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09/07/2020 17:25:10  

PSI’s Ryan Watkins Receives NASA SSERVI’s Niebur Early Career Achievement Award
09/07/2020 12:25:43  

Sorry we missed you. Been binging on Netflix in the delivery van

Got an idea on how to use 5G for something useful? ESA and the UK Space Agency want to hear from you.…

09/07/2020 08:25:36  

Trundle bot must avoid sand dunes in quest to find evidence of life on Red Planet

NASA’s hardy Curiosity rover is on the move again: this time, a little road trip to avoid getting bogged down in Martian sand dunes.…

09/07/2020 00:24:59  

NASA Request for Information for U.S. Participation in the Soft Matter Dynamics Experiment
09/07/2020 00:21:58  

Marc Cieslak looks at how Virgin Orbit plans to launch its rockets from a plane.
08/07/2020 18:24:51  

NASA Science Town Hall – July 9
08/07/2020 17:24:57  

Jacobs Supports NASA in Hitting Major Milestone for Artemis I
08/07/2020 14:24:44  

This absorbing documentary tracks how participants in the Biosphere 2 project lived, grew food and disagreed in giant biodomes

If ever a documentary was in tune with the spirit of lockdown it is this very absorbing film about Biosphere 2 – a colossal eco-experimental project in the Arizona desert in the early 90s, which had its roots in 60s counterculture and which I knew nothing about before this.

My ignorance was so complete, in fact, that for the first few minutes of this film I kept suspecting some kind of docu-spoof. But it’s all real, right up to the disclosure of a horribly familiar villain right at the end, whose identity it would be unsporting to reveal.

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08/07/2020 06:25:24  

All eyes were instead on SpaceX and its newer programming techniques

At a press conference on Tuesday, NASA confirmed why Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spaceship failed to hook up with the International Space Station last year. The answer: as expected, buggy code.…

07/07/2020 18:25:08  

With bookshops still closed in parts of the UK, sales have surpassed last year’s numbers, with 3.8m print books sold in the last week

Britain’s readers have been emerging from lockdown to restock their bookshelves, with book sales – and particularly crime novels – booming in the three weeks since booksellers were allowed to open their doors.

The print market continued its healthy run since England’s bookshops reopened on 15 June, with 3.8m books sold in the last week, for £32.6m, up from 3.1m (making £26.9m) at the same time last year. This is a 15% increase in value on last week and 21% year-on-year.

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07/07/2020 12:25:17  

Plus: SpaceX launches another GPS satellite, the next Mission Extension Vehicle arrives in French Guiana and.... come ON, Tim!

In Brief Rubbing salt into wounded British pride over a lack of prime contracts, Thales Alenia Space trumpeted its ESA awards last week.…

07/07/2020 12:24:39  

Many stories in The Time-travelling Caveman – written by Pratchett when he was a journalist in the 60s and 70s – have never been published in a book

  • Scroll down to read one of the short stories

The final collection of early stories from the late Terry Pratchett, written while the Discworld creator was a young reporter, will be published in September. The tales in The Time-travelling Caveman, many of them never released in book form before, range from a steam-powered rocket’s flight to Mars to a Welsh shepherd’s discovery of the resting place of King Arthur. “Bedwyr was the handsomest of all the shepherds, and his dog, Bedwetter, the finest sheepdog in all Wales,” writes the young Pratchett, with typical flourish. The stories appeared in the Bucks Free Press and Western Daily Press in the 60s and early 70s.

Pratchett left school at 17, in 1965, to work at the Bucks Free Press, writing a weekly Children’s Circle story column as part of his new job. He published his first novel, The Carpet People, in 1971, when he was only 23. Editions of the newspapers containing the stories sell for hundreds of pounds online. Dragons at Crumbling Castle, a first collection of the stories, was published in 2014.

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07/07/2020 08:24:38  

schwit1 shares a report from UPI: The most popular theory of the moon's origins contends the satellite was formed when a Mars-sized object collided with Earth, vaporizing large portions of Earth's upper crust. While Earth's upper crust is poor in metals, new research -- published Wednesday in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters -- suggests the moon's subsurface is surprisingly metal-rich, undermining the satellite's proposed origin story. Authors of the new study suggest planetary scientists consider alternative theories for the moon's formation. It's possible the collision that forged the moon was more violent than scientists thought, gouging out even deeper portions of Earth's crust and mantle. It's also possible the moon experienced an unusual cool-down process, post-collision -- a process that left the moon with large concentrations of metal.

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07/07/2020 06:21:42  

BBC News presenter Clive Myrie says racism was the rocket fuel that fuelled British conquest of much of the planet - and its effects are still felt today.
06/07/2020 23:24:35  

Curiosity Mars Rover's Summer Road Trip Has Begun
06/07/2020 23:24:35  

Artemis Generation Students Across US to Speak with NASA Astronaut in Space
06/07/2020 22:24:29  

NASA Provides Update on Commercial Crew Program, Close Call Review of Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test
06/07/2020 22:24:29  

Message From The NASA Administrator NASA Weekly Update – July 6, 2020
06/07/2020 16:24:33  

NASA ROSES-20 Amendment 43: Habitable Worlds will not be solicited next year in ROSES-2021, but it is still solicited this year
06/07/2020 16:24:33  

NASA ROSES-20 Amendment 42: Planetary Science and Technology Through Analog Research (PSTAR) Not Solicited this Year
06/07/2020 15:25:05  

'Pics or It Didn't Happen' won't be sending back any pics any time soon

Upstart rocketeers at Rocket Lab had a bad weekend as the thirteenth launch of its Electron rocket ended in failure.…

05/07/2020 21:24:14  

Minotaur Rocket Launching July 15 from NASA Wallops
05/07/2020 09:24:35  

The Observer’s critics recommend the best new arts in cinemas, galleries, on air and online

The Old Guard
Netflix delivers its stay-at-home answer to a summer blockbuster with this comic-book action fantasy from the always interesting Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights), starring Charlize Theron as an immortal mercenary leader. Streaming from Friday. Guy Lodge

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05/07/2020 08:24:34  

Although the summer harvest has started, July might be your final chance to plant crops for autumn

July. The first loss of light – an hour a day by the month’s end. Time for high summer harvest and watering. Time for some urgency amid the satisfaction. Time to plan for winter.

Our autumn arrived in the post. Rosa chicories, red and white treviso, puntarelle, and more chervil and parsley to be sown in paper strips and also scattered. A last rush of rocket.

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05/07/2020 07:24:07  

An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: On Sunday morning, local time in New Zealand, Rocket Lab launched its 13th mission. The booster's first stage performed normally, but just as the second stage neared an altitude of 200km, something went wrong and the vehicle was lost... "We lost the flight late into the mission," said Peter Beck, the company's founder and chief executive, on Twitter. "I am incredibly sorry that we failed to deliver our customers satellites today. Rest assured we will find the issue, correct it and be back on the pad soon." The mission, dubbed "Pics Or It Didn't Happen," carried 5 SuperDove satellites for the imaging company Planet, as well as commercial payloads both for Canon Electronics and In-Space Missions. "The In-Space team is absolutely gutted by this news," the company said after the loss. Its Faraday-1 spacecraft hosted multiple experiments within a 6U CubeSat. "Two years of hard work from an incredibly committed group of brilliant engineers up in smoke. It really was a very cool little spacecraft." The article notes that since January of 2018, "the company had rattled off a string of 11 successful missions and emerged as a major player in the small satellite launch industry." In a video statement on Twitter, company founder Peter Beck said solemnly that "Today's issue is a reminder that space flight can be very unforgiving."

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