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Earth’s thick crust might one of the reasons our planet can support life. But scientists are looking for something a little more brittle. Hosted By: Hank Green SciShow is on TikTok! Check us out at https://www.tiktok.com/@scishow ———- Support SciShow Space by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/SciShowSpace ———- Huge thanks go to the following Patreon
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WASHINGTON — NASA announced Nov. 22 that it is delaying the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope by at least four days to investigate an incident that took place preparing the spacecraft for launch in French Guiana. NASA said that, working in conjunction with the European Space Agency and Arianespace, it has delayed the
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The Space Development Agency’s broadband constellation ‘should help create a vibrant ecosystem of commercial companies’ WASHINGTON — The U.S. Defense Department’s interest in low Earth orbit space services is a positive for satellite manufacturers and for commercial operators of broadband constellations, says a new report by the market research firm Quilty Analytics. “DoD’s LEO pivot
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The Dawn spacecraft has been exploring the two largest objects in the asteroid belt since 2007, and here’s what we’ve learned so far! ———- Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ———- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters—Kevin Bealer, Mark Terrio-Cameron, KatieMarie Magnone, Patrick Merrithew, Charles Southerland, Fatima Iqbal, Sultan Alkhulaifi,
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Start building your ideal daily routine with Fabulous. The first 100 people who click on the link will get 25% OFF Fabulous Premium: https://thefab.co/scishowspace4 When astronauts go into space, they’re not always going alone. Hosted By: Hank Green SciShow is on TikTok! Check us out at https://www.tiktok.com/@scishow ———- Support SciShow Space by becoming a patron
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WASHINGTON — A European small launch vehicle startup has successfully tested a small version of an aerospike engine powered by methane and liquid oxygen it plans to scale up for use in an orbital vehicle. Barcelona-based Pangea Aerospace announced Nov. 16 that it completed a series of tests of the aerospike engine, called Demo P1,
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WASHINGTON — Astra Space’s Rocket 3.3 successfully reached orbit on a Nov. 20 launch, the fourth orbital launch attempt by the small launch vehicle startup. The Rocket 3.3 vehicle, with the serial number LV0007, lifted off at 1:16 a.m. Eastern from Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska on Kodiak Island. Astra scrubbed a launch attempt the previous
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SAN FRANCISCO – NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is soliciting information on how private sector innovation could help the space agency make the most out of a $500 million budget to obtain data on Earth’s changing surface. JPL issued a Request For Information Nov. 19 seeking “industry feedback on whether a commercial purchase, a public-private partnership,
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WASHINGTON — A federal judge rejected Blue Origin’s lawsuit again NASA’s Human Landing System procurement on nearly every ground, even after the company offered to further increase its contribution to the program. The Court of Federal Claims released Nov. 18 a public version of Judge Richard A. Hertling’s opinion in the suit, filed by Blue
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LAS VEGAS — While mergers involving special purpose acquisition corporations (SPACs) dominated the space industry for much of the year, one expert sees warning signs of waning interest in this way of taking companies public. Speaking at the ASCEND conference by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics here Nov. 16, Phil Ingle, a managing
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And the winners are… The SpaceNews Awards are held each year to recognize achievements in space commerce, exploration and stewardship. Since 2017, the SpaceNews editorial staff has selected 40 individuals and organizations embodying the hard work and innovation propelling the space industry to unparalleled levels of activity. 2021 has seen a record number of private astronauts
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SAN FRANCISCO – Iceye U.S., a subsidiary of the Finnish synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite operator, announced a cooperative research and development agreement with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Technical Center (SMDTC). Under the agreement, Iceye and SMDTC will work together to explore ways the Army can benefit from access to SAR imagery and
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Russia’s generation of a large amount of space debris deserves condemnation from the United States and others. However, we must also understand why Russia did what it did. This event carries two essential lessons for the United States.  First, it is imperative to adopt tailored policies and international legal rules to limit anti-satellite (ASAT) threats, in
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BREMEN, Germany — Arianespace has secured a contract with Australian operator SingTel Optus to launch the Optus-11 communications satellite using the new Ariane 6 in 2023. The Optus-11 Ku-band communications satellite is set to launch in the second half of 2023 to provide services to the Australia and New Zealand zone. The satellite incorporates a number
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SAN FRANCISCO – Fleet Space Technologies raised $26.4 million in a Series B investment round that puts a value of $126 million on the Australian startup establishing an internet-of-things satellite constellation. The Series B funding round was led by existing Fleet Space investors Artesian Venture Partners, Blackbird Ventures, Grok and Horizons Ventures. New investors including
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BREMEN, Germany — European space industry figures have expressed alarm at Russia’s destructive antisatellite test which has created thousands of pieces of orbital debris. “Our models show an increase in probability of a collision in low Earth orbit of five percent,” Philippe Baptiste, head of the French space agency CNES, said Nov. 16 of the
