Tuesday, October 20, 2020

U.S. and seven other countries sign Artemis Accords to cooperate on moon missions

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Seven nations have signed up with the United States to participate in NASA’s Artemis effort to put astronauts on the moon by as early as 2024. The Artemis Accords commit the sig...

Head of Russian space program calls for more international cooperation in NASA’s Moon plans

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The head of Russia’s space program said today that NASA’s plans to send people back to the Moon are “too US-centric” for Russia to participate. He has been critical of the ...

Earth’s next mini-moon might be space junk from the 1960s

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Earth is about to get a temporary mini-moon — and this one might be space junk. Researchers are tracking an object that looks like it will be captured by Earth’s gravity for ju...

SpaceX’s internet-from-space Starlink system helping first responders fight fires in Washington

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Responders fighting wildfires in Washington are getting some extra help from SpaceX and the company’s internet-from-space Starlink initiative. SpaceX loaned the Washington Emerge...

NASA is about to launch an upgraded microgravity toilet to the International Space Station

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Late Thursday evening, a Northrop Grumman rocket is set to take off from the Virginia coast, carrying an advanced space toilet for the astronauts on the International Space Station...

SpaceX receives contract to build missile tracking satellites for the Defense Department

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Yesterday, SpaceX received a contract worth more than $149 million from the Space Development Agency (SDA), tasking the company with building a new satellite for the US military ca...

Boeing astronaut withdraws himself from first crewed test flight of passenger spacecraft

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Boeing employee and former NASA astronaut Christopher Ferguson will no longer command the first crewed test flight of Boeing’s new passenger spacecraft, the CST-100 Starliner, sl...

Launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission delayed until November

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NASA has delayed the launch of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission until early- to mid-November, the agency announced Saturday. The mission eventually will bring three NASA astronauts and an...

UW researchers develop tiny sensors that can be dropped from moths, land safely and...

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The same University of Washington team that brought us the beetle cam is now taking flight with moths, developing tiny sensors that can hitch a ride and be dropped into remote are...

Joint Base Lewis-McChord will test 5G for augmented and virtual reality missions

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state is participating in a $600 million Pentagon program to test the use of 5G connectivity for high-tech applications. JBLM’s piece of t...
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Boeing 747s still get critical updates via floppy disks

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Boeing’s 747-400 aircraft, first introduced in 1988, is still receiving critical software updates through 3.5-inch floppy disks. The Register reports that security researchers at...

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