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First Free Flight of SpaceX?s Starhopper Aborted After Engine Fire

   26 Jul 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

SpaceX was forced to abort its first free flight test of the Starhopper yesterday (and again today) due to fires breaking out.
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Drama In Low-Earth Orbit As LightSail2 Deploys Its Sails

   26 Jul 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

LightSail 2 has successfully deployed its solar sails. Shortly after 12:00 pm PST The Planetary Society tweeted that the sails were deployed, and that the spacecraft was sailing with sunlight. We can all enjoy their success and start to wonder how solar sails will fit into humanity’s plans for space exploration. Update: This article has …
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Toyota is Building a Pressurized Lunar Rover for Japan

   25 Jul 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, is teaming up with the nation’s largest company to build a lunar rover. Toyota, the second largest automobile company in the world (only Volkswagen makes more cars) has signed a development deal with JAXA that will last three years. The goal? To design, build, test and evaluate prototypes for …
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India?s Chandrayaan-2 is Heading to the Moon

   25 Jul 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) has successfully launched their Chandrayaan-2 mission to the Moon. The mission, which includes an orbiter, a lander, and a rover, was launched into space on a GSLV Mk III rocket on July 22nd, after a week-long delay. On September 7th it will perform a soft-landing on the Moon. The Chandrayaan-2 …
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China?s Tiangong 2 was Destroyed Last Week, Burning up in the Atmosphere Over the South Pacific Ocean

   24 Jul 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

China recently successfully conducted a controlled deorbit of its second orbital laboratory, Tiangong-2.
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Searching For The Red Edge: How The Earth?s Forests Are Telling The Aliens Where We Live

   24 Jul 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

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Meet Our Neighbour, The Local Void. Gaze Into It, Puny Humans.

   23 Jul 01:00:02  |  Universe Today

Our planet is part of the larger structure of the Solar System, shaped and made stable by the force of gravity. Our Solar System is gravitationally bound to the Milky Way galaxy, along with hundreds of millions of other solar systems. And our galaxy is also part of a larger structure, where not only gravity, …
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Carnival of Space #621

   23 Jul 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

Welcome to the 621st Carnival of Space! The Carnival is a community of space science and astronomy writers and bloggers, who submit their best work each week for your benefit. We have a fantastic roundup today so now, on to this week’s worth of stories! Universe Today: Hubble Spots ?Impossible? Debris Disk Around a Black …
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The Story of the Apollo Guidance Computer, Part 1

   22 Jul 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

Dick Battin stood on his driveway in the New England frosty pre-dawn back in October 1957, straining his eyes to see Sputnik fly overhead. It was amazing. Watching that little point of light scoot silently across the sky made Battin?s heart pound. A human-made hunk of metal was actually orbiting Earth! Walking back to his …
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Crew Dragon Exploded Back in April Because of a Nitrogen Tetroxide Leak

   22 Jul 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

SpaceX has revealed the cause of the accident that took place back in April, attributing it to a leak that took place just prior to the final tactic engine fire test.
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