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Some years at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), one person emerges as the star of the weeklong conference. Five years ago, it was Elon Musk, whose appearance in Guadalajara, Mexico, to talk about SpaceX’s next-generation launch system turned the conference into a rock concert — people lining up hours in advance and rushing in as
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Col. Eric Felt this contract allows AFRL to conduct research ‘without the bureaucracy and delay of awarding multiple smaller individual contracts’ WASHINGTON — The Air Force Research Laboratory announced Nov. 15 it has awarded its largest-ever contract for space technology development to Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory.  Space Dynamics, based in North Logan, Utah,
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The Indian Space Research Organisation, or ISRO, is on its way to becoming a leader in space exploration — and they’re just getting started. Host: Reid Reimers We want to learn more about you and your opinions! If you have time, please take a moment to fill out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SciShowSurvey2017 Thank you! ———- Support
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WASHINGTON — While space companies are feeling the impacts of supply chain disruptions, traditional space companies are experiencing different effects than newer ones. Panelists during a session of the ASCEND conference by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Nov. 10 said that the shocks to the global supply chain caused by the pandemic highlighted
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WASHINGTON — The future of NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory remains in limbo after the astrophysics decadal survey gave the program, proposed for termination by NASA, a vote of no-confidence. The astrophysics decadal survey final report, released Nov. 4, included sharp criticism of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a program that was identified as
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WASHINGTON — German laser communications company Mynaric performed an initial public offering of shares on the Nasdaq exchange Nov. 12, raising up to $75.9 million to fund its growth. The company, which already trades on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Germany, sold four million “American Depository Shares,” which represent one million ordinary shares of stock,
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The effects of dark matter on galaxies is a mystifying and difficult thing to study, but the Milky Way’s galactic bar might present an exciting way to quantify how much of it exists! Hosted by: Reid Reimers SciShow has a spinoff podcast! It’s called SciShow Tangents. Check it out at http://www.scishowtangents.org ———- Support SciShow Space
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WASHINGTON — A biomedical entrepreneur who flew on Blue Origin’s second crewed suborbital spaceflight died in a plane crash Nov. 11. Glen de Vries was one of two people on a Cessna 172 aircraft that crashed in New Jersey Nov. 11. New Jersey State Police confirmed Nov. 12 that both de Vries and Thomas Fischer,
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BlackSky won a new contract award from NASA, a five-year deal to provide imagery in support of Earth observation research WASHINGTON — U.S. government contracts are boosting the financial performance of Earth observation company BlackSky, executives said Nov. 12 during the company’s first earnings call since going public. BlackSky released its third-quarter financial results, showing
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WASHINGTON — A Crew Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station Nov. 11, less than 24 hours after its launch from Florida. The Crew Dragon spacecraft Endurance docked with the forward port of the Harmony module of the station at 6:32 p.m. Eastern. The spacecraft’s arrival to the station took place smoothly, with the
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SAN FRANCISCO – Spire Global CEO Peter Platzer expects commercial and government demand for space data and analytics to surge in the coming years, offering enormous growth potential for the firm, which began trading shares publicly in August. Spire currently provides space data, analytics and space services to 225 annual recurring revenue, or subscription, customers
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We’ve seen a distant star from another galaxy far, far away, and the Milky Way is growing, thanks to baby stars born in the outer edge of our galaxy’s disk. Hosted by: Hank Green For special, curated artifacts of this universe, check out https://scishowfinds.com/ ———- Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ———-
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SAN FRANCISCO – Planet announced an agreement to acquire VanderSat, a Dutch company that provides data on Earth surface conditions, like soil moisture and land surface temperature, by combining public satellite data with proprietary algorithms, for about $28 million. It was the fourth acquisition for Planet as it prepares to trade shares publicly later this
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When scientists are planning missions, they sometimes have to take into account the fact that the light from the Sun pushes on the spacecraft. But with solar sails, they can also use that pressure to propel the craft along. ———- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters — we couldn’t make SciShow without them!
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WASHINGTON — NASA and SpaceX are ready to proceed with the launch of a commercial crew mission Nov. 10 after overcoming weather and astronaut health issues as well as concerns about the spacecraft’s parachutes. At a briefing late Nov. 9, officials said they were moving ahead with the Falcon 9 launch of a Crew Dragon
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WASHINGTON — NASA leadership has formally given up on the goal of returning humans to the moon by 2024, pushing back a landing by NASA astronauts on the lunar surface to at least 2025. In a Nov. 9 media teleconference, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said the recently concluded legal challenge mounted by Blue Origin to
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