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China has had a telescope on the moon for the past two years

Monday, January 18, 2016
Category: Space

From www.newscientist.com

Point a telescope at the moon, and you might just see one looking back. Chinese researchers have reported that their robotic telescope, the first of its kind, has been operating flawlessly ever since it landed on the moon in 2013.

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SpaceX gets its first military contract Ars Technica

Friday, December 7, 2012
Category: Space

From arstechnica.com

The first launch, planned for a Falcon 9, will send up the long-awaited NASA DSCOVR satellite to a distant point between the Sun and the Earth, where it can look at the Earth with the Sun behind it. The second, a Falcon Heavy launch, will put up several satellites and a 5 metric ton ballast, in an effort to demonstrate the Falcon 9 Heavy for the Air Force.

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Will we ever... live on the Moon?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Category: Space

From www.bbc.com

A better question is: “What is a likely way we’ll end up with a human presence on the Moon?” Given what we know today and extrapolating from there, I have a thought on how this could happen.

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Tropical lakes on Saturn moon could expand options for life

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Category: Space

From www.nature.com

Besides Earth, Titan is the only solid object in the Solar System to circulate liquids in a cycle of rain and evaporation, although on Titan the process is driven by methane rather than water. This cycle is expected to form liquid bodies near the moon′s poles, but not at its dune-covered equator, where Cassini measurements show that humidity levels are low and little rain falls to the surface.

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NASA Rover Will Contaminate Its Samples of Mars - ScienceInsider

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Monday, June 18, 2012
Category: Space

From news.sciencemag.org

The drill assembly repeatedly bangs a drill bit into the rock to extract a sample, a procedure thoroughly tested mechanically before the drill was accepted for flight on the rover. But, it later turned out, that action also rubs bits of Teflon—the familiar polymer of nonstick fry pans made of carbon and fluorine atoms—off of two seals in the drill assembly.

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NASA Gets Two Formerly Secret Spy Telescopes More Powerful Than Hubble TPM Idea Lab

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Category: Space

From idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com

NASA has confirmed that the National Reconnaissance Office, the Defense agency in charge of U.S. intelligence satellites, has given it two complete, space-ready but previously unused spy telescopes, each more powerful than Hubble, with next to no strings attached.

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Space X set to launch on Saturday May 19 Bad Astronomy Discover Magazine

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Category: Space

From blogs.discovermagazine.com

The private company Space X is set to launch its Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon space capsule to the International Space Station on Saturday, May 19, with a backup launch date of May 22.

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