In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Experts weigh options for preservation of the Apollo mission landing sites on the moon.
Human Space Exploration
Houston Chronicle (8/1): Experts disagree on whether and how the NASA Apollo mission landing sites on the moon, especially Apollo 11’s Tranquility Base, could be declared National Historic Landmarks.
GB Times of Finland (7/27): China expects to select 10 to 12 new astronauts by the end of this year, two of them women. The selections will be pilots and engineers, personnel with skills to operate a planned Earth orbiting space station, whose assembly is to be complete in 2022.
Space News (8/1): An emerging launch conflict at the European Space Agency’s launch complex in French Guiana could delay plans to launch the James Webb Space Telescope in October 2018. A joint effort of NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and ESA, the JWST is the designated successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. NASA’s Bepo Columbo Mercury mission is set to launch in the same time frame.
Ars Technica (8/1): Establishing conditions for life on distant planetary bodies may be more complex than how far the planet is from its star, according to findings published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Other factors include the nature of the star, light reflected from the surface of the planet, cloud makeup and the presence of greenhouse gases.
Science News (8/1): Venus may be overwhelmingly torrid now, but scientists believe there is evidence the second planet from the sun was once host to major oceans. Findings were published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.
Space.com (8/1): The rare Aug. 21 total solar eclipse has made big news, but there is more to observe in the night skies of August. The Perseid meteor shower, which peaks Aug. 12, is among them.
Space.com (7/30): In order to observe the Aug. 21 rare total solar eclipse, NASA will escort scientists into the skies aboard WB-57F jets for high altitude studies. Planet Mercury is among the study targets.
Spaceflightnow.com (8/2): An Arianespace launched Vega rocket placed Italian military reconnaissance and French/Israeli environmental monitoring satellites in orbit late Tuesday after lifting off from a European Space Agency launch complex in French Guiana.
Associated Press via New York Times (8/1): Authorities investigated the weekend theft from the Armstrong Air and Space Museum of a gold Apollo 11 lunar module replica presented to mission commander Neil Armstrong. Further investigation revealed additional losses of mission medals and coins from the Wapakoneta, Ohio museum.
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