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The Daily Cosmos — October 3, 2017

Your cosmic news roundup for Tuesday, October 3, 2017. 1 Online Space Summit Kicks Off 5 Days of Internet-Based Events. The Space, Science, &, SciFi Summit, hosted by the creators of I Love Mars and UppurtunitU, kicked off today and will continue through Saturday. The free, 5 day, entirely-online event will feature talks and presentations by 35+ science communicators, bestselling science fiction authors, former international space station commanders, Citizen Scientists, Hollywood SciFi screenwriters and more. (Space Summit) 2 U.S. Trio Wins Physics Nobel for Discovery of Gravitational Waves. Rainer Weiss, 85, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge and Kip Thorne, 77, of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena hatched plans for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in 1984. Barry Barish, 81, a Caltech particle...

The Daily Cosmos — October 2, 2017

Your cosmic news roundup for Monday, October 2, 2017. 1 VIDEO REPORT: BLNR Grants TMT Permit For Mauna Kea. The University of Hawaii’s permit to build the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) observatory was approved Thursday with a 5 to 2 vote by the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources, adopting the recommendation made by hearing officer Judge Riki May Amano in contested case, which last approximately a full year. The BLNR’s Decision and Order was 345 pages long and includes a handful of caveats that TIO (TMT International Observatory) and UH must follow to keep their permit in good standing. (Big Island Video News) 2 ALMA and Rosetta Detect Organohalogens in Two Distant Places in Space. Observations made by a team-up of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and ESA’s Rosetta mission have detected the faint molecular fingerprint of methyl chloride (CH3Cl) in gas...

The Daily Cosmos — September 29, 2017

Your cosmic news roundup for Friday, September 29, 2017. 1 SpaceX reveals goal to use giant rocket tech for Earth-based passenger flights. In his big follow-up to last year’s IAC presentation, Elon Musk has announced an ambitious plan to utilize SpaceX’s rocket technology to build what he calls the “Big F*cking Rocket,” or BFR. Not only will the BFR be able adapt to any mission required — while still being durable enough for repeat uses — but Musk would also like to see them used for global passenger flights, citing an example of flying from London to New York in just about 30 minutes. (PopSci / SpaceX) 2 TMT permit approved with several conditions to be met. The Thirty Meter Telescope has been approved for a Conservation District Use Permit on Mauna Kea, but the approval comes with several educational and environmental conditions that must be met by the...

The Daily Cosmos — September 28, 2017

Your cosmic news roundup for Thursday, September 28, 2017. 1 Hubble Observes the Farthest Active Inbound Comet Yet Seen. Using the PAN-STARRS setup in Hawaii, astronomers have discovered a comet so small, faint, and far away that it previously eluded detection. Dubbed C/2017 K2 PANSTARRS (K2) and moving in at about 1.5 billion miles away — between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus — Hubble’s close-ups captured the record-breaking observation that the comet is already becoming activated by the Sun. At temps of minus 440 degrees Fahrenheit, the comet is beginning to sublimate and shed as dust. K2 will make its closest approach to the Sun in 2022. (Hubble Site) 2 Dawn mission celebrates 10 years in space. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which observes the giant asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres, is celebrating ten years since it launched on September 27, 2007. Traveling 4 billion...

The Daily Cosmos — September 27, 2017

Your cosmic news roundup for Wednesday, September 27, 2017. 1 NASA and Roscosmos partner up to explore deep space. On Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, NASA signed a joint statement with the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, to continue formulating the deep space gateway concept and other ideas deep space exploration. Roscosmos and other space station partner agencies will also follow NASA’s lead in engaging industry partners in gateway concept studies. (NASA) 2 Physicists identify black hole collision as source of newly-caught gravitational wave. Using the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors in Louisiana and Washington State and the newly-activated Italian counterpart VIRGO, which went online August 1 following major upgrades, researchers have identified the source of a...

The Daily Cosmos — September 26, 2017

Your cosmic news roundup for Tuesday, September 26, 2017. 1 Thai telecom startup mu Space partners with Blue Origin to launch geostationary satellite. Over at the 68th Annual International Astronautical Congress happening in Adelaide, Australia, Thai telecom startup mu Space announced that they have entered into an agreement with Blue Origin to partner on a future launch of a geostationary satellite. The launch is set to happen early 2020s aboard Blue Origin’s New Glenn orbital rocket. (mu Space Corp) 2 Astronomers find most oxygen-deficient galaxy discovered to date. Using the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a team of astronomers have discovered the star-forming dwarf galaxy J0811+4730, which contains 9% less oxygen than any other so far. The team is hoping that these observations will provide clues to how the early simple Universe became re-ionized by early star formation. The...

The Daily Cosmos — September 25, 2017

Your cosmic news roundup for September 25, 2017. 1 Australia to establish a national space agency. After about a decade of no space activity, Australia is getting back in the space game. After the nation’s last microsatellite — which was launched from a Japanese facility — ceased operating in 2007, the country was left “one of only two Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development nations without a space agency,” but that’s all changing following the big reveal at the 68th International Astronautical Congress currently taking place in Adelaide, giving Australia a perfect opportunity to reveal the big news on their home turf. (Science Magazine) 2 Elon Musk teases big announcements for IAC2017. Also slated for IAC 2017 are some big announcements from SpaceX / Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Musk made a big splash at last year’s IAC in Guadalajara, Mexico,...