Down to Earth
Check out this super-informative video with astronaut Reid Wiseman explaining “everything about living in space” in 5 minutes:
Wondering what the US Presidential election means for NASA and the space industry? Here are a few opinion pieces:
The German space agency is deploying a large greenhouse to the South Pole research station in Antarctica. The technology, if it works, should be transferable to spaceflight.
Five orbital launches since my last post on October 30th (see this Wikipedia page for a nice list of all launches this year, with dates, etc.):
Japan launched the Himawari 9 meteorological satellite on an H-II rocket.
China had three launches: the debut of their new Long March 5 heavy-lift rocket on carrying an electric propulsion demonstration payload; a small Long March 11 rocket carrying an X-ray navigation demonstration satellite (read up on pulsar navigation here); a medium-lift Long March 2D rocket carrying a weather satellite.
The fifth launch was a ULA Atlas V rocket carrying a satellite for Earth-observation company WorldView. The launch was from Vandenberg in California.
Around the Solar System
The Mars rover Curiosity spent some time studying an iron meteorite that it found on the surface of the red planet.