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Copernical Team

Copernical Team

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Artists impression of the Eutelsat Quantum telecommunications satellite

Europe’s first commercial satellite capable of being completely reprogrammed while in space is now in commercial use.

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At the Mission Control Center in Houston, a team of NASA personnel will be on hand 24/7 to monitor the Artemis 1 mission to the
At the Mission Control Center in Houston, a team of NASA personnel will be on hand 24/7 to monitor the Artemis 1 mission to the Moon.

Rick LaBrode has worked at NASA for 37 years, but he says the American quest to return to the Moon is by far the crowning moment of his career.

LaBrode is the lead flight director for Artemis 1, set to take off later this month—the first time a capsule that can carry humans will be sent to the Moon since the last Apollo mission in 1972.

"This is more exciting than really anything I've ever been a part of," LaBrode told journalists at the US space agency's Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas.

Sunday, 14 August 2022 11:40

Harvest from heavenly breeding

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Beijing (XNA) Aug 15, 2022
When China's Shenzhou-14 spaceship returns to Earth late this year, it will bring home some unusual packages - brewer's yeast grown in space. It will be part of the harvest of a 6-month-long breeding experiment aboard the Tiangong space station, which is under construction. Scientists say that the microorganism, exposed to deep space, will induce genetic mutations that may create superior
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Beijing (XNA) Aug 15, 2022
China's new carrier rocket Smart Dragon-3 (SD-3), designed for commercial use, has completed large-scale ground tests, its developer said on Thursday. The rocket was developed by the China Rocket Co. Ltd., which is affiliated with the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALVT). It is a four-stage solid-propellant carrier rocket. The rocket is the largest of the SD series and
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Washington DC (UPI) Aug 15, 2022
SpaceX launched its next round of Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from the Vandenberg Space Force Center in California on Friday afternoon. The Elon Musk-owned private space company plans to add 46 new satellites to its constellation of small satellites around the world in order to allow access to the Internet regardless of how remote the locat
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Baltimore MD (SPX) Aug 15, 2022
Analyzing data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and several other observatories, astronomers have concluded that the bright red supergiant star Betelgeuse quite literally blew its top in 2019, losing a substantial part of its visible surface and producing a gigantic Surface Mass Ejection (SME). This is something never before seen in a normal star's behavior. Our Sun routinely blows off p
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Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 15, 2022
Over the last 25 years, astronomers have found thousands of exoplanets around stars in our galaxy, but more than 99% of them orbit smaller stars - from red dwarfs to stars slightly more massive than our sun, which is considered an average-sized star. Few have been discovered around even more massive stars, such as A-type stars - bright blue stars twice as large as the sun - and most of the
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Washington DC (UPI) Aug 12, 2021
One photo taken recently by NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars showed an unusual noodle-like object lying on the surface of the Red Planet, but scientists have an explanation. The photo was taken on July 12 and depicted what looked like a tangled web of string in the lower right corner. The image led some to question what the object is, particularly when a photo taken four days later rev
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Beijing (XNA) Aug 15, 2022
China's Shenzhou XIV astronauts will conduct extravehicular activities (EVAs) for the first time in the next few days, China Media Group reported on Saturday. The three-member crew has been working and living in orbit for 70 days since they were sent into space onboard the Shenzhou XIV spaceship and entered China's space station. The combination of China's space station is currently
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Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 15, 2022
NASA's 2023 annual Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge asks university students to design a metal production pipeline on the Moon - from extracting metal from lunar minerals to creating structures and tools. The ability to extract metal and build needed infrastructure on the Moon advances the Artemis Program goal of a sustained human presence on the lunar surface.
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