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A Joyless 'First Man' As a space fan, I enjoyed the movie for its depictions of the experience of spaceflight itself. But as person, this is not a film I will often return to.

The five brightest planets align in the night sky Get ready for an exquisite night sky line-up that you won't want to miss. This month, the five brightest planets in our solar system align and be visible in the night sky. For the second time this year, the five brightest planets in our solar system - Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars - will be visible in the night sky at the same time.

Hayabusa2's close encounter with asteroid Ryugu In one of two dress rehearsals, Hayabusa2 is descending almost close enough to touch the boulder-strewn surface. Hayabusa2's view of Ryugu as the craft descended towards the asteroid October 15, 2018 in the first of two touchdown rehearsals.

Chandra X-ray Observatory back online after failure NASA's 19-year-old X-ray telescope will soon continue its mission, as engineers continue working to fix Hubble's malfunctioning gyroscope. NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory went into Safe Mode on October 10. An investigation is underway to find the reason why.

This Week's Sky: October 15 - 22 Find out what stars and planets are visible tonight. SkyNews magazine brings you the most authoritative and complete online guide to the sky tonight in Canada and the U.S.

Paul G. Allen, Billionaire Stratolaunch Founder Who Pushed for Private Space Travel, Dies at 65 The technology titan, philanthropist and private-spaceflight entrepreneur Paul G. Allen died Monday at the age of 65. Allen - who co-founded Microsoft and Stratolaunch Systems, among many other ventures, and donated several billion dollars to various causes over the years - passed away in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Future Moon Mission May be Needed to Solve Mystery in 'First Man' Sometime in perhaps the not too distant future, a robotic rover, or maybe even an astronaut, will visit a small crater on the moon to answer a mystery inspired by the movie "First Man." Spoiler warning: What follows reveals a major detail from Damien Chazelle's film starring Ryan Gosling as Apollo 11 moonwalker Neil Armstrong.

Astronomy is losing women three times faster than men The results support evidence that women in the field experience systemic hurdles such as hiring biases and harassment, and also confirms anecdotal reports that female astronomers leave the field more frequently than their male peers.

This week in Columbus Ohio 10/15-21 2018 We are still technically in a bucket with a Uranian handle but the bucket is splitting as shown by the pink triad at Sagittarius, so things are not uniform but rather helter skelter and tossed about. Uranus is opposite Mercury and Venus that are partile in the seventh house suggesting this is a good time for making friends and being pleasant.

Space Agencies Welcome New Entrants Developing Satellites for Tracking Greenhouse Gases BREMEN, Germany - As a growing number of organizations propose satellites to monitor greenhouse gases, national space agencies who already operate such spacecraft welcome those new entrants - as long as they're willing to share their results.

Boeing Plans Changes for Upper Stages NASA's Space Launch System Megarocket With NASA's decision to continue using an interim upper stage for additional flights of the Space Launch System, Boeing is working on changes to both that stage and a more powerful upper stage.

Milky Way Meets Zodiacal Light Over ALMA Observatory This scene shows the magnificent presence of the Milky Way galaxy, full of nebulous clouds of interstellar gas and dust and sparkling star clusters shining bright in one of the most pristine dark-sky sites in the world.

A Blue-Velvet Universe: Very Large Telescope Captures Invisible Glow of Deep Space From their observations, the researchers extrapolated that almost all of the sky is invisibly glowing, like this scene, as dim yet abundant clouds of hydrogen imperceptibly produce Lyman-alpha emissions. "This is a great discovery!" said team member Themiya Nanayakkara in an Oct.

Imaging the Earth from Lunar orbit Earlier this week, on October 10, radio amateurs all around the world worked together to get the Chinese Longjiang-2 spacecraft to take an image of the Earth and the far side of the Moon.

Western stars Hazy nights often reveal colour from both Earth and the stars. The green and purples are from space. The orange is from earth, artificial light bouncing off clouds. Mars shows red near the horizon left. A rock sculpture is in the foreground, I damned near tripped over it and lit it with my cell phone so it could be seen in the photo.

"And so the Universe ended"… Learn more about a possibility that really sucks: "Vacuum decay: the ultimate catastrophe." * Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. As we we abhor a vacuum even more than nature does, we might send closely-observed birthday greetings to Jesse Leonard Greenstein; he was born on this date in 1909.

M16: In and Around the Eagle Nebula From afar, the whole thing looks like an Eagle. A closer look at the Eagle Nebula, however, shows the bright region is actually a window into the center of a larger dark shell of dust. Through this…

How to Spot the Black Hole Above You A large-size hole is easy to find, too… There's a supermassive black hole that marks the exact center of our Milky Way Galaxy, which goes by the odd name of Sagittarius A*. Sagittarius A* will be particularly easy to spot the night of Sunday, October 14 and Monday, October 15.

By Jove, Jupiter’s impressive! Eighteen months on, the Juno mission to probe the otherwise little-known poles of Jupiter is producing incredible dividends. Check this out. This is just so cool on so many levels. One of the things that NASA and JPL have done is to publish the raw Juno-Cam images sent back by the probe, for everyday people like you and me to process.

Why Is NASA Sending A Spacecraft To The Sun? NASA has launched its newest spacecraft, called the Parker Solar Probe. The probe's mission is to study the outer corona of the Sun to better protect our tech-driven lifestyle against destructive solar storms that could take us back to the stone ages.

Video: A spacecraft magnetic shield for solar and galactic radiation The earth's magnetic field and the atmosphere protect life from much of the radiation prevalent in space. That radiation consists primarily of two types: energetic charged particles from the sun and super-energetic particles, typically referred to as galactic cosmic rays, from deep space sources far beyond our solar system.

Eyewitness Observer of Dramatic Soyuz Launch Abort Describes What He Saw An eyewitness at the aborted Soyuz launch yesterday to the International Space Station saw an odd smoke trail emerging from the rocket as the crewmembers’ craft separated to make a daring landing back on Earth.

First Look at YouTube Premium's Sci-Fi Series 'Origin' NEW YORK - YouTube is continuing its leave-no-screenplay-unmade strategy, and the website's latest Original offering is a sci-fi series called "Origin." Space.com got a look at the trailer and some previously unseen footage Oct. 4 at New York Comic Con.

Suiting Up for 'First Man': Ryan Gosling Digs His Authentic NASA Spacesuits From his career as a test pilot to his famous first steps on the moon, Neil Armstrong donned all kinds of interesting outfits at work. While filming the new Armstrong biopic "First Man," lead actor Ryan Gosling got to look and feel like the real Neil whil.

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