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IAA Director Eli Eskosido, left, presents Israeli astronaut Eytan Stibbe with a coin dating to the era of the Bar Kochba Revolt. Photo by Yoli Schwartz/IAA.

Ancient coin to take to the stars with Israeli astronaut

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When Eytan Stibbe heads off to the International Space Station at the end of the year, becoming only the second Israeli ever to go into space, he’ll take with him a 1,900-year-old coin recently...
Everix optical filters. Source: Screenshot.

Israel Innovation Authority, Space Florida name winners of joint tech program

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Four innovative programs representing joint ventures between technology companies in Florida and Israel were named as winners of the 2021 Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Program. A venture of Space Florida, the Sunshine State’s aerospace development authority, and...
NASA sign at Cape Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center. Credit: L. Galbraith/Shutterstock.

NASA names two asteroids after Israeli student who discovered them

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NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is naming two recently discovered asteroids after an Israeli student who found them during an asteroid-hunting project, it was announced on Friday. Aseel Nama, a biomedical engineering student at the...
Noura Al-Matroushi. Source: MBR Space Centre via Twitter.

First female astronaut joins UAE space program

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The United Arab Emirates is set to train its first female astronaut, UAE Prime Minister and Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced on Saturday. Noura Al-Matroushi is to join fellow recruit Mohammed...
Illustration of a black hole. Credit: REDPIXEL.PL/Shutterstock.

Radio emissions from galaxy challenge black hole theories, say Israeli scientists

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Israeli scientists said in research published on Monday that they intercepted radio emissions that may challenge the assumptions of how black holes behave. As part of the research, which was published by the peer-reviewed journal Nature Astronomy, physicist Assaf Horesh of...
The TAU-SAT1 nanosatellite, which is approximately the size of a shoebox and weighs less than six pounds. Credit: Tel Aviv University.

Israeli nanosatellite hitches ride on NASA rocket to International Space Station

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A nanosatellite from Tel Aviv University will begin its travel to the International Space Station when it is launched from Wallops Island, Va., on a NASA resupply spacecraft on Saturday. The TAU-SAT1 nanosatellite, which is approximately...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (left) and Science and Technology Minister Izhar Shay display a schematic for the “Beresheet 2” lunar probe, Dec. 9, 2020. Credit: Haim Zach/GPO.

Israel launches second space program to put a lander on the moon

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Israel on Wednesday launched its “Beresheet 2” project, the country’s second lunar mission. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin hosted the ceremony, which was joined online by schoolchildren, students and volunteers from six space centers around...
Artist's rendition of the Dror 1, which will be the most advanced communication satellite built in Israel to date. Credit: Israel Aerospace Industries.

An insider’s look at Israel’s next satellite: A ‘smartphone in space’

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Work is on track to develop and build Israel’s next-generation communications satellite, ensuring that Israel will retain its independence in the critical domain of space-based communications, executives from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which is...
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Tel Aviv University develops, builds and plans to launch small satellite into orbit

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The TAU-SAT1 nanosatellite is currently undergoing pre-flight testing at the Japanese space agency JAXA prior to a planned launch by NASA in the first quarter of 2021. About the size of a shoebox, it was...
An image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA's Earth-observing research satellite, Suomi NPP, on Jan. 4, 2012. Photo: Norman Kuring/NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS.

UN space agency to establish regional support office at Ben-Gurion University

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The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the creation of a regional support office for UNOOSA’s UN-SPIDER program,...