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The know universe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17jymDn0W6U

http://www.amnh.org/...known-universe/

Found this cool picture too:
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Mars Science Laboratory:

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/


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Very Large Array telescope in public call for new name

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One of the world's most famous radio telescope facilities needs a new name - and ideas are wanted.


From http://www.bbc.co.uk...69#dna-comments and you can name the array here - http://www.nrao.edu/namethearray/

I think they should name it after the creator of the array David.S.Heeschen, So make it The David.S.Heeschen Array (TDSHA)
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Russia asked to join ExoMars project

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Europe has formally invited Russia to participate in space missions to Mars in 2016 and 2018.


From http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-15313471

It would feel more of an International Space Mission etc by inviting Russia to participate to Mars.
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Heads up! ROSAT is coming down this week
It should give you a feeling of déjà vu: a defunct satellite’s orbit is decaying, and because that orbit is circular it’s going to be impossible to predict where and when along its ground track it’s going to happen. A few large pieces will make it to the ground, and there’s a one-in-many-trillions chance that you will be hit if you live between 53 degrees north and south latitude. It will come down some time this week, between October 20 and 25.
This time it’s not UARS (which was in a similar situation and which wound up falling into the Pacific Ocean, by far the likeliest outcome for events of this type), it’s ROSAT. RoSat (Röntgen Satellite), an x-ray observatory, was launched in 1990. It spent the first six months of its mission performing an x-ray all-sky survey, and the subsequent 8 years performing targeted observations of x-ray sources.

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Richard Branson dedicates Virgin Galactic spaceport

Sir Richard Branson has dedicated the launchpad for his space tourism venture in the New Mexico desert - with his usual eye for a photo opportunity.


From http://www.bbc.co.uk...canada-15344836

Weird place to put a space port but it's up to him where to put it.
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Soyuz rocket prepares for first launch from French Guiana

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Russian and European officials hope Soyuz will eventually be used to ferry humans into space from the new launch site

http://www.guardian....h-french-guiana


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Spiral Arms Point to Possible Planets in a Star's Dusty Disk

A new image of the disk of gas and dust around a sun-like star is the first to show spiral-arm-like structures. These features may provide clues to the presence of embedded but as-yet-unseen planets

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Europe's Galileo sat-nav launch delayed

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The launch of the first satellites in Europe's version of GPS has been delayed.


From http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-15372540
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SpaceX PR — Hawthorne, CA – Today, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announced it has successfully completed the preliminary design review of its revolutionary launch abort system, a system designed for manned missions using its Dragon spacecraft. This represents a major step toward creating an American-made successor to the Space Shuttle.

NASA’s approval of the latest design review marks the fourth successfully completed milestone under the agency’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program and demonstrates the innovation that’s possible when NASA partners with the private sector.

“Each milestone we complete brings the United States one step closer to once again having domestic human spaceflight capability,” said former astronaut Garrett Reisman, one of the two program leads of SpaceX’s DragonRider, which is adding capabilities to the Dragon spacecraft for astronaut carriage.
Now that the Space Shuttle program has ended, the United States relies on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft for astronaut transport, costing American taxpayers as much as $62 million a seat. By comparison, Dragon is designed to carry seven astronauts at a time for an unparalleled $20 million per seat.
As with all SpaceX designs, increased safety and reliability are paramount. “Dragon’s integrated launch abort system provides astronauts with the ability to safely escape from the beginning of the launch until the rocket reaches orbit,” explained David Giger, co-lead of the DragonRider program. “This level of protection is unprecedented in manned spaceflight history.”

With the latest design review approved by NASA, SpaceX can now start building the hardware at the heart of its innovative launch abort system. The SpaceX design incorporates the escape engines into the side walls of Dragon, eliminating a failure mode of more traditional rocket escape towers, which must be successfully jettisoned during every launch. The integrated abort system also returns with the spacecraft, allowing for easy reuse and reductions in the cost of space transport. Over time, the same escape thrusters will also provide Dragon with the ability to land with pinpoint accuracy on Earth or another planet.
In its first flights, on June 4 and December 8, 2010, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle achieved consecutive mission successes. The December mission, which was the first demonstration flight under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program, marked Dragon’s historic debut and established SpaceX as the first private company to launch and recover a spacecraft from orbit. As a result, many Falcon 9 and Dragon components required for transporting humans to Earth orbit have already been demonstrated in flight.


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Comet Storm Rages in Alien Star System, Study Finds

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It's not exactly current, and I'm not sure if it's been mentioned elsewhere already, but I thought this was awesome.

Largest Ever Water Reservoir Discovered in Space
http://www.ibtimes.c...-space-ever.htm

Astronomers have found a massive water vapor cloud, floating around a black hole in the universe, marking the largest discovery of water -- anywhere.

The reservoir is gigantic, holding 140 trillion times the mass of water in the Earth's oceans, residing 10 billion light years away.


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Interesting. This is the future size of the sun as a red giant, compared to its current size.

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Which would mean this for the Earth:

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Do any of you honestly believe the Sun is going to destroy the Earth someday if the human race is still in existence by then!? Heck no. The Earth is our holy land, if you will, and it will be relocated. And if the Earth isn't relocated, the Sun will be changed in some way by our species. In 7 billion years from now, we will be a Type IV civilization. We will be Gods.
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^^ No, I'm just showing what I thought was a cool illustration. Obviously, if we're around in 7 billion years, a red giant or supernova won't be an issue.
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You think we will be still sentimental by then? If we're around in 7 billion years Earth may be our old home we don't care much about now ;)
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Europe's first Galileo satellites lift off

Europe's first satellite-navigation spacecraft have been sent into orbit.


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  • A large antenna will transmit signals to users on the ground
  • Distress signals are picked up by a search and rescue antenna
  • Another antenna receives information on the status of Galileo
  • The spacecraft is controlled from the ground via telecommands
  • Sensors make sure the satellite is always pointing at Earth
  • Further sensors keep an eye on where the Sun is in the sky
  • A laser retroreflector can determine the satellite's exact height
  • Radiators expel excess heat to protect electronics from overheating
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From http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-15372540

Finally it has lifted off but it is likely to be 2015 before there are enough spacecraft in orbit for Galileo to start to show its true capability.
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German Rosat spacecraft makes uncontrolled re-entry

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A big German spacecraft is making an uncontrolled fall from the sky.


From http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-15402157
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