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Newsletter: June 2018

President Erdoğan’s plane makes first ever landing at Istanbul New Airport

On June 21st the Turkish presidential aircraft TC-ANK carrying President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan touched down at Istanbul New Airport. It was a historic moment, marking the first ever landing by a passenger aircraft, and was greeted with a water salute on the runway. The airport is due to open on 29 October.

 

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Secretary Spencer Visits Marinette Shipyard, Home to Freedom-Variant Littoral Combat Ship

MARINETTE, Wis., June 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Secretary of the Navy, The Honorable Richard V. Spencer, visited the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard, the home of Freedom-Variant Littoral Combat Ship production. The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-led Team Freedom has delivered five ships to the U.S. Navy to date, with two more scheduled for delivery this year.

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New NASA Research, Hardware Heading to Space Station on 15th SpaceX Resupply Mission

New NASA Research, Hardware Heading to Space Station on 15th SpaceX Resupply Mission

SpaceX launches its Dragon cargo craft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 5:42 a.m. EDT June 29, 2018.
SpaceX launches its Dragon cargo craft on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 5:42 a.m. EDT June 29, 2018. The early-morning launch is the company’s 15th resupply mission to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract.
Credits: NASA TV
About nine minutes and 31 seconds after launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on June 29, 2018, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft separates from the second stage engine.

Credits: NASA TV

About nine minutes and 31 seconds after launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on June 29, 2018, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft successfully deploys its solar arrays.

Credits: NASA TV

Experiments investigating cellular biology, Earth science and artificial intelligence are among the research heading to the International Space Station following Friday’s launch of a NASA-contracted SpaceX Dragon spacecraft at 5:42 a.m. EDT.

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Dragon lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida with more than 5,900 pounds of research, equipment, cargo and supplies that will support dozens of investigations aboard the space station.

NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel will use the space station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm to capture Dragon when it arrives at the station. Live coverage of the rendezvous and capture will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website beginning at 5:30 a.m. Monday, July 2. Installation coverage is set to begin at 9 a.m.

Research materials flying inside Dragon’s pressurized cargo area include a cellular biology investigation (Micro-12) to understand how microgravity affects the growth, gene expression and ability of a model bacterium to transfer electrons through its cell membrane along the bacterial nanowires it produces. Such bacteria could be used in microbial fuel cells to make electricity from waste organic material.

An Earth science instrument called the ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) will provide a new space-based measurement of how plants respond to changes in water availability. This data can help society better manage agricultural water use.

An observational pilot study with the Crew Interactive MObile companioN (CIMON) aims to provide first insights into the effects of crew support from an artificial intelligence (AI) in terms of efficiency and acceptance during long-term missions in space.

Among the hundreds of pounds of hardware flying to the space station is a spare Canadian-built Latching End Effector (LEE). Each end of the Canadarm2 robotic arm has an identical LEE, and they are used as the “hands” that grapple payloads and visiting cargo spaceships. They also enable Canadarm2 to “walk” to different locations on the orbiting outpost.

This is SpaceX’s 15th cargo flight to the space station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. Dragon is scheduled to depart the station in August and return to Earth with more than 3,800 pounds of research, hardware and crew supplies.

For more than 17 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space. A global endeavor, 230 people from 18 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 2,400 research investigations from researchers in 103 countries.

Get breaking news, images and features from the space station on social media at:

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and

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Our Solar System’s First Known Interstellar Object Gets Unexpected Speed Boost

Our Solar System’s First Known Interstellar Object Gets Unexpected Speed Boost

This illustration shows ‘Oumuamua racing toward the outskirts of our solar system.
This illustration shows ‘Oumuamua racing toward the outskirts of our solar system. As the complex rotation of the object makes it difficult to determine the exact shape, there are many models of what it could look like.
Credits: NASA/ESA/STScI
This video explains how observatories, including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, found that ‘Oumuamua gained an extra boost of speed, likely from comet-like jets of gas.

Credits: NASA

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This animation shows the path of `Oumuamua as it passed through the inner solar system, and its location on Jan. 2, 2018, when it was last observed by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. By then, ‘Oumuamua had been boosted by 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) compared to where it would have been if only gravitational forces were affecting its motion.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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This animation of `Oumuamua is one of many artist conceptions of what this object could look like.

Credits: NASA/STScI

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Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based observatories, an international team of scientists have confirmed ′Oumuamua (oh-MOO-ah-MOO-ah), the first known interstellar object to travel through our solar system, got an unexpected boost in speed and shift in trajectory as it passed through the inner solar system last year.

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Australian crater

Australian crater

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  • Title Australian crater
  • Released 29/06/2018 10:00 am
  • Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
  • DescriptionFor Asteroid Day, the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over the Gosses Bluff crater in the Northern Territory of Australia. The crater is visible in the left centre of the image and it is about 22 km in diameter. It was most likely formed 140 million years ago by the impact of a large comet or meteorite slamming into the surface of Earth.

 

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BAE SYSTEMS SELECTED AS PREFERRED TENDERER TO DELIVER AUSTRALIA’S SEA 5000 FUTURE FRIGATES

BAE Systems has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of its selection as the preferred tenderer for the SEA 5000 program to deliver nine Future Frigates for the Royal Australian Navy. The overall announced program is expected to be in the region of AUD $35bn for the design, build and support of the ships.

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