Amateur Space Weekly - January 2

2015 closed with several news reports about amateurs and space. A French amateur discovered a nova in a neighboring galaxy. An Australian school uses wind tunnels and model rockets to teach physics. Teens will be sending experiments into space again. Crowdsourcing weather reports, comet searches, and black hole investigations. All of this and more....

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Amateur Space Weekly - December 13

30,000,000th variable star observation from amateur astronomers, teen rocketeers launch in India and the US, kids take control of robots on the space station, plus citizen science projects that study exoplanets, gravity waves, and weather. All this and more in this week's recap of news in amateur space exploration.
 

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Amateur Space Weekly - November 28

Amateur Space Weekly - November 28

Could we crowdsource the Moon? Australian teens coding space robots. Spotting fish-poachers from space. Meteorites, exoplanets, rovers, and more news from the world of amateur space exploration in this week's recap.

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Mars One Monday - And then there were 100

Mars One announced the 100 candidates who will go on to the next selection round. Most of the media haven’t had time to do anything more than rehash the Mars One press release. I've recapped below a few reports from around the world that identified local candidates.

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Truth from Space: Satellite images help journalists and humanitarians

Truth from Space: Satellite images help journalists and humanitarians

The Antares rocket explosion destroyed 26 satellites that were supposed to add to Planet Lab’s growing fleet in Earth orbit. Although the month ended badly, Planet Labs already has over 70 satellites in orbit. Fleets of satellites from Planet Labs and competitors like Skybox and DigitalGlobe take pictures of Earth daily. A growing number of journalists and humanitarian organizations use satellite images to uncover facts that would otherwise remain hidden. Here’s a recap of October’s satellite truth-seekers.

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Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge Completes Expedition

Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge Completes Expedition

Earlier this month I wrote about how pro-am teams from India and Australia are conducting Mars analog research in the Mars Society of Australia’s Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge. The 16-day expedition concluded on July 20. Here are some highlights from the expedition diary and other sources:

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Australians and Indians Use Mars Tech to Search for Radioactive Slime

Australians and Indians Use Mars Tech to Search for Radioactive Slime

The Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge Expedition is underway in the Australian desert. The Mars Society of Australia conducts the robotics expeditions to evaluate technologies and exploration techniques that future astronauts may use on Mars.

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Amateur Space News May 12, 2014

The Team America Rocketry Challenge held over the weekend leads todays headlines. In addition amateur meteor observations, smartphone astronomy, amateur outreach programs in India and the US, a free online astronomy course from The Planetary Society, weather-watchers in Puerto Rico, middle school student make progress towards orbit, and news from Mars One.

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Amateur Space News May 9, 2014

Today’s amateur headlines include more teachers flying on Nasa’s Sofia airborne observatory, Girl Scouts leading a community rocketry project, amateur satellites ready for launch, a low cost microgravity research lab is almost ready, reports on Mars One, and recaps of Mars One candidates.

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Amateur Space News May 8, 2014

A cluster of STEM education articles (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in today’s headlines. Also an undergraduate high-altitude balloon project, Americans’ mixed opinions on space exploration, British radio amateurs thanked by Nasa, the challenges of crowdsourcing search-and-rescue as well as satellite-building, and the daily round of articles about Mars One.

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Amateur Space News May 7, 2014

Space based video dominated this week’s headlines with several projects streaming video from the International Space Station. Other reports include public sightings of a fireball over Ontario confirmed, radio amateurs spotting tornados, crowdsourcing hurricane analysis, a high school rocket team, the struggles of a crowdfunded satellite, and more Mars One coverage.

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Amateur Space News May 4, 2014

Today’s headlines include high school experiments heading into space, a global volunteer effort to send a rover to the Moon, a student rocketry program, an Indian amateur satellite, cubesats, meteors, Mars, and more.

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