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Astronaut from Orcas Island took famous 'Earthrise' photo

On Christmas Eve 50 years ago, astronaut William "Bill" Anders – an Air Force pilot with connections to Bellingham – snapped one of the most famous photographs in history as he and two other members of the first lunar mission watched planet Earth loom "We went all that way to discover the moon and what we really discovered was the …

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Bad Astronomy | A White Christmas for the Red Planet

Did you know Mars has seasons similar to Earth's? The reason we have seasons is that the Earth is tilted; its rotation axis is tipped with respect to its orbit (what we call the obliquity) by about 23.5 °. Mars is tipped by about 25 °, so it has seasons pretty much like we do. But then, Mars's orbit is …

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Is the Gateway the right way to the moon?

This article originally appeared in the Dec. 17, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Sometime in 2028, competing for attention alongside a presidential election and the return of the Summer Olympics to Los Angeles, NASA will return humans to the surface of the moon. A lunar lander will depart the cluster of modules in an elliptical orbit around the moon, called …

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From NASA to SpaceX, look only at the space for the good news from 2018

The beginning of new seasons in spaceflight, astronomy and astrophysics may well be 2018. Elon Musk and SpaceX could have discussed at the start of a golden age of commercial spaceflight, while numerous missions throughout the solar system can reinforce our understanding of our neighbors. Furthermore, "multi-messenger astronomy" can provide a new window in the universe with the help of …

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Russia: Hole drilled from within the Int & # 39; l Space Station capsule

FILE – On Tuesday, December 11, 2018 the image file from the video made available by NASA, Russian space officer Oleg Kononenko, right, and Sergei Prokopyev plays a spacewalk outside the Soyuz spacecraft, attached to the International Space Station. Prokopyev and Kononenko, exploring a mysterious hole in a capsule docked at the International Space Station, said on Monday, December 24 …

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SpaceX Shows Stainless Starship Parts And Hopper Will Have a Mirror Finish – NextBigFuture.com

The SpaceX Starship is being made from stainless steel. The skin will get too hot for paint. The stainless steel will have a mirror finish for maximum reflectivity. It will require much less shielding. The usable strength to weight ratio of full hard stainless steel and cryogenic temperatures is slightly better than carbon fiber and at high-temperature stainless steel is …

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