Weekly Space Hangout – June 12, 2015: Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain)

Special Guest: This week we welcome Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program Participants:
Michael Prokosch (Seeing Stars Blog, MikeProkosch@shsuobservatory)
Tim Spuck ([email protected])
Brian Koberlein (@briankoberlein / briankoberlein.com)
Vivian White ([email protected]).

Jolene Creighton (@jolene723 / fromquarkstoquasars.com)
Brian Koberlein (@briankoberlein / briankoberlein.com)
Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter.org / @MorganRehnberg )
Alessondra Springmann (@sondy)

This Week’s Stories:

Three candidates for ESA’s next medium-class science mission

Russia conducts surprise Soyuz 2-1A launch carrying Kobalt-M

Meet Adeline, Airbus’ Answer To SpaceX Reusability

Airbus unveils Adeline, its clever answer to SpaceX’s reusable rockets

United Arab Emirates to Launch Mars Mission by 2021

Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Test

Sharpest View Ever of Star Formation in the Distant Universe

Sails in Space: Partial Photo, Video and Light Curve

#NASA Awards $30 MIllion to #SpaceX For Pad Abort Milestone?

Circumbinary Planets

NASA Aiming for Multiple Missions to Jupiter Moon Europa

Nearby ‘dwarf’ galaxy is home to luminous star cluster

Researchers characterize mysterious ultraluminous X-ray sources

Exoplanets: Atmospheric signs of volcanic activity could aid search for life

A Celestial Butterfly Emerges from its Dusty Cocoon and here

XCOR Selects Matrix Composites to Develop Lynx Chines

Supernova prized by astronomers begins to fade from view

Spacecraft glitch shifts orbiting ISS

International Space Station back on track after Soyuz thrusters activated inadvertently, changing its orientation and here

Work-experience schoolboy discovers a new planet

Schoolboy discovers alien world during work experience

17-year-old discovers a huge alien planet 1,000 light-years from Earth

New Solar Storm Forecasting Technique Breaks The 24-Hour Warning Barrier For Earth

LightSail Team Declares Solar Sail Success as Mission Nears Its End

#TWiM: Elon Musk’s plan to put the Internet in space moves to launch pad

Saturn’s outermost ring stuns astronomers

Shift Change in Space – Summer 2015 Edition

Crew return home after extended stay on the space station

Trio create model to explain massive heat in the Sun’s corona

Robotic tunneler may explore icy moons

Milky Way Map Pins Down Our Galaxy’s Arms

Mystery on Mercury: Strange Pattern of Huge Cliffs Defy Explanation

First US deep space weather satellite reaches final orbit

Actor Christopher Lee dies at 93 (Count Dooku/Saruman/ Count Dracula)

Jack King, NASA’s “Voice of Apollo,” dies at 84

The quest to find Philae

From Andy Weir’s Facebook Page (Posted June 11, 2015): The Martian’s release date has been bumped up to October 2nd.

Trek On, Spock: Asteroid Now Carries Leonard Nimoy’s Name

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