modern SATCOM Capabilities

Industrial revolutions leave no sector or industry untouched, and the fourth industrial revolution is no different. We are witnessing the rapid transformation that’s blurring the line between the physical and digital worlds through artificial intelligence, machine to machine communications, and…

Our Solar System’s First Known Interstellar Object Gets Unexpected Speed Boost

Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based observatories, an international team of scientists have confirmed ′Oumuamua (oh-MOO-ah-MOO-ah), the first known interstellar object to travel through our solar system, got an unexpected boost in speed and shift in trajectory…

Thai startup mu Space seeks builder for satellite bound for leased orbit

SINGAPORE — Thai satellite startup mu Space is seeking bids for a geostationary satellite with high-throughput capacity covering the Asia Pacific. The request for proposal, released June 25, is for the construction of satellite mu Space says it will launch…

Visions of Ryugu: The Funny (and Scary) Asteroid Predictions by Japan's Hayabusa2 Team

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft is exploring the asteroid Ryugu and will return samples to Earth in 2020. But before the probe arrived at the asteroid in June 2018, scientists weren’t sure what it actually looked like. Source:

What is the International Space Station?

2018-06-27 – Did you know that there’s a research laboratory in space? In this video, Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques describes its size, its speed compared to a Formula 1 race car, the essential role played by Canadian robots,…

Asteroid Arrival! Japanese Probe Reaches 'Spinning-Top' Space Rock Ryugu

The explorer probe Hayabusa2 has successfully rendezvoused with Ryugu, beginning an 18-month stay at the diamond-shaped asteroid. Source:

A Gorgeous 'Blue' Sand Dune Snakes Across Mars in This Awesome NASA Photo

A big sand dune blazes in an electric blue on the Red Planet in a gorgeous photo by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Source:

Commercial laser-comm edges closer to reality

“If you build it, they will come” is the motto of BridgeSat, a company building a network of laser-equipped ground stations for high-speed communications with satellites. “Optical communications is technically possible to do,” Barry Matsumori, BridgeSat’s chief executive, told SpaceNews….

Hearing raises questions about pace of commercial launch regulatory overhaul

RENTON, Wash. — As the commercial launch industry seeks regulatory reforms to streamline the licensing process, other are raising concerns about a schedule that calls for those changes to be completed next year. Space Policy Directive (SPD) 2, signed by…

EU eyes 16-billion-euro space program for navigation systems, Earth observation, components

WARSAW, Poland — The European Commission has unveiled plans to spend 16 billion euros, or $18.6 billion, on a space program to boost the EU’s space capabilities in the years 2021 to 2027. Of these, 9.7 billion euros are to…

Asian satellite operators worried U.S. C-band debate will affect their markets

SINGAPORE — Satellite operators in Asia say the debate over C-band in the United States is triggering similar discussions in their markets, causing concern that cellular operators could end up in control of the spectrum in other parts of the…

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference on Status of James Webb Space Telescope

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, June 27, to provide an update on the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope and the findings of an external independent review board. Source: Noticias del Sistema Solar y más…

Pentagon ready to put missile-tracking sensors in space, but still needs proof the technology works

WASHINGTON — Air Force Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, director of the Missile Defense Agency, says he has the full backing of Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin to move ahead with the development and testing of sensors…

A Slice of Glory

If you have ever seen a series of concentric rings of color near a mist or fog, you have likely seen a glory. This colorful optical phenomenon, bright red on the outside and blue toward the center, forms when water…

Canadarm2 to make its 30th cosmic catch as SpaceX’s Dragon brings Canadian supplies to Station

2018-06-26 – On June 29, Dragon will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, destined for the International Space Station. When Dragon arrives at the Station two days later, NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel will use Canadarm2 to capture the…

Boeing CST-100 Starliner: Next-Generation Spaceship

The aviation giant aims to take astronauts to the International Space Station in a capsule that is similar to Apollo spacecraft. Source:

This Scientist Thinks Aliens Will Need to 'Catch' Stars to Survive

One scientist thinks that future intelligent aliens might survive by collecting, storing and harnessing the power of stars. Source:

Technical Glitch Again Delays 1st Commercial Launch of Rocket Lab's Electron Booster

Rocket Lab’s Electron small-satellite launcher will have to wait a bit longer to take to the skies on its first commercial flight. Source:

2018 Full Moon Calendar

The full moon happens once a month. Find out when. Source:

Canadarm2 to receive its new "hand" –

2018-06-26 – On June 28, CSA expert Ken Podwalski will participate in a NASA briefing at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. On June 29, he will also be a guest on NASA TV to provide live commentary during the…

Eutelsat says it’s weighing a bid for Inmarsat

WASHINGTON — Paris-based satellite fleet operator Eutelsat confirmed June 25 that it is considering making an offer to aquire Inmarsat. Eutelsat’s disclosure comes less than three weeks after London-based Inmarsat rejected an unsolicited acquisition offer from EchoStar. On June 8, Inmarsat said…

Crew Dragon Hardware Put to the Test

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is at NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Ohio, to undergo testing in the In-Space Propulsion Facility. The chamber will allow SpaceX and NASA to verify Crew Dragon’s ability to withstand the extreme temperatures and vacuum of space….


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