DailyDirt: Space Is Cool Again! Yay!
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Maybe you haven’t seen the latest Star Wars film yet, but it’s pretty hard to avoid hearing about it. Recently, there have been some more “realistic” space movies out (eg. Gravity, Interstellar, The Martian), but there’s also plenty of actual space stories to watch, too. In the past year or so, we’ve seen some spectacular rocket failures, but thankfully, we’re closing out 2015 with some successful accomplishments — and plans for more sequels.
- SpaceX just landed its reusable 1st stage rocket — which is a remarkable come-back from losing a payload only a few months ago. However, this particular rocket will be studied and tested for its integrity, and it probably won’t ever fly again. [url]
- New Zealand is getting its first rocket launch site, and it will start launches in mid-2016 on the Mahia Peninsula. This spaceport will be able to launch once a month, and it already has a booked schedule through 2018. (Hat-tip to Lawrence D’Oliveiro) [url]
- China’s lunar rover, Yutu, was operational for well beyond its original 3-month mission, and it has provided geological data from the moon that show the moon’s composition is much more diverse than previous samples suggested. The lunar surface may soon get some additional company from a private lunar lander sometime in 2017, sent by SpaceIL on a Falcon 9 rocket. [url]
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