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UAE’s Hope Mars Mission Probe Nears Completion, Set For Third Quarter 2020 Launch

The UAE Space Agency and Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, have announced that 85 percent of the Hope Probe project has been completed. In a joint statement, the two organisations confirmed that most of the main parts of the project have been completed and are currently undergoing intensive testing …

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European Space Exploration: ARIEL Data Challenge Launched In Hunt For Exoplanets

ARIEL, a mission to make the first large-scale survey of exoplanet atmospheres, has launched a global competition series to find innovative solutions for the interpretation and analysis of exoplanet data. The first ARIEL Data Challenge invites professional and amateur data scientists around the world to use machine learning (ML) to …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Will Europe Lose Its Way To The Moon?

By Dr. John B. Sheldon U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gave a remarkable “Kennedy” style speech on 26 March 2019 in Huntsville, Alabama, where he stated that the United States will put Americans on the Moon again – in as soon as five years. China demonstrated, with Chang’e 4, their …

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Israel’s SpaceIL Commits To Beresheet Shtayim After Beresheet 1.0 Moon Attempt

“If at first you don’t succeed, you try again,” said newly reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the Beresheet (Hebrew for Genesis) lunar lander failed to make a soft landing on the Moon’s surface on 11 April 2019. That’s exactly what Morris Kahn, the Israeli billionaire who founded and …

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Saudi Space Agency Begins To Take Shape, Reported $1 Billion Budget In First Year

French online national security news publication Intelligence Online is reporting that the recently created Saudi Space Agency is beginning to take shape under the leadership of Prince Sultan Bin Salman, the son of the reigning King Salman, half-brother of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and first Saudi astronaut. According …

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Space Forum to Focus on Leveraging Data from Space

On May 21st and 22nd, space and digital experts will share their knowledge and discuss the latest trends during the next edition of Space Forum. Organised in parallel with ICT Spring, a global tech conference, Space Forum will take place at the European Convention Center, Luxembourg, at the very heart …

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UAE’s MBRSC And National Geographic Sign Deal To Document Emirati Space Achievements

National Geographic today announced a four-year partnership with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, to document the UAE’s journey into space. In a four-part documentary series, National Geographic will present to the world the UAE’s rise into space, its achievements and ambitions. The series is set to capture the …

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Northumbria University Leads 60-day Study to Improve Astronauts’ Health

Astronauts spending time in space experience significant deconditioning of their bodies due to the reduced gravity environment. Their muscles become smaller and weaker, and their bones lose density. The ‘bedrest study’ is supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA and German Aerospace Centre (DLR). It will take place until …

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Japanese Space Exploration: Bridgestone Joins JAXA And Toyota In Commercial Moon Mission

Bridgestone Corporation has announced that it will take part in an international space exploration mission together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation. Recently announced by JAXA and Toyota, the goals of this mission are to expand the domain of human activity and develop intellectual property …

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Indian Space Wars: India’s DRDO Head Outlines Counterspace Capability Ambitions

Following its 27 March 2019 direct-ascent antisatellite (ASAT) missile test that destroyed a target satellite in low-Earth orbit (LEO), the head of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) – G. Satheesh Reddy – has outlined to Indian media his organisation’s counterspace technology ambitions for the coming years. Reddy’s comments …

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