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Atlanta GA (SPX) May 14, 2020
The rolling hills of Mars or the moon are a long way from the nearest tow truck. That's why the next generation of exploration rovers will need to be good at climbing hills covered with loose material and avoiding entrapment on soft granular surfaces. Built with wheeled appendages that can be lifted and wheels able to "wiggle," a new robot known as the "Mini Rover" has developed and tested

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Gold Coast, Australia (SPX) May 14, 2020
Defence and Gold Coast company Gilmour Space Technologies have joined forces to work together on space technologies under a new strategic agreement. The leading hybrid rocket launch provider is developing lower-cost, reliable and dedicated rockets to launch small satellites into low earth orbits. The new partnership between Defence Science and Technology and Gilmour Space will resear

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Washington DC (SPX) May 13, 2020
As we pass the 59th Anniversary of the first American human space flight launch that saw Alan Shepard pilot the famous Freedom 7 capsule as part of the Mercury program, U.S. Representatives Bill Posey (R-Florida) and Charlie Crist (D-Florida) introduced bipartisan legislation to build on that important legacy and keep America first in space. The American Space Commerce Act (H.R. 6783) supports A

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Houston TX (SPX) May 14, 2020
A Japanese cargo spacecraft loaded with experiment hardware, supplies and spare parts is scheduled to launch from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan to the International Space Station at 1:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, May 20 (2:30 a.m. May 21 in Japan). The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) unpiloted H-II Transport Vehicle-9 (HTV-9) carries investigations testing a new livest

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Moscow (Sputnik) May 14, 2020
Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos confirmed the signing of a contract with NASA for the flight of an astronaut onboard Russia's Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) and back, but did not disclose the contract's worth. "[Today], a contract was signed for the transportation of one American astronaut to the ISS on the Russian manned spacecraft Soyuz MS in the fall

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Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 14, 2020
Earth-based experiments on iron-sulfur alloys thought to comprise the core of Mars reveal details about the planet's seismic properties for the first time. This information will be compared to observations made by Martian space probes in the near future. Whether the results between experiment and observation coincide or not will either confirm existing theories about Mars' composition or call in

Faces behind NASA's Gateway

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 10:01
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Washington DC (SPX) May 14, 2020
NASA is working across the country to build the Gateway, an outpost near the Moon that will support human missions on the lunar surface and help develop a sustainable presence. Behind the scenes are the people who form a diverse group working hard to develop a hub where the agency can test the technologies and skills we need to venture to Mars Meet Melissa Mcguire, the mission design manag

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Washington DC (Sputnik) May 14, 2020
In September 2022, a NASA spacecraft, launched as part of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, is scheduled to hit a space rock with the equivalent energy of three tons of trinitrotoluene (TNT). According to a report by the New York Times, the 1,100-pound DART spacecraft, which is expected to be launched in 2021, will target Didymos, two asteroids that travel around the sun

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London, UK (SPX) May 14, 2020
Sen, a British space company establishing a video streaming service to provide real-time and timely Ultra-High Definition (UHD) video of Earth, and Momentus, a provider of in-space transportation services for satellites, has announced a contract for the orbital deployment of Sen's first satellite, with an option to launch a further four satellites for Sen in 2022. "Our EarthTV constellatio

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Wuhan, China (XNA) May 14, 2020
Kuaizhou rocket industrial park, which is based in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has been partially put into operation, according to China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC). After it is fully operational, the park is expected to be capable of completing the assembly and testing for 20 solid-fuelled carrier rockets annually. With construction beginning in May 2017, the

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Moscow (Sputnik) May 14, 2020
The Meteor series of weather observation satellites was first developed in the 1970s, and continuously upgraded and revamped in the decades since to monitor atmospheric and sea surface temperature, cloud and snow cover, sea ice conditions, humidity, radiation conditions in near space and the state of the ozone layer. Russia's Meteor-M No.2-2, which was struck by a micrometeoroid in Decembe

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands (SPX) May 14, 2020
An international team of researchers, led by astronomers from the University of Amsterdam, has directly demonstrated the presence of iron in the atmosphere of an exoplanet for the first time. The researchers discovered emission lines of uncharged iron atoms in the light spectrum of KELT-9b. The observation was complicated as the exoplanet is outshined by its bright host star. The exoplanet

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Huntsville AL (SPX) May 13, 2020
Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed a successful static-fire test of an advanced large solid rocket motor, called the Missile Components Advanced Technologies Demonstration Motor (MCAT Demo), under contract to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). "Aerojet Rocketdyne has produced large solid rocket motors for critical defense programs for more than 60 years, to include powering every

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Paris, France (SPX) May 13, 2020
Airbus has won the new satellite communications framework contract for military and civil missions of the European Union and its member states. This four-year framework contract was awarded by the European Defence Agency (EDA) and is estimated to be worth tens of millions of euros. "With this satellite communications programme, Airbus contributes to the construction of joint capabilities f

Sculpted by nature on Mars

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 09:00
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Topographic view of Tempe Fossae on Mars

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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