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November 20, 2023
Starship Test Flies Higher: SpaceX Marks Progress Despite Late Test Incident

Starbase TX (SPX) Nov 19, 2023
In a significant advancement for SpaceX's ambitious space program, the company successfully conducted the second test launch of Starship, the largest rocket ever built, aimed at future missions to Mars. Despite a largely successful flight, the test faced a challenge at the eight-minute mark. Taking off from SpaceX's Starbase facility in Boca Chica, Texas, the launch occurred at 7:00 am local time (1300 GMT). ... read more

Australians vote on name for home-made Moon rover
Sydney (AFP) Nov 20, 2023
Australians began voting Monday on a name for the country's first home-made Moon rover, with a shortlist including "Mateship", "Roo-ver" and "Kakirra" - an Indigenous word for the Earth's satellite. ... more
Advanced Space's CAPSTONE operates one year at the Moon
Westminster CO (SPX) Nov 20, 2023
Advanced Space, a leading space tech solutions company, announced today that their Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) mission has succe ... more
Cube Quest concludes: Wins an lessons learned from Centennial Challenge
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 20, 2023
Artemis I launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 16, 2022, penning a new era of space exploration and inching the agency closer to sending the first woman and first person of c ... more
Maritime Launch reports non-brokered private placement of convertible debentures
Halifax, Canada (SPX) Nov 20, 2023
Maritime Launch Services Inc. (NEO: MAXQ, OTCQB: MAXQF) has reported a non-brokered private placement of unsecured convertible debentures (the "Debentures") for minimum gross proceeds of $2,000,000 ... more
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OpenAI stands by decision to fire Sam Altman despite pressure
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 20, 2023
The board of ChatGPT creator OpenAI on Sunday rejected pressure from Microsoft and other major investors to reverse its stunning decision to fire CEO Sam Altman, US media reported. ... more
Maxar hands over JUPITER 3, to EchoStar
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Nov 20, 2023
Maxar Space Systems today announced that it had successfully handed over operations of the largest commercial communications satellite ever manufactured in their Palo Alto, California facility, the ... more
MetOp Second Generation weather satellite pair show off
Paris (ESA) Nov 20, 2023
Having satellites in different types of orbit is essential to delivering data to forecast the weather accurately. With the first Meteosat Third Generation Imager satellite safely in geostationary or ... more
NASA's Deep Space Optical Comm Demo Sends, Receives First Data
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 17, 2023
In a landmark achievement, NASA's Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) experiment has successfully conducted its 'first light' test, sending and receiving data via laser from a distance unpreced ... more
OLS using Eutelsat for maritime connectivity off Brazilian coast
Paris, France (SPX) Nov 20, 2023
Eutelsat has reported that Offshore Link Sat (OLS) has expanded its capacity on EUTELSAT 8 West B for GEO maritime connectivity services off the Brazilian coast. OLS, a Brazilian telecommunica ... more



PSI unveils Mercury's hidden glaciers, suggesting new astrobiological insights

Spacecraft fall silent as Mars disappears behind the Sun
Paris (ESA) Nov 20, 2023
The space between Earth and Mars is usually buzzing with science data, telemetry and commands racing to and from almost a dozen missions at the Red Planet. But for roughly one and a half days this N ... more
Virtual Observatory provides first look at the Solar poles
Boulder CO (SPX) Nov 20, 2023
Scientists are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to view the Sun's poles - or at least produce an educated guess of what the Sun's poles might look like, since they've never been observed befo ... more
NASA's Cold Atom Lab sets stage for quantum chemistry in space
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 16, 2023
The remotely operated facility aboard the International Space Station has created another tool that researchers can use to probe the fundamental nature of the world around us. For the first time in ... more
France's Macron warns against 'punitive' AI regulation
Paris (AFP) Nov 17, 2023
The European Union must avoid overly restrictive regulation of artificial intelligence technologies, French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday. ... more
EagleView Unveils Developer Portal to Enhance Geospatial Intelligence Integration
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 16, 2023
EagleView, a leader in geospatial intelligence and analytics, has announced the launch of EagleView Developer, a new portal designed to streamline access to the company's APIs and developer resource ... more


NASA maps minerals and ecosystem function across US southwest

Nobody wants a Musk monopoly on satellite internet: Eutelsat boss
Paris (AFP) Nov 15, 2023
The boss of European satellite operator Eutelsat knows her task will not be easy: to forge a competitor to Elon Musk's Starlink and provide superfast internet from space. ... more
NASA telescope data becomes music you can play
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 16, 2023
For millennia, musicians have looked to the heavens for inspiration. Now a new collaboration is enabling actual data from NASA telescopes to be used as the basis for original music that can be playe ... more
Webb observes the glowing embers of colliding neutron stars
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Nov 16, 2023
Gamma-ray bursts are brief flashes of the most energetic form of light, reaching us from the distant Universe. They have their origin in stellar explosions, but the exact circumstances are still deb ... more
Deep learning speeds up galactic calculations
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 16, 2023
Supernovae, exploding stars, play a critical role in the formation and evolution of galaxies. However, key aspects of them are notoriously difficult to simulate accurately in reasonably short amount ... more
Instruments led by IRF selected for ESA potential future mission to either Mars or Earth's Orbit
Paris (ESA) Nov 20, 2023
The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the selection of three prospective space missions. Among these missions, the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) takes the lead in managing the sci ... more

