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Archive for October 14th, 2020

Zany moon monikers: October’s ‘Blue Moon’ and other lunar terms explained

October 14th, 2020 by

October has already seen a Harvest Moon, now this week comes a “proxigean” new moon, and to finish out this month we’ll have a “Halloween Micro Blue Moon.” We’ll explain.

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Soyuz capsule reaches ISS after just 3 hours

October 14th, 2020 by

Rocket: Soyuz 2.1-a; Payload: Soyuz MS-17; Date: 14 October 2020, 0545 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. At o848 UTC, just a little bit more than three hours after its lift-off, the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft completed a normal docking with the Rassvet module of the Russian Segment of the International Space Station.

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SSC to launch satellites from Esrange Space Center

October 14th, 2020 by

The Swedish government has announced a decision to establish capability to launch small satellites from Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden.

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Spaceflight Inc. announces upcoming launches

October 14th, 2020 by

Spaceflight Inc. said it will execute two launches on two different continents in a matter of weeks; one aboard a Rocket Lab Electron and the other on NewSpace India Limited’s (NSIL) PSLV. For both missions, Spaceflight arranged the launch and is providing mission management and rideshare integration services for its customers Canon Electronics, Kleos Space and Spire.

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Airbus, TAS to help bring first Mars samples to Earth

October 14th, 2020 by

Airbus has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) as prime contractor for the Mars Sample Return’s Earth Return Orbiter (ERO) – the first ever spacecraft to bring samples back to Earth from Mars.

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TAS, Airbus to compete in European Moon-Lander project

October 14th, 2020 by

Airbus and Thales Alenia Space have been selected by the European Space Agency to compete in the definition phase of the European Large Logistic Lander (EL3) moon lander.

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