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ESA is calling for ideas that will shape the future of space transportation services – to space, in space and returning from space. “The changing world we live in requires a space agency to anticipate. Now is the time for ESA to reach out to our citizens in the Member States and listen to their ideas and take them on board in Europe’s greatest adventure,” commented Jan Wörner, ESA Director...

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WASHINGTON, July 12, 2018 — For the first time ever, scientists using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have found the source of a high-energy neutrino from outside our galaxy. This neutrino traveled 3.7 billion years at almost the speed of light before being detected on Earth. This is farther than any other neutrino whose origin scientists can identify. High-energy neutrinos are...

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Tank delivery time slashed from two years to three months, continues Lockheed Martin sprint to cut satellite cost and schedule by 50 percent

DENVER, July 11, 2018 — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has embraced a 3-D printed titanium dome for satellite fuel tanks so big you can’t even put your arms around it. The 46-inch- (1.16-meter-) diameter vessel completed final rounds of quality...

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WASHINGTON, July 10, 2018 — NASA has selected six women and men to join the elite corps of flight directors who will lead mission control for a variety of new operations at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The new flight directors will begin extensive training on flight control and vehicle systems, as well as operational leadership and risk management, before they are...

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When I was at elementary school, my teacher told me that matter exists in three possible states: solid, liquid and gas. She neglected to mention plasma, a special kind of electrified gas that’s a state unto itself. We rarely encounter natural plasma, unless we’re lucky enough to see the Northern lights, or if we look at the Sun through a special filter, or if we poke our head out the window during...

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The first privately funded Japanese sounding rocket MOMO-2 launched unsuccessful and its multi-cam video was released. Interstellar Technologies, a space venture based in Taiki on Hokkaido, launched their second sounding rocket into space on July 30; the MOMO-2 was funded and developed independently without government support. The rocket lost its thrust slightly after lift-off, then dropped to the...

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Expedition 56 astronauts Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos, bottom left, Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, bottom center, and Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, bottom right, are seen with astronaut Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, top left, Commander Drew Feustel of NASA, top center, and astronaut Ricky Arnold of NASA, top right, are seen on a video monitor as they talk to family and friends at...

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ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst arrived at the International Space Station this morning together with NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev, marking the start of Alexander’s Horizons mission. The trio were launched into space on 6 June at 11:12 GMT (13:12 CEST) in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. After 34 orbits of Earth...

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NASA’s Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet. While not necessarily evidence of life itself, these findings are a good sign for future missions exploring the planet’s surface and subsurface. The new...

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