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Ozone hole 2020

Measurements from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite show that this year’s ozone hole over the Antarctic is one of the largest and deepest in recent years. A detailed analyses from the German Aerospace Center indicates that the hole has now reached its maximum size.

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Impatient? A spacecraft could get to Titan in only 2 years using a direct fusion drive
Artist conception of the Direct Fusion Drive. Credit: Princeton Satellite Systems

Fusion power is the technology that is 30 years away, and always will be, according to skeptics, at least. Despite its difficult transition into a reliable power source, the nuclear reactions that power the sun have a wide variety of uses in other fields. The most obvious is in weapons; hydrogen bombs are to this day the most powerful weapons we have ever produced. But there's another use case that is much less destructive and could prove much more interesting—space drives.

The concept fusion drive, called a direct fusion drive (or DFD), is in development at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). Scientists and Engineers there, led by Dr. Samuel Cohen, are currently working on the second iteration of it, known as the Princeton field reversed configuration-2 (PFRC-2). Eventually, the system's developers hope to launch it into space to test, and eventually become the primary drive system of spacecraft traveling throughout the solar system.

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A Chinese commercial Kuaizhou-1A rocket lifts off from a TEL at Jiuquan.

HELSINKI — Chinese large state-owned enterprise CASIC laid out a new set of commercial space plans for the next five years at a conference Monday.

The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp.

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A Chinese commercial Kuaizhou-1A rocket lifts off from a TEL at Jiuquan.

HELSINKI — Chinese large state-owned enterprise CASIC laid out a new set of commercial space plans for the next five years at a conference Monday.

The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp.

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Copernicus Sentinel-6 over the Maldives

With less than a month to go before a SpaceX Falcon 9 takes Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich into orbit to chart sea-level rise, preparations are forging ahead at the launch site.

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Touch-and-go: US spacecraft sampling asteroid for return
This undated image made available by NASA shows the asteroid Bennu from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. After almost two years circling the ancient asteroid, OSIRIS-REx will attempt to descend to the treacherous, boulder-packed surface and snatch a handful of rubble on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/CSA/York/MDA via AP)

After almost two years circling an ancient asteroid hundreds of millions of miles away, a NASA spacecraft this week will attempt to descend to the treacherous, boulder-packed surface and snatch a handful of rubble.

The drama unfolds Tuesday as the U.S.

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Falcon 9 Starlink 14 launch

WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched another set of Starlink satellites Oct. 18 as the investigation into another Falcon 9 launch abort more than two weeks ago continues.

The Falcon 9 lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 8:25 a.m.

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Washington DC (UPI) Oct 18, 2020
SpaceX has launched its 14th group of about 60 satellites from Florida on Sunday morning for the company's Starlink broadband network, which is approaching a full-scale public trial period. Liftoff was on schedule at 8:25 a.m. EDT aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The launch would boost the number of satellites in orbit to nearly 800.
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Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 16, 2020
It may be another 100,000 years until the giant red star Betelgeuse dies in a fiery explosion, according to a new study by an international team of researchers. The study, led by Dr. Meridith Joyce from The Australian National University (ANU), not only gives Betelgeuse a new lease on life, but shows it is both smaller and closer to Earth than previously thought. Dr. Joyce says the supergi

New M92 Stellar Stream Discovered

Saturday, 17 October 2020 12:43
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Waimea HI (SPX) Oct 16, 2020
A team of astronomers using the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope discovered a new stellar stream emanating from the M92 globular cluster. This new stream suggests that M92 is actively being disrupted by tidal forces caused by our Milky Way Galaxy. This discovery utilized high quality data obtained as part of the Canada-France Imaging Survey (CFIS) using MegaCam at CFHT and from the Pan-STARRS 1 (P

Anemic star cluster breaks metal-poor record

Saturday, 17 October 2020 12:43
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Maunakea HI (SPX) Oct 16, 2020
In a surprising discovery, astronomers using two Maunakea Observatories - W. M. Keck Observatory and Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) - have found a globular star cluster in the Andromeda Galaxy that contains a record-breaking low amount of metals. The stars in the cluster, called RBC EXT8, have on average 800 times less iron than our Sun and are three times more iron-poor than the pr

Star clusters are only the tip of the iceberg

Saturday, 17 October 2020 12:43
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Vienna, Austria (SPX) Oct 16, 2020
"Clusters form big families of stars that can stay together for large parts of their lifetime. Today, we know of roughly a few thousand star clusters in the Milky Way, but we only recognize them because of their prominent appearance as rich and tight groups of stars. Given enough time, stars tend to leave their cradle and find themselves surrounded by countless strangers, thereby becoming indist
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Olsztyn, Poland (SPX) Oct 15, 2020
Zortrax with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA) is working to develop a technology that enables 3D printing high-performance composite parts out of two blends of PEEK filament in dual extrusion on Zortrax Endureal industrial 3D printer. After nearly a year of research and development efforts, we have reached a major milestone. The first prototype composite parts made out of sta
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London, UK (SPX) Oct 15, 2020
UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Rachel Maclean MP released 13 October 2020 a statement on the draft insurance, liabilities and charging requirements to implement the Space Industry Act 2018. This consultation seeks views on the operability and effectiveness of the proposed liabilities, insurance and charging requirements to implement the Space Industry Act 2018, including the us
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