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Federal Communications Commission?
Yeah... I actually just looked that up. Apparently, they have to seek approval to allow the rockets to communicate with Earth. SMH

This is from a SpaceX group I follow:
  • Arabsat 6A launch vehicle communications. This one is for the launch of the next Falcon Heavy launching from KSC's LC-39A. Start of operation date gives us a NET on March 7th 2019. It is filled as "Mission 1392" on the permit.
  • Arabsat 6A post-landing communications. This one is for the landing of all three Falcon Heavy boosters. Side boosters will land on land, center core on the droneship at about 965.84km from the launchpad (about 1.4 times the normal landing distance on GTO missions). This distance most probably means the center core won't do a boostback when returning to Earth like on the Falcon Heavy Demo flight so this one will go really hot on reentry ;)
 

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NASA made their final attempt to communicate with the Mars Rover Opportunity last night. Nothing was heard back so NASA will stop trying to communicate with it. Opportunity and Spirit were amazing feats of engineering that were slated for 90 day missions and here we are almost 15 years later saying goodbye. Here is one of my favorite photos from Opportunity with a little dust devil action in the background.

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I want to see if we could build a Venus rover with modern technology. The idea has been sort of neglected since the Venera program ended and obviously it’s not easy to sustain a machine at 90 atm but there’s still a ton of interesting geological and atmospheric work to be done.
 

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The Japanese Hayabusa (Falcon) 2 spacecraft is going to attempt a touchdown to collect samples of the asteroid it's orbiting (Ryugu: Dragon Palace) soon:


JAXA has a livestream scheduled on YouTube starting on the 20th, but I think it's in Japanese.

The touchdown is going to be tricky, because the surface is strewn with boulders.


First movie ever made on asteroid, that. Wow!

They've got a backup date in March scheduled if this attempt doesn't work. Mission updates in English are here.

Meanwhile, this guy has been spotted in the vicinity . . . :)

 
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I want to see if we could build a Venus rover with modern technology. The idea has been sort of neglected since the Venera program ended and obviously it’s not easy to sustain a machine at 90 atm but there’s still a ton of interesting geological and atmospheric work to be done.
Was looking at it just before sunrise this morning. A Venus program could get a lot of public support, just because this is such a beautiful sight from Earth. Hard to believe that crystalline point of white light is so hellish close up.

Another point that could get people interested in more Venus missions is that the planet, apart from its surface conditions just now, is a lot like Earth, at least in size. They've pretty much established that we didn't steal its Moon, though, right?
 

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