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Today’s Deep Space Extra

4 Dec 2020, 18:43 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA selects four companies to collect space resources. The National Science Foundation (NSF) said it will be up to Congress and the space science community to decide whether the Arecibo Observatory is rebuilt.

Human Space Exploration
NASA astronaut harvests first ever radish crop grown on the ISSCNET (12/3): NASA astronaut Kate Rubins this week harvested a sample crop of radishes aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The plant experiment, called Plant Habitat-02 (PH-02), is the first time NASA has grown radishes on the orbiting laboratory, and is aimed at reliably growing crops during long-term human missions to places such as the Moon and Mars. For now, the crop will be sent back to Earth for analysis.

Space Science
Chilling video shows Arecibo collapseSpacepolicyonline.com (12/3): The National Science Foundation (NSF) on Thursday released a video of the collapse of the 900-ton platform above the 305-meter dish of the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. No one was hurt. NSF officials said some science will continue in other facilities located at the observatory’s site, but it will be up to Congress and the space science community to decide whether to re-establish the observatory ...

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