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Australian telescope ‘googles’ 3 million galaxies

Luxembourg, 4 December 2020. – Googling the Universe: The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), a large telescope operated by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, mapped approximately three million galaxies in just 300 hours. The ASKAP survey is “like a Google map of the Universe where most of the millions …

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China’s Chang’e-5 leaves Moon while NASA pays $1 for regolith

Luxembourg, 4 December 2020. – China’s spectacular Moon mission continues: The Chang’e-5 probe left Moon’s surface yesterday with samples of dust and regolith on board, the BBC reported. “Right on cue, at 15:10 GMT, an ascent vehicle lit its engine to head up to a service module that will shepherd …

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Airbus delivers “largest planar space radar ever” to Copernicus

Luxembourg, 4 December 2020. – Airbus will deliver the “largest planar space radar ever built” to Copernicus, the company announced. Airbus has been selected by Thales Alenia Space to build the advanced radar instrument for the Radar Observatory System for Europe in L-band (ROSE-L), Airbus said. Airbus Defence and Space in Germany …

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Secure World Foundation’s briefing for the Biden transition team

As a new White House Administration begins preparing its agenda for many crucial issues, Secure World Foundation prepared a brief for the Biden transition team. Below is an executive summary of that brief. Outer space activities are more important to the United States now than at almost any time in …

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UAE’s spy satellite Falcon Eye successfully launched

Luxembourg, 3 December 2020. – This time, it worked: After several launch attempts and a long delay due to the Covid pandemic, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) finally launched Falcon Eye, their military Earth observation satellite. Falcon Eye 2 was successfully launched from the European Spaceport (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana …

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China lands on Moon while Musk wants Mars in six years

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – China successfully landed an uncrewed spacecraft on the Moon while Elon Musk accelerates his timetable to send humans to Mars. China landed its Chang’e-5 probe, which it launched end of November, on the Moon’s surface, Chinese CCTV and international media reported. The mission, named after …

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U.S. group KBR wins EROS contract for Landsat observation

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – The Texas-based engineering and technology group KBR works for the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and won a $300 million recompete contract for scientific, engineering and technical services, KBR announced. KBR will partner with USGS to analyze and assess …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Claudia Kessler on empowerment of women for space

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Claudia Kessler, Initiator, Founder, driving force of “Die Astronautin”, Bremen, Germany, talked inspiration and empowerment of woman for space. Imagine: February, 2022: A space crew with only women astronauts docks to the Unity Node after having flown aboard a Space X Falcon 9 in the Crew …

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Intelsat names new top managers with Gogo acquisition

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – Intelsat announced some changes in the management with the completion of its Gogo acquisition. John Wade will remain president of Gogo Commercial Aviation, now a division of Intelsat, the satellite firm said. Bruno Fromont, Intelsat’s former Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning, has been …

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Arecibo radio-telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – The giant radio-telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, collapsed last night, with the heavy instrument platform falling into the metal structure. “The instrument platform of the 305m telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell overnight,” the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the operator of the …

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