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Space (or outer space) describes the vast empty regions between and around planets and stars. The study of these, and other, astronomical objects is called astronomy, one of the oldest sciences. It is often said that space exploration began with the launch of Sputnik 1, the first man-made object to orbit the Earth. Then, in an almost unbelievable feat of human achievement, in 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin travelled to the Moon and set foot on the surface during the Apollo 11 mission. Recently, it has become clear that the possibility of space colonization may no longer be exclusively reserved for science-fiction stories, and many controversial issues surrounding space have come to light, including commercial spaceflight, space laws and space weapons.

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Galileo image of 243 Ida. The tiny dot to the right is its moon, Dactyl.

243 Ida is an asteroid in the Koronis family of the main belt. It was discovered on 29 September 1884 by Johann Palisa and named after a nymph from Greek mythology. Later telescopic observations categorized Ida as an S-type asteroid, the most numerous type in the inner asteroid belt. On 28 August 1993, Ida was visited by the spacecraft Galileo, bound for Jupiter. It was the second asteroid to be visited by a spacecraft and the first found to possess a satellite. Like all main-belt asteroids, Ida's orbit lies between the planets Mars and Jupiter. Its orbital period is 4.84 years, and its rotation period is 4.63 hours. Ida has an average diameter of 31.4 km (19.5 mi). It is irregularly shaped and elongated, and apparently composed of two large objects connected together in a shape reminiscent of a croissant. Its surface is one of the most heavily cratered in the Solar System, featuring a wide variety of crater sizes and ages. Ida's moon, Dactyl, was discovered by mission member Ann Harch in images returned from Galileo. It was named after creatures which inhabited Mount Ida in Greek mythology. Data returned from the flyby pointed to S-type asteroids as the source for the ordinary chondrite meteorites, the most common type found on the Earth's surface.

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Kepler's Supernova
Credit: NASA

This Supernova remnant of Kepler's Supernova (SN 1604) is made up of the materials left behind by the gigantic explosion of a star. There are two possible routes to this end: either a massive star may cease to generate fusion energy in its core, and collapse inward under the force of its own gravity, or a white dwarf star may accumulate material from a companion star until it reaches a critical mass and undergoes a similar collapse. In either case, the resulting supernova explosion expels much or all of the stellar material with great force.

Space news

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  • June 8: Astronomers reveal discovery of the hottest gas giant exoplanet known yet
  • June 4: Curiosity Rover analysis suggests chemically complex lake once graced Mars's Gale crater
  • May 18: Simulations show planet orbiting Proxima Centauri could have liquid water
  • March 27: President Trump tells NASA to aim for Mars
  • January 18: Former NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan dies aged 82
  • October 3: Twelve-year journey of Rosetta ends; spacecraft crashes into comet
  • July 6: Final panel added to China's FAST radio telescope
  • July 6: NASA's Juno spacecraft enters Jupiter orbit
  • May 9: NASA releases first topographical map of Mercury
  • October 31: NASA releases complete image of Pluto's crescent
  • October 9: After Mars, NASA announces water ice on Pluto
  • October 1: NASA announces water on Mars

Upcoming spaceflight launches

The next scheduled launch is of the Progress 67P on a Soyuz-2.1a Rocket to resupply the ISS, Launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome is scheduled for 14th of June 2017, 9:20 AM GMT.
The next scheduled manned launch is of Soyuz MS-05 on a Soyuz-FG rocket, carrying two Expedition 52 crew members to the International Space Station. Launch from Baikonur Site 1/5 is scheduled for 28 July 2017.
For a full launch schedule see 2017 in spaceflight

Astronomical events

3 June, 12:30 Venus at greatest western elongation
7 June, 12:00 Arietids peak
8 June, 22:05 Moon at apogee
9 June, 13:10 Full moon
13 June Comet Johnson at maximum brightness
15 June, 10:00 Saturn at opposition
16 June, 12:39 Moon occults Neptune
21 June, 04:24 Earth at northern solstice
21 June, 14:12 Mercury at superior conjunction
23 June, 10:45 Moon at perigee
24 June, 02:31 New moon

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