Heat Shield demo passes the test dubbed 'Just flawless'
Langley Research Center
Hampton VA (SPX) Nov 20, 2023 A little more than a year ago, a NASA flight test article came screaming back from space at more than 18,000 mph, reaching temperatures of nearly 2,700 degrees Fahrenh ... more
Hubble measures the size of the nearest transiting Earth-sized planet
Paris (ESA) Nov 20, 2023
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has measured the size of the nearest Earth-sized exoplanet that passes across the face of a neighbouring star. This alignment, called a transit, opens the door to ... more
Galileo Second Generation satellite aces first hardware tests
Paris (ESA) Nov 20, 2023
The new Galileo satellite model from Thales Alenia Space underwent mechanical and signal performance testing this summer at ESA's ESTEC Test Centre. Structural models resisted launch-like noise and ... more
Juice burns hard towards first-ever Earth-Moon flyby
Paris (ESA) Nov 17, 2023
ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) launched from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana on 14 April 2023. It's on a mission to make detailed observations of the giant gas planet and its thr ... more
CAPSTONE marks one year in near rectilinear halo orbit
Boca Raton FL (SPX) Nov 20, 2023
Terran Orbital Corporation (NYSE: LLAP) mars the one-year milestone of the CAPSTONE mission in a lunar Near Rectilinear Halo Orbit (NRHO). CAPSTONE, designed, built, and integrated by Terran Orbital ... more
Pennsylvania Invests Millions in Astrobotic Technology
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 16, 2023
Astrobotic Technology, a leading space exploration company, is expanding its presence in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with an ambitious plan to create a 'space campus'. This move is set to bolster the ... more
Construction on NASA mission to map 450 million galaxies is under way
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 10, 2023
NASA's SPHEREx space telescope is beginning to look much like it will when it arrives in Earth orbit and starts mapping the entire sky. Short for Specto-Photometer for the History of the Universe, E ... more
Gemini North peers deeper into the dust with new instrument
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 14, 2023
Gemini North, one half of the International Gemini Observatory operated by NSF's NOIRLab, is now peering deeper into the dusty dwellings of young stars with its new IGRINS-2 instrument. This next-ge ... more

Using eclipses to calculate the transparency of Saturn's rings
Lancaster UK (SPX) Nov 16, 2023
A Lancaster University PhD student has measured the optical depth of Saturn's rings using a new method based on how much sunlight reached the Cassini spacecraft while it was in the shadow of the rin ... more
NASA data reveals possible reason some exoplanets are shrinking
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 16, 2023
Some exoplanets seem to be losing their atmospheres and shrinking. In a new study using NASA's retired Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers find evidence of a possible cause: The cores of these plane ... more
IXPE untangles theories surrounding historic supernova remnant
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 16, 2023
NASA's IXPE (Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer) telescope has captured the first polarized X-ray imagery of the supernova remnant SN 1006. The new results expand scientists' understanding of the re ... more
Mount Sinai bioengineers send cardiac muscle samples into space to study heart cell biology in microgravity
New York NY (SPX) Nov 16, 2023
Mount Sinai's Cardiovascular Research Institute is sending bioengineered human heart muscle cells and micro-tissues into space for the first time on NASA's 29th SpaceX commercial resupply services m ... more
With unprecedented flares, stellar corpse shows signs of life
Ithica NY (SPX) Nov 16, 2023
After a distant star's explosive death, an active stellar corpse was the likely source of repeated energetic flares observed over several months - a phenomenon astronomers had never seen before, a C ... more
Amazon's Project Kuiper completes successful tests of broadband connectivity
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 16, 2021
Initial testing of Amazon's Project Kuiper was successful, putting the project on track to begin offering high-speed Internet to select customers next year, the company announced Thursday. ... more
ALMA demonstrates highest resolution yet
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 16, 2023
ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) has demonstrated the highest resolution yet with observations of an old star. The observations show that the star is surrounded by a ring-like str ... more
Downloading NASA's dark matter data from above the clouds
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 16, 2023
Data from a NASA mission to map dark matter around galaxy clusters has been saved by a new recovery system designed by scientists at the University of Sydney. The system allowed the retrieval of gig ... more

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