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29 Aug 15  

 Best Space Photos of the Week – August 29, 2015 SPACE.com
From stunning rainbow jets to Saturn's Moon Dione, don't miss these amazing space images.
 Full Moon Tonight Offers Sneak Preview of September Lunar Eclipse SPACE.com
The "Sturgeon Moon" will grace the sky tonight (Aug. 29), but it is only a dress rehearsal for next month, when the full moon will undergo a total lunar eclipse.
 What Is Parallax? SPACE.com
Parallax is a method of measuring the distance to nearby objects in space. It is also a method used to display 3D images.
28 Aug 15  

 Beyond Pluto: 2nd Target Chosen for New Horizons Probe SPACE.com
The New Horizons team has selected an object named 2014 MU69, which lies roughly 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, as the next target for up-close study by the spacecraft, NASA announced today (Aug. 28).
 Venus Displays Its Brilliant Morning Finery for the Fall SPACE.com
Venus has spent the summer in the western evening sky, but come fall, it will instead appear in the east before sunrise.
 Solar Storms Are Amping Up the Northern Lights This Week SPACE.com
Space weather events that have been building over the last week continued to affect Earth early this morning (Aug. 28), increasing the possibility of enhanced aurora sightings near the North and South poles.
 Realistic Pluto Fly-By Animation Created From Photos, Trajectory Data | Video SPACE.com
Stuart Robbins helped plan the New Horizons' mission as a post-doc student at the Southwest Research Institute. He "strived from realism" when he plotted the Pluto system with his 3D software and "attached a camera" to the trajectory data.
 New Target For New Horizons - Boldly Going | Orbit Animation SPACE.com
If NASA reviewers concur, the ex-Pluto probe will begin 4 maneuvers in late October/early November 2015 to be directed to the icy object 2014 MU69. New Horizon's principal investigator believes it’s the kind of ancient (Kuiper Belt Object) NASA want
 NASA's One-Year Astronaut Takes Spin In Soyuz | Video SPACE.com
Astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Gennady Padalka took the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft out for a ride to change parking spaces. The "brief flyover and redocking" occurred on August 28th, 2015.
 Stunning Rainbow Jets from Dying Stars Spied by Hubble (Video) SPACE.com
Rainbow jets of gas blast away from twin dying stars in the Hubble Space Telescope's vivid new shot of the Twin Jet Nebula.
 NASA Awards Contract for Construction of New Mission Launch Command Center at Wallops Flight Facility NASA Breaking News
NASA has awarded a contract to Harkins Contracting Inc. of Salisbury, Maryland, for the construction of a new Mission Launch Command Center (MLCC) at the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.
 How to Find 'Strange Life' on Alien Planets SPACE.com
A team of scientists determined that signs of non-Earth-like life could be identified more easily on exoplanets orbiting stars producing relatively low amounts of radiation — but even then only if everything worked out just right.
 NASA Tech Aims for Precise Landings on Mars (Video) SPACE.com
Whizzing across the solar system to a pinpoint landing is still just a dream for robotic spacecraft engineers — but a new technology co-developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) could make distant destinations easier to reach precisely.
 Syfy Channel's 'Dark Matter' Finale Tonight Brings Shocking Revelation SPACE.com
The Syfy network's space-based TV series "Dark Matter" wraps up tonight (Aug. 28) with back-to-back episodes and a shocking revelation.
 60 days and 60 nights ... in bed ESA Human Spaceflight and Exploration

On 9 September, the first of 12 men will go to bed for 60 days as part of important research into stopping the wasting effects that spaceflight has on the human body. Although they may be putting their feet up, it is set to be a far from relaxing experience.

27 Aug 15  

 'The Martian': 'Future' Neil Tyson Gets 'Cosmic' For Film Promo | Video SPACE.com
A fictional Neil deGrasse Tyson of the future, played by Neil Tyson, unveils an excerpt of an episode of 'Star Talk' (that looks very similar to his 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' role) to talk about the Hermes spaceship, the Ares mission and Mars.
 Boots on Mars by 2050, 'The Martian' Author Says (Video) SPACE.com
The author of "The Martian" suspects a lack of cooperation from Congress will push NASA's first manned mission to the Red Planet back to the middle of the century.
 NASA Concludes Series of Engine Tests for Next-Gen Rocket NASA Breaking News
NASA has completed the first developmental test series on the RS-25 engines that will power the agency’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on missions deeper into space than ever before.
 NASA's Next Nuclear-Powered Mars Rover: Building the Beast SPACE.com
NASA's next nuclear-powered Mars rover, slated to launch in 2020, is slowly coming together. And while the Mars 2020 mission is largely based on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity now exploring the Red Planet, there are a variety of distinctions that set it apar
 Parachute Failure Success! NASA Drop Tests Orion Capsule Over Arizona | Video SPACE.com
One drogue and one main parachute were intentionally Not deployed in the 'failure scenario.' Orion passed with flying colors. The next generation NASA capsule was dropped over the Arizona desert on Aug. 26th, 2015.