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nasaSpaceX launching another Block 5 rocket but will add new helium tanks for NASA astronauts

SpaceX is working towards getting the Falcon 9 Block 5 certified for launching astronauts for NASA. SpaceX has built the crew Dragon space capsule. They still need to add new helium tanks to the Block 5. The Block 5 has …

militaryStar Wars Clone Wars Returns for a final season

The animated Star Wars Clone Wars series is returning for a final season. This will continue to fill in the story leading up to Revenge of the Sith. Lucasfilm announced at San Diego Comic-Con that The Clone Wars would return …

astronomySuper-aliens might gather stars and galaxies

If Dyson Swarms are the physical limit for an advanced civilization and the expansion of the universe is a real problem for those super-aliens then we could see them gathering stars and galaxies. The presence of dark energy in our …

asteriodsReviewing Asteroid Day 2018

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) and ESA (European space agency) teamed up to produce a packed Asteroid Day webcast. There were interviews with ESA and ESO scientists. Updates from Europe’s asteroid hunters and some of the most recent asteroid science …

astronomyGround based telescopes have surpassed Hubble Space Telescope in picture sharpness

It is now possible to capture images from the ground at visible wavelengths that are sharper than those from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Ground telescopes have been much bigger than the Hubble Space telescope and could capture more light. …

futureMore than doubling the performance of solar sails with diffractive metafilm sails

A Rochester Institute of Technology researcher could more than double the performance of solar sails by creating diffractive metafilm sails. This will initially be used to raise cubesats to higher orbits. The new materials could be used to steer reflected …

astronomyCarnival of Space 570

1. Planetaria – These 2 exoplanets might have seasons and stable climates There might indeed be some alien worlds that are quite similar to Earth in terms of their seasons and stable climates. The study focuses on two known exoplanets, …

astronomyJupiter has ten more moons bringing the total to 79

10 new small moons have been found around Jupiter, bringing its total to 79. One of the finds is an oddball that moves in the opposite direction from its neighbors. The newfound moons are small, between about 1 and 3 …

spaceSpaceX on track for BFR tests in first half of 2019

SpaceX appears to be on track to begin testing the SpaceX BFR and BFS starting in the first half of 2019. SpaceX has installed a large rocket fuel tank at its Boca Chica, Texas launch facility. Elon Musk has said …

scienceCarnival of Space 569

The Carnival of Space 569 is up at Urban Astronomer. Planetaria – Enceladus’ water plumes contain life clues New analysis shows that the plumes also contain much more complex organics. This doesn’t mean evidence of life itself – yet – …