Jean-Yves Le Gall elected IAF President

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The 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Jerusalem came to a close on Friday 16 October with the election of CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall as the next President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), for a three-year term starting in September 2016. This year’s congress, a key event in the world space calendar, has… Read more »

ESA’s first technology nanosatellite reporting for duty

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16 October 2015ESA’s first technology-testing CubeSat, released last week from the International Space Station, is in good health and is set to start work on its six-month mission.“This tiny satellite was developed in only a year and now we are very pleased with the rapid progress made during the first few days in orbit to check… Read more »

VIDEO: European Space Expo comes to Luxembourg

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The European Space Expo touched down in Luxembourg City on Friday, enabling visitors over the next nine days to learn more about satellites. The dome-shaped exhibition space, which has been visited by more than 900,000 people in 20 European cities over the past three years, opened in Place Guillaume II on Friday. The exhibition shows… Read more »

Israeli Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Is First to Sign Launch Agreement For Private Mission to the Moon On SpaceX Falcon 9

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SpaceIL Becomes First Google Lunar XPRIZE Team to Produce a Verified Launch Contract for a 2017 Mission, Using a SpaceX Falcon 9 Launcher via Spaceflight Industries JERUSALEM, Israel (October 7, 2015)  – At a press conference held in Jerusalem today, alongside Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and Bob Weiss, vice chairman and president of XPRIZE, SpaceIL… Read more »

NASA Eyes Sample-return Capability for Post-2020 Mars Orbiter

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Jim Watzin, NASA’s Mars exploration program director, said NASA is now considering adding to the post-2020 orbiter “the sample rendezvous capture and return capability, which allows us to retrieve the sample from orbit and prepare it for the return trip home.” Credit: NASA WASHINGTON — A Mars orbiter NASA plans to launch in the 2020s… Read more »

Evidence of flowing liquid water on Mars

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Dark, narrow, 100 metre-long streaks on Mars inferred to have been formed by contemporary flowing water are seen in an image produced by NASA Photo: REUTERS     Published on Monday, 28 September, 2015 at 18:50 (AFP) Liquid water has been observed on the planet Mars, the US space agency NASA said Monday. “Mars is… Read more »

Audi on Lunar Challenges

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By Nick Azer  on September 04, 2015 Google Lunar XPRIZE team Part-Time Scientists has partnered up with Audi for their Mission to the Moon. As a result, the world-famous automaker is providing the team not only their elite expertise, but also a series of informative (and eye-popping) videos explaining the challenges of the Moon! In this latest video, Audi discusses the many obstacles… Read more »

Bubbles and Filaments at the Heart of the Milky Way

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From the analysis of all available data collected by the satellite XMM-Newton in the range of the X-rays, an international team has established the most detailed map of the hot gas of the central region of the Galaxy.   Bubbles, lobes and filaments are listed in this study, some for the first time. This gas,… Read more »

Rocketing prices: The investors eyeing the riches of space

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By Sarah Cruddas 11 August 2015 Space has long been off-limits to most of us. It’s almost 60 years since the launch of Sputnik 1 heralded the birth of the space age. Since then people have walked on the moon, robotic rovers have trundled across the Martian surface and a wealth of probes have explored… Read more »

MOON CHEESE?: THE FAVORITE JUNK FOODS OF #GLXP SPACE ENGINEERS

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By Nick Azer  on July 28, 2015 Is the Moon made of cheese? Sadly, no. But—in honor of the recent National Junk Food Day here in the U.S.—we decided to ask the Google Lunar XPRIZE teams: What is your favorite snack? What’s the ‘junk food’ that makes you ‘go’, even in the lab at 7pm on a Saturday, as… Read more »